Christmas Preparation

GAHH!! It’s December already! We got our Christmas tree on the 1st and decorated the house and stuff. I love winter but I wish it would snow.IMG_3838

Me with a saw. Bad combo, guys, bad combo. :)


blurred lights <3IMG_2493

putting the Angel on top! (in MY santa hat, I might add ;) )

IMG_2502the stockings were hung by the chimney with care… etc.

IMG_2489warm gingersnaps and Russian tea. It’s a Christmas tradition.

Be careful to remember the true meaning of Christmas. If you think about it, it’s truly incomprehensible and amazing.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.



Monday Musings: Brokenness

Ephesians 4:17-24

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

We’re Broken

The Gentiles were futile in their minds, darkened in their understanding, ignorant, calloused, stubborn, and given over to their own selfish desires. Basically, they were broken. They didn’t work properly. Like them, our minds were paralyzed.

Everything was broken– our hearts, minds, eyes, hands, ears. We relished the fact that we were broken. We were comfortable being less-than-adequate. We were content with our grey existence. We were blind to all color and meaning of life.

This passage, by implication, says that we were unloving. We couldn’t spread God’s love because we were separated from Him. We were selfish. We couldn’t share our knowledge because it didn’t exist.

We gave ourselves over to our sins. We are so greedy. It’s like having no taste buds but still eating chocolate. Gorging on food you can’t even taste. We had all this great food from God but we couldn’t taste it. Even though we thought it was gross, we kept eating and even fighting over it.

We’ve Been Fixed

But this broken-ness is not how we are now. When we heard of Christ and his work and love, we were fixed. Our lives are repaired. Our hearts have gone from stone to flesh.

Christ teaches us to put off our old way of life. We’re shedding the proverbial snakeskin of sin. Our old self was deceitful. It lied to us. Our desires destroyed us.

Christ has made us NEW. He has given us a new mind and heart, new eyes, new hands, and new ears. He has repaired us. He has returned us to Him. He has given us a new skin– a heavenly one, not an earthly one. He has renewed our minds.

We were created to be like God, but our fallen nature prohibited us from following him. We were supposed to be truly holy and righteous. Our sin kept us from that.

Christ has repaired us. In our new life in God, we work for Him, not ourselves. Praise Him!!!