Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Gift to Remember ~

Hello to you my dear and faithful friends!
I trust that you had a most wonderful Christmas
with your loved ones?
Due to both of my daughters being married 
we celebrate Christmas together on what ever day works best for everyone.
This year we gathered together and celebrated Christmas on the 26th
and what a beautiful day we had.
We now have with us our oldest daughters three boys
and will enjoy them for the remainder of the week.
Unfortunately the flu bug has hit a couple of the boys
and my husband and I are feeling a bit under the weather.  
Oh well...that too shall pass.

Since it was just my husband and I on Christmas day
we did something we have never done before,
we spent the day together on the ski slopes.
You might think that would be the norm while we live in the mountains
and near a ski area, but it's not.
This is not my usual kind of post, but I wanted to share with you
the beauty of our day and the gentle hand of God
as He directed, protected and orchestrated our day.
As most of you know, I have been looking at having a knee replacement
for months now, but the Lord  for some reason has put me on hold.
I could become anxious over all the strange details that have taken place,
but with Jesus as the Lord of my life, I shall patiently wait upon Him,
knowing that He has my best interest at heart.
I heard that you can rebuild cartilage and so that is one of the things I am trying.
I believe the aqua aerobics I have been faithfully doing have helped as well.
With that said; I wanted to find out for myself if I could ski
since I have not been on downhill skies for 10 years.
I've been nervous about skiing since I have two bad knees,
but life is too short and should something happen
there's always a fix, right? 
I wanted to give my dear husband a gift he would really enjoy
and remember for years to come.
He was shocked that I wanted to go skiing
and a little apprehensive about my knees.
We had the time of our life!
This was the best Christmas gift I believe I have ever given my husband
and what a gift to myself, I found out that I need not fear.
My God was with me throughout that day,
keeping watch over my knees even when I would come to a stop
and gently fall over due to my balance issue.
Life is too short and I'm going to enjoy the days God has blessed me with by
doing the things that bring me joy with those whom God has graced my life with.
40 years ago on January 21st. I met my dear husband on Vail Mountain;
I was working as a chairlift operator in the Game Creek Bowl (chair 7)
when he and a friend were visiting from Canada and enjoying the ski season.
There he was, on that beautiful winters day
 skiing with such grace and style towards my chair lift
when my heart went pitter patter.
 And the rest is history... 


I gifted my husband with a GoPro camera for his 60th Birthday
and we had a great time using it together on the mountain.
Thanks to YouTube I'm able to share a glimpse of our day with you. 
At the bottom of my post click on the link to view the video.
Thank you for taking the time to stop in. I always enjoy your visits!
See you next year!
Blessings and be safe.

~ Debbie ~
The music is from the Michael Buble′ Christmas CD

Monday, December 19, 2016

O Come Let Us Adore (Worship) Him ~

Vintage Christmas Church Image – Beautiful!

The joyful sounds of Christmas carols being sung at every turn
is sure to bring gladness and joy into our hearts
as we prepare with anticipation the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
For myself, this Christmas season has been one where I have yearned 
with-in my own heart to worship the King,
to bow down on bended knee in the presence of His Holiness.
It seems as if daily I find myself humming or singing,
"O come let us adore Him."
I was reading in my Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary
that public worship consisted of ~ preaching ~ reading of Scripture ~
prayer ~ singing ~ baptism ~ the Lord's Supper and alms giving.
"Worship ~ Bow down, when given to God, worship involves an acknowledgement 
of Divine perfections. It may express itself in the form of
direct address, as an adoration or thanksgiving, or in service to God;
and may be private or public.
Worship presupposes that God is, that He can be known by man,
and that His perfections set Him far above man."
I visited a small town near where I live and they were having a sale at their Library;
so of course I wandered towards the area where the old books were located
and came across an old dictionary that was printed in 1931.
I love dictionaries, especially the older ones.
This dictionary speaks well of worship ~
"Adoration, devotion, aspiration, heavenly-mindedness, spiritual-mindedness,
vow, homage, service, kneeling, genuflection, prostration,
prayer, praise, offering, divine service, honor, revere, idolize, admire."
These are just a few of the words used to describe worship in this dictionary.


"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days
of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews?
for we have seen his star in the east, and are come
to worship him."  (Matthew 2:1-2)
 Christmas has come to mean many things: family, love, gift-giving,
service, celebration, joy, and so much more ~
all are certainly worthy expressions of a multifaceted event;
but as we look to the birth of Jesus, may we not forget
or overlook our worship of the One who is worthy to be praised.
A King worthy of worship has been born, and when Simeon,
the godly saint in Jerusalem who was looking for the Messiah,
first held the baby Jesus in his arms, he blesses (praised) God
in a beautiful prayer of praise. (Luke 2:28-32)
As we look at the first ones in Scripture and their response
when they saw the newborn King,
may we find ourselves like minded bowing down in worship and adoration
of our newborn King, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord.
Jesus seeks true worshipers ~
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth."
(John 4:23-24) 
 Those who are wise still seek and worship Jesus today.


"O come let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the Lord our maker."

Dear friends ~ From my heart to yours,
 I wish for you a Christmas filled with the joy of the Lord!
My prayer is that your heart will be filled with the Psalms as you sing unto the Lord
and worship Him, with your whole heart.
Have a most Blessed and Christ centered Christmas ~

Be Joyful!
~ Debbie ~  

Monday, December 12, 2016

A Self-Giving Christmas ~

Hello to you, my dear and sweet friends!
Oh how the wonder of Christmas surrounds us
this beautiful time of the year.
Here is love, not that we loved God
but that He loves us. (1 John 4:19)
God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son
to cancel out the penalty of sin to allow for 
eternal reconciliation with God.
(John 3:16 ~Romans 6:23 & 8:32) 
That gift was followed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)
and grace by faith (Ephesians 2:8).
God gave of Himself at the first Christmas.


I was listening to the Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy"
and pondered on the words that were penetrating on my heart.
I couldn't help but think of that poor boy
who had no gift to bring that was fit for the King.
He had only one possession , his tiny drum.
Picture this scene ~
The little boy asks the baby, "shall I play for You on my drum?" 
Mary, the mother of Jesus nods yes, and so he plays his best for Him.
As you read the lyrics of this Christmas song
of a poor boy who gave of who he was ~ a simple child
who gave his heart and hands and talents
to please and worship Jesus.


Come they told me,
a newborn King to see
Our Finest gifts we bring,
to  lay before the King
So to honor Him, when we come.

Little Baby, I am a poor boy too
I have no gift to bring,
that's fit to give our King
Shall I play for You, on my drum?

Mary nodded,
the ox and lamb kept time
I played my drum for Him,
I played my best for Him
Then He smiled at me,
me and my drum.

I left the pa rum pum pum pums out
as I'm sure you are singing the tune in your heart.

There is no better time than Christmas than to give of ourselves.  
We can give God our Hearts ~
(Mark 10:13-14)
Let us come as little children giving Him His rightful place
 on His lordship and His love.
We can express our love through prayer, worship and fellowship.
We can give God our Hands ~
We can serve God through serving others.
(Galatians5:13 & 6:2)
We can give God our Talents ~
Our talents and abilities can be used for the glory of God.
(Corinthians 10:31 & Colossians 3:23)
We can give God our Love ~
When we love others we proclaim that we love Jesus.
(John 13:35)
When we show forgiveness of others it is like a gift to Jesus
in response to His forgiving us.
(Ephesians 4:32)
God wants ALL of us more than He wants anything else. 

Dear friends, I would like to share with you a beautiful
part of Scripture that I have to say struck my heart
like it has never done before.
This time of year we hear and read of the birth of our Savior;
we come before Him, bow down and worship Him
and adore Him.
But as I was reading the book of Luke where we see the 
Christmas story clearly it was there in chapter 2 verses 36 through 38
that took hold of my heart strings.
Anna, a widowed prophetess who, in her old age
spent all her waking hours in the Temple worshiping
and waiting for the Messiah to appear.
When Mary and Joseph presented Jesus, their first born
to God in the Temple, Anna recognized Him immediately.
She knew God's promises had been fulfilled; the King
of Israel had appeared. 
God had kept His promises to His people.
Anna devoted herself to "serving God by worship"
through fastings and prayers. 
I love that! 
What an honor to her God!
But Anna did much more, she also spread the Good News
among others who were looking for the redemption in Jerusalem.
What a testimony of great love for her Messiah, her King of Kings.
I want to be found worshiping with fastings and prayers for my King of Kings,
so as to be ready ALWAYS to share the Gospel with those who are searching for Truth.

I am praying for the abundant grace and blessing
of the Lord in your life during this season of giving and loving Jesus.
Have a most blessed holiday season, dear friends.

Joy to you!
~ Debbie ~  
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