Monthly Archives: December 2016

Winding down 2016 <3

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve

I somehow got my days mixed up and totally missed sending the Thursday email ,if you also get that and wondered what happened.

So a day late, I couldn’t let the year end without connecting with you all.

What a year it has been.

I don’t want to focus on negative, but it has been a hard one for so many.

Our nation is experiencing much division and unrest, as I am sure you have noticed. Not to mention personal sorrows and grief in so many lives.

As a Christian, many of the things I hear and see make my heart sad as we drift farther and farther away from God.

I cannot think of any “resolution” or “goal” or “objective” for the New Year that could be more important than firmly setting our hearts on KNOWING God by reading and studying His Word and then APPLYING it to our daily lives.

If light shines brightest in the darkest places, then let’s make every effort to effectively reflect the LIGHT of Christ in 2017.

We have, each one, been given an area of influence into which we are called to speak HOPE and TRUTH and LIFE.

This world is hungering after spirituality, but needs the Holy Spirit.

You and I are the conduit for His Presence everywhere we go.

Let us determine in our hearts to follow Him, to lift up His Name that all men and women might be drawn to Him this coming year.

God bless each one of you.

I know some of us are weary and beat down.

We are hard pressed, but the Lord promises…

we are not crushed.

Not abandoned.

Not alone.

I pray for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit on us.

I pray for God to open doors we thought were closed.

Yes, I even pray for doors to stay shut that should not be opened.

I pray for the Love and Life and Mercy and Grace of Christ to fill each of us as we seek His face DAILY and that the overflow of the JOY of HIS salvation will spill out abundantly on those whose lives we touch as you and I continue to…

journey onward <3

 

Because I may be on several customer service watch lists and other news between Christmas and the New Year…

 

Just checking in to say howdy as the week slips quickly by.

I have been alternating unpacking boxes and contacting all those companies that I contacted before we moved to tell them how we REALLY spell our name…

and how it would have been nice to know there are fees involved with “transferring” services.

My favorite conversation was with a gentleman regarding an email I received from his company that I was “past due” on my payment for a bill that is due January 3rd.

That I have already paid on line as of tonight.

I tried to explain in various ways that it is hard to understand how a bill can be past due before it is due.

I think I finally made headway because after he “looked, please, at this matter of my account, Mrs. ReiNer” numerous times he began to tell me that I was mistaken and the account is not past due.

Hello.

He never could figure out why I got an email from his company and somehow managed to make me feel like it was my fault….sigh…I miss the days of house phones and paper statements that I could understand.

One call started off with….”Yes, I have your file open and I hope that I can help you today Mrs. REEMer”…scared to think what THAT file looks like.

So how do you all do with service calls?

Are you like me and have to repent when you hang up after some of them?

So thankful for grace and I do have to say …

I am learning to take deep breaths…

pray fervently and then dial the number.

And now…back to my boxes.

Be blessed and have a cookie and I will see you tomorrow <3

 

 

 

And so this was Christmas <3

If you prayed for us…

we felt it and are deeply appreciative.

God smoothed paths and made Himself known in sweet ways and gave us peace and endurance and timing to be able to get enough settled that we pulled off a grand time together…

so here are the highlights

One by one they arrived…

Everyone…

and I mean everyone…

said it felt like home already.

Our stockings are still packed tightly away but no one seemed to mind the new look…

Rachel was particularly thankful to have minions to open hers…

Including trying out a few of her gifts for fun…

We celebrated between services Christmas Eve…

and while I couldn’t tell you which box the kitchen dish towels are hiding in, I did find the selfie stick.

The boys liked their presents…

but apparently took it a little too seriously…

Our Cubs fan was rewarded for waiting his whole life for a W…

and there was only just a little good-natured ribbing from his Cardinal fan in-laws.

Our Christmas Day dinner was also a bit non-traditional…

but it may be one worth repeating…

All in all…

 

Best. Day. Ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas Eve <3

Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours <3

I have some gift bag/stockings to fill and some soup to get in the crock pot…oh and a couple of boxes or twenty to try and unload before the kiddos arrive.

My heart is full of something…I think it’s joy but it could possibly be panic that I can actually find the crock pot now that I think about it…hmmmm….

My favorite part of this day will be when I settle in to the pew at 10 PM with whatever family we have here and that are awake to sit in the church we have sat in for the same 20 years we lived in that house we just left.

There will be some regulars and some missing faces.

It will be quiet and sweet and I will remember years when some brought little ones in jammies and one year when one of those had grown up into an adult and still came in his to the delight of all of us.

The old hymns will play and in the hush of the sanctuary with tiny white lights on so many trees…I will remember.

Remember that God sent His Son on a “recuse mission” as Tozer puts it.

Sent Him to save a wretch  like me…and …. well…I have to say it…one like you, my dear friend <3

Because all of us have fallen short and yet..

God so loved the world that He sent His only Son…

That whoever would believe..

place his or her faith in Him…

would be saved.

He didn’t come to make a social call or advance our status in the world.

He came to rescue our sorry selves and overcome the world.

Hallelujah and Merry Merry Christmas <3

Wrapping up the week…

As we come to Friday, what a Friday it is.

Not just the weekend but one of those years where Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the weekend.

Just kind of perfect in my mind.

And since we have been unpacking boxes, and retrieving boxes from storage and directing mover’s as to where to put more boxes…I am ready for any kind of weekend but especially Christmas weekend.

People have been so kind to offer help but quite honestly it would take me longer to explain where things go and what in the world I was thinking putting this move together.

We look more like we were fleeing the Apocalypse then moving across town.

But it’s working…and we are settling… and a new chapter begins.

This morning I sit at our old table in a new kitchen as we ponder our way through more of this year’s Advent theme song.

I feel more words are a scattered so my prayer is the Lord to edit out anything but what He would have you hear on this eve of Christmas Eve <3

Bring your peace into our violence … bid our hungry souls be fed

Word now breaking Heaven’s silence….welcome to our world.        Chris Rice lyrics

I could just breathe those lines as a prayer.

There is so much violence.

So much hatred and so little respect for the sanctity of life.

Photo courtesy of Bella Baby photography, rights purchased

There is the violence of hearts that have grown cold towards others, even in covenant relationships vows are set aside and God views this as violence.

And the only peace that will last is the peace that Christ brings.

We have a soul hunger that can only be filled by Him.

Although we have more and more in the way of knowledge and technology…

we can post and tweet and carry on a war with someone through the feeds on social media.

Words of rhetoric can stir people up to a frenzy or cause a slow simmer that eventually drives someone to literally drive into a crowd of people.

Mockers and cynics rob us of hope with pompous and arrogant words.

It’s ok to say “Pray” for a situation…but my goodness…keep God out of it all and please don’t bring Jesus in unless you just want to say

Our culture is loud and rude, arrogant and cynical.

Or filled with the empty promises of false religions that rely on the evolution of humanity to save us.

But only Christ will save us.

Only He who gave Himself wholly can make us Holy.

He alone brings Peace…not as the world gives…

not a compromise and a grudging concession to set aside our differences…

but PEACE…

PEACE between God and mankind.

RESTORATION…to all that He intended.

And so we welcome Him…

into our homes and our businesses and our government.

Into our own battered, wounded and yes…sometimes violent hearts.

We invite Him to enter in.

To speak, Lord, for we are now listening.

To break the silence and to nourish our weary souls.

He is not like us…He doesn’t force an agenda on us or debate with us.

It is, after all…

His world…

let’s welcome His Spirit to invade every corner <3