Fat Chance

 

God says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (From Philippians 4:13) Does he mean even when I have one arm in a sling….I think so!

Then I ask myself why I am still fighting that last ten pounds?

It is long after the Christmas season and I continue to struggle on. (Notice that I haven’t spent much time on that topic yet this year!)

Contrary to our opinion, the Bible actually says that we can be perfect. Thankfully the meaning is also complete and lacking nothing essential.’ Listen to this!

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. (James 1:4, AMP)

Possibly that last ten pounds is only our own lack of perseverance. Let’s face our own shortcomings and our own truth without blaming God for our lack-a-daisy attitude.

Prayer- Lord, let us meet next year with ten less pounds than this year. Amen.

The Great Return

 

This week begins the season of the Great Return, you know when everything you spent hours looking for and many dollars buying gets returned to the unknown abyss.

Do you know what happens there?  Untold bunches of stuff are taken back to their original store, where they are then sent to some kind of discount place store. All will be sold for a tiny percentage of original value.

Is anything we own of any real worth? Clothes get baggy and worn, dishes break. All that really lasts is our relationships.

Sadly they don’t go on forever either. People move or die and everything is over…unless we have the hope of seeing them again.

The only thing we can really count on is our one on one relationship with the Lord. Thankfully it is non-returnable.

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.   (John 1:18, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, draw our hearts to what really lasts…the Christ. Amen.

Celebrate Mall Music

 

What kind of state are we in when Christians complain we have Christmas music playing too early or the stores decorated too soon?  We should be cheering when we have any opportunity at all to bring up the name of Christ.

Let’s stop whining about music in the mall. If we don’t, everything will be festive this and festive that. Festive is the replacement word for anything Christmas. It means anything cheerful: it means anything related to a celebration of feasts, festivals or holidays. Christmas is slipping out of our hands. All we hear is festive trees, festive school concerts and festive holidays.

Do we want festive sales, festive music and festive decorations? Before you know it we will have the festive Christ, a Christ whose only purpose is to festive!

Rejoice in every Away in the Manger, or Noel, Noel. Those are scriptural words echoing into malls and halls; a word that we are still allowed to share. Grab onto it with both hands and turn up the sound of Christians rejoicing in the Christ.

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! (Philippians 4:4-5, MSG

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