Monthly Archives: November 2014

We interrupt your Black Friday shopping….

To bring you a few smiles….

1.My verse for our house is Jeremiah 33:3  “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.” God woke me up one night when our kids were young at 3:33 A.M. I knew there was something significant about the time and I felt it was a Scripture for me.

I know…I’m odd, but I grow on you….

So I got up and prayed for direction as I headed  to my Bible and I felt it was Jeremiah. I went right to Jeremiah 33:3 and found that verse. Wow! It spoke to me that night as I had gone to sleep asking God for discernment regarding some decisions.

Then I thought…wait…what if it was 3:33…turns out there isn’t a 3:33…I love God. And now that number pops up at the oddest times….like when I had the car serviced this week….IMG_3509

 

 

2. You may or may not know that little critters just llllloooooovvvvveeeeee us here at the Reimer’s. It is not mutual, but …..first snow of the year and look who came to play on the patio.IMG_3226

 

and God bless our friends who delight in finding things like this….

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3. I made an advent wreath. I didn’t use pinterest. I thought it up myself. I know. Impressive, right?     =0)

IMG_3570 IMG_3569You too can make this or one similar. Everything came from Hobby Lobby. Decorative miniature clothespins, gift tag cards and thin roping (in ribbon area). I used the chalk boards and painted numbers, but they had other designs and you can also get decorative tags in the gift wrap area.

I wrote a simple activity on the back of each card – stuff that a 3 and 1  year old can do that won’t cause excessive work for Mommy and Daddy!!

Or make up your own idea for an advent wreath.

4. Well….last of all…

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First Grandparent’s Day at preschool.

Yeah.

Best day ever <3

Now, get back to shopping!

 

Happy Thanksgiving <3

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Cause that’s what I’m talking about….

Have a wonderful and blessed day wherever you are.

Give thanks no matter your circumstances. Savor each moment and find God’s best in it.

Whether it’s sweet, or bitter, or bitter-sweet I am saying a prayer as I type for each and every one of you to remember that because of Christ we have everything….every thing….we need <3

Last week, I shared my humbling tale of our first Thanksgiving and being the sweet people you are, I was blessed with a few confessions from early cooking attempts that touched my heart. I do love hearing from you!

Another Thanksgiving from my adolescent years was spent with my Aunt Helen Jane and Uncle Clarence. He was a Methodist minister up in northern Illinois. They always lived in very old parsonage houses and on very little income.

But my aunt entertained with flair and graciousness that would make Martha Stewart blush.

She had prepared quite a feast and served it on her Franciscan Apple pattern dishes. She pulled out all the stops and used every serving piece at her disposal.

After dinner, I loved drying the dishes and listening to my aunts and mom chatter away. But all was silenced when I went to put a stack of dessert dishes on a high shelf. And missed.

The entire stack came crashing down…on top of a serving bowl…breaking everything…and shattering china confetti into the various leftovers cooling before being stored away for future meals.

I was horrified. I ran from the room and hid myself away.

But not for long. My aunt came searching for me. She said we weren’t done yet, and she still needed someone to dry the dishes.

She also told me not to cry because dishes were just made of china but people are what matter.

Forgiveness with meat on it. That’s what I feasted on that Thanksgiving.

Forgiveness that invited me back in to the place where I had done damage and gave me a second chance.

Kind of like Jesus, isn’t it?

We have much to be thankful for. God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving <3

What you may not see on the news today

IMG_3616Our daughter and her husband live in St Louis.

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So do many of the children, grandchildren, friends and loved ones of people in our community.

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and they want you to know

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They love their city.

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She is concerned that the only information people outside the city are getting is from whichever news channel you are watching. Depending on the channel, the news seems to slant in different directions.

Sarah asked me to share some sites that express other voices than what is covered each night on the news.

www.dontshootstl.org

www.handsupunited.org

www.stlpublicradio.org

Pray for them as they are overwhelmed.

Pray for them as the heartache of their city is laid bare and discussed on every channel.

God bless you as you set aside time today to pray for the people of the city who are trying to make a positive difference, who are trying to work and go to school and serve in the midst of turmoil.

 

What can we do?

If you are like me,  you sat in horror as the tragic scenes played on the screen last night from the city of Ferguson.

Raw images.

Some things we can clearly see were wrong.

Some things are deeply hidden.

And the world is starting to weigh in with opinions and interviews.

What can we do?

In all the banners that went across the screen last night, this one jumped out at me. I believe it was from the family of Michael Brown. “Don’t make noise, make a difference.”

I think that is good advice for us as we head out into the inevitable barrage of statements, debates and editorials.

The only way we will make a difference, as Christians, is to seek the wisdom and counsel of God.

May our voices be raised in prayer for healing and restoration in the city of Ferguson and for truth, justice, and revival in this nation.

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That Sunday Night Elijah thing…

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By the time you read this, it will be Monday.

I don’t mind Mondays really. They offer a fresh start. The week lies ahead full of possibilities.

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Monday is clean the house, get the calendar scheduled into an action list and get my ducks in a row.

But tonight. When I’m writing this….not so much.

 

Oh, I love Sunday. I love church and I love teaching and I love worshipping with the Body of Christ in song and offering and study under our pastors teaching.

But it seems after all that intense time, I can feel a bit like Elijah as the sun begins to set. A weary feeling can begin to overtake me and I can relate to the prophet when we find him camped out under a broom tree in 1 Kings 19.

God sends an angel to wake him and feed him, twice. And the angel comments that the journey has been too much for him.

Now I am not a prophet. But all of us get worn down when we are zealous in service to the Lord.

That service might be prayer, tending a family, working a demanding job that exceeds the 9-5 time frame. It might be care of elderly parents or tiny tots. It might be teaching, attending meetings, making music, cooking meals, leading a small group.

But we get tired.

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And when we get tired, we need to remember about that 7th day thing. Granted, He rested because His work was completed….

Oh wait…His Work is completed…in fact…It is Finished…

And so, we can R-E-S-T when we are weary. We can trust Him and take Him at His Word.

I know.  You have a million things to do this week and so little time to do it.

But no one needs you worn out. They need you rested.

If you didn’t take the time on Sunday, take some time today.

Put aside the list and pull out the Book.

Feed on His Word. Lean into His goodness.

Rest in His completed work.

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God bless you, each and every one <3