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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Family Time Together

It's Thankful Thursday (it is Thursday, right? The days have been running together lately!)  It's that crazy busy time of the year for many.  It usually is for me, too.  In fact, I can really "lose it" at this time of year.  I'm grateful this year has been a little different.  Several things have caused this year to be more laid back and peaceful and we have already had wonderful family time together. Yay, yay, yay! Thank you, Lord.
  • We had my father-in-law here for a week. That always relaxes everyone.
  • I ordered almost all my gifts online and stayed out of stores!! Yay! What a difference this made!
  • I set up a jigsaw puzzle in the family room early this year! I usually wait until my husband's Christmas vacation to set it up, because when there's a puzzle up, that's all my husband can think of:)  (This is a surefire way to draw my husband and son together, as neither can stay away from a puzzle! This week has been filled with cozy nights together wrapping presents, addressing cards, and watching old Dick Van Dyke shows on Netflix--my son laughs so hard at these--and listening to Christmas music.)
  • Lots of SNOW! This makes such a beautiful reminder of God's words:  "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:  though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18  The snow and blizzard also postponed, for the first time in seven years, our annual Christmas skating party and potluck.  The house was already cleaned and orderly when we canceled, so I have been able to enjoy the "fruits of my labors" all week. (And we'll have the party later, which is good, because it is a wonderful time of skating, eating, and singing Christmas hymns, and sharing testimonies of all God's done in our lives since we were together last. A very precious time.)

 Though emotions may go up and down with the moment, due to stress, long lists of things to do, and way too many sweets and other foods that "whack us out," the peace and joy of Jesus Christ and His Spirit remains and will always.  He is our Rock, our Shelter in the Storm, our Fortress, our Defender, our Shepherd.  I am very grateful--thankful--that God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world for lost sinners, such as I, to die on the cross to save me from sin and the penalty of death and hell.

I worship Thee, Lord Jesus, for the great sacrifice You made on my behalf, to leave Your Throne above and perfect communion with Your Father, to come to earth and to die on the cross for my sins. I praise You, Father, for raising Him from the dead and accepting His sacrifice. Thank You.
(Visit Iris at Grace Alone, to participate and to read other thankful thoughts--Thank you, Iris!)
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Blogger Redeemed1 said...

Isn't shopping online just such a blessing - I so hate crowded stores!

December 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Harter said...

It seems that lot's of people are thankful for snow today! We didn't get any, but I am thankful that God's timing is better than mine :)

Happy Thankful Thursday!

December 16, 2010 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annual Christmas skating party?? Sounds like loads of fun. Have fun and be careful!!!

Stay warm and toasty,

December 16, 2010 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I hate driving on crowded interstates, and battling crowds in the parking lot, too, and hauling packages out to my car, and one of the things that I really get upset about is the indecent advertising, and the mannequins' dress (or lack of it). The immodesty and seductiveness makes me wonder how a man can even walk into a store these days. Am I the only one who objects to this?
Yes, it's been great to shop online (with a good filter).

December 16, 2010 at 7:53 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thank you, Harter! Happy Thankful Thursday to you, too! I think they got 17" in Mpls. I went to visit my mom today in the cities, and it's almost impossible to park anywhere, and the space to drive on side streets is so narrow--they've had back-to-back snow emergencies. Amazing. I agree with you on God's timing--so glad He's in charge of all that.
Thanks for commenting!

December 16, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hi, Amy, thanks for commenting! The skating party is always much anticipated. First the younger ones figure skate, and it's so cute with dads helping little people. Then the older ones play hockey, and it gets pretty intense. My guys work really hard to clear a big rink on the lake, but this year with all the snow, they may have to go to a community rink, or maybe we'll play games! Mad Gab and Apples to Apples are fun with groups; also Dutch Blitz. We love playing games, and some of the others do, too.
Thanks again for commenting--we'll pray for safety for all, and TRY to stay warm:)

December 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Tiff said...

Amen. That's all that really needs to be said in response, I think.

I think this is my first time visiting your blog, and I must say that it was a pleasant visit. Happy TT!

December 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Oh, I'm so glad you found me, and thanks for your comment--made my day! Happy Thankful Thursday to you, too!

December 18, 2010 at 10:29 PM  

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