with Vickie Ellis
Hello to all! Again, I hope everyone had a good week. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS! Saturday was a rainy, cold, dreary day. Dreary or not, we made the best of it. We stayed in, of course, and worked on Christmas decorating. My sister and her family usually get together with our family Christmas Eve. I am enjoying all the lights inside. I am like a kid when it comes to villages and such. I think they are pretty. We have some lights outside. This time of year is never going to be the same since Nick was killed, but God continues with us on our journey. We are thankful and blessed. This has been a terrible year for most everyone in some way or another. We must continue to look up and remember we have NO control over anything in this life. If we stay focused on God and his plans, we will find more peace while we are here on earth. I challenge each of you to look for one good thing in your life each day – regardless of circumstances. Blessings are always there. Write them down and at the end of the year reread them.
We went to see some lights at Jacks Creek Wednesday night. If you have not been down Hwy. 100, go. The lights that Don and Pat Jones put up this year are outstanding! Two trees look like they have chandeliers on them (they don’t). There is a snowman, three dogs and more, and the gazebo was super. I am glad I drove a little piece not to miss that. Also, if you go past their house to the first road on the right, I was told there are some more real pretty lights. Guess we will have to make a return visit.
We have finger foods for Christmas. Plans are to have sliders, chicken wings and pizza along with chips and dip, a cheese/meat tray and fudge, chocolate covered pretzels and maybe some peanut brittle. I am thankful for the ability to do this and pray for the less fortunate and homeless. Last week, a homeless man died in Jackson. He apparently laid down in plain sight and died due to cold.
It looks like we may have some white stuff for Christmas. I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season and remembers the TRUE meaning of Christmas – the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Happy birthday to Paula McKinney, 12-21; Nona Seaton, 12-24; Jimmy Priddy, 12-25; and June Smith, 12-26.
Happy anniversary to Sarah and Don McLemore, 12-22.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Lynn Allen, Denise Armstrong, Brinson Biggs, Sheila Berry, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Martha Cannon, Kimberly Carroll, Brandon Connor, Diane Cross, Kristen Daniel and family, Braelyn and Misti Ellis, Billy and Vicki Dickson, Danny Jones, Nancy McCaskill, LaVelle Page, Pam Priddy, Donald and Doris Rowlett, Jim Ruth, Dwain Seaton, Jr., Paulette Sells, Dalton Seratt, Kenny Stevens, Kristi Taylor, Peggy Zimmerle and those who have lost loved ones. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, those affected by COVID-19 and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those; even if you do not know their name, God does.
“Fall on Your Knees” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “There is no future beauty that ever could compare/to the sacred sight of God’s sweet Son as He lay sleeping there/They’ll never be a glory as profound while here on earth/as stunning light from Heaven that surrounded Jesus’ birth/I’ve softly tried to close my eyes; and picture how it felt/to gaze upon our Savior…in that stable where He dwelt/But, nothing I have seen in life; no beauties I have found/could ever touch the love I’d feel – if I stood on that ground/I’ve walked among God’s nature – the ‘wonders’ He has made/the magic of a moonlit night, and how the stars can fade/And often, when I lost myself within God’s towering trees/I’ve felt the perfect majesty and heard the whispering leaves/God’s miracles surround us – they wrap around our souls/and sometimes all this beauty can swallow me up whole/But, still deep down inside my heart – I know I’ll never see/a sight so pure and perfect – as Christ’s ‘Nativity.’”
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.
Until next week, Happy Trails to You.