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Ordinary moms living on Prayer, the Bible, and Jesus!

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The Big, White, Shopping Bag

I want to share one of my most fond Christmas memories.

My daddy worked at what was known in this area as “The Hosiery Mill”. Every year at Christmas he would take me there….we would walk up to a counter and daddy would hand a ticket to the man behind the counter. My excitement grew as the man reached behind him and handed me a big, white shopping bag.

On the entire front and back of the bag was a huge Santa Claus face. Inside…..O, Inside was FILLED with toys! (with some candy, nuts and fruit on the bottom) Now, these toys were what we might call today, “Dollar Tree” toys, but I loved them! I didn’t get a huge amount of gifts for Christmas, but plenty, I’m sure, but I always looked forward to this huge bag of toys!

This wonderful memory, along with many others, becomes more precious as time goes on. My daddy passed away 10 years ago…my mom is in a nursing home, and though she lives, her memory is “passing away”. I miss “her”. I do enjoy talking to her SO very much, but the time of her being my Mom is fading as I speak to her as if she were a child much of the time.

I appreciate so much the fact that my parents took me to church and made me do right.

So love, cherish, and enjoy your family….we never know what tomorrow holds….. as we rejoice this Christmas season in remembering our Lord’s  birth. HE IS the reason!

Merry Christmas!


An Embarrasing Confession

When I was newly married…and very young I might add, my mom called me one morning and I hadn’t gotten out of bed yet. My husband was gone to work.

My mom said, “You mean you let your husband go to work and you didn’t get up and fix him breakfast? You ought to be ashamed!”

O I still hear those words!….But, since my mom “shamed” me, I have alway gotten up and fixed my husband breakfast….unless I was sick. And I might add, I truly LOVE taking care of him!

I also think it’s important as well, to always have a good breakfast (and not only breakfast) routine for the whole family! Certainly, your honey may leave early and be unable to eat with the kids, but you can plan breakfast together on the weekends.

Another thing I try to do is get up early on Sunday mornings and cook lunch….sometimes the “works”, sometimes very simple…because aren’t we all starving when we get home from church!

Anyway, just wanted to share this “ouchie” from my mom long ago. She doesn’t know much of the scriptures, but she’s truly a Proverbs Lady as I have watched her over the years as she cared for my daddy and us kids.

“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household…” Proverbs 31:15

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Spiritual Songs

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…Eph. 5:19

Music, the right kind of music, is so important in our lives, and as well as in the lives of children as we strive to shape them to live for the Lord…to give glory and honor to Him all their lives.

In this verse “spiritual songs” means to reinforce and to remind us about spiritual truths…a wonderful msg from our Pastor last night.

When our children were young, our home was filled with Children’s Bible Hour stories and songs, as well as Patch the Pirate. We ALL loved them ALL, and I have no doubt that keeping these truths before our children played a big role in helping shape them for service for the Lord.

So as much as Godly music and stories will guide children TO the Lord, what  will the “wrong” kind of music do? I know we all know the answer to that.

So may I encourage us all to make sure the music playing our ears, and little ears around us….home, or the car radio and cd player, be such that would honor our Savior.

BTW, we had all the cassettes…”what’s that” YOUR children may say!

(and I had missed my post day…my apologies)