Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Holiday thoughts...

I've not had much time for blogging these days with James being home. Am I complaining? Not in the least! :) We have had wonderful times filled with fun and, for me, a special one-on-one time of talking that lasted from 10pm-ish till 2 am. Did I go to bed happy? My "relational tank" was filled to overflowing making this momma very happy! :)

Today has been spent assembling a new desk for us. James surprised us with one for part of his Christmas presents to us. I will have so much more room for my computer and Bible study! I can hardly wait!

I pray that your Christmas was filled to overflowing with the Lord's blessings. Life did not begin for Him when He was born in that manager because He has always eternally existed. But, imagine for a moment what He gave up in Heaven to step into our filthy, sin filled world to make it possible for us to enter into a relationship, a very personal and real relationship with the Creator of our world, God Himself.

New Years is fast approaching and I am excited to see what the Lord has planned for us. I know there will be growth times that may be quite stretching. I am also looking forward to growing more deeply in my relationship with Christ. He, alone, is the "joy of my salvation." Without Him I would not be who I am today. Oh sure, I am quite positive I'll still be stretched and pulled as I continually release James to His care. He loves our son far more than we do (can you imagine?) and knows what is best for him. So as James, steps out in this phase of this season in his life there are many things ahead for him. Exciting times, tough times, joyful times, and growth times, as well.

My little momma continues to get smaller and weaker before my eyes. I have no idea what is ahead for us this next year with her but I trust in His soveriegn design for her life, as well as for ours. I do pray that she would begin to feel better, to regain some of her strength which she has lost and to regain her weight. She continues to lose weight which she can ill afford.

She has had a grand Christmas. For James, she gave him the bust of a pilot sculpted by Michael Garmen, in Colorado Springs, which was given to my Dad upon his retirement as a pilot, after 33 years in the Air Force. From one pilot in the family to was a beautiful time, filled with tears.

I haven't posted but I have taken time out to sit down, sometimes late at night, to stop in a read all of my favorites! You all are the greatest! You cause me to laugh, to think and ponder, to grow and stretch....just what friends are for, iron sharpening iron. Thank you!

Here's looking forward with joy and anticipation to New Years 2006!


Shelley said...

Glad to hear you had such a great Christmas!!

jettybetty said...

I am walking through so many of the same things you are! I am thankful God is walking with both us, too!

me said...

what a wonderful Christmas! ours was great, too...:)

Suz said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying your time with James.

Prayers going out for your momma, I will keep her in my thoughts.

Hugs Suz

sparrow said...

what a sweet Christmas.


I'll pray for your mom tonight. What a dear woman - I love her through your words! What a good testimony.

God bless.

Joe said...

Is it really time for a new year?


Well have a great one!

AFGUY said...

Sounds like a beautiful christmas! I am so glad that your son is a pilot and maybe one day i will get to work with him...

I wish you the best.

Bob & Claire said...

Oooh, I didn't know the bust was by Michael Gorman! I'm so glad she gave it. How special--just what Papa would have wanted. We're praying for Nana here too.

Katayana said...

thanks for the charity thought but christ will never be part of my life, i refuse to believe in someone who thinks its wrong for women to have rights but if you chose to be a mindless drone your whole life then have fun. i like having a voice i like having more than one person to pray to.

Poor-Con said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I"m grateful James could make it home. I will continue to pray for his and you as well. I constantly pray for Gods will in my life as well. For him to just us me as he has planned. That thought just makes me smile. He knows, I don't. What a grate suprise is in store for us!!

God Bless!

HeyJules said...

Claire, I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas with James but I have to selfishly say I am glad you're back to blogging again! I missed you my friend!

Patty said...

So glad you and family had such a great Christmas. Hope your new year will be even better.Happy New Year to you and your family.

Pam said...

Hi Claire, I posted a comment over at my place but wanted you to know that I was thinking of you all.
I was especially moved by your comparison of the seasons of life for your son and this season of life for your Mom.
Please contact me, Claire has the details, I don't want to post them here. I have some things I want to ask you.
I will be thinking of you tonight and wishing you the very best for 2006. Thank you for sharing your life with all us bloggers, thank you for your caring and love.