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Worry

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Worry can consume your day if you allow it the chance to take hold. It is hard to stop that little voice in your head once it is given a voice. So the trick becomes not allowing it the voice in the first place. Some people can't help but think of all of the what ifs. Most of us know they never happen anyway. Others have financial worries or health isssues that keep them awake. The Bible tells us to not worry about a thing because God will take care of it. I used to translate it "don't wory about anything. Let God will worry for you," God doesn't worry, but I knew that He would do better with the situation than I would. When you trust Him to take care of the situation, it is no longer up to you to fix it or live with it. When you release the worry instead of holding on to it, you become free of it. The Bible also tells us that Jesus peace was beqeathed to us at the cross (Amplified). So there is no point is asking for peace because we already have all the peace we need. We just need to hang on to it. His peace is complete just as His ability to take care of us is complete. Remember the lilies of the field and the birds of the air? All our needs are met more than abundantly in Jesus Christ and the work of the cross. The enemy was beat soundly that day. He was paraded for all to see. For this purpose was the Son of God revealed: to destroy the works of the enemy. He lost his ability to hurt us any more. God is good all the time. Why do we allow the enemy to convince us of anything else?? So today let go of your worry, the what ifs and everything that causes you to lose sleep. They no longer have the power over you unless you allow them to do so. Let us not be found with the unfaithful and the fearful. Let us be bold and courageous conquering all our foes starting with worry.

  
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/29/2011 10:57AM

  The fearful and doubters and cowards are part of who is cast into the lake of fire.

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3CATSLEP 12/29/2011 9:01AM

    Thanks, Cindy! (and boy have I been worrying about my mom - I know she is safe and God is holding her close!)

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WANDAH3 12/27/2011 4:43PM

    You are right...most of what we tend to worry about, never happens...so why worry.

Hugs,
Wanda

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WALIDGAZALA 12/27/2011 9:38AM

    I don't know what to say.
Should I agree?
just like that?

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Christmas Blessings

Monday, December 26, 2011

Things went really well for Christmas. It was a really lean year for many of our family members. I was a little surprised when I didn't even get a phone call from any of them, oh well. My son came in Christmas Eve just as we were going out to play Santa. We had a marvelous time there. One of the children ran down the hall to greet Santa at the facility where I work. There were lots of hugs and smiles. Then we went to the house of friends from church and all the cousins were there. They asked if they could see his sleigh and kept giggling and smiling. The parents were having a great time as well. When he had to get out at our mailbox to get a piece that fell on the ground, he got all sorts of honks and smiles and friendly waves. Then last night we Skyped my daughter for the first time. I was so upset that she had not received our package on time because this was her first Christmas away from family. As we began our conversation there was a knock at the door. The neighbors were bringing her box to her then so we got to see her open her gifts. It was just what the doctor ordered. All in all not too shabby.

  
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WANDAH3 12/27/2011 9:10AM

    God knows exactly what we need! Have a great day today.
Hugs,
Wanda

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3CATSLEP 12/26/2011 4:54PM

    Ah-ha! It was all in God's hands!!!!!
Merry Christmas!
Love you lots!
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Tough Start to Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Well, my son missed the narrow window to get himself home for Christmas. The roads are open, but icy. He told his father last night that he plans on coming today. I just hope he travels slowly and safely home. We have at least two inches of snow here and it is falling again. The roads are icy for most of the 4 1/2 hours home. I would rather he wait until Monday, but because he missed being home for Thanksgiving I don't know that I can count on him doing that. Then I have to go back to work on Tuesday. Then my daughter called last night and said she has not received her package that I sent on the 14th. It was supposed to get there by the 20th. So she may not have anything for Christmas at all on her first Christmas away from us. Not shaping up to be a good Christmas right now.
I will go start my pies here in just a few minutes and try to keep my mind off of everything. I am making lasagna for dinner tonight, my son's favorite. I have notified the postal service. We will go play Santa tonight for some friends from church and the kids at the facility that I work at. Should be a lot of fun if the roads co-operate. I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and hope that it is filled with wonderful memories for each of you.

  
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IUHRYTR 1/6/2012 3:26PM

    I know from reading your next blog that the gifts were delivered on time but if they had not been would that have been such a catastrophe? Is the Christmas spirit limited to only Dec. 25th? That you thought of her to remember her was a special gift in itself. -- Lou

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WANDAH3 12/24/2011 10:34AM

    This will be the first Christmas that our son is now home. His job has first dibs on his time. We weren't able to celebrate his birthday with him either for the first time. It's hard!
Hugs,
Wanda
Have a blessed Christmas.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/24/2011 10:09AM

    Awww, HUGS and wishing you a blessed Christmas.

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The Foolishness of Youth

Friday, December 23, 2011

My son lives at one end of the state and we live at the other. Last week they had a bad snow storm that closed several of the roads he has to travel to get home for the holidays. There was a small window in which he had a chance to get home and that was yesterday. About 1 pm I texted him to see if he was on his way home. He texted back to say he still had some Christmas shopping to do. This is the child who is notorious for shopping late into Christmas Eve. I got online to check the snow totals that were expected in his area and ours. He was expecting 1-5 inches and we were expecting almost the same which is really unusual for our warm corner of the state. Unbeknownst to me, his father was pretty much telling him the same thing across town. He said, yeah, and that he might have to wait a day or two to get out. I told him he could shop in Roswell or here at home. That is really a joke because all we have here is Walmart. I am really not kidding there folks. So I go to work at 4 and about 8 it started snowing. It is a really wet snow and I did not expect it to stick. Here at 8am it is still snowing and there is perhaps and inch or so on the ground. Roads all over the state are shut down to the borders. When I checked the weather status online last night New Mexico was completely white and it appeared that no one else was getting much of anything.Naturally! My daughter is in Florida and will not be home for Christmas. I am missing her terribly as this is our first real Christmas without her. Now it appears I will be without my son as well due to the foolishness of youth. When he asked his dad what he wanted for Christmas his first response was my son. Thinking it was a joke he said, "No really, Dad." At least Josh will be with us unless he can't travel the mile to our house from his. I guess the moral of this story is plan ahead. Plan wisely and take into consideration all of the variables. Leave nothing to chance unless faith is involved then it isn't chance. Educate yourself and then move in the direction that gives you the best outcome. Wisdom sometimes isn't cheap but is learned from life's mistakes. I guess that is what getting old is all about. That's why you get grey hair!

  
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IUHRYTR 1/6/2012 3:30PM

    Is Christmas about gifts? There seems to be emphasis on that. If he waits until the last minute and even simply gave a gift card to Walmart, is that so bad? If we receive no gifts, why are we disappointed? Many people do have the money to buy presents. Maybe I read this wrong, but what I took from this is that there is disappointment that he waits to buy gifts and that there is not a "better" quality store available than Walmart. -- Lou

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3CATSLEP 12/23/2011 5:14PM

    I've been covering up my gray hair! I will be praying that he gets home safely by Christmas. The temp has been really nice here! Mom is SLOWLY adjusting to the nursing home. The dementia really makes it rough. Keep us in your prayers! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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PBS on Christianity

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I have watched several episodes of PBS'sseries on the beginnings of Christianity. It has been very interesting. I would like to get the series so that I can disect it a little more thuroughly. One point they brought out was that all the gospels talked about the Passover meal and Jesus sharing it with His disciples. I do believe that He did this. They said that the gospel of John left it out and they felt that the reason was that He was sacrifced on Passover and He WAS the meal. Interesting thought. I went back to the gospels and as far as I could tell in my preliminary search of the scriptures, John did not really mention the Passover at all. I do not think this means what they said it did, but it is very interesting food for thought. He did say when He was with His disciples that the meal was indeed His flesh and blood. Now depending on which pursuasion you are, this is either figurative or, in some people's understanding, the actual blood and flesh. Personally I don't see how it could be the actual thing because when He said it, His flesh and blood were visible in front of them. Still, it makes for some interesting thoughts.

  
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PRESBESS 12/22/2011 2:37PM

    Love your post. Thanks for sharing.

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