Tuesday, December 13, 2016

a{nother} post of random things and the very last day of my thirties


La La Land...is anyone besides me dying to see this movie?  I love musicals, and the last one that I loved as much as I think I'll love this one was Mamma Mia! with Amanda Seyfried.

It's too bad for me, though, because Memphis is NOT one of the selected cities it will be playing in theaters.  Why do they even do that?  Pick certain cities?  I have this thing about movies...if I don't think I'll love it, I won't go see it.  I also have become a total prude and will not see movies if they're rated R.  Because an R rating nowadays is pretty bad.  Some PG 13 should be R, at least in my opinion.  I can take SOME language, but when the F word is continually dropped and the Lord's name is taken in vain, I can't deal.

If garbage goes into my mind, garbage will come out.  I always say this to my boys, whether it's a movie, a Netflix show or a song that everyone around them listens to.  They don't HAVE to look like the world...in fact, we are all supposed to look the opposite of the world, if we're believers.

(This movie might be horrible, I honestly have no idea.  I'll do my research before I watch it on DVD, all I'm basing my interest on is the trailers I've seen so far.)

I like to use the Plugged In website for that type of thing.


I love Christmas tree ornaments and find myself gazing at my tree all the time while I'm in the living room.  This ornament is one of my very favorites, and my sister Lisa gave it to me years ago.  The reason I love it is because one Christmas, when Noah was four, all he wanted for Christmas was ONE THING: pupcakes.  (That is what he called cupcakes.)  I never could correct him on the incorrect word he used, he eventually figured it out on his own.  That year, along with his gifts, Lisa made him his very own platter of snowman pupcakes.  ;)

Such ornaments fill our entire tree.  I know that someday I could have a stylish tree, but where's the fun in that?  I don't know that I'll ever not have this kind of tree at Christmas.  I love that all the ornaments mean something.

Like everyone probably does, I have things that I make repeatedly this time of year.  The favorite things are chex mix, reindeer noses (we'll do these today hopefully) and the chocolate/peanut butter/oats no bake cookies.

What are those things that you make a lot of during this Christmas season?  I'd love to hear!

I finally finished the new episodes of Gilmore Girls.  I was not at all impressed, I mentioned that last week.  The language is way worse, I dislike grown up Rory, and I hate that the entire thing seems to be about her love life.  However, I somewhat liked the final episode, the one titled Fall.  But the show ends with four final words.  They are not what I thought they were going to be and again...I felt such a huge letdown!

I know, I know, it's just a show, but still.  Those are just my thoughts.

Again, I think I need to remember my own advice from above about what to watch and what NOT to watch.  So, I decided yesterday that I'm stopping the Netflix thing for an undetermined amount of time.  What happened is that it has taken over my love of reading.  I found myself reading way less and watching way more.  I wanted to finish GG, then start reading again.

And last night?  I did just that.  I stayed up way too late reading my Robin Jones Gunn book.  I finished Finding Father Christmas and started Engaging Father Christmas.

After that one, I have the newest of the trio to read and then I'll review them on my blog hopefully by Monday at the latest.  These books are SO good!  Robin has a way with words that appeals to me...in her books, she usually writes about a character that has a moment with God.  Sometimes that moment might be in an early morning walk on the beach, or in a quiet church, or in contemplative thoughts as she remembers a scripture she's read.

I think that appeals to me because I have those same kinds of moments with God.  Mine usually happen at the most random of times~as I'm cooking dinner and listening to K-Love or a Christmas cd, in a moment of singing a worship song in church, as I watch a baptism take place~it's like the Lord just totally overwhelms my heart for a bit, and before I know it or am even aware of it, tears are falling down my face.

Usually, music is involved.

I had a moment right before church on Sunday morning, when I saw this video my sister posted.



My boys used to listen to a group called Go Fish and this song is also on their Christmas album.

I also love this song, by Chris Tomlin.



This is one I've had on repeat for a couple of years now.  It's Winter Snow by Audrey Assad.



And while I'm on music, just one more...I love these guys!  Anthem Lights.



I love Christmas music.

In other news, tomorrow is my fortieth birthday.  I'm not sure how I feel about it...I think it may be the reason why I've been in a funk lately.  I'm not totally sure, and if that's the case, that is so dumb.  Age is only a number.  I just have been in a strange mood lately, and I feel myself acting weird, and I don't know how to make it stop.  I've been having time with Jesus every morning, by praying and reading His word, so this time I don't know what's going on.  Usually when this happens it's because I've not had quiet time lately.

I'm praying about all of this, for God to show me why I keep having moments like this.  I know it'll pass, it always does.

I don't know about you, but I am so very thankful that God hears me when I pray.  I am so very thankful that He knows what's on my mind and in my heart.  I wrote all this out in my journal yesterday and prayed about it again this morning, so I know things will turn around soon, maybe if I just focus more on Him and less on what is going on around me.  Meanwhile, I will keep on reading His word and praying.

He is so very faithful.

I've been thinking about His names lately, because I'm doing an Advent reading every morning.

Wonderful Counselor.

Mighty God.

Eternal Father.

Prince of Peace.

He never fails to show up and to remind me that He is my shield.  (Psalm 3:3)

Well, I've gone on long enough, and need to get started on things around this house.  Dog hair is floating again, which means it's time to pull out the ever present vacuum.

Love to all!


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