Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Repost: Give It to God, and Don't Take it Back

I am just posting this again, though I posted it awhile back.

Hello readers!
We all have bumps in the road, but we need not let that stop us from continuing on the road we are supposed to walk and in trusting God.
When a bump occurs, what do you do?
You give it to God.
You pray and say that you give it to Him, and you choose to trust Him and follow His will in the situation. You can even ask Him to lead you in what you should do if you need to do something, etc.
Then, following God, do your part (like forgiving, apologizing, making something right, resolving something as far as you personally can, calming down, doing the right thing and not the wrong thing, encouraging peace, agreeing to disagree, etc.), and then leave it up to God, and just be attentive to Him if there is any more you must do in the situation.

I am mainly talking about situations with other people in this post, just so you know. :)

"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."
—Romans 12:18 (NIV)

Then, if/when you think about it, pray! Don't worry!

"Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
—Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)

(I encourage you to look up Phil. 4:6-7 in different versions including NKJV, NLT, & NIV.)

And after you give it to God, NEVER TAKE IT BACK.
Read this... ↓

See how bad that sounds?
We shouldn't want to be like that—but that is kind of what we could be saying if we take (or want to take) something back into our own hands after we were supposed to have given it to God!

We should take the challenge, and trust God and His timing!

You see, if you give something to God, things change.
You can find peace, just like Philippians 4 was talking about, and you don't have to worry, either. God's got it, and He will make all things good in His timing for those who seek Him.

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."
—Romans 8:28

If you are a Christian, following God, and seeking His will in your life, I believe Romans 8:28 applies to you.

If you are not a Christian, what are you waiting for? God's arms are open wide, and He has wanted a relationship with you ever since you were born—and even before that!

"...If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
—Romans 10:9

"For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'"
—Romans 10:13

Love from your sister in Christ,

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

12doc #14 // Thank You

Merry Christmas all!
I want to thank Faith for hosting this blog tour.
I also want to thank the military...both people who aren't home for Christmas, and those who are. I also want to give thanks to veterans, and those who are going to go into the military.
I thank the police,  sherriff, firemen, EMS, medical personnel, highway patrol, dispatch, and everyone else who help us in emergencies, and etc.

Thank you, Jesus, for this great day! Please be with all of your people, and I thank you that you already are, and that you won't leave them. Thank you for all the people who help us, and thank you that we have so much. Please help us to be grateful, and pray for others. Thank you for Jesus, and the sacrifice he and you made to forgive us of our sins and offer us eternity with you in paradise. Thank you, Jesus. I pray that all my brothers and sisters will be blessed, healed, and protected. I pray that those who are not following you will, and that they will find hope, courage, and peace in you accordingly. Amen.

I also want to thank my family. They have poured themselves into this Christmas, and I love them very much.

Lastly, thank you to all the people who have read these posts! You are great, and thank you to all those who commented. :D

Please pray, everyone, for all the people that are here among us mentioned above.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Thoughts

Today, at work, I saw a lot of people.
I heard people singing behind me, even when it wasn't along with the music, and I really enjoyed it.
I saw a little girl, and we smiled at each other.
I saw families shopping, and that was a great thing to see over all. :) If you think about it, it's uncommon nowadays.
I experienced a happy start to the day, even though there were moments of not-so-happiness. :P
I saw a dad, who was with his kids, laugh...we need more of that in this world.
A lady brought some soup that was really good, and we had it for lunch, along with other stuff.
I worked longer than usual and was tired by the end, but it's okay, it was a good day.
This time of year is wonderful.
Christmas music is really great.
A lot of people wouldn't want to work a holiday, but I kind of like it, though it would have been nice to have been home, too. :)  But I'm home now.
I still have presents to wrap, and things to do, but this has been a good holiday so far.
I even went to Walmart (it was busy, but not crazy—in my eyes....) :P
Tonight we will have the rest of my family over, and have some chile verde. Then, we will go to the Christmas service sometime later at church.
After that, we may open a gift each. :)

I haven't always been in the Christmas spirit this year, and have actually had a hard time enjoying Christmastime this year (mainly just because of thinking about stuff), but I want to change that, and look at the good. I need to throw away the bad, keep the good, and not disregard the thoughts that I should keep and consider.

How was your Christmas Eve? What did you do?

I hope that tomorrow, brings joy. I want to have a wonderful Christmas with my family this year, and that starts with me. I don't want to take for granted the blessing I have in each one of them.
I choose joy.
I choose laughter.
I choose love, and to get caught up in loving my family and this blessed day.
Tomorrow,  I want to choose to recognize my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Don't get distracted. Jesus is part of why we should celebrate Christmas. :)

12DOC #12 // Candy Cane Cocoa Recipe

Candy Cane Cocoa
A Harvest Lane Cottage Classic Recipe

3 candy canes, crushed
1 c. powdered creamer
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa powder

Mix and store in an airtight container.
Add 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup boiling water

This is my mom's recipe, and it is wonderful. We don't know where it came from really, but it's good! I highly recommend it. :) So good. Hope you enjoy it!

Merry Christmas everyone! Tomorrow will be my last 12 Days of Christmas post, so stay tuned!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

12doc #11 // The Pine Tree Parable (Book)

Not my picture, click here for my source (goodreads).

The Pine Tree Parable is a really great book. The story encourages us to give to others, and with almost every turn of the page you'll see a Bible verse at the bottom. If you have already read some Liz Curtis Higgs children's books, then you'll probably really like it, but if you haven't, you should try it and see what you think! =) The illustrations are great, using what I believe to be watercolor and colored pencil (and maybe something else?)
This book has been around in my house since I was...well, I don't know...younger. :P If you have kids, or even if you don't, I recommend the Pine Tree Parable book, by Liz Curtis Higgs.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

12doc # 10 // Guest Post // 12 Days of Christmas Song Origin

Hey everyone! This is another guest post from Laura, of Harvest Lane Cottage. It is actually a post that she has already used on her own blog, but she invited me to share it here as well. Though we are not Catholic ourselves, I find this interesting. I added the post picture, and omitted a little, but didn't do much else. :)
Before we begin learning the meaning behind the 12 Days of Christmas song, I will add a little info from a past post on the subject: "my true love" stood for God.

Enjoy, and stay tuned for another post tomorrow!

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John .

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Blessed to be a Blessing
Let us know what you thought! To end this post, I (Amy) would like to share the song! -Amy

I don't know what her sources were, but the info was interesting, don't you think?

Friday, December 21, 2018

12DOC #8 // Christmas in Sweden

Merry Christmas all! God jul alla!
This post is actually one I wrote another year, but I am editing it a little this year. :)

*Deep breath* A Swedish Christmas....
Someday, I would like to spend Christmas in Sweden. Ever since I read the Kirsten Larson—American Girl—books, I have been interested with this country, and I dream of someday going!
Today we will be learning about Christmas in Sweden, are you ready?

Not my picture, click here for source.
First lesson! ~smile~ Merry Christmas in the Swedish language is: god jul.

A Common Christmas Tradition in Sweden is...

Santa Lucia Day // Santa Lucia Dag.
Not my picture, click here for source.

The tradition is that the oldest girl in the household gets up early and makes coffee (kaffe) and Swedish Saffron Buns (svenska lussebullar), which are the traditional baked good for this yearly ritual.
Not my picture, click for source.
Then, dressed in a white dress and a red sash—crown of greenery and candles on her head—the girl brings the food and drink to her family members who have been in bed.
I personally think this tradition is sweet, and it would be cool to watch/experience someday, even if I don't necessarily share their same beliefs.
Not my picture, click for source.
A second part to this tradition is that in Sweden, they pick a girl from the town and/or school to carry out this tradition in a parade/procession of sorts, and represent St. Lucia (Lucy).
Not my picture, click for source.
Then, there are star boys (stj√§rngossar)...
Not my picture, click for source.
Star boys also follow with the girls in the procession. Star boys are boys dressed up in white gowns wearing pointy hats decorated with stars. They originate from the legend of Saint Stefanos, who is said to have been a stable worker in the stables of King Herod at the time of Jesus' birth. It's said that he saw the star that shone over Bethlehem and told Herod about the King of the Jews' birth. Herod didn't believe him, and said, "That is as likely as if this fried rooster would come alive and call."* And in this legend, the fried chicken came alive and said that Christ was born. Stefanos was killed, and so became a saint celebrated on this Santa Lucia holiday.

Please note that my faith is not necessarily with these traditions, and I do not necessarily believe in them. I also do not celebrate this holiday personally.

Swedish for pinned recipe.
Not my picture, click for source.
Common Christmas Foods in Sweden....
Boiled Rice Pudding (julgrot)...
click for pinned recipe.
Not my picture, click for source.
Gingerbread Cookies (pepparkakor)...
click for pinned recipe.
Not my picture, click for source.

I want to try Swedish meatballs, and rice pudding someday!

Other stuff I want to put here...
Not my picture, click for source.
I just like this picture above. It must be a retro old store or something.

I made these, and they are good!
Not my picture, click for source.

These are Scandinavian Almond Bars, and I made them once. They were good! I recommend them.
If you click the link underneath the picture, you can find the recipe if you click through.

Not my picture, click for source.

Not my picture, click for source.

Dala Horses (dalahästar), are a big thing, too. They are painted, wooden horses. Actually, in Avesta Municipality, Sweden, they have the World's largest Dala Horse, which is made out of concrete.

World's largest Dala Horse.
Not my picture, click for source.
Wooden Dala Horse toys.
Not my picture, click for source.

And last but not least...
Not my picture, click for source. Click also, to buy on Amazon.
Annika's Secret Wish.
This is a book that we have read for years within my family, mainly just my mom and I. I really like this book, and I rate it a 5 star book, with wonderful illustrations, and a good story. It, too, has guided my interest in the country of Sweden. It also teaches you a loved tradition that Sweden has...the Almond pudding! In the book it tells you about how one almond is mixed in the pudding, and whoever gets it can have one wish, and it is said to come true. But that's all I am saying! You'll just have to read it if you want.

Thanks for tuning in, everyone!
Merry Christmas!

If any of my facts are wrong, sorry! I am not a Swede, I just use the internet and books, etc. :P If you know any more facts, please feel free to share them in the comments!

Tune in tomorrow!
This blog tour was started by Faith Potts. Click here for link to her blog!
I got pictures off of Pinterest(links underneath each used picture), and free picture websites.
Food resource: Wikipedia, and Pinterest(links below each used picture).
Annika's Secret Wish book: Amazon.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

12doc #7 // Pictures!

Hey, I am just going to do a collaboration of pictures I've taken this month (and other people have taken) for today's post. Enjoy!
Please do not use these pictures at all.

Here, while you look at pictures, you can listen to Bing Crosby Christmas music!

It looks like there's snow outside, but there's not. "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas..."

Have a good day!
Tune in for tomorrow's post!
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tune in tomorrow!
This blog tour was started by Faith Potts. Click here for link to her blog!