God Watches Over You

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I attended my childhood church this past weekend.  As I listened to the words of this song being performed for the special music, I found myself tearing up.  The woman singing this moving song, also sang it twenty-six years ago in the same church, at my Dad’s funeral.  I found myself focusing on the words and realizing the profound truth they portray.  If you have not heard this song here is a link:

God was watching over my family and me that sad day long ago and he continues to watch over me every single day.  His comforting presence has seen me through some difficult times and He is ever faithful!

Whatever you are going through today, I want you to remember that God is watching over you and He loves you very much!

~Blessings,

Jennifer

 

The God Box

Greetings on this blustery snowy day in Michigan!!

I wanted to share with you something our Pastor did during children’s time last Sunday. A gracious man from our church made these beautiful little wood boxes that the pastor handed out to all of the children. He called them “God Boxes,” and explained how anytime something was bothering them, they could write it down and put it in the box. I noticed a few adults around me shaking their heads and indicated they thought it a great idea. I said to my neighbor, “I might need a little bigger box!”

So as I thought more about this I thought, this is REALLY a great idea! How many times do we all just let things rattle around in our heads, struggle with them, and let them stress us out, when all we really need to do is turn them over to God. I thought the box would be a great reminder to do this and I’ve found it very satisfying just writing it down, putting in the box for God to handle, and letting go. It is peaceful and made me feel good to get it off my mind.

I found a box at Hobby Lobby that seemed perfect for what I was looking for, but you could use almost anything you want. I kind of wanted mine to look special, and as I said, I needed a little bigger box than the kids. So here is my box!

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Have a great day!

Julie

Traditions

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, I started thinking about traditions.  Little One had a homework assignment over Thanksgiving weekend and we had to pick four of our favorite Christmas traditions for her to share.  As we worked on this assignment together I realized how special traditions are and how they connect us to our loved ones and give us that warm, cozy  feeling that comes with familiarity .  We have a variety of traditions  in our family,  some are tried and true and can’t be missed, and some have to be more flexible depending on circumstances that are out of our control.  I love traditions that have been around forever, but I also like creating new ones as our family grows and changes.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas traditions:

1. The Friday after Thanksgiving, our family (including my Mom, my brother and his family and Jules and her family) all make the trip out to the cemetery where my Dad is buried to place a Christmas wreath by his grave.  This tradition is comforting as it gives us a chance to honor my Dad’s memory.  We always follow this trip with lunch and the latest family friendly movie.

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2. Jules and I like to do some kind of crafting project.  For this year’s project we made hand-painted ornaments and the wreath for Dad.  I love spending this time crafting with my sister and look forward to it all year.  This year my Mom and Little One joined in on the fun!

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3. The girls, hubby , our pup Louie and I all like to take a drive and look at Christmas lights (this usually involves a stop for hot chocolate).

4. Baking cookies with the girls is a fun-filled adventure every year.

5. New Christmas pajamas for the girls- this is the one gift they get to open on Christmas Eve.

5.It might not always be on Christmas Day, but my siblings and their families and my Mom gather together  each year to celebrate Christmas. This involves lots of good food, games and laughs!  The only time I missed this celebration was the year we were in Russia bringing Little One home, which is a story for another day.

6. Hands down, my favorite tradition is going to the Christmas Eve candlelight service at church.  Sitting in the pew, surrounded by my family in the soft glow of candlelight singing Silent Night and celebrating the birth of Jesus is the best part of Christmas for me!

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How about you?  What are some of your favorite family traditions?  I would love to hear what you do and maybe get some new ideas for my own family.

~Blessings,

Jen