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A Not So Silent Night

12/17/2014Posted by Helene

 

My son's favorite Christmas song this year is Silent Night, and I can't help but think of this post of Helene's from two years ago.
 
Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm

All is bright
 
The cattle are lowing the poor baby wakes,
The little Lord Jesus no crying he makes...

What do you imagine the manger scene was like?  I like singing both Silent Night and Away in a Manger, but I am suspicious about the picture they draw.  Few of the times when I was present at the birth of a new baby has the picture been "calm."  Okay, maybe after baby has been given a bath, had his hair washed, is wrapped in clean clothes and swaddled in a receiving blanket and asleep, there's "calm."  For about 5 minutes until his tiny newborn tummy is empty and he's mewling for milk!

A Good Guest

12/15/2014Posted by Helene

 

Christmas seems to be the most popular time of year to have guests.  In the last month alone, I have been in the homes of at least 7 different people.  There are parties and cookie exchanges, not to mention the on-going rounds of visiting the sick and Bible study.  I hope I've been a good guest.
I've had some bad ones at my house over the years.  People who weren't gracious.  People who needed to be served or entertained.  People who were dissatisfied with everything.  People who left without picking up a glass, throwing away their trash, or worrying about their muddy footprints.
You might be surprised to find out that Jesus actually had quite a lot to say about how to be a good guest.  We've covered his words on not being a prideful guest before, however there are a few more suggestions.

All I Want for Christmas

12/12/2014Posted by Helene

 

Perhaps of all the people in my life, my Mother-in-law knows my little quirks the best.  I say this based on this evidence: she did not bother asking what I want for Christmas.  Everyone else still held on to a smidgen of hope that I might be able to come up with some useful suggestion.  They are all doomed to disappointment.  I'm hopelessly unable to think of anything I want or need.
I'm not trying to be difficult, it's just that I'm a little ashamed to ask for anything else!  I have a wealth of spiritual blessings: redemption, grace, a Savior, hope, confidence and the Holy Spirit to name a few.  A positively embarrassing wealth of relational blessings like wonderful parents, in-laws, great kids, a wonderful hubby, a few beloved forever friends and a fabulous church.

Spiritually Uplifting Gifts for Grown-ups

12/10/2014Posted by Helene and Melissa

 

Last week we gave you a holiday gift-giving guide for the children in your life.  This week we'd like to share some ideas for your more seasoned friends and family, from youth on up.  Remember, these presents are the kinds that will encourage your loved ones to live out Philippians 4:8 and think on things that are true, honorable, just, and lovely. 

Women: These are books for the ladies in your life, whether they be mothers, daughters, sisters, or friends. 

Heart to Heart Devotional: Thoughts for Women  -- This is a compilation that Heather Pryor put together of devotional articles, quizzes, poems, Bible verses, and even recipes.  They all came from a bulletin she put out for the ladies at her church, and her purpose in writing them has been to encourage women to have a closer relationship with the Lord.