Hi everyone! Are you ready for Christmas yet? Nicole comes down on Tuesday, so we'll be ready anytime there afterwards! It's nice when your family gets together for Christmas, what with all the food, all the presents, and all the closeness! We'll go to church services at least two times but probably three! We love the worship music, which of course this week will be comprised mainly of Christmas music! If you are looking for some way to get in the mood for Christmas, don't go to a mall and shop, don't go to lavish dinner parties, and busy restaurants, go to a church service, and sing some Christmas carols! I will guarantee that whatever mood you were in when you walked in the door, you will leave much differently! And if the music doesn't do it for you, stick around for the message from your pastor! He will convey to you the real meaning of Christmas! Although the world would have us all believe that Christmas is about drinking, shopping, eating, and dealing with stress beyond belief, it's really about the birth of our Jesus, who came to rescue us all! Sure it's great to exchange gifts, the three Wise Men started this tradition, but when it gets to the point that someone is disappointed when they don't get what they wanted, the meaning of Christmas has been tainted, if not totally lost! Christmas is Christ's birthday, not ours! I hope you don't feel like I'm being hypocritical here, because I have been as guilty of falling into this trap as the next guy, but this year, for some reason, I'm giving gifts to those who genuinely need and appreciate them! Actually, I do know the reason! I'm listening more to the Holy Spirit now, than I have in the past! He has been trying to direct my steps for a long time now, but His voice seems to be more direct and more personal than it has been in the past! I guess I must be a slow learner! All I can say, is that the Holy Spirit is talking to you, too, first recognize that voice, and then follow It's direction!
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. ( John 16:13)
I have chased all around town for my entire adult life, feeling the pressure to buy more presents than ever, buy more expensive presents than ever, and satisfy an insatiable desire to be the best that I could be, according to the gifts that I gave! Talk about celebrating the birth of Jesus in all the wrong ways! Not only is it wrong, but it debilitates us all, by the time Christmas gets here! How many times have you heard someone say, "I'll be glad when it's over"! That should be a red flag that that someone has his priorities a little skewed! Don't get me wrong, I'm not condemning the commercial side of Christmas! Kids should all receive a toy or two! And there is no better sound than that of hearing the kids laugh and giggle when opening gifts! But they should all hear from their parents WHY there is a celebration and WHY they are getting presents! Somehow getting rewarded for being "good" has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus! We can choose to follow the world, and get pulled into that death spiral called "keeping up with the Jones's", or we can follow the voice of the Holy Spirit and be led into a future full of hope! We've all heard the voice, and if it coincides with the truth of the Word, follow its lead, you can't go wrong!
Devo had another banner day relative to coughing and swallowing and the handling thereof, so needless to say, all was quiet on the western front! They visited a medical supply company, the van place where they bought it two and a half years ago, and I'm sure a couple little shops along the way! He did get up on his tilt table for an hour, and Charlotte, as proud as a new parent, stated that he was standing almost perfectly perpendicular to the ground, which he very seldom is able to bear! I keep saying that he's getting closer, and he agrees, so "thank you sweet Jesus!" We are all very anxious to see what tomorrow brings! Devo and I will be praying, I hope that you all are too! Goodnight and God bless! Dana