Friday, December 24, 2010
"Greatest man in history named Jesus, had no servants, yet they called him Master. Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher. Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. "
This has been ONE of the very best Christmas seasons of my whole life! I've had less than 10 cookies the whole season and just rejoice in the victories He gives! And because of the grace to eat moderately and exercise, I've had more energy to ponder many times this month the real reason we are celebrating. I've contemplated His incarnation with such awe and wonder-- the WORD made flesh for us!
Had a LOVELY evening last night with 2 friends and my sister-in-love [we say love instead of law] I was so thankful that I was feeling better and we were able to get together. We served hot apple cider, roasted pumpkin seeds, popcorn, pumpkin bars, ritz cracker cookies and lemon bars. And I had hot water [didn't want the calories from the apple cider], one ritz cracker cookie and about 2 cups of popcorn. VERY satisfying!
My son, Jonathan, does intarsia projects and yesterday he finished his Christmas present to his dad.
Well, I have a busy day in the kitchen. Christmas eve we have Chicken Chowder, salad and butterscotch crescent rolls. On Thanksgiving day, we exchange names for gift giving among brothers/sister/parents on Christmas Eve, so tonight we will have gift exchange and then enjoy cookies and ice cream. Looking VERY forward to time with my precious family.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I know everyone can go to the email and read this but I wanted to make a comment on this one:
Taking two steps forward
Slow and steady has not always been an inspiring concept. It's not as sexy as speed and sharp turns of direction. But it may be just the thing to keep you from running out of gas, while still moving you forward. Abe is telling us that the most important thing is to keep walking forward, no matter how slowly. Sometimes slowness can be frustrating. You might become impatient; you might get discouraged with a setback. But a setback doesn't have to set you back. Simply using it as a learning opportunity can leapfrog you ahead again. From now on, try paying attention more to your direction and less to your speed. Be patient, focus on a little bit at a time, and soon enough, you'll be further than you ever thought. Besides, it's a good bet that by always looking forward, Abe rarely looked back in regret. End of SP reflection
I was so struck with the truth of this email. This has been the key to my MIND shift about losing weight and embracing a healthy lifestyle. NOT in a hurry, patiently putting one foot in front of the other and slowly and steadily walking towards the PRIZE. The temporary prize is I lose weight and become healthier & live life to the fullest; the spiritual prize is the fullness of relationship with Jesus, walking in the Spirit and having those living waters flow in my heart. It's SO worth it!
And I finally get it: the tortoise REALLY does win the race!!!!!
And JESUS is forever stretching out HIs mighty hand to help me finish the race!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Christmas Gifts for Men
Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women.
Follow these rules and you should have no problems.
When in doubt - buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he
already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to
complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No
one knows why.
If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word
ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. "Hey George,
can I borrow your ratchet?" "OK. By-the-way, are you through with my
3/8-inch socket yet?" Again, no one knows why.
If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car, a 99
cent ice scraper, a small bottle of deicer or something to hang from his
rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.
Never buy men bathrobes. Once I was told that if God had wanted
men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn't have invented Jockey shorts.
You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they
have worn out. If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen
TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips,
and flips, and flips.
Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after-shave or
deodorant. I'm told they do not stink - they are earthy.
Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a
couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks.
Shorts. Cups. saucers. Door. Lock. Sink." You get the idea. No one
knows why. (ABSOLUTELY TRUE!!)
Never buy a man anything that says "some assembly required" on
the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left
over. No one knows why.
Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr
Lumber, Home Depot, John Deere, Valley RV Center, and Les Schwab
Tire. (NAPA Auto Parts and Sears Clearance Centers are also excellent
men's stores.) It doesn't matter if he doesn't know what it is. ("From
NAPA Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn't this a starter for a
'68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! thanks.")
Men enjoy danger. That's why they never cook - but they will
barbecue. (No one knows why) Get him a monster barbecue with a 100
-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The
challenge! Who wants a hamburger?"
Tickets to a Cowboys game are a smart gift. However, he will not
appreciate tickets to "A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts."
Everyone knows why.
Men love chain saws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chain
saw. If you don't know why - please refer to Rule #7 and what happens
when he gets a label maker.
It's hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum
extension ladder. Never buy a real man a stepladder. It must be an
extension ladder. No one knows why.
Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at
least The Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8"
manila rope. No one knows why.
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