Walking in Freedom

Miscellaneous musings along the way

Merry Christmas! December 29, 2011

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Merry Christmas (a few days late!) from the beautiful state of Colorado!  Some heavy snow last week ensured that we would have a white Christmas. 🙂

 

My time out here has been great!!!  I guess you can’t expect less when you’re in a great place and spending time with great people (and eating great food!).  While out here, I attended a Christmas Eve service with about 20 relatives, celebrated Christmas with close to 30 relatives (who live as far as LA, Canada and Pennsylvania), celebrated my sister’s upcoming wedding with realtives, walked through Garden of the Gods, hiked through the snow and “bowled” snowballs along the way, helped finish a 1000 piece puzzle in a day, stayed up late watching and making fun of “Toddlers in Tiaras” with my cousin… and my trip isn’t even over yet! 🙂

 

On Christmas, we watched an awesome modern day version of the Christmas story.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

A Social Network Christmas

 

Also, I thought this was pretty great:

Stay tuned for a more reflective post about Christmas! 🙂

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The Christmas Tree December 22, 2011

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The phrase that replays

It stays in your head for days-

“Jesus is the reason for the season.”

It’s thrown around like a cliché

But at the end of the day

We may implore

“What is Christmas without Christ?”

But lemme ask you something more-

What is Christ without the cross?

That’s why I’m thankful God’s the boss.

 

See, Christmas is just the beginning of the story

Jesus lived a perfect life and even more he

Gave up his life to bring God glory.

This was all God’s plan even before he

Sent His son down to our human territory,

Purposed to die on a tree- that’s grace- not by works, but for free.

 

So the wood that matters isn’t just the manger

If we forget about the cross, this is the danger:

We don’t remember why he came-

But would my life be the same,

If my Savior didn’t take the blame?

 

So as we celebrate this season,

Remember Jesus is the reason.

Cuz Christmas can become all about gift after gift

So we gotta be discerning- we gotta sift

Through- to find the most important one

Look past the three gifts the magi gave the Son.

God came down- the gift of Jesus’ birth.

Such humility to walk upon the earth.

Perfect life sacrificed- now that’s a gift of priceless worth!

 

Hallelujah December 15, 2011

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This Tuesday was the 6th weekday in a row that I had something music related in the evening (rehearsal or performance).  Between rehearsals and 2 Christmas concerts with an orchestra I’m in and helping lead worship for a women’s event at my church, I’ve been a bit busy…

 

Enjoy the final piece from our concert Tuesday…

Hallelujah Chorus

 

And as if the truth of these lyrics isn’t enough to compel me to sing “Hallelujah,” tomorrow is Friday and next week I just get to watch my students take exams… oh, yeah, guess I’ll have to grade them too! 🙂

 

For such a time as this December 11, 2011

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This post is for anyone dealing with uncertainty or discouragement (particularly related to your job)… It’s an exerpt from something I wrote as I was processing through some things.

 

The bottom line is that you’re here now. No matter where you are a year from now or 5 years from now, you have been placed here to do _____________, so that is what you will do. And maybe the thought has crossed your mind that you don’t feel best suited for this job.  But, if you weren’t here, someone who doesn’t love God and doesn’t really care about the people you work with could be in your place. And even if you don’t always feel like you’re having much of an impact, if you weren’t here you wouldn’t be having any impact. So all you can do is choose to trust that God has you here and somehow in his great big plan, this is the best place for you right now.

 

I’m reminded of the words in Acts 17:26-28a:

“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’”

 

He has placed you right where he wants you and you can choose to look to him during this time of uncertainty and discouragement.  I also love Mordecai’s words to Esther encouraging her to be bold and trust God in Esther 4:14: “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

 

For such a time as this, God has placed you where you are to have an impact on the lives of others for his glory.  Maybe this isn’t such a bad place to be after all!

And here’s a song to get you pumped up about where God placed you by Flame. 🙂

 

Cup of Tea December 3, 2011

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A strong cup of tea

Is what I wanna be

Steeped in the word

This might sound absurd.

But I’ll start off as

A cup of hot water

Hot with desire-

Ready for the work

Of the Word to transpire.

 

If the bag is only in for a second

The tea will be weak-

My life will be a wreck and

The tea will lack flavor

My faith begins to waver.

 

So I gotta let it steep longer

Cuz I wanna savor

The Word of my Savior.

As the truth permeates my soul

The tea’s getting stronger-

The flavor takes control.

I’m no longer weak and bland

Now on the Word

I will stand.

That’s why I wanna be a strong cup of tea-

As the Word of God is workin’ in me.