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I have truly enjoyed all of you who have joined Quiet Workings this year as I blog.  It has been a great year, a growing one for me in the blog world.   Now, in 2013, Quiet Workings has moved to it’s own .com site.   This site will remain active so if you want to peruse old articles, etc, you can still come back and find them.  However, all new blog posts can now be found at QuietWorkings.com    You will need to re-subscribe in order to continue receiving my updates by email so please head on over and enter your email in the subscription link!  

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Christmas Time, Christmas Time

Well, Christmas is over.  But the fun times are not.  I love this season and I’m really looking forward to continuing our celebrations over this next weekend with friends.

I was so blessed this year to be able to go to a showing of Handel’s Messiah with a friend of mine.   This is the first time I have ever heard the whole thing from start to finish and it was amazing.  So much Bible.  I wondered often throughout how much the performers actually believed what they were singing.  Passion just oozed out of the conductor and watching him made it even more exciting.  You could feel the ebbs and flows through him.  We sat about as far back as you could sit…but I would totally do it the same way again.  We could see everything!  Next time I might take binoculars, but it was still amazing.

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Sabrina and I all ready to go.  We did not plan to match…lol.

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We snuck a picture after the performance as everyone was clapping.  It was awesome.

 

On Christmas Eve, our family traveled down to my husband’s family and shared Christmas with them.  It was busy.  D is very active and seems to get more so every day. 

Now we are home and resting up a bit before hitting the road again tomorrow.  It was definitely nice to be back in our bed last night.  =)

I am so excited to tell you all that come January 1st, I have a big surprise to unveil.  Something I’ve been working on and putting together for the past few months.   And I can’t wait to share it with you all.  My followers have been AMAZING.  I love to write and I hope, come the new year, you will see some more purpose in my writing and in the direction my blog is going to be taking. 

God has been so good to our family over this past year and I am amazed more and more at His faithfulness to us.   I was reminded again last night how you grow closer to your family by growing closer to God.  That is my prayer for your family and for mine this year.  

Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year!

Biblical Outreach Today

While studying the visit from the shepherds to the manger scene in Luke 2 yesterday I came across an interesting thought that has been the focus of Independent Baptist churches in recent years.   That thought is: Is Outreach Effective? and if not, Should We Continue Doing Outreach?

I have seen a number of churches stop and in some cases ban outreach.  I was and still am horrified.  I mean, I’m not a great theologian.  I only made it half way through my masters degree at seminary.  But it seems to me, the Great Commission at the end of Matthew should be all we need to know that whether or not outreach is effective we should be doing it!

Do we not want to see souls saved?

Let me tell what I believe the Holy Spirit taught me from the Shepherds.  The lowest of the low in that culture’s standards.

Is the reason we don’t do outreach because we are:

a. Too busy for God?

When the angels came to the shepherds and announced our Lord’s coming as a baby.  The shepherds responded “Let us go NOW.”  They didn’t wait.  They didn’t have something better to do.  Oh, they had sheep to watch.  That was pretty important.  That was their livelihood.  But they got up and went.

It was probably a good hike into town, too.  Not just “in their neighbourhood”.   Going to see the Christ child took some effort.  Something, and I’ll admit this is me, too, we don’t want to do anymore.  We’re tired after working all week.  The frantic pace of our culture wears us out daily.  But when the church calls do you go?

Or do you just have “one more thing to finish”?   One more store to stop at.  Here’s a thought.  If the shepherds had decided to wait until a more convenient time, would the baby have still been there when they arrived at the manger?

b. Too “shy” to tell the good news?

The Shepherds left the manger scene rejoicing.  They weren’t disappointed in a baby.  There was no “That’s it?”

They had seen the Christchild!

They told EVERYONE on their way back to their sheep about what they had seen.  The Bible says they “made known abroad” about what the angels had told them.

Do we tell people about Christ?  I’ll be the first to admit that I hate door-knocking.  I do not like trying to talk to strangers I don’t know.  And I don’t like the proverbial “If you knew you were to die today…” sentence we use.  It freaks me out, and if it freaks me out, then it would freak them out too!  We have GOOD NEWS though!  Are we sharing the good news?  Or are we keeping it to ourselves?  Why don’t we tell people about the good news?

So here is the question of the day:

How many other people showed up to worship the Baby Jesus because of the shepherd’s witness?

I think we all know the answer:  None (at least that are recorded – sorry to whoever wrote “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella” hehe)

Effective?  Is that really the point?

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It’s That Time of Year

So my husband’s cousin has posted that there is only 6 days till Christmas.  I’m not sure I like Christmas.  I like the season…but I don’t like the day.   There is so much hype in the days leading up to Christmas and then it’s a big let-down when it’s over.  Everyone takes their tree and decorations down.  No more Christmas music is heard playing.  It’s sad.  =(  

I keep my decorations up till February (not the tree, obviously).  I like to think of decorating for the season, not the day.  We decorate for summer and fall…why not winter?  Why is January such a depressive month?  I mean, think about it people!!!!  You just took down and packed away all the pretty lights and greenery. 

Green plants are known to boost happiness in people…take that away = depression.  

I actually like January…it always brings snow. I like snow.  I can’t wait to take D sledding!!!   So excited.  Yeah, not so excited about the freezing cold rain pelting my window right now.  I’m staying very happy, snug and dry in my apartment.

So…I thought this week I would share some of my decorations, starting, today, with the pictures I snapped of D to mail out in Christmas cards.  It took me at least a half hour to get some good ones!   He’s so active now.  And, I wasn’t totally sure what setting to have my camera on.  But I was pretty happy with the finished one.

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However, some of them turned out more like this:

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Hehehe…yup, that’s my boy!   Total drama king just like his parents (I admit it, we’re both a bit dramatic!)IMG_3884

Not sure why he squished so much….but, hehe, oh well.  He’s pretty awesome.  Love my sunshine!

 

Ok, and I haven’t forgotten about my Christmas carol stumpers…here’s another for you!

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Leave me a comment if you can figure it out! =)