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I put it in a song…

My kids always ask what I want for Christmas. I give them the SAME answer every time – so this year, I decided to put it into song. Note: you have to sing it to the tune of “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.

I Want a Clean and Happy House for Christmas
by Donna Earnhardt (me!)

I want a clean and happy house for Christmas
Only a clean and happy house will do
Clutter steals my joy – I lose my peace and poise
I need a clean and happy house that we can all enjoy

I want a clean and happy house for Christmas!
Instead it’s coated in a messy hue
The house needs a scrub – it’s long overdue!
We need a giant breakthrough – can we
get a cleaning crew?

I can see my house on Christmas morning –
No more muddled mess!
Oh what joy I will feel, if my dream gift is revealed
and see the clutter gone –
Poof!
No more stress!

I want a clean and happy house for Christmas
Only a clean and happy house will do
No dirty dishes! No piles of stinky clothes
I want a happy house that’s not offensive to my nose
And everyone who lives here wants that, too!

Let’s donate lots of stuff, we really have enough!
But then again – I must confess that letting go is tough

If only we could put this mess in a garage
or hide it all somehow, but man… I stink at camouflage!

I can see my house on Christmas morning –
No more muddled mess!
Oh what joy I will feel, if my dream gift is revealed
and see the clutter gone –
Poof! No more stress!

I want a clean and happy house for Christmas
Only a clean and happy house will do
No dirty dishes, not piles of stinky clothes
I want a happy house that’s not offensive to my nose
And everyone who visits wants that, too!

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In a Stable…

While sitting at church this morning, part of the scripture jumped out at me and really held on. The angel told Mary — “Fear not… for you have found favor with God.”

I know the angel was talking to Mary, but the scripture tells us that if we are in Christ, we too have found favor with God. Not because of our good deeds, but rather because of His grace.

And as I pondered this, another verse popped in my mind: “… He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

When paired with the Christmas story, what I wrote in my journal was this: What God has birthed in you (and in me)… He will bring to fruition.

It doesn’t matter what your situation — God is not limited by the walls around you. He cannot be hidden by the dark night of depression, the dark night of doubt or the dark night of loneliness and fear — instead…the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it!

That also means there’s no hiding from Him, either.

Sometimes, because of fear, we can try to hide in a “stable” of our own making. But other times, we feel pushed away from everyone and mangereverything — into a “stable” that we don’t want to be in.

But we worship Jesus, who was born in a stable – an actual stable. He was born amid the itchy hay, the barn animals and yes… most likely the smell of manure. But… the glory of God was not minimized because of the situation he was born into. Rather, God’s nature was revealed even more.

Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man – then laid down his life for us… and picked it up again. And all of this was done because God so loved the world…

NOTHING can separate us from a love like that.
Not fear.
Not darkness.
Not feelings of loneliness or depression.

So no matter what “stable” you find yourself in right now…

Fear Not.
What God has started in you… He will finish.
HE created you.
He loves you.
He has a plan for your life.
He knows all about your situation…
and He has not left you.
And because of Jesus’ sacrifice, His grace, His covering…
you have found favor with God.

Fear Not!

‪#‎Christmas‬ ‪#‎mangertotheCross‬ ‪#‎Emmanuel‬

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Christmas song

Hi y’all! I am busy getting my house clean and finishing up stuff for this weekend. I love celebrating Christmas! Birthdays are so  much fun… especially this one!

I am pretty sure I posted this song last year, so if you’ve heard it just push the pause button. 🙂 If not, I hope you are blessed in the listening. It is a song I wrote a few years ago. I’m playing the guitar… so there are some bumps in the chords. LOL! But the Lord says to make a joyful noise – He doesn’t say that I have to get every note right!

Enjoy the celebration of the birth of our King, being in His presence and being enveloped in His love!

(words are below the video below)

Star of Bethlehem

Verse 1:              

Under the star that shone so bright  That led men to God’s Delight

Was the One who hung the skies  Speaking through a baby’s cries

Next to beasts in dusty hay  There in swaddled clothes He lay

Infant King, though fast asleep  Holding court with cows and sheep

Chorus:

Shepherds weeping, kings in awe  In that moment, heard and saw

The chosen One,   God’s precious son, born to save us all

Verse 2:

He who taught the birds to sing  Crafted every angel wing

He who made the oceans dance, and the Heaven’s great expanse

Held the planets in His hand  Counted every grain of sand

Brought about through Virgin Birth  Laying helpless, on His Earth

Chorus 2:

Shepherds weeping, kings in awe  In that moment, heard and saw

The chosen One,   God’s precious son, born to save us all

     Verse 3:

For the Word, made flesh that night,  Pierced the darkness with His might

As God revealed His Master Plan  And sent His   love to walk with man

Chorus 3:

Shepherds weeping, kings in awe  In that moment, heard and saw

The chosen One,             God’s precious son, born to save us all

Oh come let us adore Him, Oh come let us adore Him

Oh come let us adore     Him – Christ the Lord!

The chosen One, God’s precious son,

born to free us

born to love us

born to save us all

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Yes, Virginia, there is another gift…

There are 3 gifts today. The first is one of my favorites.

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2. Remember the Claymation Christmas special many moons ago?

3. For those of you who don’t know, I am on the conference staff of Write2ignite. So my third gift to you is this… hop over and check out the website and the blog. Lots of good information shared on the blog (here) about writing. And tons of info on the upcoming conference on the site (here).

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Situational Saturday: Count down to Christmas!

As of today, I am on Christmas Vacation. YAYAY! The kiddos and I are going to shop, make Christmas presents, play some games and clean house. 

Okay, so the last part might not sound fun…but I’m actually looking forward to it. I am excited about it all! I love Christmas time. Even Christmas cleaning. 🙂

And since I’ll be away from the computer for at least a week, I’m going to go ahead and schedule a few posts ahead of time so they will post automatically, though it will be an abbreviated posting schedule. 

So if you stop by next week, I’ll look forward to seeing your comments and responding when I return. I’ll also look forward to catching up with your blogs when I get back.

And now, I’m off to enjoy some time with my sweet family.  I will count my blessings and enjoy every moment the Lord sees fit to give me. I hope you all have a fabulous, wonderful and beautifully blessed Christmas.

Luke 2  (AMP version)

 1IN THOSE days it occurred that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole [a]Roman empire should be registered.

    2This was the first enrollment, and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

    3And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city or town.

    4And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

    5To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused ([b]married) wife, who was about to become a mother.(A)

    6And while they were there, the time came for her delivery,

    7And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn.

    8And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.

    9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.

    10But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

    11For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!(B)

    12And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [[c]after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. [I Sam. 2:34; II Kings 19:29; Isa. 7:14.]

    13Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven ([d]a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,

    14Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [[e]men of goodwill, of His favor].

    15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing ([f]saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.

    16So they went with haste and [[g]by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger.

    17And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child,

    18And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them.

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Free2Rhyme (or not) Friday: My offering…

 
I wrote this yesterday. Thanks Jean for your help with the tweaking! 🙂

Christmas Ponderings

by Donna Earnhardt

 

If Christmas comes but once a year

then what of all the other days?

Should peace on earth,

good will to men,

be just another passing phase?

Should all the love we share with those

who have no place to lay their head

be saved for just

a season’s breath

or will we share our daily bread?

Will we, like wisemen from the past,

pursue the everlasting Light?

 or will we chase

our selfish wants

and lose our Way, our Hope, our sight?