Dec 19, 2011

1 Corinthians Christmas Version

 If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

~Source Unknown

For His Glory, Mrs. K
(Thank you Jenni, I have it up on my refrigerator, I passed it out to my bible study ladies, and now I am sharing it here.  I love all of your Christmas quotes, they have helped prepare my heart for the Season.  It really IS all for His glory.  Love to you, my Sister)

Dec 18, 2011

Little Dorcas's (Acts 9)

It is more than learning to sew.  It is so much more than peppermint marshmallows and whipped cream.  It is even more than the giggles and fellowship.  It is training up young girls and women to have a love of ministering to others through using their gifts that God has given them.  

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.  

About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 

Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 

  Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. 

All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 

  Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” 

She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.  He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. 

Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 

This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.

The Bible speaks of a woman named Dorcas who had the ability to sew. Exactly what her spiritual gift was, we’re not told; however, we do know that Dorcas used her talent to minister to the needs of many widows. Perhaps she had the gift of helping. Perhaps she had the gift of encouragement. Whatever her gift or gifts were, Dorcas dedicated herself to the service of the body of Christ and as a result brought much glory to God.  Pastor Terry Covey

Dec 13, 2011

The Sixth Love Language.

(Inspired by Handmade Ryan Gosling on Pinterest.  The site made me laugh out loud.)
*Photography by  Alisha Bowman*

Dec 4, 2011

Advent... He's coming!

 Jesus came as an infant the first time 
and is coming again to reign as King!
We are anticipating His arrival.
Preparing.  Longing.  Yearning.  Hoping.
There is a time for grieving on Good Friday.  
There is a time for rejoicing on Resurrection Sunday.  
There is a time for eager preparation on Advent.
 It's the time to give.  It's the time to bake.
It's the time to decorate.  It's the time to love.
 I am so humbled that Jesus was born so that I might have life.
He knew my sins and died for me.
 God's grace drew me to Him, 
 His love makes me whole.

Thank you, Lord.

 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: 
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Thank you, Lord, for my husband. 
Especially when he is home to carve the turkey and help wash dishes.
 Thank you, Lord, for my boys.  
Especially when they are not fighting.
Thank you, Lord, for all of my nephews and nieces, brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents.
Especially Cole and Julie for hanging out with us at Thanksgiving.
 Thank you, Lord, for food.  
Especially Pioneer Woman's Mashed Potatoes.
Thank you, Lord, for laughter.  
Especially when someone falls.  That's funny right there.
Thank you, Lord, for my home.  
Especially when all of my bedrooms are full with visitors.
Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with money.  
Especially when there is Christmas shopping to do.
Thank you, Lord, for my friends.  
Especially the ones who love to dig at the J Crew Warehouse Sale.