Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reflections on 2009

Reflection Questions for 2009

1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Getting out of credit card debt!
2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened? Seeking to be a better mother and struggling daily.
3. What was an unexpected joy this past year? Watching my two girls grow into sisters that play and fight!

4. What was an unexpected obstacle? Though not unexpected, my own sin is a constant obstacle

5. Pick three words to describe 2009. Blessed, joyful, fun

6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2009 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you). Blessed, fun, new

7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2009 (again, without asking). He would say, I don't know in a voice that said, don't ask me to answer useless questions.

8. What were the best books you read this year? Bible, Because He Loves Me, Comforts from the Cross

9. With whom were your most valuable relationships? My Lord, my husband, my children

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year? understanding the Gospel in a way I never had before.

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally? I am learning to serve my husband with a joyful heart. Still working on this with my children.

12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually? The little day to day things that make me understand Jesus better. I can't pinpoint just one, but I know now that it is not big things that point us to Christ, but the little things.

13. In what way(s) did you grow physically? outward.

14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others? I would like to think that I serve others more than I have in the past in a selfless way.

15. What was the most enjoyable area of managing your home? Being at home with my children and learning to love that role.

16. What was your most challenging area of home management? balancing work and house work and caring for my children

17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year? The computer, hands down

18. What was the best way you used your time this past year? Reading the Word

19. What was the biggest thing you learned this past year?I have a long way to go, but keep trying.

20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2009 for you. Growing, learning, changing

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Jesus vs. Santa

Early Christmas Greetings

With 3 weeks before Christmas REMEMBER:
Jesus is Better than Santa.
Santa lives at the North Pole.
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa rides in a sleigh.
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year.
JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa fills your stockings with goodies.
JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited.
JESUS stands at your door and knocks.. and then enters your heart.
You have to stand in line to see Santa.
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap.
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.
Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, What's your name?".
JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.
Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.
JESUS has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO.
JESUS offers health, help and hope.
Santa says "You better not cry".
JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.
Santa's little helpers make toys.
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.
Santa may make you chuckle but . . . ..
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.
While Santa puts gifts under your tree . . ..
JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.
It's obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.
We need to put Christ back in Christmas.
Jesus is still the reason for the season.
May the Lord Bless and Watch over you and your loved ones this Christmas 2009
And may He prosper and bless the work of your hands in the New Year.