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Caught up in CHRISTmas (week 4)

…that’s how I’m praying it will be.

“…come and behold Him…”

bright and morn. star mammoth


December 2015–Week 4

10“then the angel said to them (the shepherds), ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.’”  Luke 2:10, 11

Statement of Faith:
“So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the lord has made know to us.” Luke 2:15

13“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’”  Luke 2:13, 14


(Note: I’m in Mammoth right now for Christmas. This photo happens to be Mammoth 2010.)







Caught up in CHRISTmas (week 3)

snow falling from the tree


…that’s how I’m praying it will be.

“…come and behold Him…”


December 2015–Week 3

1“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, ‘where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’”  Matthew 2:1, 2


Statement of Faith:
4“…he (Herod the king) inquired of them (all the chief priests and scribes of the people) where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, ‘in Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.’” Matthew 2:4- 6

9 “…the star which they had seen in the East went before them (the wise men), till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy…11 and fell down and worshipped Him.”  Matthew 2:9-11







#37 Core Christmas décor

studio xmas decor book helen steiner rice

Each year, certain items remain a part of my core Christmas décor and the merriment of my heart.

Some of those  items I have put out for more years than the others. For instance, my friend Linda gave me the book Christmas Blessings, by Helen Steiner Rice, over 10 years ago (the sweetest collection of rhyming poetry ever). Whereas the plaid bear I only purchased a couple of years ago at the Oasis Senior Center Gift Shop (I just fell in love with his little plaid self and blue button eyes). Manger Scene from Israel

When I traveled to Israel for the first time back in 1998, I knew one souvenir purchase I was going to make for sure and that was a hand-carved, Olive Wood Nativity. As you can see, I was victorious!

Consequently, since that time, there have been some casualties, key players have been broken and gone missing–like Baby Jesus (what?!?! Yes, I know, it’s horrible.) I confessed it publicly, right away actually, on Facebook, sharing how I had dropped Him and His arm broke off (I know–how could the story get any worse, but I repented, and I’m forgiven, so don’t hold it against me.) 🙂

Then, (and I won’t name any names), but a very kind, creative, and generous soul said she would fix Him for me, but she lost Baby Jesus in her garage, and He has yet to resurface (it’s been two years). manger scene with candle

So…because Jesus is “the Light of the world”,  (John 8:12) a candle now burns in front of the manger as a memorial to the Baby born King, the Living God (Yes, He’s alive, and all-powerful and all-knowing and all-present, just missing from my manger scene. So don’t hold this against Him.) 🙂

Ok, well, that’s probably all you can handle about my core Christmas décor at this time.

How about, by way of encouragement, I leave you with a heart warming sentiment from Helen Steiner Rice entitled, “The Presence of Jesus.”

In all seriousness, her writings about Christmas, and the celebration of Jesus’ birth are the merriment of my heart and I pray yours too. Enjoy.

“Jesus came into the world
one glorious Christmas Eve.
He came to live right here on earth
to help us to believe.
For God up in His heaven
Knew His children all would feel
That if Jesus lived among them
they would know that He was real
And not a far-off stranger
who dwelt up in the sky
And knew neither joys nor sorrow
that make us laugh and cry.
And so He walked among us
and taught us how to love
And promised us that someday we
would dwell with Him above.
And while we cannot see Him
as they did, face to face,
We know that He is everywhere,
not in some far-off place.”









Caught up in CHRISTmas….(week 2)

banner advent in studio


…that’s how I’m praying it will be.


“…come and behold Him…”


December 2015–Week 2

“‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated, ‘God with us.’”   Matthew 1:23

Statement of Faith:
20 “… behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife…”  Matthew 1:20, 24

Note: (Faith always requires a step, and then another…)

46And Mary said,My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my savior.’”
Luke 1:46, 47



Star and palm trees- Balboa islandBefore my walk around Balboa Island this evening (12/3), I was working on a Scripture card to go in the Christmas care packages our church is putting together for our missionaries. (Our graphic this year is a star against the sky.)

“The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”
John 1:9 (NIV)

I guess someone could say (or I could think), “you sure spiritualize things…”, but the truth is, the Creator of all things can use anything to get our attention or confirm something in His Word…to let us know that He really does see us and hear us and care for us…

Jesus, Immanuel, translated “God with us”.

Caught up in CHRISTmas…

hummingbird ornament…that’s how I pray it will be.

Two years ago, I helped to draft an advent of sorts for my church. Since then, I have used the “NCL Christmas Nativity” as a way to focus on the birth of Christ and prepare my heart to truly enjoy and celebrate this holy and joyous time.

The Scriptures revolving around the Son of God coming to earth become almost new when seen through the lens of God’s names, statements of faith, and praises.

“…come and behold Him…”

Blessings, and here’s to a Merry Christmas indeed!


December 2015—Week 1

31“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son,
and shall call His name JESUS.
32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest;
and the Lord God will give Him the
throne of His father David.” Luke 1:31, 32

 Statement of Faith:
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37

“For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.” Luke 1:49

Who inspired who

Creation inspires...







Inspired by creation










“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For you created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”
Revelation 4:11

To think this same holy God desires to be in a close relationship with His Creation as a Father and a Friend. My heart is best expressed with what King David says in Psalm 139:6, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”

#23 Christmas in The Shire- Scenes of Red and Green

Truth be told so I stay on Santa’s “Nice List” (pretty sure I’m there?), these photos were of last year’s Christmas decor. Everything will look the same this season. So not counting the festive vibe on my porch, The Shire is pretty much good to go for December 2013.