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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#133~ Who Do You Say that I Am?

When considering what to write to you for my CHRISTmas 2014 post, I couldn't get past something that my DD#2 wrote on her Facebook

Something that I have thought of for years is the saying: "Never look at the manger without seeing the cross." I think she has captured that thought beautifully . . . 

 Who do you say that Jesus is? Who is He to you? Is He not real to you? Like someone with that great of power could not possibly exist? Jesus was never meant to be thought as a fantasy; as something so great that He could never exist. He was and is as real as you and me. But yet we choose to put Him in a place in our minds as something that does not exist, a fantasy that is an old tale to tell. Who do you say Jesus is? I'll give you my answer since I am not talking to you all face to face . . . Jesus to me, is Someone who can not be matched; no one will ever be better than Him to me. Not my family, not my friends, not a hollywood actor, a president, etc. They will never compare to my Jesus, my Savior. I want to give you a mental picture, in your head, today and just bear with me here. I want you to picture a newborn baby; a beautiful newborn baby with no flaw, with beautiful soft skin, full head of hair, just absolute perfection in every way. And as you hold him, his little fingers grab yours and it just fills your heart with joy. Now as you're experiencing all this joy holding him, someone tells you this baby was born to die for you and the rest of the world, for your sin and everyone else who has ever sinned. What would you say if someone said that to you and it came true? . . . . Several years pass and you get to know Him, the One that was born to die for you; and as years pass He shows you just how much He loves you with each and every passing day. You hear how He performed miracles and the more you hear of what He has done with His life, you fall in love with Him even more! You say "there is just nothing like this man! He is perfect and has no flaw, He loves everyone! And He makes me want to be a better person." Lets say at this point in time 33 years pass and you forget all about the person saying to you that this man was born to die for you; for your sin . . . Then you hear one night that He was arrested for no reason; He couldn't possibly be put to death, He has committed no crime! So you hear word of His trial. He is to be put to death and crucified; your heart sinks and you remember that the little baby (that was adored and praised over on December 25th, just 33 years ago.) was sent to die for you and the world. How could that be possible? How could a man who is perfect and has no sin, has never done one thing wrong want to die for you and the world, for crimes that are not even His to bear?! You hear that during His trial while He is being spit on, and being slapped; that He never fought back; He never said anything to defend His innocence, He let everyone falsely accuse Him. And He was tortured and killed for us; for you. Because He loved/loves you/us that much. He was raised from the dead after three days and He is coming back. Now, I know we all have never met Jesus or watched Him grow up like I am portraying in this mental picture; but we all know, or will know, His story. Jesus, a perfect man with no flaw or fault was born to die for you; for the world. Who do you say Jesus is? . . . . . I say He is my Savior. I say He is THE Savior; are you ready for His return? Christmas is not about santa, Christmas is not about presents, Christmas is not about discounts or money, Christmas is not about you. CHRISTmas is about Christ Jesus. It is about a cross that we were meant to bear, about blood that we were supposed to shed and about nails that should have pierced our skin. But instead, a Savior put Himself in human form to only die so we could live. This is Christmas; this is why we celebrate our Savior's birth and this why we sing Glory to the newborn King! God Bless your day. 

Please remember Who CHRISTmas is all about. Without CHRIST, there is no CHRISTmas.

From our family to yours ~ God's richest blessings upon you and your family this CHRISTmas.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<>< 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Just Had to Show You . . .

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting as much this month . . . but . . . well . . . 'Tis the Season and between work schedules, shopping, making gifts, baking and seasonal ministry opportunities, we have just been flat-out BUSY.

But . . . I just HAD to show this jar of yummy goodness.

This morning was the health food market's little employee meeting/CHRISTmas-secret-name-gift exchange. We had a very low $$ amount for our gifts (thankfully) and we all know that home-made is ALWAYS good, right? :-) Well, our manager, Amy, had drawn my name and ~ WOW ~ I'm glad she did! Because inside the gift bag she gave me was this gorgeous, delicious jar of homemade blackberry jam! Do you see how BIG that is?!?! *contented sigh*
OH . . . MY . . . WORD! This will be SO GOOD on my homemade bread with a lovely cup of my Sit By the Fire Tea.

I'm a happy camper. :-D 

Gotta go ~ I'm hungry!

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#132~ Gabriel: The Herald

"While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. And I heard a man's voice from the Ulai calling, 'Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.'

"As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate." ~Daniel 8:15-17(a) [emphasis mine]

"In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest name Zechariah . . . Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense . . . Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the alter of incense, when Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear . . . The angel answered, 'I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.'" ~selected verses from Luke 1:5-19 [emphasis mine]

". . . God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you . . . You will be with Child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus . . . For nothing is impossible with God.'" ~selected verses from Luke 1:26-37 [emphasis mine]
As CHRISTmas approaches, our thoughts fall upon the birth of our Lord and Savior, God's only Son, Jesus Christ. An integral part of the very beginning of the true story of Jesus' birth is the work of the Arch Angel Gabriel

Gabriel, of the Arch angels mentioned in the Bible, is the Heralding Angel. He had the privilege of heralding or announcing amazing, history-changing events of the Lord. As you can see above, he announced and explained the events of God that were coming to Daniel, he announced the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah the priest, AND he had the amazing, once-in-eternity blessing and privilege of announcing to a frightened young Jewish girl that she would be the mama of God's one and only Son, Jesus

How amazing!

What trust God has placed upon this amazing creature. Even though his ~ and other Arch angels' ~ appearance is striking, startling beyond words, I can't help but think that he must have been humbled . . . no . . . that's not the right word . . . exceedingly grateful at the favor the Lord had laid upon his shoulders. As a creation of God, he knows that he was created specifically with for this very moment ~ to announce the coming of the promised Messiah

As our pastor has rightly reminded us lately, angels ~ especially Arch angels ~ are NOT the sweet, cute, cuddly little beings of a Precious Moments statue. They are MIGHTY. They are strong.  They are fearsome.
The Arch angels come from the very presence of God and, therefore, reflect the glory of God in their appearance just as Moses did for a short while, after God passed by him and he shone with the glory of God. (Ex. 34:29-35) Moses' shining face frightened the Israelites so much that he had to put a veil over his face until it faded. This radiance consumes the very being of these angels. Time and again, we see that these angels are mighty, awesome, intimidating beings ~ they make prophets and priests fall to their faces in fear and reverence. They make Roman soldiers faint at their sight and strength as one (ONE!) moves a boulder out from in front of Jesus' tomb.
"There was a violent earthquake, for an angel
of the Lord came down from heaven and,
going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and 
sat on it. His appearance was like lightening, 
and his clothes were white as snow. The 
guards were so afraid of him that they shook and 
became like dead men."
~Matt. 28:2-4
[emphasis mine]

Little whimpy "angels" don't do that. 

Gabriel's imposing figure must have also been a reminder to the minions of the underworld that this was no ordinary Baby ~ THIS IS GOD'S ONE AND ONLY SON, the Savior of the world. Gabriel told Mary that "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, His kingdom will never end." (Luke 1:32-33, emphasis mine)

What an amazing creation Gabriel must be. What an amazing privilege to know, to REALLY know, that you were created "for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14)

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Homemade Herbal Chai Recipe

When the cold winter winds blow outside, there's nothing like a delicious hot drink, a snuggly sweater and a cozy warm home. A favorite drink of mine is a nice, hot herbal tea or chai tea.
 I love it when my tea pot whistles 
at me '-)
As much as I enjoy chai, and as much as I enjoy a toasty warm herbal tea or other hot drink in the evening, I have had to give up drinking chai in the evening because of the caffeine in most chais. Well . . . NOW I can enjoy that same warm, wintery taste of chai in an HERBAL blend!

And you will love this blend, too . . . 

You will need:

~cinnamon stick
~orange peel
~fennel seeds
~ginger root
~licorice root
~mortar and pestle OR small hammer and paper towels
~fillable tea bags OR tea ball
~air-tight container

1) with your mortar and pestle (or use a hammer with the cinnamon stick between two paper towels), crunch up a small cinnamon stick into small chunks
2) put small amounts of the cinnamon stick, orange peel, fennel seeds, ginger root, licorice root and cloves into the tea bags. Experiment a little with the amounts you like for your own perfect flavor
 Use heat-sealed tea bags . . . OR . . . 
muslin, reusable tea bags . . . OR . . .
 use a tea ball
3) make as many tea bags as you want and store them in an air-tight container for future use OR use your tea ball and make each serving as needed (**tins of homemade tea bags make great gifts**)
I like to use an old mint tin to keep
homemade tea bags in my purse ~ 
that way, I can have my own favorite teas
anywhere I go
4) TO USE: steep tea bag or tea ball for in a mug of hot water for 10 minutes, discard used bag 
5) enjoy  
 Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Homemade Powdered Blush

About 3 years ago, I posted about making your own mineral makeup and even told you about my favorite mineral makeup company, for when I don't use my own or if you don't want to make your own.
Today, I want to show how easy peasy it is to make your own powdered blush. Everything I use is edible and you will probably have most of the ingredients already in your cupboards!
You will need:

~ground nutmeg
~ground cinnamon
~cocoa powder
~arrowroot powder
~beet root powder 
~saucer for mixing
~butter knife 
~small funnel
~small container/jar with lid
~blush brush

1) START SMALL ~ with the end of a butter knife, scoop out a small amount of the powdered ingredients onto you saucer. You can make nearly every "natural"-toned blush color with these ingredients ~ if you like the browner tones, use a little more cocoa; if you like the reds or plumbs, add more beet root. Use a heaping ts. of arrowroot to blend with your mix because 1) you are using food and it will keep it from getting clumpy, 2) it also helps the powder adhere to your skin.
2) Once you have the color you desire, put the funnel into the jar and use a spoon to scrape your blush into the funnel and on into the jar. 

3) Attach lid to store.

4) Pour a tiny bit into the lid of your jar (see top photo) and apply with a blush brush or cotton ball. Again, START SMALL ~ better to add a little more as you need it, then to put on too much and have to do your make up all over.
**BONUS** You can also use this as an eye shadow! 
In these photos I have my brown tone on as both my blush and outer eye shadow :-D 


Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><       

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Word-Filled Wednesday ~#131~ Born to Die

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the LORD appeared to them, and the glory of the LORD shone around them and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born you; He is Christ the LORD. This will be a sign to you: You will find the baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.'" ~Luke 2:8-12 [emphasis mine]


What a wonderful time of year. For most of us, in the midst of celebrating the TRUE, miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we also enjoy a time of year that ushers in wonderful winter blessings, traditions and festivities . . . 

If you can maneuver well enough around all the commercialism, it is a time to enjoy the beauty of newly fallen snow, family time, seasonal foods and . . . well . . . joy, peace and good will toward men . . . right?

But does the real meaning of CHRISTmas enter into your thoughts and your celebration longer than it takes to attend a CHRISTmas Eve church service?

The things we do during the CHRISTmas season hold so much significance, and yet we take them for granted ~ the lights with which we adorn our homes, our CHRISTmas trees and even our city streets are testament that Jesus is The Light of the World (John 8:12), many of us have either an angel or a star on the top of our CHRISTmas trees to remember the angel who brought the good news of Jesus' birth to the shepherds (above) or the star that led the Magi on their 2 year journey to see Jesus, the Child King (Matt. 2:1-12); we give gifts to each other just as the Magi gave gifts to Jesus, we hang round evergreen wreaths the remind us that Jesus is eternal and we have eternal life ONLY through Him (John 14:6).

So much prophecy, history . . . it all ties in to the surroundings of Jesus' miraculous birth. 

But there is also great significance in the very birth scene of Jesus. Jesus is our Spotless Lamb of God, the only One Who takes away our sin. At the time that He was born, the Jews were still sacrificing at the Temple. The very shepherds that the heralding angel appeared to and graced with the good news of Jesus' birth were shepherds who were raising sheep especially for sin sacrifice at the Temple. These sheep were special ~ they were to be guarded and protected at all cost, they were to remain spotless and unhurt, unblemished for sacrifice.

When Jesus was born, Mary wrapped Him in swaddling cloths. These long strips of clean cloth served two purposes: 1) these cloths were wrapped tightly around the sweet newborn babies so that they would still feel as snuggled and secure outside the womb and they did inside. (a practice that is regaining popularity, today) 2) infant mortality was, sadly, very high is those days. The baby was likely to be stillborn or die shortly after birth, and these same swaddling cloths were used to wrap and bury the precious newborn.

Now . . . here's something I find profoundly interesting . . . 

When the shepherds who raised the sacrificial lambs saw one that was especially "perfect," he would wrap it up in the same type of swaddling cloths that new mothers wrapped their dear newborns in. These lambs were carried around strapped to the shepherds so that they remained spotless and blemish-free. These lambs were of great worth.

So much prophecy and meaning that could only be orchestrated by a loving God for His One and only Son . . . it all ties in to the surroundings of Jesus' miraculous birth. Jesus, as our perfect sacrificial Lamb, was wrapped in swaddling cloths that were prepared for Him whether He lived or died. 

And He was born to die.

Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><
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