Christmas Music:Day 13

One of the things I love about Christmas is Christmas music. Here is my secret though, I have ten versions of Carol of the Bells. All on one play list. All different kinds. My husband Ron thinks its so funny. I really like that song. I never get tired of it. 

This morning our youngest son drove away to live in a new city. He will start a new job on Monday. I can say that 2018 has been jam packed with hellos and goodbyes. I think every month there has been some life changing change to happen. I feel rather breathless just thinking about it. Through it all I am thankful for them, some have been harder than others but I am thankful for the adventure that each one gives me and the solid ground under my feet. 

I took all of these pictures of our tree the other morning. I took them for yesterdays post that I never managed to write. So its good to write today. My daughter came and we went Christmas shopping. I am almost done because I need to get it to the post office.

I wait for the Lord. My soul waits,

and in His word I hope;

my soul waits for the Lord more

than watchmen in the morning. (Psalm 130:5)

Kim

Detours:Day 11

I had to think about detours today because yesterday and the day before were big detours in my life. Our two oldest adult children don’t live near us. Our daughter and her family in Tucson. Our son and his wife are on the road. When things happen to them, I must in order to keep my peace, cry out to God. (Which is what I should do because I was never in control like I think anyway.) Our son and his wife and their four boys were in a bit of an accident on Sunday. Just as they made it to Texas. 

It made me think of life and the detours. I mentioned earlier that in my Bible Study we are studying Exodus. We are at part where the Israelites are fleeing from Pharaoh and  God hasn’t let them take the easy way, but the long way and before them is the Red Sea and Pharaoh is at their back with all of the chariots and all of the horses. ” The direct route would save time as well as wear and tear on the people, but God had something infinitely more important than economics in mind—He wanted the people to be able to sing the song of praise in chapter 15—“The Lord is my refuge and my defense…my deliverer. He is my God and I will glorify Him, He is my fathers God and I will exalt him” (Ex 15:2NEB)

They sang this song because they had first hand experience of God’s power and deliverance. They would have missed this glorious lesson if they had taken the short road. When we are puzzled by delays and detours, let us think about the great purpose of life:to glorify God. The lessons He wants to teach us “in the wilderness” are priceless means of providing us with a song we could not other wise have sung:”In Thy constant love thou has led the people!” (Ex15:13)

I took that from “A Lamp for My Feet, by Elisabeth Elliot.” When I can’t get my feet under me, I always turn to her books. So today my word for today is detour. Sometimes when I take a detour, I see things I might not have noticed or even imagined. Today on this 11th day of December, I will be watching for all of the pleasant detours that the Lord has in mind for me today. I wish you a wonderful day. With the idea that I will glorify the Lord.

Kim

Christmas Brunch: Day 8

Today was the Christmas Brunch at Church. It was I think my favorite so far. The speaker was wonderful, the worship was great and seeing God in all things was just so incredible. I think watching my daughter be such a servant is really moving to me. She works the entire time and all just because of her servants heart. Whether it was selling tickets, or filling water pitchers, to just giving people hugs because they needed it was so moving for me. 

Sunday she was selling tickets for the brunch and a young woman came up to buy tickets but she had her bank card and I guess they weren’t set up for that. Emilie told the girl to call her and she would take care of it, but Emilie somehow missed the girls number. Emilie said, “The only thing I could do was to tell God, and she said when they came in the door, she knew that they were the answer to her prayers.” 

The girl just got a job here in town, but she is from Wisconsin. Her Mom is from Nigeria. She is visiting. Emilie and I had room at our table so we had them sit with us and what I love about being a Christian is we were sisters right from the start. They have been here in town for eight weeks. I just enjoyed listening to their voices and I can’t wait to see them soon. 

This is our youngest son. Next week he starts his own adventure. Yesterday was his last day at his job here in town. He will be moving to a new T.V. station next week. This makes the third one to leave. Our other son and his family have been traveling the U.S. this year. Yesterday they posted this.

They have only a few states left. They left here in April. God has been with them this whole trip and taken care of them. There have been floods, hurricanes and so many other things they haven’t told me I am sure. Then of course, our trip to Tucson earlier in the month to stay with our oldest daughter. 

Its been a very interesting year. This year, was different than any of the others. I am sure when Mary and Joseph, heard from the shepherds, about the heavenly host telling them about the birth of a Savior of the whole world, they never had any idea how the world would be changed. Babies if you think about it change the world. As I see my own children going out in the world, and how in each one of their lives they are changing the world. 

Do you remember that saying that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world?I think it still rings true. 

So day eight has given me pause today. I will have another emotional week as I prepare myself to let another fly from the nest. If you are familiar with Miss Flite in my favorite Charles Dickens, Bleak House, I am starting to feel more and more like her. I keep opening the cages and off they fly. 

Blessings from my heart to yours,

Kim

The March to Christmas:Day Seven.

Today is the first Friday in December. December Seventh. On this day in 2001 we moved to this house. We had not sold our other house. I was terrified out of my mind. No one was buying houses in 2001 because of the events of the that had happened  September 11th of that year. When we started building this house there was not any idea that the world was about to change. Our children were 19,15,13,11,9,7. We had been trying to move to the country since before the kids were born. We had finally did it and I just knew that God was going to forget us. On a day when I was standing in our other house in the back yard, crying watching the sun set. I finally decided it was time to go in the house. I had not done my devotional time yet that day. My husband had started a fire in the wood stove. I grabbed my basket that had my devotional things in it and turned to that days reading. 

“How long wilt though mourn?…fill thy horn with oil, and go, I will send thee…I have provided…

—1 Samuel 16:11 

I knew that this was God’s word for me. I finished packing and knew I must trust God with it all. It was such hard work to move all of us, and get it done. Christmas was coming. We moved in on that Saturday of December 7th. Ron took the kids back to get our chickens and the coop and bring the last load here. He had got the kids and everything in the truck, when a couple stopped at the house and asked if they could go inside and look at the house. Ron said yes and took them for a tour. They said they wanted the house and would be in touch. I told Ron earlier in December all I wanted for Christmas was a sale pending sign. By December 10th we had that sign and by December 21st. The papers were signed and by January 31 the money was in the bank. God had indeed provided. Now for these 17 years, He has provided and continued to provide. We have had weddings and parties, and grand babies. We have really lived in the house and with the youngest leaving next week for San Diego we will have one more son at home for awhile. How things have changed. I am so thankful that I am right here this day on December 7th and not moving. Writing this post has reminded me of the faithfulness and the graciousness and never failing love God has shown us and our family though the years. What a wonderful life I have lived, all because of the mercy of God. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today,

Kim 

Christmas Countdown Day Six

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Today was the perfect day for baking. Rainy, cloudy and cold. For here anyway. We haven’t had snow here in twenty years.  Every year, that is always the topic of conversation, do you think we will get snow this year? I live in the Central Valley of California. The bread basket of the world. My son and his wife have been going around the U.S. for nine months and they say that every store they go in and look at produce and look for a label of where its grown, it is here in the Central Valley.

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Today is day 6 of our Advent time of posting every day. Its a good challenge for me. It has kept my mind on the Nativity and on looking at what is important and not how much I need to get done.

I was thinking about Isaiah today. I have always loved that passage.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from that time and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.”Isaiah 9:2,6-7

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I have had babies on the brain since the birth of our 10th grandchild, four weeks ago. I had to come home too soon. I was thinking when I saw this picture, imagine holding a baby who has already been named all of the things in the above verse. Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Rocking and holding the Son of God in your arms. Smelling his sweet baby head. Rocking Him to sleep. I love that passage in Luke.

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“…And all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:18-19

Doesn’t that make your heart happy to think of Mary, hearing all of that and storing those words in her heart. I know as a new mom, the morning after the birth of my first baby, I remember waking up early in the morning, and my heart was singing for joy. I wanted the whole world to know, I had a baby. It was such a time of rejoicing. I can’t help but think Mary would have thought those things too.

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Its been a nice day to think about those things. Today my daughter texted me to tell me something cute one of my grand daughters said. My son on the road sent me a picture of a half Border Collie that he wanted me to see. ( I love Border Collies.) My other son and his wife Face timed with me on a hike with them in Kauai. My youngest son, still comes home for lunch from work. My middle daughter sends me texts with I love you Mom! As I write this my third son number five, is playing all of my favorite Christmas songs on the piano while I write. I am so thankful that I was given a gift  of Motherhood. I feel very loved and appreciated.

But imagine, Mary being told by an Angel she would be the mother of God. It just boggles my mind.  Her son would be for the salvation of the whole world. I know how over the moon proud of my children and grand children. I am sure she watched every thing he did with awe.

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Thank you so much for visiting today. Its lovely to have this wonderful experience. Have a lovely sixth day of Advent.

~Kim~

 

 

Rain and Baking

We have had a wind storm all day. The rain is coming now. I can’t write a post on computer but my phone works so I will try it this way.

I love baking. I love baking bread. There is something about baking bread that makes me so happy. Last year, I started realizing that maybe me and bread were going to part company. I really didn’t want that to happen. Almost a year later most of my health problems have gone away. It’s been almost a year, I still miss making bread. So I signed up at church to bake and cook food. I hope it helps me to just do a bit.

(This was our newly plowed pasture. I love all of the colors of the trees. The wind took most of those leaves today. )

At Bible study, We are in Exodus. We are learning about Passover. I keep thinking how Passover fits with the Christmas story. The baby born in the manger was the fulfillment of that first Passover when the Israelites left Egypt. Then I started thinking how many kings tried to stop the birth of baby boys in the Bible. There is Pharaoh in Exodus. In the New Testament, Herod wants to kill all baby boys two and under. All to stop God’s plan to save the world. To stop the plan of salvation.

When the angels appear to the shepherds in the fields they say to them, “Don’t be afraid! I bring good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,Who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you:You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

Just what I was thinking about tonight. I love how everything is a picture brought out in color for us to see. I hope this makes some kind of sense.

Kim

Day 5

On The Fourth Day of Christmas…

 

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This morning the sky was a bit pink. It was really red and I ran into get my phone to take a picture and this was all that was left. Can you see all of the wishes in our front yard?  Our front yard was a pasture, we have pasture weeds in our lawn.

Today I thought I would talk about a very quiet character that the Nativity seems to me does not give as much attention to is Joseph.

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“A virgin was engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. Her husband to be, Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. As he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: He took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son.

He called his name Jesus. A angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”  And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod.

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These are some of my favorite verses. I love that Joseph never questions the angel of the Lord. He just gets up and does what he is told. I always think that God knew exactly what kind of parents Jesus would have, and he picked just who he wanted. I think that there is that quiet devotion first to Mary, in that he didn’t want to do any thing public when he was told she was expecting. He then waits for her until after Jesus is born. Then he goes to Egypt to protect the baby from Herod and then doesn’t go back to the town they were from  but goes to Nazareth. To keep Mary and Jesus safe. I think Joseph is really a hero.

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I hope someday I get to meet him too in heaven.

~Kim~