It’s been another awesome weekend. The Lord so blessed every aspect. What an amazing God we serve!

Saturday we had more baking to do for our caroling evening. Christopher, Anna Marie, and Joshua stopped in to borrow something, and Anna Marie volunteered to help with the baking because several of us were busy with other things. Not only did she complete the batch that had been started, she also went on to finish all the caroling baking. What a blessing!

We had great help with the cards and wrapping the loaves that afternoon thanks to our special friends Grace and Faith.

We went on a Walk Through Bethlehem tour at 5 Saturday just before our music time. It was a joy to walk through the town, observing from the “townspeople” and learning from them.

Saturday night’s music and testimonies was another blessing. It’s exciting to see our Lord Jesus at work!

Delighting in Jesus,

Thanks, Anna Marie!
More work was done on the playset, adding a final fort and some other items.

Our first stop in WTB, the census.
The tax collector.

But the story didn’t stop at the cross!

Hallelujah! Jesus conquered sin and death!

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:14-15

Yes, Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice, but His sacrifice is a gift to those who will receive it. Sadly, many reject that Gift. Perhaps there are those reading this who have rejected the Lord Jesus. My Friend, eternity is FOREVER. May you consider and ponder this. May you not waste another moment. Repent now and turn your life over to Jesus.

Luke 12:5: “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”

Numbers 23:19 says: “God is not a man, that he should lie neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Romans 10:9-10 

12 thoughts on “Saturday”

  1. I would like to make poppy seed bread for our caroling this year with our church to shut ins. Was wondering if you have a recipe for a large batch?

    Thank you,
    We learned from our friend who bakes for large groups never to more than double a recipe because it won’t come out right. We needed forty-five loaves. Our recipe normally makes two loaves, but with the foil pans we purchase, we can make three loaves per recipe. So we took our single recipe, doubled it, and made seven double batches plus one single one.

  2. I’ll have to look around and see if there is a Walk Through Bethlehem type of event in my area. It sounds very interesting.

    Just curious… Which song did Abbie and Bethie sing with the aunts and uncles?
    Silent Night

  3. What a special weekend you all had! The “Bethlehem” activity looks amazing (and very authentic!). Thank you for sharing all these great photos (Anna Marie looks so pretty as she’s helping with the baking). And the photo of Sarah (as she’s using the paper cutter) is precious. It’s such a joy to see you all busy working for the Lord—your family is a blessing and an inspiration. Love, Mrs. Patti 🙂

  4. Oh walking through Bethlehem! I had heard about something like that on a blog in Pennsylvania. Where did you go? It looked so wonderful in your pictures. We live in Olathe, KS.
    It’s an hour drive from you, here in Leavenworth. Maybe next year.

  5. Good Morning,

    I love the walk through of Bethlehem.. Especially since the story didn’t stop at the cross. I am so very thankful that our lord and savior was born then rose from the dead. PRAISE GOD!!! Every time this it self gives me chills and makes me emotional. May the Lord Bless and Keep your Family….

  6. How sweet of Anna Marie to help, then finish for you. She does look joyful and very pretty. The girls are adorable in their Christmas dresses. Joshua is such a cutie.

    Walk-Thru Bethlehem sounds neat. Would’ve liked to see it.

    Can’t wait to see caroling pictures. God bless.

  7. I would love to know if the older girls made their skirts and what patter they used (if they know!)… they are lovely and I would love to make some for myself.

  8. As usual, loved the pictures!

    How nice that Christopher and Anna Marie will be spending their first Christmas with Joshua!

    It’s wonderful to see how your family reaches out to others, not just during the Christmas season, but all year long!

    With love from NJ

    Lisa and Hannah and Family

  9. We have a “walk thru Bethlehem” every year here in my state of Victoria, Australia. It is always an incredibly popular event and they do such a great job! My children loved it so much they thought it was all real! lol. 🙂 What a wonderful way to teach the christmas story.

  10. I remember you posted about the WTB last year and then I sort-of forgot about it until now. I need to find someplace like that to take my children to (Seattle area). Is it interactive, or do you just arrive at each scene and listen? The one you attend looks like quite a production — the costuming is excellent. Does the church charge an entrance fee?

    And I agree — Anna Marie emits joy and beauty!
    No fee and it is interactive.

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