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Retooning the Nativity

The Smithson family thinks to a different beat on a few things.  One being how the Christmas story is told.  Steven and myself love the traditions of the Nativity story but much of the story is just that– traditions that ADD too Scripture. We personally own three Nativity sets.  Steven loves to dote on the fact that they are ALL far from realistic.  I must admit we have gotten into a few light-hearted “arguments” over how we want the story told to our children.  Steven’s version– facts only.  Mine–  build the basics and then reveal the trivia later. I mean you don’t have to tell them Jesus wasn’t born in a stable when they are two!!!

Regardless, have you been able to do your research this year??  Do I have you totally bewildered by what I’m talking about??? Well here’s a little clip we loved so much we showed to the youth department this morning.  Igniter Media did a great job in capturing both truth and the real meaning of Christmas in this little diddy…  Enjoy!

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Hey There!

I’m slacking in blog land these days. Don’t worry though, we are just fine around here!!!  Superhero get ups and princess dresses fill our days with fun.  However, there is ALOT happening right now within our country and in many lives of those around us.  I guess I just feel like it’s better for me to be silent at these times rather than to talk of triviality.  I’m sure I’ll be back full swing in due time! For now though, when you think of us just know we are nestling in for upcoming cold weather and praying for all of the things God is showing His hand in daily.

To those of you that stop by this blog regularly —  know I love you and am so grateful for your thoughts!!  If there’s any way I can be in prayer for you please know I ALWAYS count it a privilege to do so! If there are not any specifics be encouraged this is still my prayer for you:

Ephesians 1:16-23

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of WISDOM and of revelation in the KNOWLEDGE of HIM, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the HOPE to which He has CALLED YOU, what are the RICHES of HIS glorious INHERITANCE in the saints, and what is the IMMEASURABLE GREATNESS of HIS POWER toward us who BELIEVE, according to the working of His GREAT MIGHT that He WORKED in CHRIST when he raised Him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all RULE and AUTHORITY and POWER and DOMINION, and ABOVE EVERY NAME that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put ALL THINGS under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the FULLNESS of HIM who fills all in all.”

ESV

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Ditches and Mountains… They Happen. Part I

Sorry about the delay in posting.  We’ve been running quite a bit.  Monica has shown a pretty serious interest in potty training and we’ve begun the battle of weaning her from the passy. Needless to say it’s been pretty exciting around here without mentioning the x-tra’s going on in the rest of the family’s schedule.

Honesty will prevail today.  Along with busyness, I’ve also been mulling around in my heart a few life situations that tend to make me very sad.  Sometimes these things I’ve found can be quite difficult to yank yourself out of and just “move on.” I must say though, God promises to never leave us or forsake us no matter what we go through. If you can take just a few minutes I’d love to share with you how He showed up in my life this morning…

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Ditches and Mountains….. They Happen. Part II

We’ve been studying the life of Moses. This week found us in chapters 5 and 6. It’s at the point in Moses’ journey that he had first decided to be obedient.  He had gone to Pharaoh as God commanded. Instead of finding blessing he found both Pharaoh and the Israelite people turned on him. Things went from bad to WORSE—all because he was obedient.  Pretty serious stuff!!! I mean most people expect that when you are obedient to God great things are supposed to happen, right?!?!?  Not always… Read the rest of this entry »

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That’s My King!

I’m thinking if you’re like me, the economic turmoil of our day may have you a bit shaken. I watched this video again tonight and wanted to share it with you….  It’s nothing new and cutting edge but it’s filled with inspiration and truth.  We serve a king that is in control of government officials that don’t know what’s going on as well as a King that has wealth unprecedented. Turn up the speakers and listen- If you are a believer this is the King in whom we have hope!

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Privelege

I don’t say this lightly… Steven and I had the PRIVELEGE to be apart of a very special congregation yesterday.  Steven was asked to preach at a small country church where the pastor recently resigned. We had a blessed day with a sense of God’s presence all around!! To God be the glory….

A quote Steven shared from the pulpit yesterday I thought was worth passing on to you.  It is this:

“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.”

John Newton  1725-1807

Steven reminded us that we ARE products of our past.  No matter how we might try to bury the things we have walked through(good or bad), those experiences are what has formed our thinking and who we’ve become.  However, because of the power of the grace of God we DO NOT remain prisoner to our past.  God is the great deliverer and giver of hope for a bright tomorrow.  It was such awesome reminder to me….

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Getting in the Way

It was neat to see God bring this excerpt to my attention right in the middle of my “thinking.” It’s from Beth Moore’s Things Pondered . pg.91

For Today’s frustrated Christian, trying to do all she can do (rather than be all she can be), here’s Biblical permission to resign a few activities–

“whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ” 1 Cor. 10:31

Let’s face it . None of us can do a thousand things to the glory of God. And in our vain attempt we stand the risk of forfeiting a precious thing– EXCELLENCE. Oh, that we might discern the will of God, surrender to His calling, resign the masses of activities, and sell out to do a few things well. What a legacy that would be for our children.

‘and this I pray… that ye may approve things that are excellent.'”phil. 1:9,10

Okay so that’s my lesson for me. God’s reminder to be still, strive for excellence, but don’t strive to be excellent in the things He HASN’T given me to accomplish.

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