23
Dec
2012
Seasons Change Part II
Tags: Vintage, vintage Christmas ornaments, vintage angel, vintage elf, vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, Joyeux Noel, chalkboard, faith
Dear Friends,
On this Sunday before our Lord's birth, I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and to say that I miss you.  The last several months have been full of change and full of life-lessons.  I must be a slow learner or something.  I can't seem to get it right, no matter how hard I try. 

There are a few "rights" in my life right now, and a few things that need tweaking.  I'm trying to make good decisions and enter 2013 with peace and integrity - two things that are very important to me and two things that I must continually protect and preserve.  As a woman of faith, I often step out in faith, expecting good things.  Funny how that which I imagine is so good is sometimes not as it first appeared.  But for now, I'm looking forward to my first grandchild, due in early April, and for this coming week, which I'll spend with family and friends. 

I didn't fuss with the decorations this year.  In fact, I bought a 4-1/2 foot artificial tree at the Salvation Army for $5.00 and put that in the front window in lieu of my usual big tree.  My enormous stash of vintage Shiny Brite's stayed snug in their storage tub in the attic and I opted for just a smattering of gold, silver, and white ornaments.  No time.  No energy.

I couldn't resist some of my usual favorites, however.  I hope you enjoy a peek at my Christmas pals.









Life sure is a puzzle and it has been for centuries.  I'm sure the Wise Men didn't know what to expect when they set off on their journey, following only their celestial guide.  An though they met the Christ Child, I can imagine they left that holy moment with many, many questions and few answers.  It's much the same for us in many ways.  We take a course of action, unsure where it will lead and often, it's not what we imagined.  Sometimes things just don't make sense, despite our earnest efforts to obey and follow where we believe we're being led. 

There are few set-in-concrete, irrefutable things in life but one truth comes to my mind and that is that we're born and we die.  That's a fact.  I've been thinking seriously about how I live, how I act, how I respond to others and frankly, how much I need Jesus, my Savior, and His forgiveness and grace.  You see, all the jolly men in red suits, frosted snowmen with coal-black noses, and brightly wrapped packages piled under an evergreen tree can not change our need for a Savior. The carols and holiday lights and frosted sugar cookies add much needed whimsy and fun to our busy lives but they're just fluff.  They don't change the fact that we live in a world that's pretty dark at times.  Jesus is the Light of the world and when He's placed in His manger-bed on Christmas morning and we read Luke 2 before we tear into stockings and gifts, we always pause and recognize that the wee Babe, so innocent and soft, grew into the Man of Sorrows, intimately familiar with all manner of sin and death.  Today, just like two thousand years ago, He is able to shoulder all that concerns you and He is the only One able to provide assurance, peace, and hope when all around is a perpetual puzzle. 



I hope that your Christmas is full of the love of family, hope for a peace-filled 2013, and the assurance that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.  I'm holding on to those things, anticipating more change, but content that I never walk alone.  The Light of the World goes ever before me and though things don't make a lot of sense in my life right now, I know I can walk on, day by day, because my Savior lives and leads.  Merry Christmas, Friends!



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Reply from: Marianne on 12/23/2012 8:26 PM
 What a joy to see your comment, Lynn, my dear! I was thinking of you earlier today and wondering how you are...and voila! Your post is poignant and beautiful. So very true on lots of levels. How I know I need a Savior and He appeared, and he taught me, and is still teaching me how to live from His Kingdom, how to get into the vibration of it and linger there, and how most of all to focus back to the Center of all things whenever a scary thought appears, or discouragement or just plain weariness of mind and body take hold. For all of this I am eternally grateful. So thank you for the thought on all of this. May you and your family enjoy a healthy, peaceful, joyful Christmas and a glorious new year full of desires fulfilled! I will be emailing you, as I have some wonderful life-altering news to share with you. Love, Marianne xox
Reply from: Tammi on 12/24/2012 8:40 AM
 Hi Lynn.....Sending you thoughts of love and best wishes this Christmas season. Prayers too!!
Reply from: donna on 12/24/2012 7:42 PM
 Lynn, Merry Christmas! So good to "hear" from you again. Not an easy season for many but a very significant one indeed. Cheers to 2013! -donna
Reply from: Sylvia Faye on 12/25/2012 10:32 PM
 Welcome back Lynn. I have missed you and your quotes. So few people today are REAL and when I find a kindred soul who know that 'without God we can do nothing'. So few blogs dwell on the real meaning of Christmas...when joy and love came into the dark world and because of Him we have everything. Mary Christ's Mass Holy & Blessed New Year
Reply from: Marge on 12/26/2012 7:08 PM
 A beautiful, beautiful blog! Your writing is still so heart-warming and meaningful. May God bless you abundantly in 2013.
Reply from: Pam on 12/27/2012 10:08 AM
 Happy Holidays Lynn. May God Bless you and your family in 2013 and always. Take care, Pam
Reply from: Mitzi on 12/27/2012 4:27 PM
 Oh Lynn, I fear there are plenty of us these days going through what you seem to be going through. That sense of loss and reflecting on the life we live and what we find ourselves needing in order to survive. I know that I am in that position for certain. Blessings to you and wishing you a peaceful and wonderful 2013! Big hugs, xoxo
Reply from: RHome410 on 12/29/2012 10:01 AM
 What a mysterious post, Lynn... Some sadness mixed in, it seems, but joy and faith, too, so that's good. I send you love, hugs, and congratulations on your new grandchild...An experience we can share this year! Wishing you a happy and blessed 2013.


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