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Archive for December, 2009

New Years Eve!

Another year (2009) has passed us by so swiftly!  It seems as if we just blink and another day has gone wildly on its way.   We say “where did the day go?” It just sped away into eternity and is long gone – never to return!

The question comes to mind “How did we spend our time that we were given during the past year?”  Did we spend it wisely or did we just wile it away?  What about the words we spoke, were they hurtful or helpful?  Did we discourage or encourage others? Did we spend our money selfishly on the things of this world or did we give to the furtherance of His kingdom? Did we serve the Lord half heartedly or with all that is within us?

We have only one life and it passes away so quickly!  The older I get the  more I come to realize why God’s Word says in st. John9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day;the night cometh, when no man can work, also whatsoever thy hand finds t o do, do with thy might.  There is nothing we can do to change what we did, or didn’t do, this past year.  We are now entering another brand new year if the Lord tarries and is willing. So as the apostle Paul said “forgetting those things that are behind,let us press on toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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White as snow

White as snow
I hope you like the snow as much as I do! Now I dont relish driving in the snow storm but I do like the snow. The first snow fall is always so exciting, everything looks so white, clean and pure. I remember when I was just a kid how excited we were over the snow. The first thing we would do would be to roll in the snow and make snow angels. If the snow was packy we would make snowmen and have snowball fights, tunnels through the snow and build snow forts. Oh there was just so much to do! Then when a little rain or a thaw came and it would once again get colder the snow would have a glimmering crust. Oh what joy! Away we would go, grab a toboggan or even a large piece of cardboard box as everyone gathered together on our hill to have a sliding party. We just loved the snow and I think the same is true today for those who love the outdoors.

Then there are wash days, today bedding and sheets are mostly colored but back then everything was mostly white. White sheets, pillow cases, dress shirts, etc. What a sight to behold as they all hung on the clothes line. They looked almost as white as the snow. If one happened to be stained or soiled the least bit it would show up so plain and would look so bad with the pure white clothes. We have all used the saying,”it will be just as white as the snow.” Just put a little bleach in the water and watch how white it would emerge, or put a coat of white paint on the ceiling and see the difference. You can always tell where you left off as there is a definite line between the clean and white and the old part that now looks so grimy.

At one time our hearts were so full of grime and dirty. We looked every bit as bad, if not worse than our yards before the first snowfall (that is putting it mildly). Our hearts were black with sin and shame. There seemed to be no way out. Oh the guilt that flooded our souls! Then one day we heard of one who could cleanse our hearts and wash us whiter then the whitest snow. What glad news what a hope! The blood of Jesus Christ can wash away every sin and even the stain and make us white and pure. His blood was not just blood of another spotless lamb. His blood was precious blood for it washed the sins of man. His blood can heal our bodies and sets our spirit free, im so glad his precious blood was shed on Calvary!

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CHRISTMAS1

What is the true meaning of Christmas?  In a recent newspaper account of an interview with six people only one of the six said Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Christ! Others thought of it as only another holiday. They apparently didn’t know the reason for the season and the giving and receiving of gifts except for the fact that it is a tradition. Most people teach their children that dear old Santa Claus is the main factor at Christmas!

  • I had always been taught that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season and that Santa Claus is just to commercialize and help make profit for the merchants.I came from a large family, Dad worked in the woods most of his life so we didn’t have a lot of money and didn’t get a lot for Christmas, but we really appreciated whatever we received.   On the last day of school we had a Christmas Program in the old one room  school house.Then we would receive a chocolate bar.  Our Church, too, had a Christmas concert each year and we always received a bag of candy!  Young and old  alike looked forward to both of these gatherings. We were even allowed to have recitals about the Christ child, back there.
  • I always enjoyed the Christmas season and the giving and receiving of gifts. We would be so excited we just couldn’t sleep! We would have to go to bed fairly early so Mom and Dad could get everything ready for morning.  I remember going downstairs pretending to be oh so thirsty I just had to have as drink of water just so that I could get a peek at that plate of candy with my name on it!  Although we were a very poor family there was always a gift under the tree, it may be only a coloring book and crayons or some much needed clothing.  Always we each had that plate of candy and an orange,with our name on it.
  • Anytime after midnight we would start running to Mom and Dad’s room asking, is it time yet? Answer would be “no, go back to bed”!  A short time later another  one of us would do the same thing.  They sure didn’t get much sleep but were as excited as we were! As soon as 6 am. came Dad would go downstairs and start the wood fires to warm the house up. Then we would make our way downstairs, Len usually sliding  down the banister!Before any gifts could be opened Dad would read us the true story of Christmas from the Bible  Luke  chapter 2, how that Jesus Christ came to earth as a babe in a manger to become our Saviour.  What an exciting story and best of all it was true! We then had prayer and thanked God for everything, especially His gift to us.  This is why we give and receive gifts today! We would then be allowed to open our gifts which were appreciated so much. I can’t remember ever saying, or even thinking, I don’t like this or that.  We were deeply grateful for what we had received.  We would then get our plate of candy and have some breakfast.   We spent the rest of the day visiting or have visitors or friends in.  My, times have changed! Today people want to take the Christ out of Christmas by making it Xmas.They want to have a great holiday celebrating  a tradition that has no meaning for them.
  • So, let’s put Christ back in Christmas, right where He belongs.  Let’s keep Him there for all to share , Let’s keep Him on the throne. So when we celebrate Christmas don’t leave the best part out.
  • Let’s put Christ back in Christmas for that’s what it’s all about!

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PEACE!

When I think of peace I think of my son’s cottage on Maquapit Lake.  It is so peaceful there I would love to spend my whole summer right there! Now my sister and her family prefer Prince Edward Island as they think the noise of the ocean waves are peaceful.  I once had an aunt who loved to walk through the cemetery – she thought it was so peaceful, although she didn’t like funerals any more than I do. I just can’t imagine finding it peaceful to visit the cemetery.  I imagine that one day I will be resting there should the Lord tarry, but  while I’m alive I prefer to stay away from it. Canada is known for her peacemaking efforts around the world.  This is commendable for our country! We do have a great Canadian Army but sad to say one of my  former Sunday School students was recently killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan while trying to help keep the peace as so many others have been killed over the past few years. Our hearts go out to all their families!

One of the first scripture verses my dad taught me to memorize was Isa, 45:7. I form the light and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things.  Jesus Christ was a Peacemaker. When he was out on the sea with his disciples one day a bad storm came up and his disciples were afraid.  They woke Jesus up and he just spoke the word – Peace be still!  The sea was immediately calm!  Some times when I have trouble getting to sleep at night I start repeating Ps.4:8  I will both lay me down in peace and sleep for thou Lord only maketh me to dwell in safety!  I am so glad I can trust Him because He never slumbers or sleeps but is always there listening for the cry of his children.  Ps.34:4 Tells us to seek peace and pursue it.  Heb.12:14 tells us to follow peace with all men. 1Tim.2:1-2 I exhort therefore,that,first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men, For Kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  JOHN 14:27Jesus puts it like this- Peace I leave with you,my peace I give unto you.Not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid! 2 Thess.2:16 Now the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.  If you don’t have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life, as your saviour, you don’t know what you are missing!  Oh the sweet peace and joy that fills our heart when we are serving Him!  He didn’t promise an easy road, we are still human and the rain falls on the just and on the unjust, but he did promise to be with us always. You will find He will carry you over those rough places in your life! 

Peace! Peace! wonderful Peace, coming down from the father  above;  Sweep over my spirit for ever, I pray, in fathomless billows of love.

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The Comforter

When I ask people what they like to do in their spare time I know many would say I just like to curl up in my lazy boy with a good book and my comforter. Others perhaps would say it is just such a comfort to have my friends in or somebody near that I can call on in time of need, or it is such a comfort to live handy to good neighbors. Some say they like their comfort foods. I know that if we could have these things all the time we would tire of them as we all like to have our own private time as well. Now I, too, like my own private time but on the other hand I love having company! Most everyone knows I am not a great housekeeper so I don’t think they come to see how messy my house is today. I am thankful for friends who come just to visit and encourage us a bit. I have a granddaughter who never likes to be alone and she really gets it quite honest. Now I don’t have to be alone to talk to myself (no, I’m not crazy nor do I have money in the bank)sometmes I just have to reason things out with a sensible person, so guess what, that person is me! lol. This does happen once in a while when someone else is around and they manage to get quite a kick out of it! When my dad was living I enjoyed talking to him and he always tried to give me good advice which most of the time I would take, at other times I would take my own selfish way and later on be sorry for it. Although I remember one piece of advise he gave me and to this day I am not sorry that I didn’t go the way he told me I should. Sometimes when I carry on a conversation with myself it doesn’t always turn out for the best. But there is another one I go to for advice and that is Jesus, my heavenly father. If our earthly father knows how to give good advice, how much more our heavenly father who knows the end from the beginning! He really knows what is best for me and I don’t have to worry about the end results. Oh what a difference it makes to get together with my heavenly father! He gives me excellent advice at all times, and He is always there, day or night to hear my cry! As we communicate I can feel his very presence as he puts his loving arms around me and draws me closer to Himself. I am not alone anymore as He has promised to never leave or forsake me and there is no way that I plan to walk away from Him as I just couldn’t live without Him! There is so much joy in His presence as His Holy Spirit fills my hungry soul. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory! Oh what a comforter is His Holy Spirit! He said “I will not leave you comfortless I will come to you”St John 14:18. He always keeps His promise! I love the 14th. chapter of St.John’s gospel. He also says”because I live ye shall live also!” What a comfort is God’s word and His promises as he speaks to our hearts and minds through His precious word and by His Spirit! Thank you Jesus for being my very best friend and for the comforter you have given to me! The name of Jesus is higher than all names. You can name a sickness or any problem. At the mention of His name, they bow, they fall! The name of Jesus is higher than them all!

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