Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I Miss My Kids!

Today I was thinking about how exciting it is that Christmas will be here on Sunday. It made me think of wonderful Christmases past. This year I miss my Jason and Aubrie. It will be the first time in a long time that not all of us will be together. I am so thankful for a family that loves hanging out together.

The fact is that I saw them in August for a few hours but I miss them NOW! I would gladly exchange all of my gifts to get to have them home for the weekend.

You see, I am blessed beyond measure. I have four wonderful kids and five AMAZING grandkids and the one most over-the top bestest ever husband in the whole wide world! God has truly blessed me, so for this year I will be grateful that most of my kids will be home and the ones that won't be will be in a loving environment of their very own. I am so thankful that each and every one of my kids and grandkids know and serve Jesus, the reason for this wonderful season!

Merry Christmas and have a Wonderful New Year!

Shanin

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And Whatever You Do...

1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

This is found in Colosians 3:1-17 I love this passage! Man isn't God's word rich? I have read this passage many times and EVERY time it speaks to me. There is always more refining to do, isn't there? People in the world can be hateful and shoot Christians can be hateful but what is our response? The Lord has been speaking to me about taking on the offenses of others. Sometimes that can be the worst offense! Especially when it strikes close to our kids:) Now that doesn't mean that we let them off the hook but it is our job to handle it in a righteous manner! I think the key is in verses 15-17 Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body; and be thankful. How often do we catch ourselves being ungrateful? Or maybe not being ungrateful but just in a rut or routine? I have been caught in a routine! But the Lord says to be thankful. Verse 16 is awesome! Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. How can we know these things without letting the Word of Christ dwell in our heart? How do we get the Word of God in our hearts? Not by osmosis or fellowship or even the once a week Sunday Message but by reading the word! I think that is where we are so vulnerable. The enemy knows that if he can just get us "too busy" or distracted by whatever means ,(ie: sickness, christmas parties, dissension), then he might get us distracted long enough to break our pattern of daily devotions with our True Love. The One who guards our hearts and minds! The One who gives us the answers! The last verse, 17, says And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. If we just sensored our thought patterns, actions and the words that came out of our mouths with the thinking that we are doing this in the Name of the Lord Jesus...is it worthy material to be done in the Name of the Lord Jesus? Do ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus then the last line again is reminding us to give thanks to God the Father through Him. Man we must need to be reminded to give thanks, huh? It is sure mentioned alot. So today I challenge everyone to take time, dwell in the Word, in His Presence, sensor what we do, our motives and our actions and what comes out of our mouths! Is this worthy to have His stamp of approval? Then by all means do it in His Name and have a thankful heart and countenace also! Be Blessed!