Oh, my. I somehow got to the post about the 2005 Blogs of Beaty Award at Two Talent Living. From there I followed the links to all the finalists and the winner blogs. Shouldn't have done that! Not because they are not good. Just the opposite. There so many good, interesting and useful Christians Woman's blogs out there. How do you choose which ones to read and visit more often?
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Yesterday we had such interesting weather. Some sun, some rain. My oldest daughter shot this picture from our kitchen window. It really is amazing what beautiful sky God can make!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Today is December 6th,traditionally St. Nicolaus Day here in Europe. It is a tradition for the children to clean their shoes/boots the night before and find some sweets in them in the morning (if they were good =). If they weren’t the are supposed to be coals in their boots! Our children do not believe in any fictional characters, but because they are asked in school what they got for this holiday (and because it’s fun to see their happy eyes) we put something in their shoes this morning before they got up. They were soooo excited! Especially our youngest, who was totally thrilled to have sweets in his shoes for the first time in his life!
Monday, December 05, 2005
I had the privilege to teach tonight at a Ladies Bible Study. I was asked to talk about Mary, the mother of Jesus. I was amazed when studying her life, how much I could learn from the simple accounts. Here are a few thoughts: ~ Mary was a simple, poor girl. But she had a heart right with God. I am sure she was not perfect or sinless. But she was a humble, pure, honest and upright young woman. She did not object God’s task for her (unlike some other Bible characters before her), she did not argue, she didn’t find excuses. But she did ask a question. She asked for clarification, she wanted to make sure she understands everything. She did this respectfully, without doubt, which can be seen also from the angel’s response. He didn’t reprove her, but answered her question. She accepted God’s calling. ~ I am sure after the angel left, she realized the practical implication of this news. Sure it was a wonderful thing to be the mother of God’s Son, but how would she explain this to others. What would happen to her? She made a wonderful wise decision though. She went to an older woman, a mentor, someone who had also touched by God – Elisabeth. What a nice thing to seek advice from an older woman! This reminds me of the Titus 2 command to older women. And what a blessing it was for Mary that she wasn’t too proud to go and ask for support and advice. And God blessed this decision. The welcome she received from Elisabeth was just marvelous! Imagine what a burden was lifted from young Mary’s heart when she found out that Elisabeth already knew about her secret and she didn’t have to explain anything! God had prepared things for her. And what did Mary do? She praised God. What a beautiful example. ~ I am sure Mary had a good time with Elizabeth and this was a good time to be away from Nazareth in order to figure out how to explain this to Joseph and others. But God again took care of that. He told Joseph about everything and Mary could become his wife without shame. When we obey God and accept his task He wants to give us, then he arranges things in ways we could never imagine. His blessing will be upon us. ~ No, it isn’t always an easy road. Even Mary’s first childbirth was surrounded by less than desirable circumstances. But even in all of this, God arranged some wonderful things, like the shepherds coming and telling about the angel in the fields. Like some time later wise man coming to this poor and humble home and bowing down before Jesus and giving all those presents fit for a king. All these things just assured Mary that God is in control and fulfills His promises. Even though she didn’t always understand God’s ways fully, she did trust Him. And she “treasured all the words in her heart and meditated upon them”. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, I am sure that she finally understood God’s plan fully. May we have a humble, pure heart like Mary and be willing to be used as He wills.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Our family is struggling with some illnesses. Some children are coughing; others have really bad red tonsils. Some are struggling with stomach troubles. One of my daughters got bitten really badly on her back. She has about 30 bits on her back and some on her legs. I even took her to the doctor for it, since I have never seen so many bites. I was given some kind of cream and gave her a bath with a little permanganate that should relieve the itchiness. The doctor said it looks like spider bites. I have changed her bed completely, washed it, and vacuumed everywhere. I hope it’s not a bedbug or something, because it’s such a struggle to get rid of those. My husband is bitten too, but it looks a bit different. And I have heard that lice are going around as well, so I keep checking the children daily. I just don’t think I can handle all of these things, especially in these pre-Christmas days when there is so much other work to be done (mainly ministry related). I am praying for wisdom, grace and patience to deal with these little annoyances. I know there is a reason for everything and everything can turn to the best, if I trust God.