Playing a bit of catch up on the blogging! Chris and i were at a wedding in beautiful Blowing Rock, North Carolina this weekend, as Chris officiated the ceremony of Clint and Lisa, some friends of ours, therefore several posts will be posted today…Here goes!
Send out cards (be a little green-if at all possible) maybe send some ecards to family, friends, neighbors wishing them a peaceful and joyful holiday. Be as creative as you like and your budget affords.
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Joseph was a very obedient man…as in love as Chris and i were and are, i can’t imagine not being able to be with him after we were married! Joseph waited though, wow!
How patient am I? I like to think i am a patient person, but ya know when i look at Joseph and Mary, i have a lot to work on. In life right now, i am constantly asking and feel like i am constantly waiting for God to work certain things out for our family…i was talking to one of our mission team friends today and sharing how i sometimes don’t understand why God calls us to certain tasks and then waits sometimes for years to make it happen. A wise woman she was when she shared she had thought the same things before and all she can figure out is that it is a sort of boot camp time for our team right now. Great insight! Just as God had a perfect way and perfect timing for Jesus, His son to be here on earth, He has just the right process and way that He wishes to carry out some things through each of us in our every day lives.
For instance, when i lose my keys (btw-i really don’t lose them, i just “misplace them” from time to time.) I have stormed through the house or where ever i think they may be picking up stuff and frantically-even impatiently expect them to just appear…only to find them exactly where i placed them…usually by this time i am running late, so i start to hurry fearing what people will think if i am late to what ever function i am headed to.
—THEN—on the way to where i am going, i pass a car finder-binder…somehow i have enough clarity in my heart and head to hear and feel a “you are welcome, that could have been you—but i didn’t want you to be inconvenienced with that cost and hassle as i know you are low on funds right now” or “i love you my daughter, i am with you always” ya know things like that make me realize once more just how finite i am. It dawns on me once again just how perfect God is in His timing, and how glad i am when i allow Him to be in control…not me!
So go ahead send out some Merry Christmas or Holiday cards… you never know who is waiting to feel a warm sincere prayer or wish for their holiday. Someone around you just may need to feel important…that gut feeling (may just be the Spirit telling you to send a card or gift)
oh, and that name that was just whispered/ placed on your heart) may just be the person you need to take a card to, a person struggling to believe that love is real and that they mean something to some one.
Take a moment to reflect when you have felt important or special…
Imagine all the intricate details that God had to work out for that one specific time…
The orchestra of people being willing to obey the prompting in their gut or heart, maybe not even having a clue the benefits that others may have from their simple act of obedience…
You make a difference in the life of others every day whether you realize it or not…thank you for making our family better by just being you! I hope this post and poem written by Kristina, will be considered our Christmas greeting from us to you. Thank you for your love, support and care through the years.
Lights are being hung,
Songs are being sung,
One star shown bright
One flock of sheep being watched
One choir so elegant
One God so Holy
One Spirit so Devine
One Savior-One Son,
to bring true Love for all time…
~From our home and hearts~
Blessings to you and yours this Merry Christmas and always!
The Alford Crew
Chris, Kristina, Connor and Cayden Alford