Monthly Archives: December 2010

My New Year Prayer

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Lord, Thank you for getting me thru another year.

This year has been easier, but still I cry out to you for comfort, joy and peace. Maybe I will only have peace when I’m with You.

Altho I sin, quite regularly, I mourn for the sins of others. The sins of my loved ones, also the loved ones who do not claim you as their Lord and Saviour.

My sadness to see their walking the wide destructive path in darkness.

My hope is dim that they will come back to You. I need Your hope and joy in my heart, I need You to shock me, again, into the vibrant joyous thirsty love I used to have being your child.

It’s not that I don’t believe in You anymore, Its quite the opposite. I believe You, believe you are sovereign, big, almighty and in control. I just know that You will do what you need to do with my loved ones, and it scares me, it makes me cry, because i know they will have to go thru a lot of pain before they see Your light.

And in turn, I will go thru lots of  pain to see them continue in their ways.  Pain is sanctification, I know, Dear God.

But like anyone else, sanctification hurts and I don’t really want to go thru it. I know where it will lead me. To You. so, in that sense I know I need it.

The trials and suffering my loved ones will see and feel makes me cry. The ugliness of the sin that is coming makes me ache for them.

The aching never seems to go away.

Maybe the ache is covering the hope.

Lord, help me to hope again.

I dwell upon the unseen future of my loved one’s life. I dwell upon the hurt and misery i assume will come. I dwell upon the amount of time it will take for You to do Your work in their lives.

I have no patience, Lord, give me patience and reassure me of Your love, reassure me of  Your goodness and graciousness in my life.

I have forgotten what You have done for me. I have forgotten how you lifted me from the mire of my own sinfulness.

I have forgotten that You are the creator of me, the refiner of me, the perfector of me.

You own me.. and for that I should anyways be joyful.

I ask You in Your Sons name for a grace filled hopeful New Year!

December! Christmas! Shopping! Cards! Gifts! Soap?

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So, I spend my Saturday decorating the house. Alone. So very sad. But also the season of my life.

Son is working all the time and going to school. Hubby has been working overtime every weekend. It’s about ready to kill him.

My temp job at OCC is over and I have been cleaning the house like a mad woman. Spring cleaning at its worst.. or best, depending how you look at it.

I have learned a lot being at that job. Patience: I still have none. People skills:0. Endurance: down to about 25%.

I’ve come to the realization I’m about a 10-11 hour person. Meaning i can only go for about that long before I’m utterly exhausted. Some people can go 16= hours. I bow to them, as I nap.

I worked out 2 days straight after not for 3 1/2 months. i do not recommend it.

I pulled out all the Christmas cards to mail and extra gifts to give and I bought a whole bunch of home-made soap to give out.

Yeah, I know, what was I thinking? I thought people would think it was fun to have their very own soap … but now i think its a stupid idea. Right now i have 200 bars with another 80 coming.

My Itunes is not working for me today GRRRRR!

Don’t you just hate it when you run out of check registers?

No new Years Resolutions as such, but am going to buy me some business advertising. Advertising is crazy expensive and I need to find out what is gonna get me the most bang for my buck!

Ophelia the Mystery Mutt has blown every single interview she has been on, and for every interview I have been turned down double on e-mails from people who have kids.

I mean seriously, this face, who could resist it?

Ok, boring post. I’m off to fill my Ipod for treadmill work-out.

If I don’t see you on a regular basis, Please have a Merry, Merry Joyous Christmas!! xoxo

Musings on….. When Was Jesus Born?

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I was thinking about this in my usual thinking place. The shower.

I usually read the bible literally, for the most part, unless I know specifically it’s not supposed to be read that way.

And me being the Bah Humbug sort of girl, I would love to find out Jesus really wasn’t born on ‘Christmas’, giving me another good reason not to celebrate the highly-overrated-commercial-cluster that is the holiday.

Yeah, I know, send me coal. I don’t care  🙂

From this site I took this:

Why is it important that we know when Jesus was born? We certainly do not use this knowledge to celebrate His birthday—He tells us to commemorate His death, not His birth (I Corinthians 11:23-26). The true date, however, destroys the entire foundation of the Christmas holiday. It also points to the proper time of His ministry, crucifixion and resurrection, helping to disprove the Good Friday—Easter Sunday tradition also. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, it renews our faith in God’s Word—that it is true, verifiable and historically accurate.

and this:

In addition, we should know even these details so that we can provide common-sense reasons for our beliefs. We live in a world of compromise and confusion—especially in the realm of religion—and thus we must study and follow what is true so we will not be fooled by what is counterfeit. The Christmas season promotes a lie concerning the date of the birth of Jesus Christ. We need to do more than reject the world’s explanation; we need to know, prove and follow what is true.

I can imagine people getting all testy with me even now.

From this site.

From this site.

The only problem I have with the dates are;

 no one mentions the census. yet. [ok, some mention of census but can’t agree on what kind of census]

They are saying the inns were full because of a feast in Jerusalem, not from the census.

Did Jesus get circumcised before or after fleeing to Egypt?

 Luke 2 tells of the purification and Matthew 2 tells of the flight to Egypt.

December was the pagan holiday for the Sun God. Gift giving and festivals were included.

Did the catholic church add Jesus’ birth into a pagan holiday?

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Mark Driscoll rambles around it here

From here

I actually like this one, concise, but no scripture references like the first link.

At the Hebrew 4 Christians site this is said.

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Augustine of Hippo says…

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas.

So, what do you all think? When WAS Jesus born? and does it really matter………?

If we really don’t care when Jesus was born, or stray away from our convictions of the written Word, how much further will we go to justify other things?