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September 25, 2018, 10:07 AM

thoughts of the day


So this is my thoughts of the day:

 

Woke up this morning to coolness in the air and how nice it was to be in bed with a warm blanket pulled up to my neck, And the dogs holding me down like I was in a cocoon. And I realized we are getting in to my favorite time of the year. Fall!! I love the cool mornings and the warm days, just perfect to work outside during the day and set by a warm fire at night. I love the changing colors of the trees, and the smell of fall, trust me, fall has a smell, don’t believe me take the time to stop and just smell the air, fall has a smell.

I got out of my cocoon this morning and let the dogs out and set on the porch watching the dogs and drinking my morning coffee, I opened up Facebook, scrolled past the political post, and I came to a post that made me think, 14 Fridays till Christmas. Been seeing a lot of post about how soon Christmas was coming, and each time I think wow I need to start getting ready for Christmas. But today while I was drinking my coffee, which by this time is about half gone, and my mind is starting to kick in from the caffeine, I began to think, are we excited for Christmas coming for the right reasons? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the decorations, and the lights, and everything about Christmas, but are we missing the point of Christmas with our excitement?

I love Christmas, my family is all under one roof, the food, the grandkids, the food, the laughter and joy of being together and celebrating the holidays, and the food. Did I mention the food? But also, I get to celebrate the day that The Christ was born. The day that Jesus, the Son of God, became human and lived among us. I think at times we forget the true meaning of Christmas, yes, it’s a time to celebrate, but we get so wrapped up in the celebration that we forget what we are celebrating. We forget that this is Jesus’s birthday party. We get in to such a frenzy about the right gifts for each person on our list that we forget the most important gift of all. And lord forbid that someone gives you a gift out of the blue, that just throws a monkey wrench in the whole works, now we must return the favor and get a gift in return, we cannot get with out giving in return, can we?

To many of us have this mentality that we cannot get without giving in return. But that’s what Christmas was and is about, we got a gift, and nothing was ask in return for it. The gift of Christ is a gift you could never earn, or could never pay back, you could never afford the price that was paid for it. Which is sometimes why we make Christianity harder than what it is. We try to make it about the work we do, sorry no its about the work HE did. Christ dies for you, he gave his life for whom ever would accept his sacrifice, he gave his life, so we could live. That’s what Christmas is all about, it’s about Jesus and his gift to us.

This has turned into a long thought today but I’m going to close with one final thought. I want everyone to understand one important thing about Jesus, his gift is for everyone. Yes everyone! No one is to far gone for Jesus, no one is too broken for Jesus to save. Jesus died for each and every person on this earth. He died for you and asked only that you loved him in return.

Jesus left heaven for you, so he could give the greatest gift of them all, himself. that’s what Christmas is about.



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09-25-2018 at 11:39 AM
Pam white
I get it i get wrapped up with the gifts however i remember the true meaning i started last year reading a christmas story about jesys before i allow the kids to open gifts and then gave each of the little ones a book about jesus making memories with a point and teaching them about the best gift evet
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January 7, 2018, 12:02 AM

I saw God today


Well this is my first attempt at a "blog" entry. I’m not a professional writer so if I mix my proper grammar with some country grammars please forgive me. Living out here where I do is almost like living in the middle of nowhere. I think one of the better parts of living in Edinburg is that you really don’t know what you are going to see when you look out the window or step out the door. Like one time I let my dogs out to do their nightly before bed time and I saw the biggest owl I had ever seen in the middle of the parking lot. I don’t know who were more surprised, him or me and the dogs. After a moment of staring he flew off and the dogs barked like they had done some great thing.

Or the time that I was again getting ready to let the dogs out and I noticed a group of Amish playing volleyball in the back yard. We had left the volleyball net up from a youth event and I guess they decided they wanted to play too. Needless to say I had to wait for them to leave before I let the dogs out. Although I had to chuckle at the thought of letting my 125lb German Sheppard out and seeing them scatter, I know that if I did he would want to play but when you see a big land shark running towards you, most run in fear, but I know that all he would want is to play. I know bad thought of me right. I didn’t mind them playing volleyball in fact I thought it was fun watching them.

Now the other night I saw two of the most beautiful sites I had seen in a long long time. The first one was the night of the super moon, I could see the moon rising over Trenton and it was big and glowing a nice orange before it rose over the church up into the big sky. I have seen many moon’s rising up over the horizon but that had to be one of the most beautiful I had seen is a long time. It was also one of the biggest moons I think I had ever seen. As I turned to the west to go back in to the house I could see the stars in the sky and for some reason they seemed brighter than normal, they we like bright white Christmas lights shinning against the dark blue sky. And as I stood there in the cold cold night I truly felt small, and I also felt God. To imagine the billions of planets, galaxies and solar systems in this universe and they were all created by a wonderful God. I just stood there in the cold and took it in, enjoying the beauty of Gods handy work.

It reminded me of before I came to know the Lord. I used to lay in the dark at night and stare at the night sky and just know that there had to be something out there, this was before I had come to know the God of the Bible and grew to believe in him and who he is. But even then I knew something was out there.

 It is said that we can see God in his creation and I truly believe it. When you see the beauty of starry sky on a very cold night, or the wonders of a full moon in January, or the beauty of giant Owl in flight you can see God if you take the time to really look. Unfortunately many of us do not take the time stop and look, we get busy with our lives, and we are always in a hurry, in a hurry to get somewhere, we don’t know where we are going, but we are in a hurry to get there. God’s word tells us to be still and know that I am the Lord. In laymen’s terms, (as my dad would say) set down, shut up, and maybe you might learn something. I think we all need this listen to the advice of my dad; we all need to stop, look at the world around us, and maybe we will see what we are missing, God



Comments

01-07-2018 at 6:15 AM
Rocka Rasmussen
As I lie in bed early on this Sunday morning and check my Facebook, I was excited to see Edinburg Baptist Church pop up. A Blog? This is a “MUST” read. I can picture the parsonage, the church, the parking lot , and the Amish, since this is the church I grew up in. I enjoy the Edinburg Baptist Facebook posts, and now I can enjoy the Blog. Thank you for taking me back in time ... even if just for a few minutes ... a nice way to start another wonderful day!
01-07-2018 at 3:51 AM
Danna Hayes
Thanks I enjoyed I saw god to day looking forward to next entry
01-07-2018 at 1:45 AM
Pam
Very true
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