Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas cookies!!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making/decorating cookies at my aunts house!!

Every year for I don't know how long my sister and I have gone over to my aunts house and decorated cookies for Christmas! I love it! not only do they taste amazing but it's also so much fun! I love getting to spend time with my cousins and decorate cookies!

Most years my sister my aunt and I are the only ones that actually decorate the whole time. the boys end up decorating a few and then go watch TV or play video games. It's really fun no matter how long it takes us.

Then we make these mint cookies they are amazing! and get eaten in the first few days.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas...(part 1)

Some of you may know that I am not really a fan of Christmas. Let me make a correction...

I don't hate Christmas! I actually really like Christmas I just don't like to craziness of Christmas.

I don't like the craziness of trying to get gifts (why do we feel like we have to give people gifts? can't time just be enough)

I don't like the overload of decorations (you know what I'm talking about... The people that decorate ever inch of their house and you could see their Christmas lights from the moon)

I don't like Christmas music... let me clarify I like some Christmas songs they have a great message, however most songs have become so commercial and lost their meaning, also the fact that they start playing it in October (so dumb), and that the radio doesn't play much else, also how come our standard for music and what we listen to all the sudden goes out the door with Christmas music?... There are a few Jesus songs that I do really like.

I don't like that we have lost the true meaning behind Christmas... I realize that we put nativity sets up and talk about Jesus being born but what does that mean for us?... Do we really see the significance of Jesus humbly coming down for us just so that He could sacrifice His life to save ours? that should change the way we live.. does it? (there will probably be more about that later)

I hate that at most jobs you can't say merry Christmas and you have to say happy holidays

I hate that my allergies go crazy this time of year (could be Christmas trees)

Now on to things I do like...

I love getting to spend time with my family!

I love the time off of school and my family having time off of work.

I love a few simple decorations (I'll do a separate post on the ones that really make me really happy)

I love that we can celebrate Jesus and really see the humility behind Him coming

I love Christmas cookies (every year we go to my aunts house and make cookies, I'll have to take some Pict's from this years)

I love getting up early Christmas morning and drinking tea and eating breakfast with my family.

That's just a few things that I can think of right now more to come later!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Time in the Word with a Friend!

Today I got to have coffee (well tea for me) and fellowship with my amazing friend Johnna! She is such a blessing in my life. I have only know her for a short time but I feel like the Lord has really done alot in that short amount of time!

Anyway we thought we would do a little Bible study together so we opened the word and started talking we read Hebrews 4:9-16! I was so blessed by the entire time we spent together just talking about the Lord and the blessings that He has for us even though we don't deserve it. It was awesome!

We really spent time meditating on the importance to taking time to rest in the Lord! reading the word and being refreshed does so much for us! it helps us see our need for Jesus and the sacrifice He made! It makes us see how humble He is and how great He is!

I was so blessed by it! my encouragement is grab someone and go meditate on the Lord this week. Sacrifice a little of your time to spend with Jesus and encouraging a fellow believer!!