Mary Did You Know? Merry Christmas!

Mary, did you know

that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know

that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know

that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?

This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.
Mary, did you know

that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know

that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?

Did you know

that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?

When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?
Mary did you know.. Ooo Ooo Ooo
The blind will see.

The deaf will hear.

The dead will live again.

The lame will leap.

The dumb will speak

The praises of The Lamb.
Mary, did you know

that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know

that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?

Did you know

that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

The sleeping Child you’re holding is the great “I am”

As we gather with friends and family this holiday season we must take time to reflect on the most precious gift we have been given. 

The Nativity story and the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the commercialism of modern Holiday Season but as Christians we must remember the the importance of Jesus birth. God blessed the Virgin Marry with a son whome she named Jesus. He was sent to earth to teach, to be a friend of sinners, to heal and love, and later die so that we might live. This gift and the story of his life are reminders that it is so much more important to give them to receive because that gift can mean all the difference in somebody else’s life. 

I have raised my daughter to understand the importance of doing for others and having a servents heart especially during this time of year when it can become extremely difficult for others. From a young age she has always understood the true spirit of this time of year and how it is so much more important to give joy and love to others and that the materialistic comforts are just a bonus when we have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, food in our belly and friends and family who love and care for us.

May you be blessed with love, joy and happiness this Christmas and may you have a blessed and prosperous New Year. From Our family to Yours Merry Christmas!

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Wishing You Peace, Joy and Endless Love

As I finish up the last few things that need to be done before we head out on a quick trip to our home town, to visit some family and friends and celebrate the birth of the man God brought into my life, I am reminded how blessed I am to be able to share the holiday season with people I adore.

Christmas is a time I often reflect on all Gods amazing gifts. In our faith we celebrate one of the most amazing gifts he gave us when Merry was blessed with a child.

“She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

This gift he gave his people is so precious. He sent his son for us. How can we not rejoice knowing this?

My prayer for you is that you will be surrounded by love this holiday season and reflect on all the important things that God has placed in your life.

Merry Christmas from Our Family To Yours

Dannielle, Jeff, Rebecca, Zabrina and Quartney

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Santa Claus… What are we teaching our Children?

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5–10)

When my daughter was just 6 years old she came to me with the age old question “Is Santa Clause Real?” I sort of just looked at her for a moment not quite sure how to answer her question. I went back and forth in my head playing different scenarios to different responses. I didn’t want to lie to my child and I didn’t want to just say know and have her go around ruining Christmas for other Children who believed so I looked at her very curious face and and asked “What do you think?” She very matter of factly responded ” I think there was a man who used to give gifts to people because he was kind. Now people keep his memory by pretending to be him!” How could I argue with this? Her response was very grown up for a girl as young as she was and was not so far off from the truth, and at the moment I was extremely proud.

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals—murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).

Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas’ life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need.

The idea of a man so pure and kind, who knows everything about us is so amazing but when we call him Santa Claus we take away the glory that belongs to God. We should encourage our Children with the true Spirit of Christmas. We should not lie to our children but we should share with them the Story of Jesus birth. We should encourage our children to give, not only at Christmas but throughout the year. We should encourage our children to seek out truth. When we tell our Children that there is Santa and the grow to find out the truth they will undoubtedly question everything we are teaching them including what we are teaching them about God.

There are many beliefs in this world and as Christians we must make a conscious effort not to lie to our children and share the true meaning of Christmas.

The Gift of Giving

“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.” -Deuteronomy 16:17

 

Christmas is just 2 weeks away and I am doing my best to continue to instil in my daughter the importance of giving. I have always been taught by my parents that it is not about what we receive but rather giving to others around us. We were encouraged from a young age to give to the Church, give to charity, give to family and friends and even strangers in need. To open our home to those who were alone during the holidays (and many other times during the year) and to do it with kindness and thankfulness that we could help others. We didn’t always have a lot but my parents never let us know and as a parent who has seen some tough times I completely understand why they kept certain things from us. My daughter is 11 now and there were many years where I just wanted to cry because I couldn’t give her the Christmas I felt she deserved. Money was tight and for the most part I have been on my own with her. I was with somebody for a few years and our house was a busy place with sometimes up to 6 kids living under one roof (not to mention all their friends). Although our personal relationship with each other was falling apart, We never turned anybody away that needed a place to lay their head or a good home cooked meal or just somebody to talk to. Money was tight and many times our kids had to go without luxuries but they were always loved and always had food on their plates. My daughter and I are much happier now and I hope that my ex and his children are also much happier in life. I do not wish him any harm and I still love those kids as my own. Now I am in a situation with a man who works extremely hard to provide a decent life for his family. Money gets tight and sometimes I wonder how we are going to make it through the tough times but I know God will see us through it. I wonder if I will be able to provide my daughter with the Christmas she deserves and then she does something to remind me of what truly matters.

This year we learnt about a little girl in Utah that is dieing. Her father recently passed away leaving her and her 2 sisters alone with their mother. All this little girl wants for Christmas is Christmas cards from around the World and they are pouring in. My daughter decided it would be a good idea to add her to our Christmas card list this year and that is exactly what we did. While the boys I do a weekly bible study with were visiting, I sat the children down with paper and markers and stickers and they created special cards just for Addie. We are also participating in Christmas Amalgamated with some others in one of our homeschooling groups. This year we are putting a hamper together for a single mother and her 4 children. We are making sure that this family will get a Christmas dinner and ensuring that each child and the mother will all have presents under their tree. When we do these projects I am reminded how lucky we are to have the family we do. I don’t have to worry about how much I personally put under the tree because I know that my daughter is loved beyond measure by her family and they will guarantee that she gets something and she 100% deserves it especially when I know she is more concerned about making sure other people get something first. Her giving heart heart lifts my spirit and makes me shed tears of pride knowing that God has blessed me with the most precious gift when he gave her to me.

We are working towards goals to allow us to give more as we are able. My desire in this world is to teach my daughter to give of herself without expecting anything in return and to do my best to lead by example. I want to leave this world knowing that I have raised a child who knows the true value in the Gift of giving and that her heart will pour out love for those who can be blessed by it. When we are given much we should give much and and when we are given little we should still give much. It’s a hard concept for us to grasp sometimes in this very materialistic world but it is in the true Spirit of Christmas to think of others before ourselves and give with a humble heart that is over flowing with Gods love.

I wish you all a Christmas of Love, Joy and Peace. May you be surrounded by family and friends and my your hearts be filled with the Gift of Giving this Holiday Season.

 

If you wish to send Christmas Love to Addie you can do so…

Addie Lynn and Sisters,

P.O. Box 162,

Fountain Green, UT, USA

84632

In Memory Of…

It’s November 2nd and my Christmas Decorations started going up yesterday. I catch a lot of flack every year since I started this tradition in my home. November 11th is Remembrance Day and many feel that decorations shouldn’t go up until after that day. When I start to explain my reasoning behind why I do it and how important it is to me they start to understand. I’m not doing it because I feel Christmas is more important than Remembrance Day. I am doing it because it is my way of remembering.

My Paternal Grandmother passed away 3 years ago. She was a bit rough around the edges, honest and blunt (sometimes to a fault). She was 1 of 6 children, she was also a divorced single mother of 4. She worked a few jobs over her life and I realized that they were jobs of servitude in some form. She was a housewife for a number of years, she was retired airforce, as was my paternal grandfather, she worked in Recruitment for the RCMP for awhile she also worked in an airport kitchen serving airport staff and airline travellers some pretty tasty food. When I was young she came to live with us. Both my parents were very busy with their jobs and she was their cleaning house and preparing meals and making sure we were well taken care of. She didn’t always smile but during the holidays she had a certain twinkle in her eye. She loved the holidays and cooking turkey dinners with all the trimmings and baking pies and cookies and cakes. Nothing is the world meant more to her then her family and making sure that they were taken care of. As much as she angered me sometimes (we didn’t always see eye to eye) I never felt unloved. I am forever grateful for the times we had together. This woman who served her country always started decorating November 1st and after she passed I inherited some of her decorations and decided to continue on with her tradition.

My Maternal Grandmother passed Away Just last year on December 1st. It was a difficult time for everyone. She was a kind hearted Devout Lutheran who would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. As she was getting on in age and starting to suffer from terrible things like dementia and Alzheimer’s the family was becoming more protective of her. We were telling her one time not to answer the door when Grandpa went out unless she checked to see who it was first. She said, with a smile, “well we have so much stuff, if we were being robbed we’ed have to help the robbers carry the stuff out. They obviously need it more then we do.” She was 1 of 2 children, a devoted wife and mother of 3. She also lived a life of servitude. She was a retired nurse, she knitted and quilted items for various church charities and was active in a prayer program for young members of the Lutheran Church. She was also a lover of Holidays. She also enjoyed cooking and baking and sharing with family and friends. Her home was always warm and inviting and you could feel the love as soon as you walked through the front door.

Our family has a long history of Military service. My great uncle died in the 2nd World War, My uncle was in the armed forces, later joined the UN and now aids in disarming mines and missile for a living, I have had members of my family do tours in Iraq, Kosovo, and Afghanistan and my father is a decorated Veteran. In our family we remember every day. This time of the year we wear our poppies with pride. I am grateful for all those who have served and continue to serve our country and fight for our freedom to celebrate as we choose. You don’t have to agree with another persons choices but thats one of the wonderful things about our country. We have amazing freedoms here in Canada that many other countries don’t have and if my choice of how I remember offends you then I feel that you have bigger issues and need to re-examine your priories.

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