Celebrating Jesus!

 Christmas day began early in our house

    with twinkle toes tapping down the stairs,

              peeking around corners to check on

                              any signs of life in Mom and Dad

                                            and peering around another corner  

                                                                    for signs of Santa.

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Usually I am up earlier with our beagle, Carmel, who wakes me up pretty regularily around 6 am to do her business — but even she slept in a little after a late night of wrapping and more wrapping. Our kids honestly didn't want (or need) much this year but I managed to pick up a few things here and here to supplement the one big family gift of a PlayStation Move – the first gaming system we've invested in.  


The previous evening we attended a lovely church service in the bare-bones school gym where our humble church worships. The service consisted of Christmas songs and scripture following the story of Christ's birth, life, death and resurrection.

Christmas songs are so rich in expressing why we celebrate God sending His son as a small baby to live among us and grow up and then die a sacrifice for our sins only to be resurrected as our intercessor in Heaven. Yes, He understands our pain. Yes, He is listening. Yes, the greatest gift on earth is celebrated at Christmas. What a powerful example to us -how we should live, eat, breath, walk, exist -knowing we are a creation of God, made in His image, ready to do His work at any given turn.

Christmas 005It is so easy to get caught up in spending too much money at Christmas, eating too much and fretting about all of it afterward.  Yesterday, on Christmas, I tried to simply enjoy every minute thoroughly, soaking in the youthful beauty and innocence of my growing girls, appreciating my husband's generous spirit that works hard to provide for everything we have and who stayed up with me wrapping presents {for the first time ever} when he had a horrible cold, enjoying time with my in-laws who came up for lunch and shared a delicious buffet of our combined labors of foodie love, rejoicing in the joys of Skype that brought my family into the room from S.C. and N.C. and ending the day with the lovely family of my sister and her in-laws over in N.J. What a blessed gift we all enjoy of good health, prosperity and knowledge of Christ as our saviour.

My hopes for you today are that you too can know that there is so much more meaning to life than surviving day to day and it's built into the fiber of our beings, woven by God from the womb. He wants our heart and He gives so much in return – peace, love, joy, the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Soak it up.




Begin the New Year in a whole new way, deciding to let God guide your decisions, your dreams, your actions. He will change you and your world.

Luke 2:28-32 (NIV)

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
   you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
   and the glory of your people Israel.”


{Couldn't resist throwing in a few pictures of the day! Wish I had gotten more but the day got away from me. Too busy enjoying it to document it.}

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  1. I’ve been soaking it up this year too. Merry Christmas!!

  2. Vickie Oldham says:

    Mr. Shelf Elf has a very comfortable seat.
    Love your message. Also love the pics of the girls.

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