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Saturday, December 27, 2008
Christmas is Over
How many things did you take back? How many trips to the mall have you already made? How many cookies did you eat? Christmas has come and gone and now we are in those fun days between Christmas and New Years. I pray that your Christmas was a spectacular time of fun and fellowship with friends and family. Now your starting to turn your thoughts to that new fitness machine you got for Christmas and how starting January 1 you are going to turn yourself into a fitness expert,.....but for now.....you get another cookie. So many parties, so little time.
As we head into the new year, I challenge you to take some time to look back over 2008. Think about your successes and your failures. What did you do right, what mistakes did you make? What can you learn from the past year? What would you do different? In 2009 determine to learn from your history. 2008 was a difficult year for all of us, but guess what? We are still here! We are still standing! We all have some areas to shore up and strengthen, but we can do it. Make up in your mind...."When January 1 gets here, I am going to another level". Let's strengthen one another and believe that 09 is going to be the year of growth for all of us. If God be for us who can be against us!
Merry Christmas to you guys. We love and miss you very much. I just had a really funny memory... remember in the old church when we had our family Christmas service and a bunch of us were all sitting on the platform. I just remembered that Sis.Wilson was not there (I think she was taking care of Becky) that day so we played the entire service over the speaker phone... and somehow it slipped out that we were eating popcorn in church... using THEIR popcorn machine and making an absolute mess in the entire sanctuary. Remember she FREAKED OUT!!! LOLOL Those are some of the greatest and sweetest memories of home... even if we did have a huge mess to clean up. Keep making those fun memories. Love you all.
Hey Baby-very cool! You know I am not a blogger, but this one had to be commented on! Thank you for keeping Jesus first in our relationship, our children, our family, our church-OUR WORLD! Everything else in life pales when measured up to the precious name of JESUS! I can't wait until tommorow-the Christmas-Jesusmas party begins! xoxoxoxoxox more than chocolate!
I came across this picture recently and wound up staring at it for 5 minutes. Which is the front? Which is the back? Can it really be driven? Can you imagine pulling up beside this car when you were really tired? Do you ever struggle to get a handle on things but they never seem to make sense? We all do. This is the way life is. Just when you think you got it all figured out you get knock sideways by something from out of nowhere. Crazy things happen to good people. Sometimes life just doesn't make sense, but don't give up. You will get through it. Keep your head up, you will smile again.....09 is going to be better than 08! God is on you side....and you are not forgotten. I love ya...Merry Christmas everybody.
Go eat a cookie, you will feel better. It may not fix the thing your facing but at least it will taste sweet.
Brother Young, I looked at this picture confused as you were. Then, I saw the writing! I was going to find out the secret! You want to know what the words say? Probably All. They must be meaning everyones a little confused! LOL. SarahAnne
Merry Christmas! This is my favorite time of year. Family, friends, parties, cool music, intimate worship experiences and don't forget the food! Everyone's family has their own particular traditions around this time of year. Some of these traditions go back generations while others are relatively new. One of our traditions is "Pizza at Christmas"! I know your trying to figure out "Why, Pizza?" Let me explain, we were starting a church and we were broker than the 10 commandments and could not afford some big fancy christmas dinner. Besides, who wants to really do turkey and ham in a sunday school room. It just so happened that Domino's Pizza was running a special holiday coupon, so we had 2 pizzas delivered, followed by unwrapping the presents. It was so fun we did it the next year....and now almost 16 years later we still do "Christmas Pizza".
Another annual event is the "cutting of the tree". Every year the 4 of us load up in the truck and head to Slough-house. There is a huge ranch there that allows you to come cut your own tree. This is one of the greatest family moments of our year. We wind up playing hide & seek in the woods, and then running like crazy people back to the truck before we even think about picking a Christmas tree! When we finally settle down and pick the tree, we cut it down, load it up and then the party really begins....it is time to decorate the tree and everyone knows you cannot decorate a tree without christmas music and something sweet to eat.
These are the moments that families cherish forever. The gifts will be forgotten but the memories will live forever. Maybe you are just starting a family, or maybe you have never thought to take the time to create some of these special moments. Start this year. Do not wait another year. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Get your spouse, your kids or someone you love and create a moment that is free from everything except love for one another and let it become a tradition!
(If you don't believe in Christmas trees, ...uuuh, don't read the 2nd half of this post. Just eat pizza!)
Bro. Young, it is so true about making memories and family traditions. It makes children feel secure and peaceful.
My boys are now 17 and 22. When I suggested this year about maybe I shouldn't put up the tree, my 22 yr. old, Kyle, said, "No, Mom! You HAVE to put up the tree!" They never outgrow the traditions and happy times. :) I happily put up the tree and it looks beautiful. You can see it on my blog.
God bless you and your family and church this Christmas and may your New Year be filled with many wonderful miracles. Love you!