This has been a very busy few weeks for me, and I just wanted to let you know that I will not be blogging much for a few weeks.
If you keep up with my blog at all, you know that I’ve just released an ebook to help you celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank.
This book is very personal for me, because it is full of ideas that our family loves and uses.
Thank you for all of your kind words about it. It is a weird feeling to put your heart into something, and then release it…and wait for a reaction. That was new to me. But it came with mixed emotions.
I spent more time away from my kids than I accustomed to…and as you know, I want to look back with no regrets. And you can’t do everything without things starting to unravel. So…I NEED to regain control of my house and give my kids extra time. Peter and the kids were so supportive of my writing efforts, and now I need to give them some extra special attention. And, did you know that Rebekah is coming home for Thanksgiving?? Yes, I am a happy woman!
Anyway, yesterday in church my father-in-law preached about an obscure “disciple” of God, a faithful man, Ananais. What was so special about him?
Not much other than he was in tune with God, ready, willing and chosen for a certain task because he was faithfully serving WHERE HE WAS.
HE was doing right in his home. He had a good report among Christians and “with those who walk without”–the unbelievers.
Here’s the scripture from Acts 9:
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus) named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”)
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.