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!

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

Charity

In Deuteronomy 15:7-11 it says

 

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

I actually found myself in quite a heated debate on a sensitive topic in our province. It’s a topic that comes up in so many ways in so many places and that topic is income assistance.

 We live in a society where people have become so greedy that we shut off our hearts to those in need of a hand up. Yes there are many who take advantage of supports that are in place to help but why do we have to be so quick to cast judgment? Only they and God know their situation and as a society we are supposed to support of neighbours. We are not to speak ill of them or judge them. When we are blessed we need to share our blessings so others may be blessed and they to must in turn pass on the blessing. This “Paying it forward” action causes a ripple effect and soon many are being blessed and society works in harmony. Why do people take the attitude of “I earned why should i share it?” And then expect others to help them when they are in need? Instead we need to take the attitude of “God has blessed me let me bless you” !! And not expect anything in return except the pure joy that comes with helping our neighbours. 

We need to change our attitude about charity.  Do not assume that somebody is lazily or taking advantage. Instead assume that the person truly needs a helping hand. Be kind to others, give willingly to those who are in need. Do not cast judgment and look at others a beneath you. Look unto others as brothers and sisters and love them and pray for them and, perhaps, because you showed kindness and love they can turn around and do the same when they in turn are blessed.