The weather report called for snow and sleet today. It started before we left for church this morning! I was glad that we still had our service today, even though recently I’ve been missing bits and pieces of the sermon time due to Adam’s amplified vocal abilities. The afternoon prayer time and children’s catechism class were canceled due to the weather, so we left early but took our time to get home safely while it was sleeting. This is our third year in this house, and this is the first time we’ve had enough snow for the children to finally test their theory of whether or not the back yard would be suitable for sledding…
This morning I woke up with a splitting headache. I know it was from staying up too late last night. Yesterday we let the kids stay up a little later since we didn’t have anywhere to be today, and because the kids went to bed later, my husband and I did, too. Then I stayed up even later then he did since I was washing a load of laundry and I really wanted to put it in the dryer before I went to bed. And….I was also surfing the internet and those things combined led to a ridiculously late bed-time for me, and a horrible headache in the morning. Thankfully, it wasn’t anything that 2 ibuprofen couldn’t cure. I was good as new after a few hours. My daughter Macy was so sweet to bring me a glass of water and some fried eggs to my bedroom where I was laying down waiting for my medicine to kick in. She’s barely as tall as the kitchen counter herself but she is already becoming very adept in the culinary arts!
I need to take care of some much-needed housework today, as our house gets pretty messy from being so busy with school and activities during the week. I don’t have much time for housekeeping throughout the week so I often try to catch up on the weekend. When the weekends are busy the housework keeps getting pushed back and it makes it really hard to keep everything organized and neat. I know I’m in a busy season and a lot of people live here but I continue to try to train my children to a least put things back where they belong. Most of the time I feel like I’m fighting a losing battle!
Later on in the day my husband took me out for a lunch date at a cute little Greek restaurant nearby. I’ve been to a Greek restaurant only one other time. I’ve decided I really, really like Greek food. My husband had the gyro and I had a chicken souvlaki salad. I wish I could figure out how to make that soft-as-a-pillow pita bread from scratch!
After dinner my little sister and her family visited for a short while. Although they currently live out of state, they are moving here in the spring or summer. They were in town attending to some housing relocation details. She brought me some “hand-me-ups” (as I like to call them); some clothes and toys that my nephew isn’t using anymore. I’m so thankful for the second-hand goodies; it saves me so much money!
We are supposed to get some snow tomorrow. My children don’t believe it. They tell me the weather man lies to them, so they don’t trust him anymore. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out!
Today I went grocery shopping….look what I found!
Chocolate peanut butter! I never knew it existed. I was actually looking for a dairy-free version of Nutella when I found this. It sort of tastes like a melted Reese’s peanut butter cup!I’ve also been enjoying these holiday-themed flavored teas. I wonder if I could find them at other times of the year, especially the sugar-cookie tea. Mmmm! The only problem is that the kids decided that they were going to have a little tea party this evening and I think I’m going to have to replenish my stash.
Nothing really Christmas-y going on here today, but the latest news around here is that Adam has graduated from the army-crawl to a full crawl! He has also learned how to pull up to standing. That means he is all over the place, exploring and getting into e-very-thing! Today he made friends with Pepper, one of our pet rabbits.
Today the kids joined me in watching a session from John Macarthur’s Strange Fire conference, led by Justin Peters, on the Word-Faith Movement. I’ve been watching the sessions slowly, a little bit every day or every few days. Some of the featured video clips of charismatic “teachers” are absolutely outlandish. One of my homeschool friends called me up after watching this to tell me that it really opened her eyes and helped her to realize the lies behind the movement. What these so-called “prophets” proclaim is little more than blasphemy. Did Christ come to make us healthy, rich, and prosperous? No, He came to save our souls, to save us from our sin. He came, to die, to conquer death. Here on earth, we most certainly won’t live “our best life now.”
For those of us who are believers, we look forward to the new heaven and new earth, with glorified bodies, worshipping God before His throne. The Old Testament saints looked forward to the coming of their Savior. Each year, in celebrating Christmas, we imagine the anticipation of His arrival. But Jesus is no longer a little baby in a manger. He reigns, He sits on the right hand of the Father, He has conquered death. We worship Him in anticipation of His return.
One easy thing that you can do together as a family during this holiday season is to participate in daily scripture readings in anticipation of Christmas. In years past we have followed “Jesse Tree” scripture readings, but this year we are following this schedule found at The Gospel Coalition. Here’s another free offering over at Desiring God.
Our town kicks off the Christmas season with a “holiday stroll” down it’s historic Church Street. Residents are invited to journey by foot to festivities that include a petting zoo area, carolers, sweet treat freebies given by local businesses, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. We live close enough to this district that we always walk to the event. “Santa Claus” arrived at 6:15 by fire engine. The church on the corner gives out hot chocolate and fresh popcorn. There were bonfire stations at each block where the kids enjoyed roasting marshmallows on a stick. The old train depot opens during this event and inside you can view miniature train sets operated by the local train club. This year, the weather was perfect, a little chilly but not too cold. We didn’t pet the animals this time but we have in years past. We have enjoyed this family-friendy free event every year we have been here in this town and the children really look forward to it!
I though it would be neat to try something different this year, and I’ve been seeing it a lot in the blogosphere to try to post on a topic for month, so I’ll try it! 25 days of Christmas…but I’m starting a day late.
Yesterday as usual we went to church for worship and fellowship. Our church’s order of service includes a morning “Equipping hour” that is like Sunday School, sermon and worship time, fellowship meal, then a prayer time concurrently with a children’s catechism time. Because my husband is an elder I have seen up close and personal the sacrifice and perseverance it takes to diligently serve the church. What does it have to do with Christmas?
BECAUSE OF CHRISTMAS….
Christ came! He came and instituted his church. He appointed disciples to help lead the church. Were they perfect men, the 12? No! They were human with human faults. Before His ascension He gave them a simple charge: go, and tell. Later in the book of Acts we see how the Holy Spirit led the early church fathers to continue God’s work, creating networks of believers wherever the Spirit bade them to go. Today I’m thankful for the church, for the men that persevere, that work hard to serve Christ’s followers, laboring together.
Thankfulness flows from a contented heart, not only a heart that says, “it is enough,” but from a heart that declares, “it is enough, and much more than enough.” Some gifts we are given can’t be bought in any store; let us worship God with thanks for such gifts. Let us who claim grace not say we need more, as if our heavenly Father does not know what we need. Here at our home our cup overflows though our wallets may not. We have much and we have enough. We will gather with family and friends tomorrow to feast on food that feeds both the body and soul, and we will be thank-full.