Dec 31, 2011

The Day Before the End...

The day before the end… I can’t believe that another year is almost over.  This year has been a walk of faith for me but God has proven Himself to me over and over again.  I am excited to see what this New Year is going to bring.

When I was a little girl it was a tradition to go to service on New Year’s Eve and “bring in the New Year, in church.” As an adult the tradition is still ingrained in me.  To me there is something wonderful about ending the old year as I began it and starting the New Year as I want to end it… in the house of God, in the presence of the Lord.

It never ceases to amaze me the sense of child-like awe, wonder and expectancy I feel when I enter God’s house. I am excited as a child about to unwrap a much awaited and longed for gift, not sure what it is but knowing that something wonderful waits within. The beautiful thing about going into the house of God is that I always leave feeling refreshed, renewed and eager to face whatever challenges life throws my way.

I can totally relate to how David felt when he said, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1″  God’s house for me is a place to lose myself in the wonder of his presence and allow his sweet Holy Spirit to minister to my hurts, lift my burdens, renew my joys and give me courage to face another day, week, month, year… with him by my side to guide and direct me. 
 You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.Psalm 118:28-29 
Father, thank you for your guidance throughout this year, I pray your protection over each of us during the remainder of this year.  As we approach a New Year, renew our desire to serve you, increase our faith that we would hold fast to the promises that you have made us, give us courage to share whatever you lay on our hearts in this coming year.
 Trusting Him,

I wrote this post for Laced With Grace a few years ago.  Hope you enjoy.

I'm about to dash off to my New Year's Eve service.

Happy New Year to all of you, I'll stop by and visit soon.

Dec 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Jesus

Dear Jesus,

Happy birthday to you!  I am so glad you came, that you left the splendors of heaven so I could have the choice of eternity with you.

I love you Jesus, today and everyday.

Forever I'll trust you,

To all my online friends Merry Christmas!  I pray that your day is filled with His joy.

Dec 21, 2011

Oh Come all Ye Faithful

Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
oh come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem…

I love Christmas carols especially the old hymns that we sang in church when I was growing up. Somehow, when the musicians started playing and the choir began singing you “felt” Christmas. The words of the songs brought to life the true meaning of the Christmas season. They lifted your spirits and took you on a journey… a journey to Bethlehem...

I'm at Laced with Grace today. Do stop by to read the rest of my article Oh Come all Ye Faithful

Trusting Him,

Dec 10, 2011

It's a Wonderful Life

During the Christmas season you’d often find me curled up in the front of the television with my mug of hot chocolate getting lost in the make believe world of my favorite Christmas classics. For me nothing signals the beginning of the season as much as seeing the advertisement for those old classics on television. One of my absolute favorites is It’s a Wonderful Life.

For some reason over the years George Bailey has been the character that I most empathize with. Maybe it’s because he was such a dreamer…

... I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I'm comin' back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I'm gonna build things. I'm gonna build airfields, I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long.  George Bailey...

Somehow circumstances kept getting in the way of George accomplishing his dreams. However, he always managed to do what he felt was the right thing even though it meant putting his dreams on hold. One thing I love about George is he never lost his enthusiasm. In spite of his dreams being deferred over and over again each time he thinks he’s going to get to do what he wants to do he is just as excited as before.

George never sat down and mourned the loss of his dreams he simply went on building a life for himself even though it wasn’t the life he’d originally dreamed of. Well except for that one Christmas Eve night when George’s life seem to come crashing down. After throwing a killer tantrum, hurting his family's feelings and getting drunk the despondent George, sitting on a bar stool, prayed this prayer…

Dear Father, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me, show me the way. I'm at the end of my rope. Show me the way, oh God."

While George was busy deferring his dreams to help everyone else he was also touching lives in ways he couldn’t even imagine. On the night when he felt he’d reach the end of his rope the voices of the lives he touch began to cry out to God on his behalf…

Help my son, George, tonight.

He never thinks about himself, God,
that's why he's in trouble.

George is a good guy.
Give him a break, God...

I love him, dear Lord.
Watch over him tonight...

Please, God,
something's the matter with Daddy...

Enters Clarence, the wingless angel whose job it is to show George that his life really does matter, that he made a difference, he touched lives

Clarence - Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

Slowly George begins to realize what a wonderful life he has. He realizes that although he’s not living the life he dreamed of he loves the life he’s living. He’s made a difference, he’s touched lives. He is not a failure. At the time he needed them most the people who George give up his dreams for came to his rescue…

Clarence… Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends

I think what I love most about George is his attitude. Except for that one night George never got bitter. He never lost his enthusiasm, he never lost himself…

Strange… I sat in the beauty salon today and started writing this post. I had no idea the It’s a Wonderful Life would be on television tonight but it is. I’m about an hour in so, I’m going to leave this for later and give the next hour my full attention. However when I reach to the end it’s not only George Bailey I’ll be celebrating. I’ll be thinking to myself as inevitably the tears fall… because of you Lord, it certainly is a wonderful life.

Trusting Him,

I have a confession... after I watched this movie for the the first time I rang lots of bells because you know that every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings :)

Written Dec. 3, 2011