Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
God is everywhere. Last week we visited our daughter in Scottsdale, Arizona. We took a day trip to Sedona. As we meandered down the road, Hannah said “Mom, do you see it?” And there it was! A simple yet elegant cross set in the red rock formations. It was breathtaking. He hiked up a steep hill to discover Chapel of the Holy Cross. The chapel was small, but the views were huge. They were something from out of this world. The hand of God was evident in that place.
Where have you seen God lately? Share your God sightings with the world!
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Earlier this week we received the tragic news below about my cousin’s family. Please pray for healing that can only come from God as Brooke and Hendrik remain in the hospital. Pray for peace and love and strength for this beautiful family……..
Our family has been dealt a huge tragedy today. We received news this afternoon that Eric’s sister Brooke had been in an accident with their 3 children.
This is an unspeakable/unfathomable tragedy.
We lost our sweet nephew James(4) and sweet niece Natalie(2).
Brooke & baby Hendrik(3 months)are still fighting for their lives!
We need our prayer warriors to intercede:
-For Brooke & Hendrik as they are still fighting hard and for them to be fully restored.
-For the Lord to have his way…
-We also pray for (Dad/Husband) Christopher. He is going through so much.
-Pray for family that is traveling to get there and be with them.
-for each of us as we mourn the loss of James and Natalie.
-Pray for all of our hearts… this is so much to process and take in. It’s so very hard.
We are clinging to Psalm 23 – a scripture that James has memorized and has written on his heart at such a young age already! How amazing is that.
We are also wanting each of you to love hard!
Hug your family/friends/those you love! Life is so precious.
Cling to the cross!
It’s the only HOPE we have!
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss
Another Christmas has flown by with lots of family, food, and fun. It seems like just yesterday the kiddos were small and now they are all grown. This week we transition into a new decade. Take time to remember the past as you choose what is important in 2020.
My important task is to join a group at our church who are reading the entire Bible in 2020. We are using a chronological reading plan to help the readings flow. I am beyond excited to being this adventure with my friends. What important task will you tackle this year before it gets late so soon?
Merry Christmas from our home to yours.
May you enjoy the birthday celebration of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Luke 2:1-20 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the in. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem to see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” so they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child., and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
As you ponder these verses, consider with whom you will share the good news of Christ’s birth. Be a shepherd this week!
Isaiah 9:1-7 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan. – The people walking in darkness have seen a great light: on those living in the land of shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
During advent we wait in anticipation for the coming of Jesus. Only he is able to shine his light on our dark world. When Jesus Christ returns, he will banish sin’s darkness once and for all, and we will bask in the light of his presence.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Music has filled my week and my heart. I heard children singing in preparation for their Christmas pageant at church. I sang carols with a group of 40 quilters at our Christmas party. I attended an Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith concert which included the entire Target Center lifting their voices to sing along. Last night I was treated to the voices of the St. Olaf choirs accompanied by their full orchestra. There is just something about Christmas music that heightens the anticipation of Jesus’ arrival. I pray your days are filled with music and laughter as you walk through this advent season. Here is one of my favorites Christmas classics, composed by Adolphe Adam in 1842.
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;
Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices!
O night divine! O night when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night, O night divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming;
With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand:
So, led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land,
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend;
He knows our need, To our weakness no stranger!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! your King! before him bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is Love and His gospel is Peace;
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother,
And in his name all oppression shall cease,
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful Chorus raise we;
Let all within us praise his Holy name!
Christ is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!