Thursday, December 31, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #52 --- To Close Out 2009!

New Year's Eve already!!!

I can't believe that I have made it this far --- to the last verse of the year for Memory Verse Monday --- verse #52! I know that this is the second verse this week, but this will make up for that first week way back in January when I didn't have one...

When I decided to start this series of posts way back in January, I was skeptical that I would actually stick with the plan... let alone make it to 52 verses. But my God is gracious --- each and every week He gave me a verse to meditate on --- a verse that has sustained me, encouraged me, grown me, fed me!

So, here's the final verse for this series of posts. It is from...

Psalm 4:7-8 (NLT)
You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

This verse truly sums up 2009 for me. It has been a year of ups and downs, good things and bad, successes and upsets, happiness and brokenness, optimism and discouragement... through it all God has given me greater joy and peace. He indeed is good!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #51

Today's verse for Memory Verse Monday is from...

Psalm 91:1 (NIV)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

It is very comforting for me to know that I can always be safe with and find rest in my Heavenly Father!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #50

Christmas week is here!!! Our household is brimming with excitement. The grandparents are here... the presents are wrapped... grocery-shopping is done... get-togethers have been planned... the celebration is about to begin!!!

In light of all that, we surely do not want to forget the WHY of Christmas --- so this week's verse for Memory Verse Monday is from...

Luke 2:8-20 (NIV)
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 to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Charlie Brown Christmas!

I came across this cute video on Facebook recently... I just had to repost it here:

Please pause the playlist on the sidebar while watching this video.

Jesus is the reason for the season!!!

Memory Verse Monday #49

In honour of the Christmas season, today's verse for Memory Verse Monday is from...

Luke 1:28, 30-35, 37-38 (NIV)
The angel went to her (Mary) and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." ...the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 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."

"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. ... For nothing is impossible with God."

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."

Our household is very excited for Christmas... less than two weeks away now!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Have Yourself A Simple Christmas!

Last Christmas, I blogged about celebrating a simple Christmas. Here is this year's promotional video from Advent Conspiracy.

Please pause the playlist on the sidebar while watching this video.

Spread the word. Tell the story.
Have yourself a simple Christmas. We definitely will!
Merry Christmas!!!

Memory Verse Monday #48

Today's passage for Memory Verse Monday is The Magnificat, also known as Mary's Song of Praise.

It is found in Luke 1:46-55 (NLT).

The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise
Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
For the Mighty One is holy,
and he has done great things for me.
He shows mercy from generation to generation
to all who fear him.
His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.”
I chose this verse, of course, in honour of the Christmas season. But it was primarily chosen in light of the wonderful concert my daughter and I attended this past weekend called Holiday Sounds of the 20th Century where my sister was the guest soloist for the season opener of the Canadian Sinfonietta. She sang beautifully --- singing none other than John Rutter's Magnificat!

The concert was indeed a wonderful start to our Christmas season. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Memory Verse Monday #47

Happy December... Christmas is surely fast approaching!!! Amid all the hustle and bustle of this busy season, I am using this blog as a place to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas --- that Jesus is the reason for the season!!!

In light of that thought, today's Christmas verse for Memory Verse Monday comes from...

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT)
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!