On this day

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭4-20‬ ESV)

From our house to yours, we wish you the merriest Christmas and the most blessed new year!

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Easter, the Resurrection & Why I have Inner Peace

Inner Peace. Isn’t that something we all need? I know I certainly have it. And I will tell you why in a minute 🙂 I’d like to thank my friend Don over at http://doncharisma.org/about/ for nominating me for and for creating this Inner Peace award which in turn prompted this post.

The conditions for accepting this award are that you write a short piece on why you are accepting it. It is also suggested that you forward it on to other bloggers who you think would like it. A few, or as many as 10. It is up to you.

Why I’m Accepting The Inner Peace Award

There is only one reason that I have inner peace. I find it appropriate to accept this award as Easter draws near. I adore Easter baskets filled with candy, pastel colored eggs and dresses, bunnies, chickies and all the frill that goes along with a “secular” Easter celebration. I love the family get togethers, the egg hunts, the potato salad, the deviled eggs, etc. But what I love most of all is knowing that Easter represents the day my Saviour arose from the grave. A tomb could not hold him. The stone was rolled away and He walked out of that tomb. Knowing that I am loved enough that even if I were the only sinner on earth my Jesus would have still suffered and died and then rose again for my sins is more than enough to give me complete and total inner peace.
I don’t need to argue with people whether it is right for a Christian to participate in egg hunts, Christmas trees, trick or treating or any other part of the worlds holidays. I live in this world and I enjoy the things on it and in it. But I am not of this world. I am made in the image of Christ and do my best to honor Him. When I blow it, and I do often and big, there is Grace to cover me. And that is another post for another day.
No matter what happens, no matter how bad it gets, I know that all is well with my soul!
And that is why I have inner peace. Happy Easter, Happy Resurrection day!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1:3-4 NIV)

These are a couple bloggers who inspire me! They are both quite young. One I have been following for some time, and one I just stumbled upon. They are both great. I feel they might want to share their inner peace as well so I am awarding them and look forward to reading their blogs!

http://dewdropcorner.wordpress.com/about/

http://agraciouswoman.wordpress.com/about-me/

Badge Gallery

http://doncharisma.org/2013/10/30/awards-day-gegebearbear-inner-peace-sunshine-awards-thankyou/inner-peace-award/

Why bad things happen to good people

I’ve reflected on this topic a lot lately. Probably because a few friends who have lost full term babies recently have been on my mind and in my heart. I also know, as I’m sure you do, people who have and are currently experiencing major illness, life changing family situations, death, financial hardship, and other catastrophic events we can only imagine. So where is God while we face these hardships one might ask?

One of my very favorite books series was made into a movie. The author is Janette Oke and the series is Love Comes Softly. Despite the name it is a pioneering story full of hardships, tragedies, hard work, faith in God and yes, love. In the story when Clark meets Marty there has already been tragedy. He has lost his wife, she her husband. A little girl (Missy) has lost a mother. In my very favorite scene as Marty is screaming at Clark after his barn has just burned to the ground,”How can you believe in a God who let’s things like this happen? Did you pray for the barn to burn down, Did you pray for Ellen to be taken from you, for Missy to grow up without a mother?” Clark, in his calm, mild way takes her had and tells her to come on, “we’re going to church”! His church is a beautiful scenic mountain overlook that if I tried to describe I would fail miserably. As they sit on a log he explains that even though Missy is right beside him, she can still fall and get hurt. As her father, he will pick her up, dust her off, check her wounds, and love her. Even though he was right beside her she still fell and got hurt. He didn’t allow it, he didn’t cause it, but he was there to help her when it happened. That is the way our Heavenly Father is with us. And then he left Marty to think on it.

So as you struggle with whatever it is you are facing, follow Clark’s lead. Go to “church”. Whether your church is a walk in the forest listening to the birds, a mountain view, a peaceful stream,watching a gorgeous sunset, sitting in the park, your farm and chickens at play, whatever in God’s nature brings you comfort and rest, go to “church” and listen for His voice. Think on it. Pray on it.

Blessings,
V.

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