Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Praise and Celebration

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  James 1:17

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived.  Preparations are underway. The hussle and bussle has started. The traffic is crazy and the lines in the stores---even crazier.  The hunt for finding the perfect gift for friends and loved ones continues again this year. (You know, the "one" gift they will love and remember for years to come.)  We wrap the gifts with foil paper and large bows and place them under the tree to ultimately have hidden treasure in each box revealed. The Lord has been impressing upon my heart this season  to look for the delightful treasures and gifts He has daily given me.  

I believe Our Lord is the Ultimate gift giver and His perfect gift to each of us is His Son, Jesus Christ.  As we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth this year I want to take time out each day during this Christmas season and reflect on the gifts He has given me.   No matter how big or small, obvious or not-so-obvious this gift may seem, I want to take time this Christmas to give Him intentional daily praise and thanksgiving.  I hope you will join me during this time of Christmas Praise and Celebration as we give thanks. 
(Feel free to copy the picture (above) and chime in on your blog.  There is no right or wrong way.  Just Celebrate Christ with Praises and Thanksgiving!)

Merry CHRISTmas! 

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

November Re-cap

My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. Psalms 71:8

To say time is going faster than I am would be a massive understatement. I have been rather neglectful in posting but I'm ready for a fresh start.  Sometimes we need to pull back from the busyness of life and just "be still". I thought I had just become lazy with my blog, however, after a short hiatus I realize I needed time away to re-focus.   I have been really praying and seeking The Lord the past few months for direction and clarity in my life.  Being an "empty nester" has been a challenging and tough season for this mother's heart. (I hope to share more in later posts).  During these past few months I have enjoyed a sweet time of seeking Him and He has been faithful to hold me, guide me and teach me.   

 During this time The Lord worked and convicted me of my lack of praising Him.  Especially here on my blog.  Last year I posted everyday in November listing thanks each day for 30 days.   I am sad I missed that opportunity this year, however, with Thanksgiving reflecting in my heart I realize it is never too late to give Thanks to Him!  A fresh start!

I believe this is the most wonderful time of the year and my personal goal will be to post each day during the Christmas season something that I am thankful for.  I want to take time to recognize the precious gifts I have been given each day.   I plan to taking time to slow down, enjoy the season, love my family and reflect on the gifts The Lord has given me.  I hope you will join me too (so check back if you want join it!)

Here is a glimpse of the past few weeks in the Burton house and just a few of the things I I am thankful for:

(~~First, no picture for this one but I passed my state interpreting test!  Thanks to all who prayed for me as I took my two-part test and waiting for my results!~~)

Having all my family with me on Thanksgiving Day
Josh, Jaelynn, Amanda, Jim, Me(front), Jordyn, Mom (front), Dad, Ryan, Holly (front)

The sheer delight on Jaelynn's  face about her candy cane reminds me to enjoy the simple things in life everyday!

Sums it all up!  Celebrate God for all He has done!

My baby girl turned 19 this month.  We were thrilled she was home from college to celebrate with us!

Can you tell that I truly can not get enough of my grand daughter?

Enjoying Jordyn being home for 9 days from college.  How I have missed our girls time.
Odd, I know.  But my favorite number is "11"!!

Goofing off with my oldest, Amanda and her precious pregnant belly.  Baby Zoie will be here in 6 weeks!  Maybe she will make it in time for Christmas (or Mimi's birthday!)

My man was a bit under the weather over Thanksgiving and didn't want to get close enough to anyone to have pictures taken.  I was able to capture this a few weeks ago.  I love this picture of his handsome self.  Shows his serious, yet almost cracking a silly smile, side.

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