I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry and blessed Christmas! It gets really hectic around our house this year! Going here, running there, checking the list and running some more! If you are still looking for the right gift, I would like to suggest you share a copy of my book, Forever and Always. It’s an historical romance, appropriate for all ages, available here. God bless! Remember the Reason for the season! http://www.christysmith.net/store.html
Awesome new short promo for Forever and Always starting at 1:31.Please take a second to view.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1xt3pkWC_s … Thanks Steve & Cleve Show! You two are a gas! That’s good 🙂 Blessings with the show.
Everyone has their idea of what a good life is; some feel it is in the job they have, the amount of money, designer clothes they’ve accumulated. Some want position and power.
In the 40’s kids played football in the street. If they didn’t have a real football they would play “kick the can.” The gutter, if it wasn’t raining, was a great place to play marbles.Sometimes they made their own toys, with the parents’ help, like, say, a bow and arrow made from a sturdy smaller tree limb. It might take a bit, but they would bend it enough to make a bow; Dad might help out getting the tension and then they were off! Running, playing, shooting every target in sight! They might make a slingshot. And kids were happy with what they had! A new home in 1940 cost just under $4,000, the average income was about $1,725.00 and gas cost 11 cents a gallon.
Let’s look at the 60’s. By then, a new house cost $12,700. The average income had risen to $5315.00, and gas cost 25 cents a gallon. Soda (or bottle of pop) cost ten cents, same as a newspaper! A postage stamp cost 4 cents. The Beatles came to America; watermelon cost 2.5 cents a pound. Kids still played football in the street; the only difference was they usually had a real football. Marbles were still in; my brother had some. He was very protective of his Shooters, Aggies, Cat’s eyes, all of them! If I remember right he played Keepsies.
It’s all in how you look at things. Possessions are cast to the side as we age for something new. Now in 2016, our “toys” are bigger and more expensive, but in reality, we get the same enjoyment from them. We all have a good life whether we recognize it or not. I don’t have a lot of money or possessions, and certainly not power the way it’s defined today. What makes my life so good? God, the people in my life and my relationships with each of them makes me happy. I can write books, which has always been my dream. I’m fulfilled. I hope you are too.
I would like to share with you a recent interview on CBN News. Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Rev. Billy Graham speaks with CBN host Mark Martin commenting on the moral state of America and God’s judgment on sinful nations. She guides us to read Romans 1 where “describes the type of judgment where we sin, and we refuse to repent of our sin, then He backs away from us.”
At the start of the interview Anne Graham Lotz said that she herself and all Christians need to take prayer very seriously and pray for the United States because, she added, the solution to so many problems is not political but spiritual.
I have also added a link to Anne’s Blog. CLICK HERE for Anne’s Blog
I believe we should all come together as one and turn our faces back to God NOW, praying it’s not too late. For me and mine, that is where we stand, with HIM. I pray each of you do too!
Driving home from church today, I saw a church sign that said, Autumn Leaves, God Does Not. Those words really made me stop and think. Here we are in Fall. The Autumnal Equinox occurred September 23rd. The Winter Solstice will occur on December 21st. Just as the seasons change, so do people. God made us that way. He also gave us Free Will; that can be good or bad.
You see, we naturally like to think of it in a positive way; that bad people change into good people. It gives us hope for the future. If we are honest with ourselves, we know too, that good people can change into bad people also. People come in and out of our lives. Even circumstances change. We are living in a world of constant change.
It is comforting to my heart to know that God does not change. His love is constant, unchanging; everlasting. God does some pretty awesome stuff for us, His Children. He gives us life, gives us this beautiful and sometimes challenging world to live in; friends and loved one to care for and who care for us. He wants us all to return to Him. To aid us in doing so, He gives us His Word and chosen people to help guide us to Him. God is always with us. He will never leave us. We may not see Him, or realize, but no matter, He is there; to help us and give us guidance. Lean on Him today. He can take it!
I don’t know about anyone else, but these thoughts give he reassurance and make me smile.