Ideas for Christmas Fun!

This week I thought it would be fun to share my list of Christmas ideas with you. Since my oldest, Finn, was really into Christmas for the first time last year I’m really ramping up the activities. Here is my list of things to do through the holiday season:

Christmas movie night
We all pick out an ornament that represents us
We go to Kinsey Farms to cut down our Christmas tree
Christmas cookie decorating
Tree decorating (cones)
Gingerbread train decoration
Candlelight bubble bath
Snowman pizza night
Christmas singing parade
Christmas craft night
Birthday cake for Jesus
Sleepover around the tree and read christmas stories
The minivan express (Polar Express)
Start a jar of funny sayings for 2013
Take Christmas treats to an elderly home
Make Christmas cards for a soldier
CiCi’s for dinner then ride around looking at lights
Take kids to dollar store to pick out gifts for each other
Take picture with Santa
Christmas breakfast as a family
Watch Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Christmas night before bed

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The Refining Fire – The Church

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Through this whole process there has been one factor that has blown me away. And that is the church. And I don’t mean the building, the place, or anything like that. When I say the church – I mean the body of Christ. God has done some miraculous things through His people for us.

We are in a fully furnished rental house not because of anything we did. Friends are letting us borrow (and in some cases have) furniture to fill the house. The clothes I have on today were all given through a clothing drive. I’m able to take a few months off from working to focus on my family and logistics of dealing with the insurance company because people have given us money. These are just a few of the hundreds of examples of how God has provided for us.

I started a blessings journal because I didn’t want to forgot all the ways God has provided for us through the church. I know it will be a great resource to look back on and always remember how my faith was fully restored in people and in my God.

If you have been part of the church for us – thank you. Whether you’ve given money, meals, clothes, toiletries, baby supplies, furniture, etc – we are so grateful. Words can’t say enough. But thank you for being the hands and feet of our Savior. You have taken care of us. And we will forever be grateful to you and God!

This verse is always true – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV

No matter what you are going through, you can be confident in knowing that God will meet your needs. He knows what you need even when you aren’t sure. I have seen this with my own eyes.

The Refining Fire – Changed

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Since October 12, 2013 I am forever changed. My heart will always be marked.

When I hear the word fire I get chills.

When I smell smoke or see fire my stomach drops.

When I hear people complain about their stuff I fight off contentment.

When I hear people mention the church I smile because I know what being cared for by the church really means.

When I read God’s words I know he’s close and leading us.

My life will never be the same. I’m grieving but I’m grateful. And I can still say God is always good.

The Refining Fire – Part 1

Good morning world!

It is therapy to me to be able to write. So that’s what I’m doing now. You will see a series of posts on the refining fire. That is what I’m referring to the fire on October 12th.

Last week I got caught up on my study for Community Bible Study. The lesson was on suffering in the end times. During my study I came upon this verse. It touched my soul in a deep way…

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6, 7 NIV)”

I am going through a suffering trial. However God is using it to refine me. And at the end of the day I want to live this out giving Him all the praise, glory, and honor.

Through every trial and storm I’ve seen and held on to the promise that He is ALWAYS good. There is purpose in that!

Thanks for listening…

RW

Perfect Doesn’t Exist

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Do you see those nasty dishes? Goodness who’s sink is that? Uh oh it’s mine! Hahaha! So I have really been working on having an off time each day. Mine is 8:30 pm. If it gets to 8:30 and I haven’t done the dishes then I have to leave them til morning. This is not an easy thing to do. However it is necessary for me.

There is always work to do in this house!

I’m learning slowly that down time is important so that I don’t burn out. I pray this post encourages you to create down time as well. As wives, moms, and women we need to take care of ourselves! Our job of serving our families is a very important job!

Anyway – I sure am thankful that I’ve learned perfect doesn’t exist us – only my Savior is perfect!