On a recent Saturday, Anna and I were out with thousands of other Christmas shoppers and stopped by Caribou coffee’s drive-through. We ordered, then waited in line behind a huge, lifted Ford truck. When it was our turn, the person at the window said the man in front of us paid for our coffee and said to tell us, “Merry Christmas.” What a delightful surprise.
We have been in line at Walmart purchasing OCC items and had someone ask about the purpose of such large quantities. Then we were handed money to help us with our purchase. Those people had the blessing of receiving our expression of gratitude. The person who bought our coffee didn’t even receive that in response to their kindness as we had no way to thank him.
As believers, may we have giving hearts, not just this time of year, but all year long. Those who have received Jesus as Savior, have received the greatest gift imaginable.
Merry Christmas, Mary
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
It is so freeing to stick my phone in a pocket and not need a purse. The Spigen Slim Armor case is a little bulky compared to the Apple silicon case, but it’s worth it to me.
One drawback would be if someone steals my phone, they now have my driver’s license and a credit card. I am super careful with my phone and don’t leave it unattended in public, so I don’t see that as being a problem.
Do you ever drop your phone? I have. The case is very solid, and my phone has not suffered any damage. The back of my case is scratched after a year of use, but for less than $20, I feel it’s done very well.
I left rainy, cold Kansas for sunshine and vivid blue skies. I enjoy flying, and this was nice as I had a direct flight.
My time in Texas included lots of amazing fellowship, shopping, coffee, chocolate, and encouraging each other in the Lord Jesus. I’m grateful for friends who have hearts for Jesus and want to please Him in everything they do!
The river walk was very pretty, and the temperature was perfect.
The Ghirardelli chocolate store was fun.
A walk in the country.
My friend and I kayaked one afternoon.
Coffee and breakfast at a Christian coffee shop.
I loved this “thankful” opportunity–how clever!
On the front row headed home. 🙂
“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.” Romans 15:5
I think the following story illustrates the great need for the information Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chorescontains. I was that struggling mom from this story at one time, trying to keep up and totally discouraged by it all. These books not only give hope to moms through direction and instruction, but they work in the real-life trenches of being a mommy.
“My name is Ryan. My husband and I have been married for nearly 10 years. For all 10 years, I have not been the best in the housewife department. When our three kids (who are homeschooled) came along, the house fell in disarray. I have cried and tried my best. I prayed for guidance because clearly I was missing something. After 10 years of looking, crying and praying I think I have found the guidance I have been longing for in your Managers books.
I have attempted to put together many schedules over the years, but they never work past the third week. I am just in awe I have finally found what I have looked for for so many years.
My mom was a single parent who worked many jobs. I had no idea or training on how to do the mom/housewife thing. I was pretty depressed recently over it. I prayed to God for help and guidance.
Then today while doing my online grocery shopping I saw I had a free pass for an audible book by Michael Duggar. In that book she mentioned y’all. I paused the book, looked up the website and read … then cried. I cannot tell you grateful I am.”
The end of Ryan’s story isn’t yet written, but I am confident there’s going to be a transformation in this young mommy’s life, in her family’s lives, and in her home. I am as excited as she is for the next chapter to be written.
Trusting in Jesus, Teri
“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.” Psalm 71:14
Several in our family greatly enjoyed their trip to watch the Bible Bee in November. I have a friend whose daughter has participated in the Bible Bee for several years now, and this year she even made it into the finals. My friend has shared with me the positive changes they have seen in their daughter since she began to memorize so much Scripture. What a joyful and powerful testimony of the Word of God!
Trusting in Jesus, Teri
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”Hebrews 4:12
Why is it that crime scenes and graves are used in yards to “decorate” them? What would the owners think if the crime scene was real, and one of their loved ones was the victim? They’d be horrified. Then whywould someone glorify wickedness, evil, and demons?
In a world where sin is glorified and pureness is mocked, may we as Christians stand boldly and without waver. May our hearts be broken for our country, and may we use opportunities during this month to pray for those who glorify wickedness. And if our hearts break for those who need Jesus, think how much more His heart breaks. After all, He died for them. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“… whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11
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