I've been in a blogging slump for several months. I haven't had much to share about my seasonal decor. I didn't get out the pilgrims & Indians until I set the table for our Friday Thanksgiving dinner until the day before. See what I mean?
That being said, I'm ready to share my Christmas bling as I slowly decorate.
This year we have a new Christmas tree. It has a remote control with 7 different functions. We love it!
Friday evening my daughter-in-law, Kari, helped me decorate the tree with the help of my 3 year old granddaughter, Emma. The guys weren't interested in tree trimming, so it was girl power to the rescue. LOL
Here she is being silly while wearing my reading glasses.
Emma really was a delight while we were trimming the tree. I think she put more ornaments on the tree than I did. She kept saying things like, "I love this!", "Oh, how beautiful!" & "I like decorating". I think she is my 'mini me' for Christmas decorating. I kept pulling out more & more ornaments, some that I hadn't used in years.
I have many teacher ornaments I haven't used in years. Emma wanted to use them all, so we did.
I shared some history of some special ornaments like these from school Christmas parties in 2nd & 3rd grade.
I had so much fun watching Emma decorate the tree. She really did a good job. It was a memory making moment I'll never forget.
Ethan did agree to pose in front of the tree wearing his new Christmas pajamas.
Sunday started out warm & windy, we knew a cold front was coming our way in late afternoon. After lunch hubby & I decided to rake leaves, clean most of the windows, and put up Christmas lights. We were trying to finish before it got cold. About 3:00 the wind changed directions & the temperature started to drop from 72 to 42. We had to put on heavy coats. It was so windy!!! We finished all the lights as it was getting dark. We were freezing. Still have to put up wreaths & garland.
Think about just a few of the promises God has given you. He's promised to love you, forgive you, fight for you, comfort you, answer your prayers according to His plan, and spend eternity with you, to name just a few.
God has never made a promise that He could not or would not keep. That means you can trust Him with your deepest secrets, biggest dreams, and greatest fear. You can take Him at His Word and move forward in the direction He's asked you to go with total confidence.
Even when it's difficult to see God at work in you circumstances, His faithfulness is your assurance that He's not only active and involved, but He's using the situation to bring good into your life.
In God's faithfulness
lies eternal security.
Corrie Ten Boom
Wishing you a very happy last day of November . . .
You don't need a turkey to celebrate thanksgiving. All you need is a reason. God has given you more reasons to be thankful than He's created stars in the sky. So, why wait?
Start with what you see ~~ the clothes you're wearing, the food in the fridge, the beauty of an Autumn day. Then, think about the people you love and how they've touched your life. Next, consider what God's given you that can't be held in your hands ~~ things like hope, forgiveness, and your future home in Heaven. Sit quietly as God brings even more reasons to mind.
Stopping to say "thanks" will remind you of how big God is and how good your life is when He's in it, no matter what day it is.
A humble mind is the soil out of
which thanks naturally grows.
Henry Ward Beecher
Taken from ~ God's Daily Answer
Wishing a day filled with joy & thanksgiving . . .
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
It's not hard to be relaxed and peaceful when everything is going smoothly and your problems are all under control. But that's not real peace. Real peace is the inner calm God's Spirit gives you even when the world around you is chaotic, stress is bearing down on you, and things are going right off the rails at work and at home.
You get that kind of peace by trusting God and keeping your heart focused on Him. In return, His peace will keep you calm and under control. . .better able to process solutions and deal effectively with circumstances. Don't settle for a fragile peace that can't handle all that life is handing you. Put your hand in God's hand.
"Christ alone can bring lasting peace. . .
peace with God . . .peace among men and nations. . .