Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
No Room in the Inn
She brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
In these days of modern technology, we never miss a thing with TiVo, voice mail, DVD recorders, and camera phones. But even though our toys keep us from missing a phone call, they can also cause us to miss the real reason for the holiday season.
You can watch Christmas disappear in front of your eyes, in a heap of shredded wrapping paper, and find yourself saying, "I was so busy shopping, so busy attending this, going to that, that I think I actually missed the point of Christmas."
It might be surprising to know that the majority of people missed the very first Christmas as well. People just carried on with business as usual, paying no attention to what was happening just a few feet away.
In Luke chapter 2, we are introduced to an innkeeper who had no time for Christmas. In this familiar story, Mary and Joseph came to the innkeeper for a room, but because his inn was full, he turned them away.
The only place he had for this young pregnant woman and her husband was a stable, a cold, dark, and damp stable--which was more than likely a cave. He was too preoccupied with other things to make the time for Christmas.
There are people like this in the world today. They don't necessarily oppose or hate God outright. They are simply preoccupied. God and spiritual things do not concern them. Their interests lie more in what can immediately satisfy their own physical needs. The innkeeper was too busy to make room in the inn for the soon coming Messiah.
Let me ask you this: have you made room for Jesus this Christmas? If not, there is still time to refocus and make room for Christ this Christmas, today!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Of course with Christmas just a few days away, I feel so unorganized, but I know that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and not about us. We are just so grateful to know that we have a Savior who cares for all of us, and that, gives us a peace that surpasses all understanding! We want to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY HANUKKAH! We are so grateful for all of your prayers and wonderful emails and comments for Vince and our family! You are such a blessing to US!! May this holiday season bring you JOY as you share it with the ones you love!
Thank you to my dear friend Cathy, who helped us so much this last week with finding just the right doctor who specializes in "Infectious Diseases" and thank you to her awesome kids, who came to visit Vince while he was in the hospital! You made him laugh and smile and THAT is the best medicine! Thank you for all our gifts you brought, we feel so special!
Thank you Mikemo, Josh, Brent, Tony, Mindy & Gianni for visiting Vince, too! The time goes much quicker when he is able to have something to do:) Like playing Skip Bo!!! Thank you Yvonne for buying that for Vince! Great idea!
Thank you Traci Reilly for making us the yummy cookies! You amaze me!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Friday, December 19, 2008
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here are a few more photos of Gianni and I...how sweet!
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I am praising Jesus for a great outcome in advance! He has been so good to Vince through this trial, that's for sure! We are so proud of Vince for having such a great attitude, even when things have been so unbearable and he felt so sick and just plain tired of enduring....but he got through it! We have hope and we know that God is in control and that is all we need! Glory to God!The other night I was watching Gianni (my grandson) while his mom and dad went to a company Christmas party. We baked oranments, played UNO, looked up "How to make puppets" on the internet, and also had so much fun taking pictures with the timer on the camera (we took about 200 LOL!) When Jim and I were taking our turn, Gianni decided to get in on the action and here's the proof! Cracked me up when I saw the final pictures...I didn't know he was in them! He is quite the character! I love him so much! He brings me JOY!
Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
The LORD, your Redeemer and Creator, says: "I am the LORD, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. By myself I made the earth and everything in it.
Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! What joy!
Friday, December 12, 2008
So, today was a very good day for us..especially since Bernadette, Vince and I got a laugh of a lifetime when I ran into the elevator door that was closing and bumped my arm on it and then we got the giggles with 10 other people who didn't find it one bit funny!!! We ran out of the elevator and laughed our heads off walking through the UCLA square! I haven't heard either one of them laugh that hard EVER! Bernadette can't even look at me now without laughing! Of course it was at my expense, but hey...I'd do ANYTHING to make my son laugh!!! That was our joy for the day!
I will never forget your commandments, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.
Yes, the LORD has done amazing things for us! What joy!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Vince went to see "The Smashing Pumpkins" concert with Bernadette, Mikemo & Steve last week, which was awesome...thank you Kevin & Debra for making it possible!
Last Friday night, Jim's band "Rock Shop" played at The Canyon Club for the first time and they "rocked the house"! Everyone really enjoyed it and all of our kids were able to come to see their dad "rock"!
Vince will be going to the doctor tomorrow to be evaluated and then I will blog to let you know which day he will be going into the hospital next week.
Thank you so much for all your support and prayers! God is hearing them, each and every minute!
Yet through it all, overwhelming victory is ours through HIM who loved us.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
He who did not spare His own Son but delivered him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
What does the word freedom bring to your mind?
Maybe you imagine the celebrations of the Fourth of July, or see images of soldiers in battle. Possibly you think of the American flag. Or you might think about your freedom to worship and exercise your faith.
But there is a greater freedom for you than even our national freedom.
It is the freedom of your soul and mine, bought and paid in full by the blood of Jesus Christ. He gave the ultimate price for your freedom, He poured out His blood so you can be free!
Think about this, if God would not even spare His only Son, don't you know He will freely give you all things in Him?
Our Scripture verse today says, "He who did not spare His own Son but delivered him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?"
You can be free from addictions, from sin, and from death. You can experience liberty, joy, victory, and peace. All you have to do is accept Jesus Christ as your deliverer today.IF YOU NEVER HAVE, ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS TODAY
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
If you are going through a problem today, how do you overcome it?
I want to give you a few practical steps to help you weather the storms of your life.
First, trust God. I love what the great preacher Charles Spurgeon used to say, "God is too good to be unkind, too wise to make a mistake. And when you can't trace His hand, you can always trust His heart."
God is committed to bringing glory to Himself and good to your life by making you more like Jesus. He does that through the circumstances of your life.
Be confident in what Scripture says: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
Secondly, give thanks in all things. You may not understand your circumstances, but you can know that God is using them to make you more like Jesus and move you closer to your purpose in His plan.
The apostle Paul was shipwrecked, beaten, and imprisoned. Yet, in Ephesians 5:20, he challenges us to give thanks "always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Paul knew how to overcome problems in life--by trusting God and giving thanks to Him in every circumstance.
Why not do the same today?!
GOD IS COMMITTED TO BRINGING GLORY TO HIMSELF AND GOOD TO YOUR LIFE BY MAKING YOU MORE LIKE JESUS.