2014 A Christmas Post, sharing our pictures from this year and our thoughts on the meaning of Christmas.l
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I love when my favorite bloggers share special posts aside from recipes. Grab a cup of hot tea or coffee and welcome to our Corner as we share this Christmas Post.
Our Christmas wish to You-
Christmas is a time to bless each other and we would like to take the time to do so.
Husbands- May God bless you to love your wives in the same way as Christ loves the church, unconditionally.
Wives- it’s us that can create an atmosphere at home where our husbands want to return to after a long day of work. Us that can really build a beautiful home (Prov. 14:1).. I just want to bless you whether you have been married for 2 month or 20 years, may God give you (and me) wisdom to be a woman of Faith. The Godly example your daughter will look up to, one your son will want in a wife and one that parents will be proud to call their daughter. I think we as women were given such a beautiful gift from God to really impact our children and husbands and that is pretty amazing.
Yes, life isn’t always easy, being married 12 years and having to deal with all kinds of trials, I have learned so much. I have learned how powerful prayer is. I have learned that regardless how terrible my situation may seem, God is Almighty and all-powerful. Most of all I have learned that a submissive, God fearing, supportive, God loving wife can “build” a home that will withstand any situation their home is hit with (of course the husband must help but that’s a different topic). This dear wives and mothers are my blessing for you (and the desire of my heart for me).
Families- May your homes overflow with the blessings of laughter, health, joy and the making of memories you will cherish forever. Memories that your children will want to pass down to their children.
Our desire is that families together grow closer to God this year, more than last year. May our Light shine bright so those around us can see that light. May we be generous givers. May we speak words that are kind and heal. May our Church attendance become more frequent and not less. Most of all, may we all of strive to live according to the Word of God.
The Birth of Christ-
During Christmas, as we reminisce about the Baby Born many years ago, we remind ourselves He knew what his life would look like. He knew what awaited Him on Calvary. The ridicule He would face. Yet, He chose that path for us. Though the path wasn’t one any of us would agree to. He agreed to take that path for each and every one of us. Regardless of our pasts, sins, and iniquities, may we find Salvation and Forgiveness at the foot of the Cross, through the name of Jesus.
I love the verse in Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
We, mere humans, can never fully thank God for His Son. Still, let all of us will all that we are and have; our parents, our spouses and our children Praise the Lord, Praise His Holy Name.
This Upcoming Year-
We are also excited to share with you that our firstborn, Benjamin, will be going on his first mission’s trip to Haiti with his dad and a group of people in January. I know not everyone will agree that an 11-year-old should go but we are thrilled. We want our children to have a servants heart and what better way than to start them at a young age. I hope he will be able to witness to the children there and that he will come back a better and more grateful person. Yes, it is scary of the unknown, what may happen while he is there, but we also cannot guarantee he will come home from school, or wake up from his sleep. I ask all of you to say a prayer for this group going. May God use them to minister to the Haitians and that each missionary that is going not only will be a blessing but will be blessed by this trip as well.
We are looking forward to all the new things this year will bring. New recipes from our blog, new friendships and new goals accomplished.
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2015 New Year!..
Valentina and Timur
Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Abigail