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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Come on in

Hey there! Come on in and have a look around. I meant to post this little home tour a couple of weeks ago, but life got in the way. I'm squeezing this in before I have to get ready for Christmas Eve services which start at two this afternoon, so excuse my lack of editing.

This is our front porch. I love the old sleigh. I wish there were a little snow so we could use it.

So, grab some tea, coffee, or cocoa, and we'll talk Christmas. I tried to tone it down this year, and really I did, but it still seems like a little too much somehow.

I love the garland from Lemonade Makin' Mama. The descriptions of Jesus...Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.


Maybe it's that I'm so worn out and tired that anything extra seems like too much. I can't believe I haven't posted since the beginning of the month. The time has rushed by with WAY too much activity. We had something in December. It wasn't until Sunday we sat back and took a breath. I enjoyed the kids' concerts and activities, but this mama is tired.

I want to focus on the coming of His birth. Try to wrap my mind around the Mighty God making a way of salvation for all...God in the form of a tiny baby.

Still a mystery to me
That the hands of God could be so small
How tiny fingers reaching in the night
Were the very hands that measured the sky

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King,
You're here with us
You're here with us

It's still a mystery to me, oh,
How His infant eyes have seen the dawn of time
How His ears have heard an angel's symphony,
But still Mary had to rock her Savior to sleep

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King,
You're here with us
You're here with us

Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem
A baby born to save, to save the souls of man

~Here With Us Joy Williams

It's all such a mystery. God has a beautiful plan for our lives, and it's never what I thought it would be or played out the way I think it should be. He's so much more than I can even comprehend. We've been reading through the Jesus Storybook Bible for Advent. The stories are so good and keep pointing to the plan God had laid out from the very beginning...Jesus, God with us.



The next photos are of my dining room. The roosters above the buffet were a project my grandmother worked on when my uncle was fighting in Vietnam. They have always been a part of her home. She passed away in January, and I was blessed to get to bring the roosters home with me. I love them. They are a constant reminder of my precious grandmother.

Joy is my word for now. It seems the joy has been stripped away the past several years. Joy is a choice. The bracelet I got for my birthday is a reminder for me to "Choose Joy." I have joy sprinkled throughout the house...sometimes I'm a slow learner.

This concludes our little tour. This is what I see on my way out the back door.
I hope you find the joy of Christmas this year. I pray you know the hope that only comes from knowing the ONE who is HOPE...Jesus. Blessings to you and yours.
With love,

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