Thursday, December 31, 2009
So, I will say "goodbye" to 2009, too. It wasn't a bad year for us. It was probably one of our best. Instead of losing a job, (2009 was a bad year for the nation, economically.)
I got a new job. It is a job that is a lot of work and stress, but Jeff says I'm happier when I'm working. Like others have posted, I see so many around me who have gone through or are still going through very difficult times with very serious health issues. I am very thankful that at this point in our lives, our family members are all healthy.
Of course, I have no idea what 2010 holds, but it seems that each year holds at least some blessings from our Lord. I am already blessed by a very wonderful family, extended family and friends. I know I am going to be blessed by the 2 precious new additions to my brother's family. Hopefully they will be able to adopt the girls this year.
Being wife, mom, daughter, sister, in-law, aunt. . .are all blessings all their own.
Being a teacher is a blessing.
I'm lookin' in on 2010, and I'm very excited to open up the blessings that our Lord will have for us all this year!
Now, I'm off to the Youth New Year's Eve Party!
Happy 2010 to you all!
Happy Thankful Thursday and Happy New Year
to you and your family!
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and the book of Titus.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
2 Timothy 1:7-9,23-24
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me, his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel, I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know who I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.
What you have heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. and the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I have decided to see if any of you would like to join me in doing the Bible Study by Mary Akassian,
began on Dec. 29, 2009
Read all of I Timothy and all of Ecclesiastes!
I chose I Timothy, because I have a short Bible Study book, by Elizabeth George, titled I Timothy-Pursuing Godliness.
The Bible study takes the book of I Timothy verse by verse, but I just wanted to begin by reading the whole book from the Bible. My Christmas gift from my parents was a Large Print NIV Life Application Study Bible. I am really enjoying it!
I really enjoyed the whole book of I Timothy.
This is the very last verse of that book:
I Timothy 6:20-21
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter, and the oppposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.
Grace be with you.
I chose to begin with Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament, because today's devotion from Journey was the often quoted scripture from that book, about A Time for Everything. I read the whole book of Ecclesiastes and enjoyed its poetic form very much!
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Today, I am thankful for the "time in between".
The time between Jesus' birth and his death.
The time between my salvation and today.
The time between my wedding and today.
The time between the birth of our children and their leaving home.
The time between Christmases.
What are you thankful for today?
I am linking up with Sonya at http://truth4thejourney.blogspot.com
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This is the shelf filled with just some of the Christmas decorations that we have.
Here is one of our Snoopy light up decorations, just for fun.
This stocking was made by a very sweet lady who worked as my Foster Grandmother, several years ago. She has gone to heaven, now.
Monday, December 21, 2009
"All I Want for Christmas"
Truly, in all ways, for everyone, all I really want is. . .
GIANT PRINT BIBLE!
this is a nice gift to get from my husband. It's okay that I have "no surprises". We like to shop together. He still wrapped my gifts up very beautifully, and I will unwrap them on
Last year, my Mom bought me a pair of short brown boots, and my Husband bought me tall black boots. I still wear both of them, but have already gotten them scuffed up, by kneeling down, working with my students.
So. . .those are the gifts that I already know I am getting, but know that I will enjoy!
What I really want is to be with all of my family members, and for us all to enjoy being together and focus on JESUS!
What do you want this year for Christmas?
Saturday, December 19, 2009
and to http://redswriting.blogspot.com/2009/12/twoc-gift-wrapping.html
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
1. my youngest son led a classmate to the Lord at school!
2. the young man who accepted Christ came to church last night, and brought his brother and another friend with him!
3. we have the GOOD NEWS to share with others all year.
4. my daughter will be home from college this afternoon!
5. Jesus gives us all a reason to LIVE!
What are you thankful for today?
I'm joining others at http://truth4thejourney.blogspot.com/
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I really need to write this post. I do have a grateful heart, and can always think of so many things that I am thankful for every day, but. . .my face and tone of voice do not always show it!
Laurie, at Women Taking a Stand, chose the theme of Protection for this week.
Today, among many other things, I am thankful that. . .
1. God gives us each protection in so many ways every day.
2. God protects our kids for us, when we can't be with them.
3. our country is protected by brave men and women.
4. I still have both of my parents.
5. This time next week, Kalyn will be home for Christmas!
I am linking up with others at
What are you thankful for this week?
Monday, December 7, 2009
I guess this year, the only parties I am going to are "office parties", but not really "office parties" like the big company parties. Last year, we went to the Rotary Club party, but this year, we went to Jase's basketball game instead.
The only entertainment at the bank party is always what is sometimes (like on Keelie's post), described as "Chinese" gift exchange. Jeff always calls it. . .for some reason, Blogger won't publish what Jeff calls it! It's not bad!
As for "Ugly Sweater" parties. . .I am one that still wears the sweaters to work and church and at home, every day from Dec. 1-25, and sometimes past Christmas Day, if we are still celebrating with family.
My work party is next week, at a cafe, from 4-6 p.m., with an Ornament Exchange.
Jase does not have a basketball game that day, so I am looking forward to it.
I'm not a real socialite, but I do think we should try to take the time to have fun with our co-workers and develop relationships.
What kind of Holiday Parties do you enjoy?
Join the fun at Keelie's TWOC Blog Party!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
The verses above tell us to BE STILL and KNOW that HE IS GOD, and that He is exalted in the earth. Then, the next Psalm is just one of the Psalms that tells us HOW to exalt Him.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today, like Laurie at http://womentakingastand.blogspot.com/
I am also thankful today for
3. honest, hardworking people.
4. God's provision.
5. God's perfect plan.
I am also joining Sonya and others at
What are you thankful for today?
Happy Thankful Thursday!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Our Christmas tree is a traditional, artificial one, full of 27 years worth of special ornaments. . .stuffed Santas that I sewed by hand (and I don't sew) and apples that I painted-our first or second Christmas. . .a few ceramic ornaments I made. . .many, many ornaments that each of our three children made. . .ornaments made by my Grandma. . .different ornaments that my Mom has given each of us every year. . .different ornaments each year that my sister-in-law, Alyssa paints The Hammocks on. . .ornaments given to us by special friends. . ornaments that belonged to our grandparents. . .Angels. . .Snowmen. . .snowflakes. . Santas. . .our kid's pictures, names and handprints all over the tree. . .