Happy New Year!
I hope each and every one of you found something to be joyful about on Christmas Day. The hat I have on in the photo was Randal's gift to me and his request was for warm house shoes. It's winter here in Virginia so you can tell we both have our minds on staying warm. Did you know that if you wear a hat you stay warmer? There were reasons for wearing those nightcaps of old. It's said that most of our body heat escapes through our head so covering it keeps us warmer. I sure do notice the difference. I can go from feeling really chilly to getting hot.
|© Donna with New Hat from Randal|
There have been times in the past that I used to think, "well, God sent Jesus for the whole world, but that doesn't make me special." I know I've heard it said that if I were the only person in the world, Jesus would've still died for me. That statement never quite made sense to me ... it wasn't like it was actually possible to be the only person in the world.
Now that I know more Scripture, I can rest upon the fact that nobody can come to God unless the Holy Spirit draws them, so in essence, God has chosen me, and you if you've made Him your Savior, as an individual. Jesus said "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up on the last day'' (John 6:44). So the devil has no way to warp my brain on that issue.
Of course He's chosen everyone, because we all have a chance to come to Christ. But when you realize that no matter what the devil may try to twist around to make you think that God maybe didn't come just for you, this makes it clear that He specifically wanted you and me to be part of His family. It certainly personalizes it and has helped me to feel super special as His daughter. God loves us so deeply and did all of this to have fellowship with His crowning glory of Creation ... man made in His image. Awesome!
|© Donna With New Rummikub Game|
From Our Son Ben
We had a grand time. It began with a lesson in making an omelet. Ben had bought some special cheese and mentioned he wished he could have somebody make him an omelet. I suggested we do it when we got together on the video Christmas Day. So that was pretty cool. He did a great job for the first one and said it was absolutely delicious. We were cheering and applauding as he progressed through the cooking. Lots of laughter. The time (over 3-1/2 hours) spent with him online was of course the highlight of our day.
He bought us a new deluxe version of the RummiKub game. We absolutely love this game! We play it a lot and the numbers had worn off. I replaced them with by coloring with markers but they were wearing off again. You also couldn't tell much difference in the red and orange. The new game has green in place of the orange, so no more problem with that. The numbers are also cut into the tile so your fingers don't touch them. And the tiles/numbers are larger and made of some type of stone instead of plastic. We are excited to have the new game. Wish you game lovers could come and join us!
We received a print earlier this year of Jesus by the artist, Warner Sallman. This particular one is entitled, "The Head of Christ." I remember having this in a laminated form in wallet size when I was a child. We have some friends back in Alabama at a ministry that we've supported for a long time. When they offered to send us a print as an appreciation gift, I readily accepted the 24"x36" print planning to have it framed. Fortunately I found a frame at Michaels's that would work with just a tiny bit of trimming so we did it ourselves at home after getting the frame for 40% off. I love a good deal!
|© Print of "The Head of Christ"|
by Warner Sallman
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The colors on the frame were perfect for the print and I'm very pleased to have it hanging in the guest room which is where I spend a lot of time with the Lord. It has so inspired and comforted me many times. I'm a very visual person, so I am not surprised at how much I do get out of having it there to gaze upon. Get more info on this painting and the artist in a Christianity Today article.
I found the white carved words at Michael's when I purchased the frame. I took the photo as soon as we had hung it up, but after that decided to reverse the words since Love is the basis of all things. If we love well (ourselves and others) we will live well.
Lately I've been spending a lot of time near the Lord. For those of you who know about my heart issues early last year, you will also know that the Lord healed me and from July until November I was gardening, hiking nature trails, loading and unloading things in the car, doing all kinds of housework and painting, etc.
In November I began having breathing problems that got my attention .... here's the rest of the story: "When The Devil Returns." Thank you so much to those of you who have already replied to that mailing.
Yesterday morning seemed clearer and more settled on "being already healed" and I feel I've received some great insight into the problem. Thank you for the prayers! I also noticed something very important when I was waking up ... you know when you're in that state before the brain kicks in ... I heard myself pray, "Oh Lord, let today be the day you totally heal me." OH NO! The Bible says He already has and commands us to "only believe" to receive it. But how much unbelief is mixed with what we call head knowledge belief.
|© "Great Events of the Bible"|
Completed December 2012
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Winter is our time for puzzles. It's a great brain activity, especially if you have to spend a lot of time on the computer for work. We keep one on the dining room table throughout the winter. We take turns choosing from a large collection in the guest room closet. Randal choose "Great Events of the Bible" which is a big one but with the varied colors and scripture verses on it, it's fun to put together.
|© "Garden Birds" - Completed December 2012|
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On the topic of re-gifting, I've had varied comments. I do know many friends who do this without guilt. To me, a gift is truly in the thoughtfulness and choice to give me any thing. It isn't the object itself that is most appreciated, although many times, as with this puzzle, it's just perfect. I've also freely given some things that I have truly loved, so it's not always that you re-gift because you don't like a gift. Interestingly in research, it's the receiver that is most offended at the thought of doing this. Givers of gifts had no problem with somebody passing it on. Read the research.
Randal and I wish you a very special new year filled with many blessings, the revelation of God's love for us, and the peace that passes all understanding. I like a new year beginning. It's just a flip of the calendar and just a day after the old year, but there's something magical in thinking about another year having passed by ... as if now that it's a new year, we can make it different than the old one.
I always feel as though I can recreate who I want to be for a new beginning. Of course, our first desire is to know God with all our heart (not just our minds) and for my body to be as whole as Jesus died for it to be. To be able to receive everything that came with The Cross transaction. God is so awesome!
|Randal and Donna|
Speaking of a new year! Share some of your new year resolutions or desires with us at The Nature In Us blog. I want to dream and pray for your goals and desires for the new year. "Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.With God all things are possible!" (Mark 10:27)
Don't let anybody or the devil tell you that the desires of your heart are not possible. They are! Writing them down is the first step. You can do that on the blog comments anonymously and I can agree in prayer with you.
Love, Hugs & New Year Blessings!
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