Monthly Archives: December 2009

Acc. On

Cars have a feature that allows you to turn the accessories on without having to actually start the car.  It comes in handy when you’re waiting in a parking lot for someone.  You can listen to the radio, roll down the windows or just check the time.  It’s a handy feature to have. 

On a car.

I have discovered that I, too, have a feature that turns on accessories without getting the motor running.  Every Wednesday my hubby works in a neighboring town – which means he needs to wake up an hour earlier – 4 a.m.  I have finally gotten used to his alarm and most mornings I don’t even hear it.  But there’s something about Wednesdays…. if I manage to sleep through his alarm then the bathroom light creeps under my eyelids or I hear him shuffling about in the dark – trying so hard to be quiet.  Some mornings I’m able to roll over and snuggle the cool spot on my pillow and drift right back to sleep.  Unfortunately, most mornings my brain slips into ‘Accessories On’ mode.  The radio in my head pops on to some annoying all talk station.  It really wouldn’t be so bad if I actually started at 4:30 in the morning.  It would be nice to enjoy some quiet time before the kids all wake up.  But I don’t.  It just drains my battery.  I lay there trying to switch the station to a soothing ocean – to shut that voice off so I can fall back asleep.  There are mornings that it is quite literal.  I’ll put in a movie and turn the volume down to the point that I can barely hear the action and hope that it will distract my brain without engaging me in the movie.

This morning I kept telling myself that if I rolled over one more time I was going to get up and put on a movie.  I was almost to that point when Beans stumbled into the room and asked if she could sleep with me for awhile.  Ah, another trick to use… sometimes hearing a baby or child breathing in their sleep will lull me into a peaceful slumber.  Or I end up just laying there listening to them breathe.  Which is exactly what happened this morning.  And then this post popped into my head.  I gave up the battle, grabbed my quilt and plopped on the couch.  I’ll probably put on a Netflix movie in the hopes that I will snooze but it’s getting dangerously close to The Boy’s natural wake up time.  If all else fails there’s always naptime!

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Daniel 10

This morning in our SS class we had some very interesting conversations about the Enemy and him minions.  We were discussing the many ways he tries to trip us up and get in the way.  One of my friends brought up something she remembered in the book of Daniel that talked about a prayer being answered but the Angel delivering the answer was waylayed.  This sparked a conversation about just how much “power” do demons have?  Can they – and do they – delay God’s answer to prayers? 

I looked through Daniel until I found the Scripture she was talking about.  It’s from Daniel 10 and here is what it says:

  • 12.
  • Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.
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  • But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Exactly what does it mean that the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted the angel?  Was it a demon or a person?  Either way – how does one detain an angel?  By the way, I assume that this is an angel speaking since it was a vision that was only seen by Daniel.

I would love to hear thoughts on this.

At some point while digging through Daniel I followed a footnote back to Genesis 6:4 – which has always been an interesting bit of Scripture to me:

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  • The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
  • “…the sons of God”  Would those be angels?  They had children – Nephilim – that were heroes and men of renown??  Makes them sound important and yet so little is said about them.  I would also love to know more about this.  Who were they?  Do they still come here and have children? 

    I’ve always taken the philosophy of “major on the major points and minor on the minor point”.  These little side tangents aren’t foundational to my faith but they are still interesting.

    If you feel like chiming in – please do.  Or add your own bit of interesting Scripture.


    Love

    I have really enjoyed this Advent season.  We’ve tried really hard as a family to focus on Jesus and not so much on all the busyness and hub-bub that this season can bring.  The Jesse Tree devotions and ornaments have been a great way for us as a family to touch base each night and to celebrate the different aspects of God.  Because we aren’t opening gifts until New Years we’ve done very little shopping which has also helped to keep clear of the dreaded mall and shopping chaos.

    Today is Christmas Eve.  Tonight we’ll go to our church for the candlelight service.  The fifth Advent candle will be lit tonight… the candle that represents Love.  Most often I am drawn into the joy of the birth of Jesus.  I picture the humble stable, a tired mother, a relieved father and tiny little baby boy.  I imagine the joy that Mary and Joseph must have had while gazing at their baby.  This year it really hit me that there was another Father gazing down at His son – yes, with joy and love – but what else must He have been feeling knowing the reason why He sent His son.  His heart must have been aching… so full of Love for us…

    It is because He loved us first that we can love Him, that we can love others…  Think of that tonight and tomorrow as you gather with your family and friends.  When your heart feels so full of love that you just have to embrace your spouse and squeeze your children – remember that it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with His Love.

    I received a phone call from my Pastor last night.  He was calling with bad news.  One of our church members had passed away yesterday.  This couple had lived across the street from us when we first moved here and they had become very active with the youth in our church.  He had such a passion and love for the junior high students.  My heart breaks for their family.

    I am also thinking of my friend that passed away in March.  This is the first Christmas for her husband and kids without her.  How hard that this must be for them.  I know that Christmas was one of her favorite holidays and she loved to decorate her home and she was so joyful.  My heart breaks for their family.

    I imagine that Heaven is celebrating a mighty Christmas.  I think we have no idea the magnitude of worship – the magnitude of Glory…  I am sad for the many families and friends that are missing loved ones.  If we could catch but a small glimpse of Heaven – to see our loved ones celebrating with hosts of angels – we would weep.  Not of sadness but of joy.

    This Advent candle is Love.  Love so complete – so full – so pure…  Celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus!!  Be filled with His joy!!  Wrap your arms around your loved ones and tell them how much God loves them… so much that He sent His one and only Son… 

    Merry Christmas!! 


    Humbled

    It is always so humbling to be on the receiving end of generosity.  One of the Sunday school classes at church adopted our family this Christmas because we’re out here all alone without family nearby.  It was completely unexpected and brought us to tears.  What a blessing!


    Let it snow, let it snow, let it melt!

    The forecast is calling for 12-18 inches of snow between tonight and tomorrow.  The kids absolutely love the snow.  It doesn’t matter that they don’t have any proper snow gear.  They’re happy to tromp around in soggy jeans and tennis shoes.  It just seems to silly to go out and buy boots and bibs for a couple of snow days.

    I have vowed that this year the kids will experience the joy of sledding.  There’s an elementary school just down the street that has an excellent hill – complete with a fence at the bottom to stop the kids from skittering out onto the busy road.  It’s the same hill that I want to use to introduce ice-blocking to Roanoke. 

    After the snowball fights have ended and the sledding comes to a stop we’ll tromp inside and peel off the layers.  The kids will ask for hot chocolate and we’ll huddle around the heater trying to get warm again.  And then… this is the part I’m dreading… We’ll have dirty, mushy snow on the streets and sidewalks.  The kids will whine to go outside only to discover it’s not that much fun to play with ice and the odd clumps of snow.  The backdoor will become muddy.  The front porch will become a collection of wet shoes and the odd mitten.

    It’s not supposed to start snowing until the afternoon but already the kids are on snow watch.  Aimlessly wandering by the windows… hoping to catch a glimpse of a little flurry of snowflakes.  It’s going to be a long day for them.  I haven’t told them yet that there are rumors of a chance of snow on Christmas.


    Did a pig just fly by my window?

    “Have yourself a Merry little Christmas…”  “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”  “Frosty the snowman…” 

    How many times have you heard the same holiday tune while out shopping or cruising in your car?  For years I’ve thought that there must only be 10 Christmas songs and every store had them on an endless loop.  They didn’t think you’d notice it was the same song if last time it was Bing Crosby, this time it was Elvis and next time it would be the Chipmunks.  But I was on to them….  I became the Scrooge of Christmas music.  One of the only times my former boss got angry with me was when I slapped on a pair of headphones in protest to the office Christmas music.

    I have had my fingers so firmly wedged into my ears that I haven’t noticed the change in music.  Sure they still play those same 10 songs but they’ve finally added enough new songs to shake up the playlist!  I still refuse to play any of those stations that play nothing but Christmas music starting the day after Thanksgiving.  But I have actually rocked the iPod with some festive tunes this year.  The whole ONE cd that I have.  While I don’t mind listening to it twice my hubby, on the other hand, quickly changes the playlist after one rotation of the songs.  Which brings me to you, my faithful friends…. What’s new on your Christmas playlist?  And what’s the one song that’s gotta be on there – old or new?


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