Christmas Recap Part 2 and Other Tidbits….

In yesterday’s post I forgot to include this AWESOME picture of my brother on Christmas day who so happened to end up on the couch with Evy’s doll. Notice how loving he’s being with it? ha. I love it!! Brad you are a way cool {and way tolerant} uncle!! :)
I am so thankful, my mom in law came to visit us on Monday and stayed until today. She made this AMAZING bedskirt for me, since I could not afford the one I wanted. She is so awesome! I am so thankful for her!
Ignore the side tables and lamps…they will be replaced soon. :)
Our kitchen is coming along. Tonight Brandon patched up some of the holes in the cabinets in preparation for painting. He also attached the doors under the sink. My father in law cut them down so they would fit under our farmhouse sink…which I LOVE!

I said a final goodbye to my holiday dinning room before I start packing all our Christmas decorations away….quite possibly my favorite room in the house!

Jake has been telling us since we moved here that we needed to take cookies to our neighbors and “serve them”. I love that boy. Anyway, on Christmas day I sent Brandon and Jake around the neighborhood with plates of cookies and Christmas cards. We have received three wonderful thank you’s so far from our neighbors. One neighbor brought over a poinsetta. Jake was so excited. He said, “Now its our turn to serve them back, right mom?” Uh, I think he gets it! :) If you desire to have friends you must show yourself friendly! 
{Beware some rambling ahead}
You know I’ve been thinking a lot lately about some things in my life that worry me at times. Things I think God over looked. I’m sure you have been there before…the whole, “Hey God, I thought you were going to do _______…why are you forgetting?” feeling. Perhaps I’m an unspiritual person to question that at times…but I do. 

Today as I was cleaning the kitchen, I started praying. I told the Lord my fears and frustrations and reminding Him, once again, that we have given up quite a bit to do what we have felt Him calling us to do….and asking Him to please not forget us. 

Instantly the story of the Widow Woman and Elisha popped into my mind {2 Kings 4:1-7}. Are you familiar with it? If you haven’t read it lately, read it in the NIV… I especially love the first verse:

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

So her husband served the Lord, but now he is dead and she is about to lose everything. She, like many of us, saw someone believe in HIM, but in the end it seems like it did them no good. Seems like God failed them. But I adore how the story finishes…with Elisha asking her what she has, and her response is simply: 

 “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

She has nothing. But really, her nothing is something. She has a just little left to give. Elisha proves it by telling her:

“Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

I adore this: Don’t ask for just a few. Seriously, how cool is our God. He could give you the bare minimum, but He always gives you more than enough. ALWAYS. Proof:

She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.” But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

See? More.Than.Enough. When He answers our prayers, He does it right. Always. Thank you Jesus. 

Love you friends. 

5 thoughts on “Christmas Recap Part 2 and Other Tidbits….

  1. 1
    ACampbell says:

    It's amazing how God works sometimes…I really needed to read the last part of your blog today. I had the very same discussion with God yesterday. I needed the reminder that He never forgets and He always gives us more than enough :)

  2. 2
    Kelley says:

    Enjoyed both of your Christmas recaps. Beyond-words-blessed by your blog in 2011.

    Happy New Year!

  3. 3
    sarebear4810 says:

    Amy, everything in your home is looking beautiful! So very happy for you. Brian and I delivered Christmas cookies to my parents neighbors this year as well. It is such a rewarding feeling seeing peoples faces light up in surprise :) Happy New Year!!

  4. 4
    Alisha says:

    The house is looking so good :) Can hardly wait to see it all again!
    Um and you better not get rid of anything without letting me know ;) hehe

    Love you all so much!

  5. 5
    Stephanie Shaw says:

    Thanks for your honesty. You are so open and real, it is refreshing.

    Love, love the bedskirt!!! I never even thought of making my own. This must go on my to-do list for 2012!!

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