Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Come and see!

I love the come and see moments in life.  Perhaps your son wants you to see a picture they just finished, or your husband takes your hand and leads you outdoors to see the sunset, or a friend calls you to view children at play in the neighborhood.  No matter what the come and see moment turns out to be...I have rarely been disappointed in it! 

Go and see what wonders God has placed in this world.
Go and learn from those moments.  
Meditate on them and ponder them in your heart.

Last week Tom called me to come and see.  A beautiful butterfly awaited...posing for a photo on the screen of our backdoor.  As someone who lives with fibromyalgia there are times when I would rather just sit with my feet up or lay in bed and not move.  Tom knows that when I don't feel well I don't always respond favorably to those calls.  But, this day, in spite of how I felt, I went with camera in hand to answer his call to come and see.  And I am indeed grateful for the reward.  God's creation always amazes me.  It always fills me with a sense of wonder.
How did He create so many different varieties and shades of gorgeous?
  Why did He put such detail into His work?
  What a mighty and awesome God is He!  

Why not stop what you're doing right now and look in the mirror?  Follow the spirit's call to a come and see moment. Take keen notice of the beauty of the person in your mirror.  No matter the circumstances of your birth...you exist because God willed you into existence.  You were created, designed, and hand crafted into being by the Creator, Designer, and Author of the universe.  You have over 10,000 genes and 23 pairs of chromosomes that were all hand picked by Him.  You are beautiful and you were deliberately created by the power of His loving breath.  God smiled and rejoiced as He watched your birth.

During this season of celebrating the birth of Christ take some time to stop, to come to Him, and gaze deeply on the realities of Christmas.  Ponder the fact that Christmas leads us to Easter, notice that the impact of Easter ushers us into a relationship with Him for all eternity.  None of this was a coincidence.  It was planned and executed perfectly because of His sacrificial love.

May we live a life worthy of that Love during this Christmas season and all the days of our lives! 

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Toilet paper roll Christmas wreath

I am not sure how many people save these
but we do...
cuz that's how we roll!  

The idea for this wreath came from Pinterest.  
The original post is here .  

The instructions are in Hungarian, however, when I put the site through a translator not all of the words were translated.  Here is a short tutorial on how we made our wreath.  I don't really have detailed notes on each step.  We were winging it just from the pictures.

I found that if you flatten the roll first it is easier to work with...

Divide the roll into four sections...

cut into strips...

We painted the insides a darker green...
Then we painted the outsides a lighter green...

 Hot glue five petals together to form a flower


Before you glue the flowers together that you have created...you can work on your layout.  
I chose to do 12 flowers on the bottom layer and six and the top layer.

In the original she used 10 on the bottom and 7 on the top.
Once you decide how large you want yours then hot glue the flowers in a circle.

I couldn't find red beads here in Belize so we cut circles out of red foam and hot glued those on 

Now it's hanging on our front door!

We have a few more crafts to finish as we continue to decorate for Christmas.
This was a fun and easy project to start off with!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy 31st Anniversary to us!


December 13, 1981

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.

We are so grateful to truly understand the meaning of love...not just in theory but in practice!




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Be...

 
Over the past twelve days I have been undergoing a root canal.  It's been difficult at times to be joyful or patient throughout this process.  Especially with tomorrow being our 31st wedding anniversary I didn't want to spend our vacation week in a dental office.  But, such is life. 

Reclining in the dentist's chair with my mouth propped open as her drill splashed water in my face all I could do was pray, breathe deeply, and hope that it would end soon.  After filling the tooth she told me that I would have to come back after the first of the year to have the crown put on. As I wallowed in self pity I was reminded of a friend with cancer who may be facing the last Christmas with her family.  She has truly been a model for me of being patient in affliction. 

Thinking of her sure put my 'suffering' through a root canal before the holidays in perspective.  I am going through an inconvenience...and being inconvenienced is not the same as suffering.  I may not be able to munch on peanut brittle this Christmas but I can still rejoice in the hope that comes with celebrating the birth of Christ.  I can be grateful for His sacrifice and remember what He endured for us. And I can look forward to and continue to pray for His return!  

Throughout this holiday season and beyond may we remember to be
 joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.



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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Christmas table...

 
 
 
 
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Alvina and her mom set such a beautiful table for the CDF Christmas party. The ambiance in their home was a blessing for us all.  We truly enjoyed a wonderful evening of great food, great fellowship, and great fun!  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dear Santa...

This sums up how I feel today.  These past few weeks I have been going through some dental work and for some reason a fibromyalgia flare at the same time.  Right now I cannot even remember what being pain free feels like.

I would appreciate prayer because I know that there is nothing that Santa can do for me...but prayer always helps!

Friday, December 07, 2012

practice shots...



I took these photos last Saturday after watching a Nikon School video about my camera.  In the past my main strategy was to just take a lot of pictures and hope for a good one in the bunch.  There is still so much more for me to learn about photography.  And I will have fun learning and practicing because after all 'practice makes better'!

What new thing are you learning?

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Nothing but a Wisp of Fog



This photo was taken yesterday as I watched Tom cross the hammock bridge in Roaring Creek.  I thought of this verse and how it applies to our lives.  Later at home, I looked it up in The Message version of the Bible:
And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”
James 4:13-15, The Message
Americans love to plan and ponder what we want to happen next in our careers, our ministries, or our families. However, the reality is, we really don't have a clue about what God has in store for our future. During this advent season we wait with great expectation to celebrate the birth of our King.

But, is He truly that in our lives?  

Is He the King of our time, our finances, our marriages...our plans?

How often have you heard someone say "Lord willing, I'll..."?  I know that I say things like that now and then. But, I don't always mean it.  What I mean is "I am going to do..." or " I am going to go to..."

The other day I wrote a status on Facebook that said "Lord prepare me for what you are preparing me for".  And I mean that.  I don't know what He has in store for us in 2013.  Both Tom and I will turn 50 next year. I don't know about you but I had dreams and goals that I wanted to accomplish before turning 50.  And yet God had other plans for my brief time on earth.

As I ponder this passage I am compelled to remember that He is eternal,
He is my King and He has control over all the days of my life.
And I...I am nothing but a wisp of fog.  




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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Terribly Terrific Toffee...

I have seen this holiday treat before under the name 'Christmas Crack'.  I love recipes with just a few ingredients.  If only saltines were gluten free I would make this...it sure looks tasty!

For those of you who want to give it a try the recipe is here:  Terribly Terrific Toffee


Monday, December 03, 2012

the gifts of a fundraiser...

I was up until 4am last night editing 420 photos down to 86 and getting them loaded onto Facebook.  We had an awesome event with an incredible turn out of  around 200 youth and youth leaders.  If I had more energy I would write more about the specifics. But since I am functioning right now on 4 1/2 hours of sleep I will leave you with the link to view the photos on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.393776677364039.91357.100001951297438&type=1

There are so many precious moments to treasure...





We at CDF are so grateful to all of the volunteers, to Andrea and Dion for all of their efforts, and for all of the youth and youth leaders who came out to support the event!