Late Christmas Cards

Lord, I love how I can go to the mailbox the days after Christmas and still be delightfully surprised with Christmas cards. I had an early therapy appointment that had left me so depressed, so I am glad you had me check that box. What a very welcomed greeting of love and encouragement from a dear church family friend.

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I even had one from my dietician coach (or at least the program), but it was still a pick me up regardless. It made me think on my coach and smile.

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And a card from a missionary family that I cannot mention by name, nor where they are serving. The fact that they took time out of such busy and dangerous times to send a greeting… just overwhelms me and convicts me in a way I cannot describe.

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My Spirit had really been crushed at the blow of reality and it’s unrelenting smack in the face. Being suckered punched by life can easily dowse the Christmas Spirit when we allow ourselves to be distracted. Having to accept more and more limitation and changes is a fact of life. My church friend, my dietician team, and my precious missionary friend have their own daily lives. But they picked up a card, wrote my name along with a quick note, sealed it, stamped it, and mailed it.

This may not mean any thing to some people, but it made my day! Feel free to keep’em coming! 🙂 Hear a prayer from my heart to Yours for each one to be safe, blessed, and loved on. Thank you for allowing these cards to arrive in your perfect timing.

Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus!

The Christmas Countdown is completed! Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday Jesus! 

Just to be able to say that is a gift! While we are still able, we are to tell it to all the world about Jesus coming to set us free! To share His love with a dying and hurting world. ❤

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR JESUS!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU 🙂
GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE! ❤

Happy Birthday, Emmanuel! I’m so glad you came… and are coming again!

Me & God love you!

Merry Christmas to everyone! May you take time to think on your heavenly Father who gave us all such a precious gift in Jesus! He willing sacrificed, allowing His Son to be away from home for 33 years just to make us a part of their family! Joy to the world!

Gifts 2017 #24 Emmanuel (God With Us)

Christmas Countdown: Jesus is such a GIFT!! I could never put into words what Jesus has been to me personally. As I continued to work on my written testimony, I realized through the years that Love Came for Me right before my life had a series of crushes that could have made me so bitter and anti-God, but by the beautiful grace of God… the number one thing Jesus did for me was let me know God is always with me. He made me a heart for Him. And from that moment when I was 8 years old, it has saved me more times than I can count… from myself!

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

– James 1:17 KJV
This includes Jesus… Emmanuel! ❤

Gifts 2017 #23 Christmas Cards

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Christmas Countdown: Christmas Cards and notes are a gift! Christmas cards can cheer, encourage, lift a lonely soul, update, inform, or simply send a greeting. Praise the Lord for ones that explain the true meaning of Christ, or simply display the wonder of a Heavenly King coming as a manger baby to save a dying world.
I was blessed to receive 13 greetings… 6 by postal mail, 1 at church, 3 by email, 2 by Facebook Inbox, and one delightful international surprise phone call from my Australian daughter Andi! 🙂

Below are some of the cards. Some cannot be displayed or mentioned of sender or what country they serve as missionaries. But because they can see this post, I want to say, “Thank you! Merry Christmas! Praying for you! Me and God love you!”

From LeneinJapan (Wrestling with Faith – Dancing with Jesus, and Song of Virginity)

 

From a long time dear friend at my stepdad’s church friend

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From another dear church friend where our sons were in youth group together.

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From a long time family friend I know through my mom.

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From my Canadian friend of the Quill 😉 Sayer Teller of Oaken Wood

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I will be using this one to say Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! It’s a picture I took years ago of one I had but lost. I do not remember who sent it, but it is so beautiful! Happy Birthday to that little darling in the manger. ❤ I love you, Jesus!

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Gifts 2017 #22 Neighbors

Christmas Countdown: Neighbors are a gift! My stepdad has the most loving, thoughtful, and protective neighbors. They’re always looking out for him, noticing any new vehicle or person, coming to make they are welcome, bringing him foods and make sure he knows he’s welcome in their garden whenever he wants something, and so much more. Yesterday one was sent by his wife to drop off a goodie box! A large goodie box! 🙂 And we’ve already emptied it, and are using it for large stockings my sister has for everyone.

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That large box had 4 little red stockings that read Jesus, Sweetest name I know!

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Oh how that melts my heart! ❤ There was a large food bag filled with a party mix, several different food storage containers of homemade sweets and treats, a nice fresh banana bread, and a very large ham! And at the very middle of the box was a Christmas card to Bobby and family, along with a special article. They had thought of all 4 of us in the house. The article was on being ready to tell about Jesus any time, any where, day or night… and then be ready to do it again… as often as possible. Praise God for neighbors!

Gifts 2017 #21 Prayer Warriors

Christmas Countdown: Prayer Warriors are a gift. They are such a blessing and so encouraging. I have many friends who are in need of prayer and encouragement this Christmas season. Please help me to pray for them.

shian.1Shian is dear to me. She led our bible study, and the Lord used her during a very challenging time of my life. I memorized the entire book of James. I cannot tell you how it helped me through multiple MRIs and other imaging, doctor appointments and procedures, and more. May the Lord return than blessing and encouragement to Shian. Her back fracture led to finding she has cancer (multiple myeloma) in her plasma cells throughout her body. At this point she is continuing chemotherapy and will prepare for a stem cell transplant. This is her with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law.

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I do not know what God has ahead for Shian, but I know He is a God that can! Heal! Comfort! Just this week Crystal (my friend that you have been helping me to pray for during her chemo treatments this summer to combat her Hodgkin’s lymphoma) found out she is Cancer free! She is a survivor! Praise God!

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There are still many others who need us to pray for them, including many of you on WordPress who are dealing with your own struggles. Christmas continues even though someone doesn’t feel well. The year will completely end and a new one begin. We need our prayer warriors… and we need to be one! May God bless you each one who prays. Lord, please be with my friend, Shian and her family. Help Crystal to continue to be well. Be with each one who needs you. Thank you for allowing us to pray for one another.

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
– James 5:13-16 KJV

 

 

Gifts 2017 #20 Safe Snow

Christmas Countdown: Safe Snow is a gift. I love the feature WordPress has designed to allow us to have snow falling on our blogs. Sometimes I just sit for long periods of time enjoying it, sometimes with music. Have you noticed that if you move your cursor to the left, it snows toward the left? If you move it the right, the snow falls to the right. If you move your cursor back and forth playfully, the snow dances. It’s silly, but so fun. And no one has to worry about slick roads, school closings, accidents, power outages, or getting stuck in anywhere. Thank you, Lord, for sun fun features.