Christmas Anniversary

Some one just told me that there was one Christmas Birthday. The rest are anniversaries.

Think about it. Christ came as a babe one time. Now we celebrate it year by year as his birthday when we shuld be calling it an anniversary.

Alright…picky, picky. Yes it is and does it matter? After all the results are the same. Love and salvation for the sinners, the you and the me of this world.

I read my facebook page and see the traditional Merrys, Ho-Ho’s and Jollys but interspersed heavily are the bah Humbug. Christmas sucks and why an I wearing myself out comments…

Sad isn’t it, that so many of us have missed the message of anniversary and are still trying to keep up with the birthday?

Cause after all is said and done…it is done. Christ died for us and we can just rest in that now and forever…

Irish Potato Make Ahead

Irish Potato Casserole

By Belinda
My dear friend and fellow writer and blogger, Brenda Wood; asked me for this recipe after I served it at our writers group Christmas dinner.

Irish Potato Casserole

Recipe shared by: Carolyn Harman, Harrisonburg, Virginia;Parkview Mennonite Church
8-10 medium potatoes, peeled
8 oz package cream cheese
8 oz sour cream (I replace this with 8 oz Greek yogurt)
½ cup melted butter
¼ cup chopped chives or green onions
I clove garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
Paprika
1.       Cook potatoes and mash. (Do not add any liquid.)
2.       Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Add potatoes and all other ingredients except paprika. Beat until all ingredients have combined. Spoon into lightly greased 2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika, cover and refrigerate overnight.
3.       Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through.

The Best Christmas Card Ever

I invite you to watch this, courtesy of Tracey who sent it to me. Be blessed. As this year draws to a close,  as life happened even in ways that might not have been your choice….always remember this. God remains in charge. He loves you and always makes choices that are for your best, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time. Hugs……Brenda J Wood.

http://www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=2007134554829&source=jl999

Double Whammy

Years ago, I learned to balk at a Christmas with more than one big meal. That’s because we spent our first Christmas day together, running from pillar to post, trying to make everyone happy. So Ron, infant Judith and I trailed a mile down the road to my parents for seven am breakfast, drove through a blizzard to Gran’s for lunch an hour away and finally scurried home to serve dinner at our house for all of Ron’s family…..WHEW!!!

And who was cause of all this commotion? Me. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I felt guilty for saying no to anyone, so instead I hurt my own feelings…. and my family’s.

Little by little over the years, with Ron’s encouragement,we cut down to only one or two events per holiday. Today though, I find myself going to the Keenagers catered lunch and the Writer’s Nest home cooked Christmas dinner. WHEW!!!

Why? Because I can. And because all of these dear people are my friends and I love being with them. And because I decided I wanted to, with no guilt involved. It bears remembering that guilt is not from God.

Yesterday the first copy of my first children’s book, The Big Red Chair (CD included) arrived at my door. I’ll be reading it at both events. It is a happy, funny, sad love story about life and death…..

I wrote it because our smaller grandchildren didn’t understand what happened to their Afi. I expect lots of other little ones feel the same. We often unknowingly and unfairly lock them out of our grief.

And yes it is for sale….

What Language Do You Speak?

Hebrews 1:1-2-God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world (NASB). Christ, Creator, God, Heir, High Priest, Jesus, King, Lion of Judah, Mediator, Risen Lord, Shepherd, Son of God, Ruler, Holy One of Israel, Life Source, Saver from Sins.

No matter the name, it is all the language of ‘Son’ and when we search for him, we will find him. LIONOFJUDAHCHRISTCREATORHEIRGODHIGHPRIESTJESUSKINGRISENLORDSHEPHERDSONOFGODLIONOFJUDAHJESUSMEDIATORRISENLORDSONOFGODKINGJESUSCHRISTHOLYONEOFISRAELRULERSHEPHERDLAMBOFGODRULERLIFESOURCESAVERFROMSINSREDEEMERKINGGOD

Prayer: Oh God, help us understand this wonderful new language of ‘Son’ and then please fill our lives with his presence. Amen.

about the author: Brenda Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com “I believe Jesus is the answer to every question.”

Brenda Wood is a motivational speaker, writer and author of Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living. She is also a recovered bulimic who has gained and lost several 1000 pounds over the years! She understands the pain of overweight and the agony of life with an eating disorder. Brenda is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humor and quirky comments.

Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind AND….

Just wanted to tell you it has been a very productive week here. Finished Nanowrimo with room to spare AND finished the edit of both The Big Red Chair ( my new story book book for grieving children – which also includes  a CD!)  AND Meeting Myself,Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind. I expect to be able to offer The Big Red Chair for sale for Christmas!