Merry Christmas

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And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Do believe me when I say I had the intention to appear earlier on here and share some Midweek Music songs for Christmas again, but time slips by so quickly!

Thus I am here to wish you all a truly Merry Christmas. I wish that you may feel the Lord’s special presence this Christmas as you celebrate and remember His incarnation. May the Lord strengthen, protect and shower you with His never ending lovingkindness, and answer your prayers in the New Year that is coming.

This is what I wished my friends and family in the Christmas letters I sent them, and what I wish for you too.

I think about how quickly 2015 has passed by.

How blessed I am to have health, to be alive, to have the opportunity to study and work, to have my family around me…so many other blessings God gives us.

I think of how much there is to be done, and what I pray the Lord will do through me for His kingdom.

I think of others who are in difficult circumstances, or are mourning and I pray that God would give them His healing balm.

I think of the immense and infinite glory of God’s wisdom and love as He created this World, then sent His Only Son to save us, and the masterpieces of stories He predestines and coordinates all throughout generations.

There is so much to think about, and so much to meditate upon…may you have the chance to spend some time in prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord for the multitude of graces He has poured in each of our lives and unceasingly continues to give!

Merry Christmas!!

Midweek {Christmas} Music XVIII: Jan Mulder Christmas Carol

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So I found a new artist on youtube recently! Jan Mulder plays the beloved carol Angels we Have Heard on High with an orchestra while he plays the piano and directs the orchestra.
I love listening to Christmas carols to really put me in the mood/spirit of celebrating Christmas.  I enjoy carols that range from joyful and full of cheer such as “Hark the Herald” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High” to reflective and solemn songs such as “Mary Did You Know?” and “What Child is This?”

What kind of Carols do you listen to?

A World of Books

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” (John 21:25)

It is difficult to understand how it could be literally true that a complete biography of Christ’s works would be an earth-filling library… (Click here to continue)

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Silence is broken

Scripture I read today: Daniel Chapter 6. “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governers and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was any error or fault found in him… So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.” AMEN!

Current status:  On Christmas break for about a month and a half, and couldn’t be more grateful. It’s the earliest break I’ve had since I’ve been in college, and good thing too- because it sounds like next semester will be packed.

Last week’s (and the week before) status: Write for this project, finish that assignment, keep it up cause you’ll be done soon. Too busy to write a blog post, too busy to write an email, post on instagram at least. 

Feeling like: Aaaah! Giddy with excitement that I’m on break and I get to do my stuffmy projectsand fulfill my deadlines and due dates not the ones that the professors put for me!

Today’s forecast: Rainy with bursts of sunlight between the clouds, very windy, and cold!

Current mood: Thankful, cozy, excited.

New favorite scent: Pine tree scent (ha ha! seriously)

Relieved and grateful: All the projects + assignments for the semester are complete and they were successfully done, though there was some trouble with group members who didn’t submit their work on time. My (other) group and I got compliments from our professor on the originality of our project (thank the Lord, because I worked the hardest on it, and I personally detest group projects. You can guess why).

App I recommend: Bible Memory- Remember Me
Nothing fancy about it. But it’s practical and great for practicing Bible verses you want to memorize! (Not affiliated with the creators of the app in any way FYI).
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Verses I’ve been working on memorizing:   Ephesians 1:3-12

Today’s lovely find: My mom and I went to the local home improvement store where they sell Christmas trees. And we found pine tree branches for FREE! The man sitting there who packs up Christmas trees said we could take as many as we wanted. Don’t mind if I do! We gathered an armful so we can decorate around the home and make wreaths. (You bet I’m going back for more).
I also bought a PVC pipe for a mysterious project/Christmas gift I have in mind…and I’ll leave you guessing what the project is until I complete it and maybe post about it after it’s done!

Last week’s special event: A delightful Christmas concert with a college choir and orchestra at church! They sang a few Handel pieces such as “For Unto Us a Child is Born” and “The Glory of the Lord”, which my family and I knew and sang by heart along with the choir. Here’s the video for you to enjoy too: 

Accomplishments: Got to cross some things off my to-do list today! Sent my rented textbooks back, and did overall organizing.

Still itsy bitsy stressed: Cause I have lot’s more stuff I wanna do and I don’t know when I’ll have the time to do it all….but I have to take a deep breath and ask the Lord for help, and let Him order everything.

Looking forward to: Going caroling!

I fell behind with: Decorating the house for Christmas. I feel like everyone rushed this year to decorate and is in the Christmas mood and I’m not ready.

New Christmas carol that I enjoy listening to: Love came Gently

New question for you: What has been keeping you busy, stressing you out, on your planning list, on your accomplishments list, and basically….how has this season of life been for you? 

It may be cliche for Thanksgiving

It may be cliche to share Thanksgiving verses and quotes on Thanksgiving week… 

But I found some lovely ones that I couldn’t resist to broadcast as we all prepare to celebrate the precious things God has granted us in life. 

“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.” 
[Henry Melville]

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.”  [Unknown]

“Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.” [Charles Spurgeon] 

 

Thanksgiving Prayer

We come, O Lord, these Autumn days,
With hymns of gratitude and praise.
Harvest of gold the plains adorn,
Rich fruits roll forth from Plenty’s horn;
Thou givest treasures from the rocks;
The little hills are clothed with flocks;
The seas are with their burden white,
And new Thy mercies day and night.

For changing seasons as they go,
For Autumn leaf, for Winter’s snow,
For the green verdure of the Spring,
For life in plant and life on wing,
For Summer with its ripening heat,
For hopes the rounded years complete,
For morn and noon, for night and day,
For light that marks our heavenward way;

For all the blessings of Thy hand,
For freedom in fair freedom’s land,
Pursuits of thrift that bring us wealth,
For schools and churches, peace and health,
For commerce, yielding up her stores,
Brought for man’s use from distant shores;
For countless gifts, O Lord, we raise
Our hymns of gratitude and praise.

Thou settest man in families,
And all his wants the earth supplies;
Of children, be they far or near,
Of children’s children gathered here,
We thank Thee for Thy gracious care,
And lift for them the secret prayer,
As clustered round each social board
We eat and drink, and praise the Lord.
(J. E. RANKIN)

How will you celebrate Thanksgiving? 

Not quite a Blog Post

This isn’t an actual blog post per se. You could say that it is more like a collection of thoughts that have floated through my mind lately, and I thought it would be fun to share with you since autumn is often a time of melancholy and meditation, don’t you think?

It’s funny but I didn’t imagine myself writing this blog post while sitting in a backseat of a car, driving to my favorite jogging place. I thought I would be sitting calmly at my desk typing away, but since an assignment for class today took me so long to write, I ran out of my “free” time, and since I don’t want to miss out on jogging, I decided to use my time wisely and write this blog post on the way, so I can squeeze in everything I want to do in the same day. If that even makes sense.

So here goes. My thoughts, observations, ramblings and whatnot, in random order…. 

 

It seems to me that people read less and less these days. Everyone is used to short snippets of info on social media, just a picture and a sentence. They don’t have the patience to read paragraphs and wordy posts anymore. Its kinda sad.

Also, people don’t actually socialiZe anymore. Clicking “like” on a picture on facebook or instagram or sharing a post is not socializing. They don’t even take the time to write a quick comment to say what they think of the picture. Real socializing is talking, conversating, meeting face to face, visiting, laughing together. People become so isolated.

Sometimes we look at other people’s lives and we see, and hear, mainly their success stories, or the positive side of life, the good days. We may slip into envy or self pity, feeling that everything is going well for them and they “have it all”. But in reality, you don’t have much in this world (even as a Christian) if you do not anchor yourself in Scripture. The doctrines of grace, Justification, Salvation, and His Word stored and applied in our lives counts more than all the earthly accomplishments. That is why in 2 Thess 2:15 and 2 John 1:8 and Revelation 3:11 it says to “hold fast to what you have” so you do not lose your reward. Having spiritual understanding of God’s Word is a far more precious and rewarding thing! 

I feel blessed to have friends all over the world, thanks to connections made via the blog and email. I have true sisters in Christ from New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain and across many states in the United States. I love how God worked to connect us.

There’s a reassuring rhythm, order and beauty to the day and night cycle of our world and how everything keeps going in the world as everyone does their part- day shift, night shift, all people doing their job… the city, the countryside, all kinds of workers from janitors to mailmen, to office workers, scientists and CEOs, all diligent at work, each job important to keep things going.

I wonder, since we live in this fast paced era of technology, where there is a new event on the news every day, and new updates every minute on social media and so many new things being launched all the time, we got so used to living in the “now”, and pushing for the future….that we forget. We forget the small but beautiful details of our past, or the blessings God gave us, and where we came from.

If you spend too much time on social media, start replacing it with apps for Scripture memorizing. And use your time on social media wisely- pray for the people you are following as you scroll through the feed.

….and I guess I made a theme of my thoughts focusing on social media.

The End. 

What have been in your thoughts lately? 

Midweek Music XVII: Take No Thought For Tomorrow

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. {Matthew 6:34} 

Originally, I planned to write a post with my thoughts, to share some things on my heart…but because of the recent events in the world, and because this song has been encouraging my and my family’s heart lately through the daily challenges of life- I thought I would share this song instead, and postpone my thoughts for later.

May this soothing Scripture Lullaby be a refreshing reminder throughout your day today!

What verses have encouraged you lately? What songs have refreshed your soul?