Thursday, November 27, 2008

New from Kimberly Eddy and Joyful Momma Publishing

Did you have a great Thanksgiving Day? I know I did. I love turkey and the trimmings. In a few days, I'll post about a new way to prepare your turkey for roasting, by brining it. The flavor was amazing.

Just after finishing my meal, I sat down while the children built their snow fortress and my husband watched the Detroit Lions lose badly (~smile~), and I put the final edits on a little ebook I have been working on called "Joyful Momma's Guide to Christmas Gingerbread and Other Holiday Treats". Unlike my other ebooks, this one is rather short (25 pages total), but it's packed full of information. I have great instructions and recipes for Gingerbread people and houses, homemade hot chocolate, fresh chai tea, Venetian bar cookies, and even how to make your very own Turkish Delight to eat the next time you watch Narnia.

This ebook is sold separately and it is also available for free when you buy my Advent Ebook from now until the end of 2008.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Things I'm Thankful For (not necessarily in this order)

I have long since given up on my traditional "A Month of Thanksgiving" posts where I post about the different Bible commands to give thanks to the Lord. I totally messed it up this year, but oh well. :-) There's always next year, right?

But I was just thinking about all of the things I am thankful for, and I wanted to post about that. These aren't in any particular order...just off the top of my head.

I'm thankful that 18 years ago last August, the Lord found me, saved me, and has been at work in my life to make me more and more into His image. I think it is an understatement to say that I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for that. The me I am today and the me I was 18 years ago (or even 10 years ago) are not the same people, and I am thankful for that.

I am thankful that I am married to a guy who is willing to support his family even when it is hard and stressful, and even when, in a bad economy, that means he has to drive an insane amount to go to work.

I am thankful for five healthy, smart, beautiful children who all have a heart to serve the Lord and who are a real blessing. I am thankful that I was able to have any children at all...when I was 19 I had such a bad case of chicken pox, combined with some other health issues, that the doctors told me I never would....but here we are.

I am thankful that my lupus stayed in remission the whole year. \o/

I am thankful my in laws have finally decided that driving around is not a good idea (it was getting scary and they were unwilling to let go of the car keys)

I am thankful for those big, fluffy snowflakes outside of my window that look like cotton balls.

I am thankful for the freedoms we have here in America.

Though the vote didn't go as I would have preferred, I am thankful that we live in a country where we get the privledge to vote for our leaders.

I am thankful for my BlackBerry (LOL)

I am thankful my husband and I got to go on a marriage retreat this year.

I am thankful for teenagers.

I am thankful that God is my provider.

I am thankful for the car the Lord just provided Martin. Sure, it's not what he'd prefer, but it is great on gas and runs well

I am thankful for children who know how to cook, and how to cook well.

I am thankful that generous people donate to food pantries. I am thankful that this year (unlike last), we don't need a Thanksgiving box from the food pantry, but I am thankful that I am able to instead donate this year to one.

I am thankful that things are looking up in my husband's job and that he got his first raise in years recently.

I am thankful that I understand Algebra, and am able to explain it to my kids. ;)

I am thankful that gas prices are well under $2 a gallon.

I am thankful to live in Michigan, surrounded by all of this beauty

I am thankful for a good church, with sound preaching, and others who are able to be a good example to my kids, supporting, rather than undermining, what I am doing at home. After years of being in a host of "really really bad" churches, being here for the last 7 years is a blessing. I am thankful for Godly youth leaders and godly sunday school teachers that work with instead of against me.

I am thankful that my daughter, Isobel, is going to be baptized.

I am thankful we celebrated the Lord's Supper last night.

I am thankful that all of my Christmas music (and then some) fits onto my blackberry, with room to spare. ;))

I am thankful for Christmas music.

I am thankful for the pretty coat my husband bought first in 12 years (I was pregnant with Anastasia last time I got a new coat...and I sewed it myself!)

I am thankful that Anastasia is turning 12 on Friday, and that she has a heart for missions and for the Chinese people.

I am thankful for the opportunity to publish and sell my writings.

I am thankful for the opportunities God has for me in the coming year.

I am thankful my Christmas shopping is done.

I am thankful for kids who are diligent and eager to learn.

I am thankful for the opportunity to manage the church website.

I am thankful I already wrapped my Christmas presents.

I am thankful that "every kiss" does NOT begin with a trip to some lame Jewelry store (my husband says "AMEN". I really hate those commercials, don't you? I am thankful that I got a new wedding ring this year...that looks really nice...but cost less than a new book.

I am thankful for Skype, which lets me keep in touch with family and friends far away, nearly "face to face"

I am thankful for the opportunity to teach art at our homeschool co-op

I am thankful for the Internet. I am even more thankful that I don't have dialup. I am thankful the phone company gave us a sweet deal on phone and internet for a super low price.

I am thankful for Digital Cameras because film is expensive and kids love taking pictures.

I am thankful for my clawfoot bathtub, and for hot running water, as most of the rest of the world is not so blessed.

I am thankful for the opportunity to learn how to play piano. I am also thankful for the electric "portable grand" yamaha piano keyboard that was gifted to me 2 years ago. I am thankful to get to play piano specials for church on occasion, and for children who do the same.

I am thankful that we still have a roof over our heads.

I am thankful to the Lord for His goodness towards me, and His mercy endureth forever!

How about you?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Are you ready?

So, are you ready for the Thanksgiving festivities?

Did you put your turkey into the Fridge to THAW? You may want to do that today! :-)

I'm only posting this reminder because I forgot last year, and turkeys just don't thaw fast.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving: Give Thanks to Magnify the Lord

Before I get started: my shopping cart is having some technical difficulties. I need the web host people to take care of something for me so that it will work again, and I'm currently waiting on that. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please join me in prayer that this will be resolved quickly. :-)

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:30

One of the reasons we are given to thank God is to magnify Him. What does that mean? How do we magnify someone?

Think of it this way, if you will.

Say you are in Paris. You are standing within view of the Eiffel Tower off in the distance. If you put your hand in front of you, you could cover up the Eiffel Tower with your hand, if you are far enough away. However, if you are standing right at the base of the Eiffel Tower, waiting in line to get on the elevator, you cannot do that anymore.


Did the Eiffel Tower get bigger? OR...did you just get closer to the Eiffel Tower?

Now, let's apply this to our walk with God.

When you magnify the Lord, you are so close to Him that you can't cover Him with one hand (or even both hands). You are so close to Him and He is so massive you realize you can't even begin to scratch the surface of who God is. When you stand afar off, we can sometimes put God in a box so to speak, or make Him fit into our worldview. We can make Him fit what we think about Him. We can cover Him up with our own view of who He is...but when we are drawing near to Him, the bigger He gets. we thank Him, and rejoice in what He is doing in our lives, the bigger He gets not only in our lives, but the bigger He gets in the lives of those around us who are hearing our hearts of thanksgiving towards Him.

"I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."
(Psalm 34:1-3)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving: Because of His Lovingkindness and Faithfulness

I again snoozed on sending out my month of faithfulness blog posts.I realized I had missed a few when I checked my RSS feed today, and it turns out there were a few more I didn't hit publish on. I don't know why I zone on that ;)

I was challenged this week about having an attitude of thanksgiving during our Wednesday Night Bible study at our church. I thought it was appropriate, given that I am also trying to focus on thanksgiving. I find that an attitude of thanksgiving really does breed contentment in my own heart. When I verbalize thankfulness (even if I don't "feel like it"), God works in my heart, and the thankfulness I am saying starts to seep in.

One of the things that was suggested during the message was to send out at thank you note every week for the next year to someone who has been a positive influence on you and who has blessed you in some way. I started to realize that I don't do that enough. I don't think any of us really do. We are faster to complain than we are to say thank you when we get bad service (if you don't believe me, try waiting tables for a month, or answering customer service emails). Complaints bring people down, but compliments energize us and keep us going. A reader recently sent me a compliment and I have been flying high on that compliment for the last few days. :-). Who can you BLESS by saying thank you this week? Why not write them an email? Send them a note?

God's lovingkindness is another reason to thank and praise Him. We are not just to thank Him for it for the sake of thanking Him but to let others know of this lovingkindness of God. This world needs to know of His goodness!

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.
(Psalm 92:1-2)

Did you know that His lovingkindness and mercy is new every morning? We always want a fresh start, and some people wait until January 1st for their fresh start on a new diet, a new devotional plan, a new habit, or kicking an old habit, but God gives us a fresh start every time the sun rises!

"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Christmas Gift for My Hubby(Shhhhh, don't tell!)

My husband and I met 17 years and many pounds ago ;)....and over the course of time, our wedding rings stopped fitting. I had mine cut off of my hand during one of my pregnancies when the usual pregnancy swelling made my ring too tight, cutting off my hand circulation (ouch). Martin had to take his off every day at work (company rules when working on machinery), and eventually it became harder and harder to get it back on.

I don't like not wearing a wedding ring because I feel like it is not avoiding the appearance of evil to be out with a bunch of kids and no wedding ring, and I want others to know (especially guys!) that I am married.

A few months ago, we were out together, and I saw a beautiful and very inexpensive ring in my size...and so that has become my wedding ring. Martin asked me a short while later for a wedding ring for him if I find one, so I got his ring size and started looking.

I found a nice, plain stainless steel band at Walmart for under $50, and they even engraved it (for free). I was thrilled to have it come in yesterday. It is engraved with:

"I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine." (Song of Solomon 6:3).

I can't wait to give it to him. I have a feeling I'm not going to be able to wait until Christmas. LOL

A Month of Thanksgiving

All the time, God is good....and God is good all the time (Amen?!?)

I was negligent to mention yesterday (because as I said in the first post, I originally wrote these up a month ago, scheduled to publish one per day for the month of November, but failed to hit publish!), though it is not specifically in the Bible, a THANKS to those who have given their lives to ensure our freedom here in the USA. Happy belated Veterans day, Vets!

God's goodness is another reason to give thanks to Him in the Bible.

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
(1 Chronicles 16:34)

Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(Psalm 106:1)

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(Psalm 107:1)

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.
(Psalm 118:1)

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(Psalm 118:29)

Thank Him for His Goodness!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving: To Let everyone know what He's done for us

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

One aspect of thanksgiving in the Bible is to give thanks to the Lord to tell others what He has done for us. Let them hear how He's working in your life. Let them know what He has done for you lately. Doing so accomplishes a few things:

  • God is glorified in front of others, including those who may not know Him yet.
  • Christians are encouraged, perhaps in a hard time.
  • Our own hearts are encouraged as we rehearse, outloud, what HE has done for us. That's one of the main reasons why I keep a blessing notebook, to record the blessings Christ sends my way, so that when I am feeling down, I can look to Him and remember His goodness to us.

Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
(1 Chronicles 16:8)

O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
(Psalm 105:1)

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving: His Mercy Endures Forever

When you do a search of the Bible verses which contain the phrase "Give thanks to the Lord", you find that the next phrase most often is "for his mercy endureth forever."

Mercy. God's mercy towards us is mind-boggling.

As children, we all heard (and maybe even sang) the song, "Santa Claus is coming to town", and sometimes we think of God like a sort of cosmic Santa Claus. If you are "good", He fulfills your wish list. If you are naughty, well, you get coal in your stocking. Though our actions do often have consequences (for better or for worse), were it not for God's mercies, we would all be deserving of Hell, because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Don't believe me? Try taking this simple test!

God's mercies are new to us every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Each day is a fresh start in Christ!

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(Psalm 136:1-5)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving: Thank Him for Protection and Deliverance

Since 9/11 we haven't had any more terrorist attacks (yet). Maybe because of this we take for granted the job that homeland security, the military, and the governments of our allies have done to thwart any attacks that could have happened on our soil...but didn't. In the same way, the Lord protects us and delivers us often in ways that we will never know this side of heaven. As He orders our steps, He often protects us from dangers we are blissfully ignorant of, as well as situations that we find ourselves in, crying out to Him for His help.

God is truly our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for his king: and showeth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
(2 Samuel 22:47-51)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving: Thank Him for our Very Lives

Continuing on with my series, a Month of Thanksgiving....

God gives us so many blessings to be thankful for which we often take for granted. We don't even think about what He does for us sometimes unless it is "big" and "obvious".

The fact that we can communicate, that we can understand the written word (how our amazing brains even work by His design!), that we can learn and grow, that we are sitting here right now breathing. Psalm 150 says to let everything that has breath praise the Lord. That means you too!

Have you thanked Him today for being alive? For having life in your bones? David asked God for deliverance so that he could continue to thank the Lord before others and praise Him:

"Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?"
(Psalm 6:5-6)

Friday, November 07, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving, part two

Continuing with my series, a month of Thanksgiving...we give thanks because of the most important thing that ever happened to us: our salvation.

I think that maybe, sometimes, after being saved for a while we lose the absolute wonder and amazement that every child of God should be feeling towards the powerful truth that God Loves Me. This truth is really mind boggling.

Even more, He loved me (and everyone else) so much, that He sent His only begotten son to die on a Cross for my sins. Jesus willingly left the riches of heaven to be born in a stable to a poor family, and to grow up and die for all mankind. That is almost too much to grasp at times when you really think about it.

And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
1 Chronicles 16:35

Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
Psalm 30:4, 11-12

Thank Him for His Salvation!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Month of Thanksgiving

I recently noticed my posts that I had set up for "A Month of Thanksgiving" were not coming through. Yeah, it took me 6 days to notice ;), so we are going to be just skip a few of them this we focus our attention on GIVING THANKS. Apologies to my Canadian and overseas readers who celebrate Thanksgiving in October, though in reality Thanksgiving is something we shouldn't limit ourselves to once a year, amen?

Day 1: Give Thanks because it is His Will for our Lives!

Too often we wonder what God's will is and make it out to be some sort of freakish mystical thing, a mystery seldom understood but by the most spiritual. The fact is, God often doesn't reveal His specific will for our individual lives to us, until we are already obeying His general will for all Christians, as seen in the Bible. One of the four things the Bible specifically declares as being the will of God for our lives is to give thanks in everything.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing, give thanks.

In the good stuff
In the bad stuff
When the guy with the scary policies wins the election
When we don't get our way
When we do get our way
When people let us down
When people bless us
When we have a big spread on the table
When we are trying to make dinner with a scant selection of things leftover in the pantry
When we get a raise
When we get a pay-cut
When we have a bad day
When we have a good day.

In EVERY THING give THANKS, for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus concerning YOU (yes, you!)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

To Change the World

Well, the election is over (anyone want to agree with me in saying, THANK GOD!?), and so there will be no more annoying phone calls that disregard the do not call list, door to door solicitors who disregard my sign, or mail boxes stuffed with enough full color printed materials we could have balanced the budget with the funds spent on them, and this is the last of my posts on the topic (probably).... Most of my friends and acquaintances are upset, and looking to emigrate elsewhere (most of the rest of the world is in worse shape...been there, done that). It think it is obvious I'm not an Obama fan, but he's now my president...and I am starting to pray for him, just as I prayed for Mr. Clinton, and Mr. Bush.

Prayer is taking an issue before the Lord, realizing that HE ALONE can make the changes necessary. You are taking it up with the One who really can do something about your request.

I remember when Mr. Clinton was elected--it was my first election as a Christian and I was a little shocked to see the absolute despair everyone at church was walking in. I also had to wrestle with my feelings about it. As the president-elect, he stopped into a printing factory I worked while pregnant with my first child. We had printed up quite a few of the materials and my boss gave generously to his campaign. He was doing a meet and greet with all of us (attendance was compulsory and I was the lone non-democrat), and as he shook my hand, I found myself saying, "I'm praying for you Mr. President". He stopped came back to me, looked me in the eye, and said, "Thank You. I sure do need it".

The thing is, my hope in that election was not in the likes of George H.W. Bush or Ross Perot, and my hope in this election was not in John McCain--and woe is you if it was. My hope is now and always has been in any politician, ballot initiative, proposal, or piece of legislation, but in Christ alone.

Read with me, Acts 17:6-7

"And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus." (emphasis mine).

The first century Christians, living under the tyrannical rule of a series of very wicked leaders (including the crazy Nero, who lighted his garden with Christians dipped in tar and lit on fire), TURNED their WORLD upside down. They didn't do this through rallying around "their candidate" (Christ was rightly their true King), but by preaching Christ wherever they went.

How does this effect change?

When you change a law, that law can be changed back, misinterpreted by a judge or jury, or struck down in some other form or fashion. It is temporary. When you change the leadership of a government, the next time elections roll around, they leaders can change yet again. They are temporary. Someone can obey a law begrudgingly without being changed by it--a racist is still a racist even when it is forbidden by law. If someone wants to murder their pre-born baby, their attitude about life will not change even if they can't go down to an abortion mill to slaughter their child...they may still do so with or without the law's approval by finding a way however illegal...and so forth. Pick an issue.

However, when you change a heart for Christ....oh, my sisters!...that is eternal. A heart that is following after Christ is changed forever. One that is serving Christ is also developing the fruit of the spirit, changing more into His image. Every person with Christ in them (the hope of glory!---Col 1:27) is going to make the world a better place, one person at a time.

That's how a pro-choice feminist liberal came to be writing a conservative blog to encourage mommas to love their children and husbands and homes, to serve the Lord with all that is in them...Christ changed me from the inside out, and that change goes way beyond the way I vote, to the way I live (or try to live) each day.

Want to change your world? Tell others about the Savior. Need help doing so? Ask your local church, or check out Way of the Master.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

On My Mind Today

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Proverbs 21:1

Today I braved the crowds, and voted early. Just got back, actually. I live in a very small town outside of Lapeer Michigan, not some big metropolis (I feel for ya'll in urban and suburban areas!), and we had something I've never seen before at our polling location: a wait! We had no parking available when I arrived, and a line that wrapped through the fire hall. This is a good thing. People need to be involved in THEIR country. Whenever people at work would complain about President Bush, my husband would say, "So, you voted for the other guy, huh?" but most people admitted they didn't vote. My husband would always say, "Then please, don't complain with what you got."

Ultimately, though, God is the one who is in control, no matter who wins. God isn't running for president. He's sovereign over all anyway, with or without our approval. We may not always get the leader we want, but God always allows us to get the leader our country needs and deserves (scary thought). We need to vote our conscience, and leave the results up to him.

Oh, and after you vote, go on down to Starbucks Coffee, where you get a free tall coffee just for voting! Thanks, Starbucks. I wonder if they'd still give me my coffee after finding out how I voted

Monday, November 03, 2008

LOL: Top Ten Reasons to Vote Democrat

Sort of for fun...but also with a message to be pondered on the election eve.

This is not original with me...I don't know who wrote this. No, I'm not democrat, and if you read carefully you'll see what I mean (it's tongue in cheek, obviously). This appeared in an ad in the Lapeer Newspaper, paid for by some sort of Republican group, but I felt it summed up my thoughts exactly. I edited some of the wording, and added two of my own, as well as citations for further research.

However you vote...please VOTE tomorrow if you are an American. It is a privilege and a duty. People have given our lives that we might have this freedom, and God has been so truly good to us to allow us to live in a country that has free elections and the freedoms we have. Remember to thank Him tomorrow as you enter the voting booth and cast your ballot!

Top Twelve Reasons to Vote Democrat in this Election

12. You believe that it would be good for America to have someone with the endorsements of Hamas and other terrorist groups as our military's commander in chief.

11. You believe that the constitution is a "flawed document" because it doesn't call for the redistribution of wealth.

10. You believe the government will do a better job of spending MY MONEY than I would. I think when you spread the wealth around it is good for everybody. It's patriotic!

9. You believe partial birth abortion (Warning, graphic illustrations) is okay, but water boarding a terrorist is disgusting. See also this article: Obama more pro-choice than NARAL.

8. You believe having a domestic terrorist like Bill Ayers as a close friend is a good thing. It allows or great relations with foreign terrorists.

7. You believe social security is solvent, and that there is a social security lock box and don't believe social security is a ponzi scheme.

6. You believe MOST AMERICANS are bitter and cling to their guns and religion. Let's rid our country of Guns and Religion!

5. You believe corporations should pay higher taxes and that higher taxes on businesses will make the price of products and services be less expensive.

4. You believe groups like ACORN who register Felons, drug addicts, wino's, homeless drifters, illegal aliens, dead people, children, fictional Disney characters, etc. shows respect for me and makes my vote count.

3. You believe hard core criminal murderers and rapists deserve to live and the innocent unborn deserve death. It's a choice you can live with.

2. You believe we need to rid ourselves of dependency on foreign oil, but am against offshore drilling for oil and natural gas (Obama has publically changed his position on this when it started to hurt him but I seriously doubt he plans to allow it once in office given his strong opinions before it hurt him in the polls), building nuclear power plants, and clean coal technology. You also agree that raising prices on energy to force people to go green is a good idea.

1. You believe Reverend Wright when he said, "G**D*MN America" and "OUR CHICKENS ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST" and you want someone who has sat under his teachings for years to run our country.