This is December 12. Twelve +Twelve is 24.

Today is December the 12th. It is twelve days away from Christmas Eve, which is a Sunday. Some families open presents on Christmas Eve, and others wait until Christmas Day. Still other families don’t mind when they open Presents. They can open either day. My parents opened either day. If they needed more time to get ready for Christmas Day, they opened on that day.

I love Christmas and I think it should be celebrated at home. I have three trees up this year. The two extra ones are small. We replaced one tree, and added more lights to make it glow again. Then we bought a new one just like it. These trees are about 4 feet tall, and they should come already lighted. The new lights make the older tree glow. I have one in the kitchen, one in the den, and the bigger tree in the living room. I plan to do this next year also. Christmas all over the house has been wonderful to enjoy, and be reminded of the celebration.

Remember, that on Christmas, Christ was born. We celebrate this in our churches, and it should be an observance in our homes, Christians. I believe we have much to be thankful for. Maybe we don’t realize what Christ did for us. He died, and rose again, conquered the grave, and now sits in Heaven making prayers for you, and me. Christ made it possible for us to not go to Hell, but to live with Him in Heaven forever.

It was planned, and accomplished many years ago. We trust in Christ as our Savior, and Lord by faith. He lives, and He is the Son of God, the third person of the Trinity. Knowing God, and getting to come boldly into the throne room is because Jesus Christ died for you and me, and rose again. He accomplished much on the cross. He holds the keys of death, and hell in His hands.

I am grateful, and I was raised in a pastor’s home. I came to Christ the first time at 8, and the second time, I gave my life to Him at 11 or 12. I was young, but the second experience stays with me as the time when I surrendered completely to teach, and to be in full-time Christian service.

I serve a risen Savior. I believe Christ needed to die for me, because I am a sinner, who no longer lives for myself, but for Jesus. May His Presence be with You and you go through Christmas. May the sweetness of the Holy Spirit profound you, and may you worship the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords when you come to the place of gratefulness, and understand what He has done for you.

Ministry is working on the Lord’s side all the rest of my life.

I married a minister, who can preach, and teach, who knows his Greek, and Hebrew, and who loves Jesus more than anyone I dated before. I believe He found Christ, and it changed him from the inside. Soon, he knew he would be preaching. I met Ed before he went to Seminary, and I taught school while he was there.

God puts things together, and works things out for our benefit. Ephesians 2:8-9 are my best verses to remember for this year. I believe I am more grateful that what God has begun, He finishes. May you count the days til Christmas, and find time to Thank Him for coming to die for you, and rise again.

Surrender to Him more. What a wonderful day, when we will see Him face to face.

 

 

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Maintain a Sense of Humor.

I love to see people laughing about good things. They may be talking, and laughing because the subject is so funny. I believe good, wholesome laughter is not full of mockery, or scorn. It is wonderful to see someone laugh until they cry over what someone has reminded them to remember.

We Went to the Laundry Mat, Again.

Our guest had more clothes to wash, so I went with her. One other person was in the laundry mat when we got there. We got a Coke apiece before going there. We also had a Cliff bar. It is sweet, and nutritious.

We proceeded to talk to the young, man who was in the laundry mat. I wasn’t listening well enough. He implied that he was in a gang. He had been shot several times. We were nice, and when he left, he didn’t come back in the building. I believe the angels let him go on about his business.

I thought when he was talking about himself, “Father, am I to pray over this man? Why are we hearing what he has to say? Protect us, Lord.”

Shop Till You Drop?

Do you try to finish shopping all in one day? I would think that would be hard to do. We usually give little presents, and one big one. It isn’t too, big, but it is the one gift the person truly wanted. Then there were those Christmases when all we got for Christmas was a jar of un-popped popcorn. I was by myself with Isaac, and it was a miserable time. Mom, and Dad gave me popcorn for Christmas. I don’t know why. Maybe they thought you can always eat popcorn.

Ed Says We will Shop Today.

It is nice to be finished with all the shopping, but there are times when Christmas Eve has been a wonderful time to shop. All the sales are going, and most of the people are gone home to celebrate the loaded tree, and their Christmas. I believe it is wonderful to have many packages, but after a while, it is work to get them all opened.

My mother would shop all year for Christmas, and she would buy three of each thing she purchased. We girls had just alike clothes, and toys. She found what she liked, and bought it. I don’t know of many times when she put something on lay away. She saved her money to go shopping.

Stats Last Night Went to 76.

It is a cold morning, and most of my family is not up. I fixed bacon and eggs for Ed, and me. I had two pieces, and I think I will walk it off with the shopping, and things we have to get at the mall. We will go see about Isaac’s things today. He is sleeping, because Isaac has worked all weekend, and then some. He was up late Saturday night making cookies.

The title of this cartoon is, “No, don’t stop!” I drew a series of golf cartoons. This was one.

 

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