We are off

Going on vacation!!  Have a great New Year!!!

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On Vacation….

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BAhahaa, no not here again…. : )  Though it would be nice…

We are off to my folks place and then to visit some dear dear friends in some snow…we will not have internet access.  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Happy New Year!  And, CCAA, come on let’s see tons of referrals!! : )

Merry Christmas From our family….

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to yours….

"And there were sheperds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.  Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Luke 2:8-14

What now?

My sister, Meg, has a really wonderful article on her blog today.  I was so moved to read it, and gladly so.  I feel that so often in the media, Christians are portrayed in such a bad light.  Perhaps, and sadly, it is because the only "Christians" that seem to gain notoriety, are people who use the name of Christ either for their own gain, or to excuse their behavior or actions. Even to kill in the name of their god.  The press really seem to like using the stories of these Christians as what the faith believes and acts like as a whole.  That could not be farther from the truth.  Nor could it be farther from what the Lord wants us as believers to do and say.

It is Christmas time.  I love this season.  I love it for all the fun traditions we celebrate as a family.  I love the fact that my house glows all night in the sweet white soft lights of the Christmas tree.  I love the smell of the gingerbread baking in my oven.  I love the sight of my kids faces when they see the candles on the pier for our Christmas eve service.  I love how beautiful my husband sings.  I truly adore this holiday.  This time of year it seems a bit easier to give to others.  There are more opportunities available within communities to serve.  And truly, I have learned in the 15 years I have been a believer, that this is truly the place to meet Jesus, face to face.

So why is the focus not on the Christians who go out in love and humility to give and to serve?  Why not write articles about the missionaries in Jakarta, who clothe and feed communities, even if it means sacrificing their own food to do so.  Or how about the medical clinics run by Christians, bringing health care to areas otherwise unreachable?  I think so much about our homeless friends that we have made over the years, and though not much, try to provide them with hot meals, blankets, coffee or cards, and sit with them and listen to their life stories.  So rich, so real.  It is there that I have seen the face of Jesus clearly.  And I do hear him prodding me to love, serve, give.

Our three children, in their own ways have brought Jesus straight into clear view.  Experiencing pregnancy and childbirth were miraculous.  Truly.  I could feel Him in the room each time.  Our adoption experience, perhaps, was one of the most moving spiritual times in my life.  I could go on forever about what the Lord taught me about Himself and who I am in His eyes, but I will just say, that on our journey to China and to Katie Mei, I saw Jesus in faces in China.  I saw Jesus in the orphans being united with their forever families.  I saw Jesus in the compassion of parents dealing with a grieving child.  I saw Jesus in the face of a little boy with a cleft lip and palate laughing with his new brother and sister.  I saw the face of Jesus in the nannies and directors, crying as they watched their beloved babies go with their new families.  I was in awe.

I am so thankful that God has brought me this far on this journey.  I am so very thankful for the article that was written about this group of believers loving the "least of these" in Oregon.  I am very glad that one reporter chose to look to the real followers of Jesus, out there serving, not for glory, money or fame, but to look Jesus straight in the face, and say "Here I am Lord.  Use me."

Merry Merry Christmas.  And Happy Birthday to you, Lord.

What Now?  By Stephen Curtis Chapman

I saw the face of Jesus in a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner on the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find me?
Well here I am, here you are

So, What now?
What will you do now that you found Me?
What now?
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found?
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you remember this is right where I said I would be
You’ve found me
What now?

And I saw the face of Jesus down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car, while his mom went looking for food
And I heard the voice of Jesus gently whisper to my soul
Didn’t you say you wanted to know me?
Well here I am, and it’s getting cold

So, What now?
What will you do now that you found Me?
What now?
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found?
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you remember this is right where I said I would be
You’ve found me

So, come and know
Come and know, know me now
Come, come and know, know me now
Come and know
Come and know, know me now
Come, come and know, know me now

What will you do now that you found me?
What now?
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found?
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you remember this is right where I said I would be
You’ve found me
What now?
What now?