Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you. - John Owen

Monday, December 23, 2013

Frosted Beauty // Thoughts on Christmas

We woke up Saturday morning to a world of frosted trees and breathtaking beauty!  As I walked through the snow with my camera in hand, I thought of Him forming each one of the spear-shaped crystals with His own loving hands.  It was so joyful to think of Him as Creator, and know that there is a reason and a beautiful purpose for everything around us.  It didn't "just happen", and it most certainly wasn't Jack Frost.  :)  Our Lord, who thinks upon us, also takes great joy in the glory of His creation.  As he prepared this beauty for us to see the next morning, He had our joy in mind as well.  
Frosted pinecones are so perfect! 
Mama has a thing for red berries so I took this picture for her.  :)
Right when I saw this lovely little bush covered in frost, I thought of the verse in Isaiah that says:
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
As we celebrate Christmas this week, let us remember the reason we celebrate.  He became a man - JUST THINK OF IT!  He humbled Himself and became like us, to be tempted in every area, just as we are, so He might sympathize with us (Heb 4:14-16).  He lived in this sinful world, and God, who despises sin, lived with sinful people every day.  Then He bore our sin, the wrath of His Father, the rejection of men, and the rejection of His Father.  He died, was buried, and then, after three days, He was raised in glory.  Our sins were scarlet, and He washed them white as snow.  He loves us that much.  Christmas isn't just about Jesus being born in a stable in Bethlehem, but it is the whole story of His life, the complete story of redemption.  What a joyful season of remembrance this is!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hunting Update

Just a quick hunting update:
I am super excited and grateful for all that God has blessed us with this hunting season.  This is beyond anything that I could have imagined!  God blessed the guys with six deer while they were gun hunting, and one roadkill on the way back home.  That is a lot of meat!!!  The guys have been hanging/skinning/butchering for the past couple of days and there is even more to do tomorrow.  Lots of jerky in the making!  :) 
Also, I am super excited to announce (y'all have my permission to think I'm crazy - my family certainly does!) that I will be making haggis with a deer stomach, heart, lungs, and liver that I kept from the deer that I gutted.  For years, I have wanted to make this traditional Scottish dish, and I am so looking forward to the night that we can have it for dinner!   
This is the roadkill deer that they picked up on the way home.  What a beauty!

As a side note, I hope to be posting here more often.  :)  Hope y'all had a blessed Thanksgiving, and are enjoying a lovely December!  Stay warm! :)