Follow the link below to this month’s newsletter. It has an article about new year’s resolutions for mom’s and how to set age appropriate goals for children too.
In December, I very hesitantly agreed to do the post for January. December flew by for me just like it did for all of you. On Saturday, as the last of our visiting family left I recalled my agreement. With panic setting in, I emailed Tiffani to say I would work on it on Sunday afternoon to get it completed. After three unsuccessful attempts, I decided to give it a break.
Asking the Lord for what He would have me write about, I was still drawing a blank. There are many New Year’s and January related topics that readily come to our minds…resolutions, new beginnings, etc. I was looking in my Bible, old tried and true devotionals, old study notes…to no avail. It is now Monday night and how am I going to face Tiffani at the Steering Meeting tomorrow? I start to pick up a bit before getting ready for bed and glance at a little leather bound book under my night stand that I haven’t noticed for a very long time, “hope for Each Day, Words of Wisdom and Faith” by Billy Graham. The entry for January 1 is titled “In Tune with the Master.” How fitting!
I am quoting it below:
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
“Out West an old Sheepherder had a violin, but it was out of tune. He had no way of tuning it, so in desperation he wrote to one of the radio stations and asked them at a certain hour on a certain day to strike the tone “A.” The officials of the station decided they would accommodate the old fellow, and on the particular day the true tone of “A” was broadcast. His fiddle was thus tuned, and once more his cabin echoed with joyful music.
When we live apart from God, our lives get out of tune… out of harmony with others and with God. But if we live in tune with the Master, we, too, will find ourselves surrounded by His beautiful music.
As this new year begins, as God to help you tune your life every day to His Word, so you can bring harmony and joy to those around you.”
This so struck me as whit I would wish for you (and myself) for 2016, God’s beautiful music of harmony and joy for us and those around us. God bless you with His music, beautiful music, of harmony and joy!
In His love,
THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
With the most popular holiday just around the corner, it seems like everyone is trying to get into the Christmas spirit. Stores have put up decorations, some way before Halloween, and they are lining their aisles with Christmas goodies and décor. Santa’s are available for photos, train rides in the mall and TV commercials showing toys and gifts ready to purchase. And, why shouldn’t they? After all it is that time of year, the meaning of the season, right?
Wrong, the very first Christmas seemed to do without all of these things. The first Christmas somehow started a frenzy without the power of TV, without Santa and without Christmas sales. The very first Christmas involved a poor couple, nobodies, who would lay the most precious child of all in a manger. Luke 2:4-7
We have come so far from the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas wasn’t just about giving, or feeling loved, but it was about true love. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Savior who came into this world to die for everyone.
Today, let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas……Peace on earth, good will toward men, for the Savior has come to show us how to love, and to give us the greatest gift of love. John 15:13. This holiday season, let’s think of how we can give to those who would normally go without. Show them the true meaning of Christmas, the gift of God’s love and love others as God first loved you. I John 4:19.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Martha Rudd- Mentor Mom
Meetings, like today’s, I am so grateful for the wonderful women and mothers that attend our group. They bring an incredible amount of encouragement and love, that they are willing to step up and help one another out through a difficult time or share a piece of their life with one another in order to encourage them. I truly don’t deserve to be blessed by all of these women. Being the meeting right before a Thanksgiving Holiday, we are reminded of the wonderful country we live in and the good that we have here. Often, it is easy to get trapped by the consumerism and busyness that life throws at us and we tend to loose our focus on the things that are the most important. Fortunately, Jen Witherspoon, our Hospitality Leader; reminded us that through some of her hard and sometimes tragic personal life experiences that she shared an important lesson that she has learned and it is that we shouldn’t get ourselves so busy that we miss the blessing of our children. We need to take the time to make those memories because they grow up way too fast. This was definitely a great reminder to FLOURISH in the way MOPS is challenging us to do so:
“Embrace Rest, Notice Goodness, and Celebrate Lavishly”!!
In addition to a great reminder to Fiercely Flourish, we had to be Fiercely Creative with the complexities of a difficult craft as the one chosen (sorry ). Although the process can be hard, the end result will be phenomenal!
Wrapping paper mache letters is not for the faint of heart, despite what Pinterest says! Unless you have L, F, or E; you can count on fighting through a more difficult and complex letter and I truly apologize to those who have crazy letters like S or K. No matter what you do, stick with it and it will be worth it!
I have included any tutorials or tips that will help make the process of wrapping paper mache letters easier and embellishments that you can adorn your letter with once complete. I have also included links to some of the best tutorials on the blogoshpere (check them out below!).
Please share or comment any tips or your completed project, we’d love to see them!
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Written by: Andrea Madison, GCBC MOPS Coordinator