I must take a break from Christmas thoughts because I got this video of Liza. I love it. I hope it will bring a smile to your face.
I’ve been thinking about how life would be without light. It occurred to me as I was enjoying the gorgeous sky today, life would not be without light. I would see nothing. Nothing could grow. No color. Depressing. Scary.
Consider that, and then ponder how Jesus came as the Light of the World. As the people of Israel were promised, He came.
Even now, if you feel like you live in a dark land, His light still shines into hearts today. He is light and in Him there is not even one tiny bit of darkness.
I got to do a Bible study on Genesis 1 & 2 this fall. I loved it! One of the ideas that struck me was how Jesus didn’t begin when He was born as a baby. He was present at creation. He spoke the universe into existence. That truth makes Christmas even more powerful.
I’m thankful Jesus isn’t just a baby but also a mighty Creator.
Now if you’d like to get a new look at some of His Nebraska creations, you must check out the Nebraska Project. The time lapse of the stars is stunning. If you don’t already live here, you’ll be jealous.
I failed to jump on the telling you what I’m thankful for bandwagon in November, and not because I’m not thankful. I just never accomplished it. Now that it’s December, I’ve decided to focus my December posts on why I’m thankful for Jesus.
Today I’m thankful that I can say He is here. Emmanuel – God With Us.
I saw evidence of God being with us today when I stopped to see my friend Jailyn and her daughter Juliet. Juliet was admitted to the hospital again today for the 7th time in her 6 months of life. It has been a tough 6 months for their family, but when I saw Jailyn today I could still see joy, peace and Jesus shining through her. Jailyn would also tell you that it has been evident through the people placed in their path and events on their journey that God is with them.
I made sure to remind Juliet of that today too. “Jesus loves you and will always be with you.” She blinked in agreement and then fell asleep.
I also believe God uses people to be an encouragement to those of us going through tough times; so if you have a desire to help brighten this family’s December, let me know and I’ll be happy to get you their address.
I hope you will see much evidence of His presence in your life this week!
Nebraska is very brown this time of year.
Florida is not.
I have two completely different books to tell you about today. Both are interesting.
I will start off with The Pizza Bible by the champion pizza maker Tony Gemignani. Thick, thin, stuffed, deep dish, New York, Chicago, Sicilian… you name it, it’s got it and then some. This one is maybe out of my zone of proximal development and certainly out of my time-available-to-think-about-how-to-make-food league. In a different stage of life, I would love to dig into this book and make some awesome pizza. Plus some the different toppings, like fig, oysters and purple potatoes, kind of intimidated me as did the lengthy instructions and the need for weighing ingredients. I think of the Bible as an instruction book for life. Calling this book the Pizza Bible fits its content perfectly. It leaves no stone unturned in telling you how to make pizza, even to the extent that it tells you how to build a fire for a wood-fire pizza. It has useful pictures for showing you how to do things, but not pictures of every recipe. I’m tempted to give it away to someone who would be able to make me awesome pizza from it (Give a shout if that person is you!), but I might just have to try to make the Pepperoli first. Thank you to Blogging for Books for sending me this everything-there-is-to-know-about-making-pizza book for this review.
Now for the children’s book -
I really like the idea behind Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist. It tells a short Bible story in child friendly terms and then has a “letter from God” in a lift-a-flap fashion that gives the personal application of the story. You can make sure you do more than just learn the story this way. All kids love a book with flaps to lift, and it’s fun to be able to fill in their names on the letter. The stories are in chronological order, and the final two pages have one letter that is an invitation and then one letter where you can write a love letter back to God. Such great ideas! The key verses on each page are not always in context with the story and the author seems to take some liberty in what she makes as the main point of each story. They aren’t ever unbiblical truths, but you just might keep those things in mind when reading. My children are always excited to read another story from this book. Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book!
If it’s chilly where you live, maybe this can warm your heart like it does mine.
A certain someone hit another month milestone. I can’t saw which one because it’s just down right unbelievable! She’s a heart warmer for sure!