Hey there, Ivonne. Cute pics! Merry Christmas back at ya!!!
Same here! Hope there'll be more pics to come! And happy holidays to all of you!
Loooove themmmm Jeannette!!!
Thanks! The last one is my favorite, it puts the proud kitty in its place regarding the litter box. For a short season, now they both have indoor facilities. LOL.
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3
Good News of Great Joy! I encourage you to focus on the true meaning of Christmas this year and every year. During all the "festivities," do not forget to thank and praise God for His goodness and mercy and most of all for the birth of His son, Jesus Christ. God promised a Savior and, like always, He fulfilled His promise. Many Christians have good intentions but get caught up in the gift giving and gatherings and do not slow down to worship Him.
Families should be together and enjoy giving to one another, but this year do not let Christmas come and go and not really recognize Jesus. It doesn't make sense to have a birthday celebration for someone and not invite the guest of honor.
This Christmas, my challenge to you and your family is to read the entire Christmas Story, which will greatly bless your observance of Christmas this year. During the Christmas season, take time to read Matthew chapters 1 and 2, and Luke chapters 1 and 2. You may learn new things about the Christmas story that you never knew before.
Now we know everyone is busy. We are always busy. Life does not have a pause button. Yet we need to learn an important lesson from the Wise Men of Matthew 2. In the busyness of their lives, they were wise enough to put their busyness aside. They took much of their time, spent their money, and used much energy and effort to follow God. We also need to make time to do this and will be rewarded by it.
Let's be wise enough to put aside our "weapons of mass distraction," such as our T.V.'s, computers, mp3 players, game systems, cd players, and cell phones. Let's put aside some of our shopping and our gift finding, etc. ... and seek Christ. You will always find Him in the Word of God.
But why only nibble on God's Word when Jesus daily invites us to dine on It? (See John 21:12). It's a gift you can give to yourself and to your family - and to Jesus every day. All Jesus wants for Christmas on His Birthday is YOU!!!
For those who already practice making this special time all about Him, remember to tell others about the gift of salvation. Sharing the Good News does not end with Christmas, but includes the Easter story.
God Bless you and your family this CHRISTmas!
Monica Cole, Director
a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that I am celebrating
The birth Of Jesus Christ.
So, I am asking my email buddies,
if you agree with me, to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to
Your email buddies, and so on... maybe we can prevent one more
American tradition from being lost in the sea of "Political Correctness".
For unto us a Child is born
unto us a Son is given...
and His name shall be called Wonderful,
The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
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THE VERY BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER GIVEN
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
What is the very best Christmas present you have ever received?
Was it something that cost a lot? Was it a laptop computer? A new pair of shoes? A new camera? Was it something homemade? Was it the gift itself or the thoughtfulness behind it that made it special?
What is the very best Christmas present you have ever given?
Was it something you made yourself, or did you save up for a long time to buy it? Was it the &ldquoerfect gift” for that person? Was it special because of the thought you put in to it? Was it special because of the other person’s joy at receiving it? Or was it special for some other reason?
I’ll never forget Christmas of 2005. Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of many people. Our family received word about one of many churches in New Orleans that was in desperate need of financial help. Our son Luke was 10 years old at the time. He broke open his piggy bank and gave all of the money he had been saving his entire short life, more than $300. Luke had been saving for a long time to purchase an electric guitar. He approached me and said, “Daddy, I want to give all of my piggy bank savings to help the people in that church for Christmas.” A few days later someone who did not know anything about what Luke had done gave him an electric guitar. Someone else gave him an amplifier. My only son, Luke, gave all of the money he had, a much needed Christmas gift, and God blessed him for his sacrificial generosity.
The very best Christmas present you have ever been given was not a piggy bank full of money. It was not a computer, a camera or an article of clothing. On the very first Christmas morning centuries ago, God gave you a gift that cost more than all the money in the world. He could have gotten off cheaper by wrapping up the stars and the planets and dropping them on your doorstep. He could have economized by sweeping all the gold, silver and diamonds in the world into a big pile in your front yard. But he did not. He gave you the most generous gift that has ever been given: Jesus Christ, his only Son.
God showed you two things by sending his Son as his Christmas gift to you:
1. He showed you that he loves you more than you can imagine (1 John 4:9); and
2. He showed that he is a generous, extravagant God. He will spare no cost to save you. He will endure any pain to give you the gift of eternal life.
And what is the very best gift you could give to a God like that? It is yourself. Your love. Your thanks. Your worship. Your devotion. Your life. That would be the very best Christmas gift you have ever given.Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Evangelist Tim Todd
Happy Christmas Eve, and a very Merry Christmas to all!
It’s Christmas . . . our Christ-Celebration! To the One who thought it up and gave the best gift, we offer hallel, our exuberant worship.
We grow beyond the childlike thrill of waking up to gifts on Christmas morning and settle in to the annual rigors of making family traditions and celebration happen, we never get beyond the most basic realization: A baby, God’s gift container in human flesh, came to die; He came to give His life, a sacrifice for my sin! O come, let us adore Him! “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.” Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.” Matthew 1:18-25, NKJV
Joyfully, gratefully, we celebrate the birth of our Savior and Lord.
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel!