Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and ev'rywhere;
Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is born!
While shepherds kept their watching o'er silent flocks by night,
Behold, throughout the heavens there shone a holy light.
The shepherds feared and trembled when lo, above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus that hailed our Savior's birth.
Down in a lonely manger the humble Christ was born;
And God sent us salvation that blessed Christmas morn.
(Isaiah 40:9-11; Luke 2:7-20)
Happy birthday, Jesus!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
What? you ask!
Think about it ... we definitely needed a Savior from sin ever since Adam and Eve first disobeyed God the Father in the Garden of Eden. We know we can't save ourselves, and without Jesus, we're separated from our loving God.
Here's the good news: God kept His promise to them and to all people. "I will send a Savior. He will take away all your sins."
So wouldn't you agree that WE are the reason for this season, because of our heavenly Father's perfect and great love for us?
It's a twist on the usual saying on the cards, buttons, bags, and t-shirts. But this is why we celebrate Jesus' birthday.
This is why we remember His lowly birth, His wooden manger bed, and His eventual wooden cross where He showed His unconditional love for all people.
Say your name in place of "the world" in this Scripture verse, sometimes called The Gospel in a Nutshell: For God so loved (the world) that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Blessed Christmas and Joyous Easter--they go together--all because we needed a Savior and God sent Jesus Christ!
Celebrate Jesus' love and forgiveness each day. God is so good.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Brooke and Brendan are Christian musicians using their God-given talents as music directors in two churches in our community. They have been giving Advent/Christmas concerts in churches, coffee houses, and Christian bookstores in our area and sharing the Good News of Jesus through their music and the spoken Word.
If you'd like to hear their special guitar/vocal renditions of carols and hymns, check out the audio samples and the option to purchase their CD through www.cdbaby.com/cd/orozcoknorp.
To learn more about their ministry, go to www.brookeandbrendan.com
Their CD would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for someone you love. I thank the Lord for the musical gifts He has given to Brooke and Brendan and for their passion to share Jesus and His great love.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Winter hasn't officially begun, but we've been iced in two days now, with bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills. We're very empathetic to those in the Northeast and pray they get electricity soon.
Here's Sophie, doing what she likes best, watching a squirrel!
A favorite hymn by a favorite hymnist says it all so well ...
In the Bleak Midwinter
Text: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894 Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934 Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr.
1. In the bleak midwinter, frost wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
2. Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
3. Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
4. What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Now I can't wait to see Ella's face when she hears my "Merry Christmas, Ella!" and "I love you, Ella, from Gramma" message. I'm being very brave to post myself singing "Away in a Manger" -- and yep, I got all that in the 30 second time limit!
Ella knows, even at just 18 months, that we're celebrating Jesus' birthday. She sings her favorite Jesus songs and hugs and kisses her Little People Nativity Jesus figure so sweetly. I always want her to know Jesus' love for her, what He has done for her from the manger to the cross, and that He is always with her.
I used my favorite Evensong papers in the pretty muted shades and floral patterns. The Liquid Glass glued the small paper sections to the recorder box. Notice that I turned the "box" upside down so that the Baby Jesus element would appear on the bottom & the "on button" would be at the top left.
I cut Baby Jesus in the manger from a Christmas card, adhered the picture to a dimensional flower shape covered with green Evensong, then pop-dotted that element right over the speaker holes.
The extra Liquid Glass dots on the flowers, Baby Jesus, and the lamb added sparkle. The ribbons are from the CTMH Holiday Collection.
(Star and gift box dimensional elements are from Marcella by K Company.)
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
For this pocket card to cheer a special person who is sick, I've used the Cottage Floral stamp set and practiced "stamp kissing" on the cut-away flowers. The Liquid Glass and the red Sparkles add shiny details.
Now it's time to get back to the Christmas card-making!
"Let's Get Together" CTMH papers, three stamp sets, and three ink colors comprise this card for a special person who has a birthday celebration coming up soon.
Waxy flax and buttons are CTMH. (Ribbons and paper flowers are not.)
My card is adapted from Jeanette Lynton's template in her CTMH "Card Confidence Program Originals" book--Mosaic Border on page 52. It's a helpful resource to spark ideas and make card making fun, simple, and easy.
Now I'm patiently waiting for the Spring '09 CTMH catalog and new papers to arrive. Meanwhile, I'll clean up my studio so Santa doesn't leave me any coal.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
What could be more fun than spending the entire day with 17 month old Ella, her mommy and her auntie--
* seeing Santa, his reindeer & sleigh (but not getting TOO close!)
* hanging soft fabric ornaments on Ella's 1/2 of the tree
* playing, playing, and playing some more
* reading favorite books
* having breakfast, lunch, AND dinner together
WhattaSpecialSaturday we girls had while all the guys were out of town!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Last night the clouds were gone & I was thrilled to get this photo, even though grainy, from our deck showing the moon and the planets Jupiter & Venus.
When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. Psalm 8:3-5
Wow--God loves you and me so much, even in our sinfulness, and brings us into His kingdom, significant AND forgiven, through His Son Jesus Christ!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I used CTMH's Notebook papers for this birthday layout, and added letter stickers from Life Delights to coordinate colors in the photos and papers. Wherever I could, I also incorporated dots, dots, and more dots. Ribbons are from my "elsewhere" stash. Inks are CTMH Chocolate and Hollyhock, seeming naturals for our mocha latte and raspberry tea day together at "Common Grounds Cafe."