Sunday, December 17, 2017

Winter Tag // 12DOC // Day 2

I was tagged by Paige to answer the questions in this winter tag. (Thanks Paige!) This tag was not started by 12DOC, however.
I think the rules are that you have to thank the person who tagged you and write the link back to the person's blog who tagged you—in my case, Paige's Pages.
If I am wrong on these rules, could you let me know in the comments?
Let's start, shall we?

1. Do you celebrate Christmas?

2.  Do you celebrate any other festive holidays other than Christmas or in addition to?
New Years, Thanksgiving, Halloween—somewhat, but not really, Easter, Good Friday, Veterans Day, etc.
I sometimes try to wear green on St. Patrick's day. ☺ Um...other than recognition, that's about it.

3. When it comes to weather, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10??
If I could pick one out of all of them...40...if it was winter (but I am okay with a lower temperature for winter most of the time). But if it wasn't winter, it would probably be 70.
P.S. I would like a White Christmas—so far it is brown. ☺

4. Rain or snow?
Someday I want to go to Colorado in the winter where it is snowy and see the mountains, etc.! ☺

5. On the perfect winter day, would you go shopping or stay home?
It would all depend on my mood. I could do both. I do like being out in rain and snow, though.

6. Trip to the mall or walk in the park?
Normally a walk in the park.
I did find out that they have bobas at our mall, so I would like to try one sometime. (A boba is an amazing Vietnamese drink that is kinda like a smoothie with tapioca in the bottom.)

7. Favorite Christmas movie?
I have some I like, but I am undecided on a favorite.

8. Favorite Christmas tradition?
Going to this event at a church where you walk to Bethlehem for the census with an "in character" guide—and while you wait to get started on "the journey", you get to watch a play(of sorts). Then, at the end they have drinks and cookies.

9. Would you rather say, "Happy Holidays!" or Merry Christmas!"?
Merry Christmas!

10. What does your Christmas morning look like?
Well, we can't come all the way out of our room (or a certain point in the house) until our parents say it's okay, then we open stockings and have my brother over, and ETC. And we have breakfast, etc.

11. Favorite Christmas song/carol?
Maybe Silver Bells?

12. Hot cocoa, peppermint tea, peppermint mocha, peppermint milkshake?
Hard one. Um...peppermint mocha or tea. I don't really drink mochas normally, though.

I tag:
Faith // Chosen Vessels
Laura // Harvest Lane Cottage
Blessing Counter // Counting Your Blessings One By One
Rebekah //  Rebekah's Reading Room
Bethany // A Great God and Good Cocoa

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Picture Books // 12DOC // Day 1

Hello all!
Today, As my very first blog post in this wonderful series that Faith has set up once again, I will be sharing some Christmas picture book recommendations.

The tradition: in Christmases past my mom has given the family a Christmas picture book each year. We are getting older now, and starting to not do it as much, but it has given us a lot of good times. Here I will share some of my favorites from this tradition.

Annika's Secret Wish
This has been one of my favorites for years upon years. I made mention of it last year in a 12 Days of Christmas post about Sweden. View it here.

Not my picture, click for source. Click also, to buy on Amazon.
I love this book and I definitely recommend it with a 5 star rating! This has been a book that normally my mom and I read together. The illustrations are beautiful and seemingly perfect. The story reflects love and giving up of one's desires to bring joy to another, in this case Annika's brother. 
This Christmas book based on Swedish traditions, is an amazing book.

The Legend of the Candy Cane
Not my picture, click for source. You can buy this on Amazon.
This book, yet again with great illustrations, takes a biblical approach to the candy cane. It is a story of a man who opens a candy store and tells the story of the candy cane—and Christ's death for us.
Great book that is educational as well.

Merry Christmas with Love
Not my picture, click for source. You can buy this on Amazon.
This is a great story of love and sacrifice in which a kid tends to the heart of an elderly lady in a beautiful and bold way. I recommend this humbling book.
There are many people out there that are sad and misunderstood. Sometimes, they need someone who will faithfully care about them even if they can be unkind.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Not my picture, click for source. You can buy this on Amazon.
I think some of you might recognize the name Jonathan Toomey.
This is a unique story with beautiful illustrations. Yet again, there are people out there who just need people to be persistently kind. It changes things even if it is hard.

The Pine Tree Parable
Ahh...Liz Curtis Higgs. She has wonderful picture books.
This one demonstrates sacrifice also, as the gift of a loved possession becomes a big blessing to others. This is a darling story that features a Bible verse on each page. I definitely recommend it.

Wow! Pretty much all of those books reflect the message of putting others above yourself. Love requires sacrifice sometimes, and if done with a willing heart (even if it is hard to do as in the Pine Tree Parable), is a blessing to both parties, for later, you shall not likely regret it.
Let's be humble and willing in heart to follow God's will and love one another as we love ourselves...putting others above ourselves like Jesus did. For something we have—whether it is of little or great value to us—can mean a lot more to someone else.

Have a blessed Christmas everyone. ☺

This post was a part of The 12 Days of Christmas blog series that is going on with several different blogs including the blog of the founder, Faith Potts. Visit her blog here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Quoting the Quoted

Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
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His thoughts are higher than our thoughts(see Isaiah 55:8-9).
Once you are thinking right, you can act right.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. - Aristotle
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We need to give our focus to God—to seeking Him & His will in your life and in every moment—for that is when things can change.
PRAISE & WORSHIP Him in your dark moments. It works.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell
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Be blessed and remember that God has your life in His hands, and He is the best caretaker. His plans are better than yours. Surrendering your life continually to God is like saying, "Here, God. I want to live for you the best life I can." It is an act of trust. And that is what we need—trust in God. 
Don't worry, nothing and no one can take God away from you.

Have a great day, and may God bless you all out of His great goodness and loving kindness.
Let Him lead you in the way everlasting(see Psalm 139:24).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thanks be to God for Friends. ☺

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
John 11:25

Some good things in my life:
I got to get together with two friends recently whom I hadn't seen for a while, and also, one of my dear friends is moving closer to me. Yay!

I am glad that God gave us friends. I think that He knows we need them sometimes—especially when they build us up. ☺

Have a great day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Old Christmas Pictures

We should realize how much we are blessed! Just think about it.
Today I am going to just post some old Christmas pictures.
My little Christmas tree in our room.



Me with my ornament from when I was a baby
(this is the first ornament I ever got).

Unloading wood.

Putting together our Christmas puzzle.

Christmas with Grandparents.


Sleigh-ride Chocolate. (A creation of mine.☺)
Michael, I think getting a hotwheel set. ☺

Josh, our sweet old dog who died in 2012 (I think).

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Crocheted Hats & Ripping Out Stitches

I have crocheted some hats, and I am going to post some pictures, along with a little note.

Don't worry if stuff goes wrong in your life, because God can turn things into good (although that doesn't make the "wrong stuff" good).
Sometimes, that means taking certain things out of your life (ripping out the stitches that were mess-ups) to perfect and purify the results—your life. God will also use those "mess-ups" for a testimony if you let Him.
We serve a compassionate, pure, and strong God.

This was an acorn hat. I think it kinda looks like a mushroom, too. ☺

 This was a donut hat.

This is a hat with a little bear or something.

God bless you all!

Ezekiel 39: 29
"'I will no longer hide My face from them, for I will pour out My Spirit on the people of Israel,' declares the Sovereign Lord."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Poem

I wrote this poem last year, but this time I have edited it.

A Poem of November

An autumn breeze,

The Bird's song twittering in the trees.

An American flag flies where we're living,
And soon, we shall celebrate America's Thanksgiving. 

And though the leaves now crunch 'neath my feet,
Sweet Autumn's end, we soon shall meet. 

But for now, the deer hunter, from a tree stand does peek,
And the squirrels, for a winter's supply of food, now seek. 

Seasons do not last,
And once it's gone, it's past. 

So take a walk sometime, maybe today,
And find extra "thanksgiving" words to say.

For no matter what season you're in,
God is still at work, around and within.

Let's cherish autumn, and of its joy let us share,
For the color falls from the trees, and soon autumn trees are left bare. 

This is a poem of November,
For upon us soon, will be December.

May we ever be thankful for the life we live,
And in the strength of God, let us humbly give.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

If I Can't Live Without God...

Here is some of a journal entry I wrote in September, with some edits and changes:

"Read: Psalms 47-48.
(Me talking:) Let us praise God with a shout, and with our singing. Let us think on His mercies—His loving kindness—more. 
I can't live without Him. And if I can't live without God, I need to draw closer to God. Because if I draw closer to Him, He will draw closer to me; and I want that."

James 4:8 (ESV) says, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hand, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

We need to stop looking at our problems, have child-like faith, and seek Jesus—and not just seek Him, but try to find Him.

Have a wonderful day, and I pray right now that you and everyone in contact with you (and has been & will be) will follow God and draw closer to Him everyday...amen.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Be Blessed and Remember His Blessings! ☺

"Out of His fullness we have received grace in place of grace already given."
-John 1:16
"God made you a masterpiece - be blessed, secure, disciplined and equipped."
-Joel Osteen

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Chai Tea & God's Atonement

I enjoy drinking hot tea, including chai tea.
Two kinds of chai I like are Bigelow Vanilla Chai Black Tea Blend, and Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice. Both you can probably find at Walmart for less than $5 a box—at least around here.
Do you like Chai tea?
What is one of your favorite kinds of tea? Where do you normally get it?

"Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which you have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered."
- Psalm 40:4-5

The Lord does not require us to make atonement for our sin (the next verse goes on to say, "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire"), because Jesus already died for us, taking care of it all.
We need to ask for forgiveness from God, and accept His redemption as enough to wipe out our sin.

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
-2 Chronicles 7:14

Have a blessed day!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Prayer Request

I ask for prayer for my family.

God is good, and He upholds the verse Romans 8:28, which states, "And we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose."

Thanks, and God bless you and your family.

Friday, October 13, 2017

3 Shows I Grew Up With...

Little House on the Prairie.
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The Andy Griffith Show.
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The Waltons.
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Even though not every episode was the best, etc., I am happy that I have some good memories of these shows. In ways, I have metaphorically grown up with the characters. :)

God bless.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Made for Something More...

We, as Christians in this crazy world, were made for something MORE than what is the "norm". We were made to be different, and we were made to stand out.
We are called to serve God.
We are called to love our neighbors.
We are called.
Be one of the chosen, by accepting this calling.

"For many are called, but few are chosen."
Matthew 22:14


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