Okay, today I actually got the cherry cookies baked! It took days of talking about it to fnally get it done, but that seems to be the way it always works around here. I never can judge accurately how much (or should I say little) I can get done in a day – I’m not sure why that is – maybe someday I’ll figure it out! Well, the cookies turned out beautifully, and so our holiday baking has officially begun! (I posted a picture of the cookies on the previous post with the recipe.)
Jeff & I took the two teenagers to see “National Treasure 2” this evening, which proved to be quite good. We had been looking forward to it as we are big fans of the first one. Last year Laura and I got on a kick of watching it every night during the late night movie time. We saw it so many times that we made up a little trivia game and would try to stump each other with minutely detailed questions all through the day. We played it so much that we finally had to stop, because there weren’t any more facts left that we hadn’t asked about! Needless to say, we really enjoyed the movie tonight.
Tonight I will be finishing the Christmas cards, so that they can be mailed tomorrow. Here is a picture of how they turned out. (If you’re getting one – I guess this will be a sneak peek!)
The stamp set is from Stampin’ Up. I used raffia for the hay and various different red gingham papers, so there are actually several different variations of the card. I didn’t take a picture of the inside – it is just red with the stamped message: “Rejoicing with you in the miracle of Christmas.”
I wonder if we are so familiar with the Christmas story after hearing it for so many years that we forget how miraculous it really was.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” -Isaiah 7:14
The virgin birth, the delivery in Bethlehem just as prophesied, the appearance of a great star, the appearance of angels to Mary, Joseph and the shepherds in the field, the escape to Egypt which saved Jesus’ life while all of the other baby boys died, just names a few of the miracles surrounding Christ’s birth. Webster defines a miracle as:
“A wonderful thing – a marvel.” Also as: “An event or effect in the physical world deviating from the known laws of nature.”
Truly a miracle is an act of God – not of man. It is something that we can’t explain. Something out of the ordinary. But , wait, just because something is ordinary, does that make it any less a miracle? Just as the Christmas story has become somewhat ordinary to us (sadly), maybe there are other things in life that we think of as ordinary, but are really miracles from the hand of God. Our children, for example. My sweet friend and her husband just announced that they are expecting their 10th baby! What a miracle! The creation by God of a new life and eternal soul! Our children are something we should never take for granted (I’m preaching to myself here, too!).
New life makes me think of God’s miracle of the changing of the seasons. A seed, planted in the ground can bring forth a plant and fruit to feed my family. Our world changes from spring to summer to fall to winter by God’s amazing plan. The birds know to fly south for the winter, and the squirrels know to gather nuts to survive in the cold weather. All of this is miraculous!
And how about salvation? Those of us who have been saved for a little while tend to take it for granted. We are born spiritually dead in sin, and it is God Who saves us.
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that comes by Christ Jesus.” -Romans 3: 21-24
Salvation is the most beautiful and powerful miracle of all. We are given a new heart, a new mission and a new relationship with Almighty God.
In this special season of Christmastime, as we think about the miracle of His birth – let’s remember that each new day we live is a miracle from the hand of God and I pray that we would be aware of all of the miracles that fill each day and moment of our lives.