The Impression of the Season

T’is the season to gather with family and friends, to read Luke 2, to eat lots of chocolate, to make New Year’s Resolutions.

The Christmas holidays come around once every year and I have to be careful that its true meaning doesn’t become cliche. So each year I ask the Lord to impress something special and specific upon my heart.

This year it was a little phrase found, not in Luke 2, but in Matthew 2. The phrase reads “Fell down.” It describes the action of the wise men after they’d found the newborn King of the Jews. The Common English Bible reads, “Falling to their knees, they honoured Him.”

The wise men knew that the Christ Child was a King, and therefore did what is proper and right to do before a king; they bowed.

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Jesus is the King of kings. He deserves for me to bow before Him. To fall on my physical knees in prayer, thanksgiving, and worship. To bow my heart to His will and to His plans.

And when [the wise men] were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him. Matthew 2:11

What has the Lord impressed upon your heart this season?

Our Summer Blessings

In continuing to write about my summer, Thanksgiving weekend afforded a wonderful time to reflect on God’s gifts and blessings to us this summer. This will be a post mostly in pictures and in nowise all-inclusive, but it is posted with a heart full of thanks to my Heavenly Father!

I’m thankful for each person with whom I spent my summer days.

For summer jobs…

For little ones and water.

I’m thankful for one pair of crocs worn right through–proof that one energetic little boy had a fun, active summer.

I’m thankful for summer camp-outs–though they had to wait till past their bedtime for darkness.

I’m so thankful for my dear daughter Megan who is also a sister in Christ!

We raised chickens again–hadn’t for several years—now I’m thankful for our own eggs.

Any animals or fowl that came by this summer were instantly befriended.

Well…except for a select few.

I’m thankful for summer sun and summer  colour.

I’m thankful for food to preserve for the winter months; for helpers and energy to do the work.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 1 Chronicles 16:34