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Christmas Story #4 “the Cabbage patch doll”

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12 days of Christmas “Story #4” Cabbage Patch Doll.

When My daughter was 4, almost 5, she really wamted a cabbage patch doll. I believed in God, but I had not given my heart to God (yet).

Anyway, I got her one, and well remember the ridiculous way people acted, shoving each other in store to get one, buying more than one and re selling them for double the price (or more). It was ridiculous. cab patch

On top of that hers got stolen, (in church no less) and that was the end of the cabbage patch doll. I have happier stories to tell you, but I must admit this was during my years of darkness.

I tried to find happiness in my own way, worldly things, and I was not a happy person.

I still loved Christmas lights, but I was convinced at that time in my life, if I only had more money I would be happy.

It wasn’t true. I’ve had more, I’ve had less. Happiness doesn’t come from how much we have (or possess) and certainly the cabbage patch doll turned out to be a very fleeting thing.

I am reminded of the book of Ecclesiasties, where the preacher said he obtained everything he ever wanted, and learned it was all vanity (and chasing after the wind). it’s a blessing to know God Loves us “through it all” even when we have wasted some of our time on vain pursuits. He loves us! so much! He is just happy to see us coming down the road…….coming home……

He doesn’t wait to chew us out or say “Done being stupid?” 
He just grabs us, fixes a big feast, and rejoices over us with singing and tears of Joy! What a great Father we have! “Our Father” who is in heaven (watching for us to come down the road to him!” ……with Love, (til next time) -Laura 

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Christmas story #3 Is that you, Santa?

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Christmas stories #3 “Santa, is that you?”

I remember thinking as a child (very young, in fact) that Santa had no chimney to come down, at our house. It took me a long time to ask ‘so how does Santa get in?”

This is kind of a special story to me, the one where I say “God and I” had a lot of talks about Santa Claus.

It (seems) like rather trepidatious waters, to shout from the house top there is no santa, when half or more of the world seems to believe in him.

The truth is he was a man born in Turkey, he served God, and he was an orphan. He gave generously, had signs and wonders follow him, and the Catholic church declared him a saint.

The “santa’ We hear about is simply a poem written in the 1800’s “come to life”. i wonder what Saint Nicholas would think about the stories we are telling about him today?

I know if I spent my life serving God and following after him, It would make me sad to be depicted as some guy who goes down chimney’s, with perpetual slaves making toys, and reindeer flying me around the world delivering toys to only “good” boys & girls.

Back in the 90’s, God and I had this big long talk. It was decided that my children would not be taught about santa claus, but we would always give glory to God for whatever he did (at Christmas time). We made an agreement, he and I, and it brought peace to my household.12 days extra extra

I asked the Lord to please “bless my children” at Christmas, and make it special for them. And he did, Year after year. I even have a book of testimonies about it.

St Nick was an awesome guy (and man of God) worthy of knowing about! He was generous, and there is an account he may have even raised someone from the dead!

I wonder if telling our children the truth is a good idea? (just a thought).I know I did. And I have never regretted it.

Far be it from me to have them wonder “what else I lied about” 
🔥😐👑

with love and blessings forever to you and yours.... #santareal#MerryChristmas

Laura Grace http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/how-did-santa-begin/

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Christmas story #2 Going home for Christmas ……(and God’s help)

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Twice. I remember going home for Christmas twice, after I grew up and moved away. The First time I was in the Air Force, and I was at Lackland TX.
 
I found out at the last minute I could go home, but had no money to go. I borrowed it, and got on a bus.
 
I didn’t have any money for eating, and this woman must have noticed, because when she got off the bus, she handed me a reader’s digest and said “Look inside, but not until I’m gone”.
 
Inside was a 10.00 bill. God sent me help (I think). 
The second time I was driving, and my commander advised me it was probably not a great idea to go. I was going to be driving a mountain pass and he said “the weather is not supposed to be good.” I was young and industructable, nothing could happen to me! (or so I thought).
 
I remember well after Christmas was over, the snow started coming down on the way back to the base. By the time I got to the town up on the pass, the weather was so bad, I could not see across the street. The comnander’s words rang in my ears “You will be A WOL if you don’t return the day you said.”
 
I couldn’t see! I got out to call my mom, told her I was okay, and got back in the car. A few miles down the road I saw I was heading BACK to where I just came from!
I strained to see where to turn around, saw a turn around area (now deep with snow) and got firmly stuck. Oh man I was scared! And I prayed! “I don’t deserve it Lord, but help!”
 
Suddenly out of nowwhere, two men appeared in the blinding snow. “Put it in Neutral” He said, And they pushed me out.
 
When I looked to say thank you, nobody was there. No car, no tail lights, Nothing! I have always believed it was angels.
 
Just knowing that kept me calm as I drove the rest of the way in the blinding snow sticking close to the tail lights of a truck up ahead of me.
 
I could not even see the side of the road most of the time and when I got back, I had about a 16th of a tank of gas left. I was so thankful! And to this day, As much as I may want to go somewhere at Christmas I think about what that commander said “If you don’t get back, you’ll be AWOL”.
 
That was one trip I probably shouldn’t have taken, but God’s grace was right there for me.
Thank you Jesus.
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The Joy of Christmas….(how to keep it)

My Gift to you this Christmas, is to share for 12 days How I’ve kept my Joy (over Christmas). I hope you enjoy this, a gift, from my heart to yours. -Laura Grace 12 days 1

#1 THE LOVE (of Christmas Lights and Food). 

When I was a kid, everything about Christmas was not necessarily “Fun.” First off, I was a bad gift wrapper (and still am). I used too much tape, I hated the patience involved with wrapping gifts, and I was terrible at putting tinsel on the tree.

My Dad was kind of a scrooge, talking about commercialism and the evils of Christmas time. My mom was the fun one (At Christmas).

I had disappointments. We all had the Sears catalog called “the dream book.” We Wished for stuff, asked Santa for it, and even wrote him letters.

Let’s face it, for most of us, the dream of Santa bringing us a Pony, an airplane, or a host of other wishes we wished for, just never came true. 

One of the secrets I think, is that God was with me to help me see the GOOD about Christmas. The lights, the brightly wrapped packages, and mom making all those special goodies, really did “Minister to me.” 

Sure I got disappointed. I remember Christmas music, and how “Hark the Herald Angels are singing” and thinking about “The Little town of Bethlehem” and “Away in a Manger” God used those Christmas songs!

He used them to woo me toward himself. To Get me thinking about him, and his love for me! You know what’s funny? (or not so funny) Is many who complained about Christmas wound up MISSING IT when they were not able to get home. 

For many, the wake up call is when “Christmas is no more” for one reason or another. When I was in the Air Force, all I wanted to do was get home for Christmas. (and I did) I rode a bus to get there. (Read about it in part 2.) 

What sticks out to you about Christmas? For my dad he still says “bah Humbug” to this day. (Sad, but true) and I refuse to hide that he does that. Why? Because he chose to dwell on some bad childhood memory! I wish he wouldn’t do that but he does. I made a different choice, because I saw what it did to him. (Joyless!). 

 Have you noticed seeing the good in something increases the good? 

And that dwelling on the bad can consume your mind? (And rob you of the good?) 

 How can we pass on the JOY Of Christmas (and Christ) to others, this season? 

          Good Question! Stay tuned for part 2 (of 12) 

       –Laura Grace