Christmas is acomin’ . . .

Christmas is acomin’ . . .

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Christmas is quickly approaching. I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that once summer ends, it’s already time to start planning for Christmas again.  Time sure does fly!

Each year I promise myself to be more organized so when the time comes, I’m not so stressed over everything, and every year my plans fail.

But it doesn’t matter, Christmas comes every year whether I’m ready or not, and I know my kids and grandkids don’t really care if everything is perfect. They just enjoy our time together–and so do I.

I know it’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism and busyness of the season, so I caution you (and me too!) to S L O W down a wee bit. Take the time to remember what we are celebrating. Spend a few minutes recalling memories of Christmas past. They may be happy memories, or they might be painful, but they are all a big part of who you are today, so they are all precious.  And in the eyes of God, so are you!

 

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

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THIS is what the season is all about. Not tinsel, not presents, not carols or food.

Just JESUS.

He is truly the reason for our celebration.

So, while you’re baking cookies or hanging your stockings or decorating your Christmas tree, thank God for giving us His Son so many years ago–to leave His heavenly home to come down here to earth and save us from our sins.

THAT is what it’s all about, folks.

Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

May God bless each and every one of you–today and always!

Ruth Kyser

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It’s the little things. . .

It’s the little things. . .

It’s the little things . . .

I learned years ago that it’s the little things that make Christmas memorable for your children.

When we first started our family, we always bought each child a package of socks (along with a few other gifts–money was tight, of course).  It became a tradition, and every year socks was one of the first things we bought in preparation for Christmas morning.

Over the years our family has grown, and it now takes the better part of a morning to wrap all the various sized packages of socks.  They range in size from “little” little girl’s size to extra-tall men’s socks (our son-in-law is a BIG boy).   This year our numbers grew to an even baker’s dozen (13), and it always amuses me when we’re going through the check-out line to see the look on the clerk’s face as she rings up multiple packages of socks in every size and type.  (Each child and grandchild all have their distinctive favorites!)

I wouldn’t dream of not buying them socks now though.  It’s become a tradition, and I know from hearing them talk about it that it is very special to them.  When I asked my daughter-in-law for ideas for gifts for our son, she mentioned a few things, then added:  “But I know he will be excited to get socks.  He really likes getting socks every Christmas.”

Some things never change.

I’m sure there are traditions at your house for Christmas.  Whether it’s a particular fruit salad you fix every year, or a special spot where they always hung their stockings when they were little, your children remember these things, that to us may not seem that significant.  But to them, they are precious memories.

This year in the midst of all your Christmas festivities though, be sure that when you’re creating special memories with your children to include the TRUE meaning of Christmas.  Perhaps read the Christmas story of Christ’s birth from Luke Chapter 2 just before they turn in for the night, or sing some old carols that heralded the coming of Jesus.  Talk about and remind your children often of the most important gift we’ve ever received.

Those little things may not seem like much, but those are the things your children will remember – and when it comes right down to it, they are the only things that matter.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas.

Hugs,

Ruth Kyser

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this things which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

              And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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God bless you!
Ruth Kyser

Moving day….

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed…and all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, into the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child: and so it was that, while they were there, the days wereImage accomplished that she should be delivered.” — Luke 2:1-6

This has been a week of moving.  The office where I work has recently been remodeled and we were finally able to move back into our ‘new’ office space.  It’s so nice to have carpet on the floors again and not have to deal with the smell of fresh paint.

Tomorrow (hopefully) close members of my family will be moving back to the area.  We’ve been praying for just such a move for years, so it’s quite exciting to have it finally happening.

Changes are a part of our lives, and I believe they are a huge part of God’s plan for our lives.  When we are timid or uncooperative, I know He is more than able to ‘arrange’ situations that ‘require’ us to move in the proper direction.

And THAT is how Joseph and Mary found themselves in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth.  God moved them through circumstances so they would be at the right place, at the right time.

Isn’t God’s timing wonderful?

 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be a little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose going forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”  Micah 5:2

“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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”      Isaiah 9:6

Wishing you All a blessed Christmas, confident in the knowledge that God knows all about you and loves you more than words can express.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!