Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I’ve Been Given Much

For Christmas my parents gave me the book Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis. From what I've read so far it’s an excellent book. She shared a verse in the book that stuck out to me…"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48. I have been given much. And I wonder what it is that God wants from me.

Missions has been a big subject that seems to come up quite often in my life lately. I have no idea what it is that God wants me to do when I grow up but sometimes I wonder if He’s quietly beginning to nudge me towards a life of missions. I have no idea where or what kind of work..but I wonder about it sometimes. As I read Kisses From Katie I read about her life in Uganda..about the poverty there..about her love for the people there…about how she has had a life of much..and then she comes into contact with people who have so very little. And yet people there are praising God and they are thanking Him for what they have. And then here I am taking for granted the things I have and not often enough thanking God for everything He has given me.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1

Friday, December 23, 2011

It’s Merry Merry Christmas Time!!

It’s merry, merry, CHRISTmas time!! So let’s talk Christmas traditions ;).

For as long as I can remember the kiddos in the house have always done a Christmas Eve play of the Christmas story…it gets a little interesting every year to try to find something/someone to be Joseph ;).

Another tradition..which I like very much ;)..is we get out a folding table to put all kinds of our Christmas snack foods on ;D. One snack we have every year is peanut butter crackers coated in chocolate….hehe, yeah, it’s yummy :).

Then on Christmas morning when we get up we open presents..but first we always have to sit with our stockings and get our pictures made…and it used to seem like it took a looong time..of course ;). So what are some of your Christmas traditions?

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The World Race

Every year our church hosts a Lottie’s brunch. You can read about Lottie Moon here. This year we had an amazing young lady come speak. Her name is Genae Lanier and my family has known her for probably around 9 years. This past year she went on what is called the World Race. She traveled to 11 countries in 11 months helping in the different countries in so many different ways. She has some amazing stories and I would encourage you to go and read her blog here. One of the stories she told us was about a woman in, I think it was Swaziland. The woman came up to them and asked them to pray for her. The woman’s hands were shriveled up and her fingers were bent into her palms..there was no way she could move them. So they prayed over her and when they finished the woman stretched out her fingers! God had worked a beautiful miracle. The woman picked up her 50-pound bag of rice, put it on her head, and as she walked away she was stretching her fingers in and out :)