As I think about the new year and all the things I want to change in my life one thing is clear, I need to spend more time with God. I have tried to read my Bible everyday and I try to pray everyday but this year I fell flat on both. I read all but the last 30 days of my Bible. I do pray every day but not the meaningful walk with God kind of prayers. God wants me to read my Bible and spend time with him. I have enlisted my husbands aid in this quest. I have asked him to read with me and pray with me. This accountability should help a lot plus we will get to spend spiritual time together too.
What does Christmas mean to you? It used to mean getting up at the crack of dawn and watch two little girls tear through their presents, then loading everyone up to go to Grammy and Papa's house. Now it means something different. Josh and Jessica spend Christmas with Josh's family. They drive up on Christmas eve and come home usually Christmas night late. Cassie and Gary spend Christmas with Gary's parents. Jerry and I spend Christmas with each other. This year it has been spent putting in a tile floor and kitchen cabinets. It will be so nice to be able to cook real meals and wash dishes in my own sink with my own dishwasher. I am making chili in the crock pot but it just isn't the same as having a kitchen. Gary and Cassie came by to say Hi. Maybe next year we can sit in the living room and talk. This year we stood in the dining room and talked.
Please don't think I'm complaining. I am so very thankful for everything God has given us. A new granddaughter, a new home, new jobs, new friends, and a wonderful new church family. We are so grateful and happy. We feel so fulfilled. We so love teaching our Jr. Church and we love our Preacher and his family. We have learned so much about faith and prayers and needs. God has taught us so many lessons this year I can't even begin to list them.
God has given us such a wonderful amazing gift. When we die we know we will go to heaven and all because on this day over 2000 years ago a baby was born in Bethlehem. Thank-you God for your sacrifice.
I am so excited. We just figured out that Jerry gets two three day weekends. That means we get to spend some time together over my Christmas break. Today we took my car in and had a remote starter installed. This is my Christmas present from Jerry. It will be so nice on those cold Illinois mornings. I will be able to climb in a nice warm car.
I was able to get all of my Christmas shopping done today and I even bought me a present.
Jerry nearly has the kitchen floor done. We should be able to get the bottom cabinets and counters in this week end. I might actually have a kitchen done this week.
Tomorrow Dish network is installing our dish. It will be nice to watch the news again.
When Jessica and I went to Ladies Spectacular I expected to hear all sorts of deep Biblical truths that would change my life. What I actually heard was something that really shook my mind. Satan can't read our thought so the only way he knows what we are thinking of is by our actions and by what we say. When we gossip we give him a window to our hearts and he can see what we think. It suddenly dawned on me why gossip is wrong. Not only does it hurt people but it also hurts you and it helps Satan. It really made me think. I always knew that gossiping was wrong but now I know why. I have been praying and asking God to help me to be a better person.
Well, I am back now. We finally got internet again and I am only working 1 job now so I think I'll have time to blog more. I won't fill you in on everything tonight but I will post again soon and give you all the details. I am going to start a new weekly post about things I've learned teaching kindergarten. It will be about something my kids have taught me this week. I will also post one a week about something I have learned either from my Bible, sermons, chapel, or listening to sermons on cd. I will also post once a week something I've learned about being married. These are just some things I've been thinking about in my down time. I figure if I have specific things to write about on specific days I will be more diligent about writing. I will be back soon. Have a great week-end.