With time, women gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads, that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated, and happy.
Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror, I will think, 'Good grief, look how smart I am!'
Smile, God loves you!
Play a game of Hangman
Picnic by Designs by Krista.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
I wrote a post for New Year's on my other blog "Freedom NOW Ministries" - please stop by and check it out. While you're there, I'd love it if you'd join my blog.
I want to wish ALL my wonderful blogging friends a very Merry Christmas!
I hope you each have a chance to spend time with family and friends, eat a lot of delicious food, exchange gifts, and get some probably much needed rest.
If however, you are not able to have the "ideal" celebration here at Christmas...I pray you will STILL celebrate the greatest gift of all...God the Father sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
He humbled Himself and came as a baby, lying in a manager, so that you and I could experience true joy, and peace, and ultimately have everlasting life.
I am grateful for the many gifts the Lord has given me - my family, friends, church, good health, a hope and a future...but nothing compares to the gift of knowing that Jesus is Immanuel, God with me. He will never leave me or forsake me. He won't leave or forsake you either if you've accepted the gift of Salvation.
I pray you will experience His presence today and everyday throughout the New Year.
Today my family and I were out running some errands after my
son’s basketball game.As usual this
time of year, my patience is tested with the crowds and the traffic. I was given
evil stares as I made room for a man in his minivan to go by – even though HE was
going the wrong way down the lane in
the parking lot!
I told my boys that
this time of year brings out the best in some people, and the worst in others,
depending on what’s in their hearts.
True intentions of the heart are often exposed during the
holidays (due to the focus on family, friends, celebrations, and giving – all this
coupled with stress, social and financial obligations, and sometimes dysfunctional
flows a little easier at Christmas, as people participate in a variety of
different outreach programs. Whether it’s “Angel trees”, “Shoeboxes through
Samaritan’s Purse”, donating to the “Salvation Army”, or just baking something
extra for your neighbor - a lot of people live out the message “it is better to
give than to receive”.
is brought to the forefront, as witnessed on Black Friday when shoppers
trampled one another to get a good deal.
is easily recognized as drivers, and long lines make the busiest of people do
something they don’t normally do…WAIT.
secret of the heart that is often brought to light this time of year is depression.Whether it’s due to loneliness, the loss of a
loved one, absence, distance or division from family & friends, or
financial stress…depression comes
knocking on the door a little louder & clearer during the holidays.
My errands later led us to Wal-Mart. By this time, my
husband and kids couldn’t take anymore – so they opted to stay in the car while
I did my shopping.When I returned, Bobby
told me what he and the boys witnessed.
A lady came out of the store, loaded up her groceries, got
in her car, and laid her head in her hands and began to cry. They have NO idea
what was upsetting this dear women!By
the time I came out of the store, she was gone.Bobby didn’t feel at liberty to approach her by himself, but he said his
heart really went out to her.
Thankfully we can pray to a God who knows
exactly why she was crying – AND knows exactly how to help her!
Interestingly enough, we just spent some time yesterday with
two of our precious friends, discussing the topic of compassion verses
pity.As you see people hurting this
Christmas, for whatever reason, make sure you offer them true compassion (which
comes from the Holy Spirit) and not just pity. Compassion is usually backed by
action – The Bible talks often about Jesus being “moved with compassion.” We don’t have the capacity in and of ourselves to have compassion,
only pity. Believe me, people can tell
the difference! The only person who appreciates
your pity, is someone who insists on staying a “victim” and craves attention
anyway they can get it. Otherwise, people want authentic/ genuine, from the
So keep your eyes, ears, and hearts open for those who may
need some extra encouragement, fellowship, or prayer.Ask God to fill you with His compassion and listen for how He might have you act it out.
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