Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy New Year from Valley View




Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Harrison and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families.  In just a couple of days we’ll all embark on a brand new year. Three hundred sixty five days with nothing written on them, yet, but good intentions. Many of us will make resolutions. 

I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to exercise more, I’m going to break that bad habit. Maybe…I’m going to be more faithful to my church, or read my Bible every day. How about-- I’m going to pursue the dream I’ve been putting off. I’m going to plan that vacation my family has been begging to take... 

So many good intentions, all filled with virtue. As you look toward that brand new slate 2013 represents, please remember that every day you put those things off, is one day less in your life to get them done. So instead of an overwhelming laundry list of things that you’re going to do, can I make a suggestion?  Pick one, make it a matter of prayer, and stick with it. Then when you stand on the backside of 2013 you can offer praise to God for a job well done instead of shaking your head in regret and making the same list of promises for 2014.
 
What’s your single resolution?

 








Happy New Year!!
Pam & Harrison Lake

P.S. We had a computer glitch for the last couple of weeks. Karla and Terri would be pleased if you took the time to scroll down to read their posts on their parts of the verse. 

***Don’t read and run. Please take a few minutes to visit the page tabs to your right. Terri has an interview with Lena Nelson Dooley. Lena is here to talk about her three book McKenna's Daughters series.  Leave a comment anywhere on the blog to be registered to win a copy of Maggie's Journey on Jan 4th. Karla welcomes Elizabeth Maddrey and Tanya Eavenson to her page for a sneak peak at their January releases. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Anne Baxter Campbell . Pam just posted a terrific recipe for white Chocolate cherry almond fudge.***



Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas from Valley View--Week 3


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8


My portion of the verse is Lovely and good report.  In a world where there is so much ugliness and negative news, it’s hard to find Lovely and good report. In this season of giving, how about making some Lovely and good report of your own
Buy a hot chocolate for the person behind you in the drive through.
Push the cart for a hassled mother or elderly person while you’re out shopping.
Take some homemade cookies to a neighbor.
Visit a nursing home and pass out Christmas cards.
Bag up some gently used clothes and take them to the nearest shelter.
Invite someone unable to get “home” for Christmas to celebrate with your family.
Just a few suggestions, but you see where I’m going. I promise, it won’t cost much and you’ll have plenty of “Lovely and good report” to sustain you through the winter.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Merry Christmas from Karla and Mitchell Black


 ***Don’t read and run. Please take a few minutes to visit the page tabs to your right. Terri has an interview with Raquel Byrnes. Raquel talks about her new book, Whispers on Shadow Bay. Leave a comment anywhere on the blog to be registered to win a copy of Whispers on Shadow Bay on Dec 28th. Karla welcomes Margaret Brownley and Kathi Macias to her page for a sneak peak at their January releases. Callie has a special devotion prepared for us by Janet Brown. Pam just posted a terrific recipe for white Chocolate cherry almond fudge. Don't forget to check out our new COTT (Clash of the titles) page.***


 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Merry Christmas from Valley View--week two




Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8


My holiday words are JUST and PURE. Callie spoke of the commercialism of Christmas. I want to bring you the heart of Christmas. Pure love with a perfect (just) heart.


I spend my days in the company of pre school children.  It is NOT always a happy time. There are morning tears and arguments over toys, but at Christmas, the atmosphere seems to shift just a little. The kids seem a little calmer and there is a high level of excitement among the older ones. 


The other day two-year-old Mikey joined us for the first time. To say he wasn’t happy about being left in the company of strangers is a serious understatement. In the midst of trying to calm Mikey’s anxieties, I felt a presence behind me.  I turned to find four-year-old Allison standing there, her favorite teddy bear clutched to her chest, blue eyes round at Mikey’s tears. 


Let me tell you about Allison and the bear. Nobody messes with the bear. It comes to Tiny Tikes with Allison, it goes home with Allison. It is never more than six inches away from Allison at any time through the course of the day.


Without a word to, or from, me Allison simply kissed the bear and held it out to Mikey. This distraught child, who wouldn’t take a thing from me, grabbed Allison’s bear like a lifeline. Allison simply smiled and walked away until Mikey went down for a nap. Allison retrieved her bear once Mikey no longer needed it. What an example of selfless love. A love that gives and expects little back. The very lesson that Jesus tried to teach us with His life. A love JUST and PURE.

Merry Christmas!!


Terri