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All I want for Christmas...
by Janie Buck
Topic: Christmas
Date: 12.27.2007
Are you old enough to remember the song "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth"? It was sung by a child who had lost her baby front teeth. It was a silly little song but very popular. Your list this year may have been long and you may have been disappointed. If you are older you probably gave more than you received for there is always family to think about and buy for.

There is one gift that is new every morning - God's faithfulness. He said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." A poet put it this way - "What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer."

If after Christmas depression is trying to get you down remember "Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer."

You are loved by the great Creator. Look to Him and cast your burdens, sins and sorrows upon Him. He will comfort you and fill your life with joy. Seek the Lord for He has revealed Himself in His Son, Jesus the Christ, whose birthday we just celebrated.
Every Morning
by Janie Buck
Topic: Songs
Date: 12.27.2007
Songs are a part of life that can bless our day or just be background noise. There are as many types of songs as there are people. Like the old childhood rime, "Some like it hot and some like it cold and some like it in the pot nine days old." There are many different types of music as there are people on earth.

One thing we all have in common is is song. Even church songs are as different as the many denominations of churches. Whatever your taste in music we are all commanded to "Sing unto the Lord." He created us and understands our likes and dislikes in music. The common thing is that we sing to Him.

Sing this song if you know the tune, or meditate on the words: "O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me! Under neath me, All around me is Thy love, Leading onward,leading upward, To my glorious rest above!"

Or "sing a new song to the Lord" that you make up. The song book is full of different songs people have made up. They express every emotion. The greatest emotion is joy that comes from songs of praise.
by Janie Buck
Topic: Songs
Date: 12.27.2007
After the business of preparing for Christmas there is a let down that brings sweet rest or depression. The anticipation of children wondering if the things on their list will be under the tree and adults worrying if they forgot a relative or friend creates depression.

We all need a song that expresses real rest. Our faith needs a boost but how do we get it? The secret is abiding in the Lord Jesus. He said, "Abide in Me, and I in you." Abiding is not striving or struggling but looking off from ourself and unto Jesus: trusting Him for present power to do what we have to do - live this minute, this day in His presence. Casting all our worries and cares upon Him because He cares for us. Christ is the power, the only power for all we have to do. And He is the only unchanging joy in our life.

Our "toys" get old and worn out. If we are depending upon them to make us happy we will always be shopping for more. The secret of joy and rest is the Lord Jesus.

"Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art; I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart. Thou has bid me gaze upon Thee, and Thy beauty fills my soul, for by Thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole."

I recommend that you look up the rest of the words to this wonderful hymn.

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