Thursday, December 24, 2009

this world will never be the same

Wow. Flashback. This morning on K-love (a national Christian radio station), they said their most requested Christmas song is "This World" by Twila Paris. My mom had a Twila Paris Christmas cassette when I was growing up . . . I remember sitting on the dryer in our kitchen in Yoder, just singing this song at the top of my lungs.

And fun fact: Twila's dad actually wrote this song when she was a little girl.

This world . . . this world . . .
This old world will never be the same
Since the Son of God was born a little baby in Bethelehem

Lost world in despair
Christ came to answer prayer
Peace did the angels sing
And presented to the earth its newborn King
Hated by His own
Dying all alone
Crucified that day
For the sins of the world He had to pay
As in days of yore
Teaching by the shore
Jesus, speak again
To a world that's filled with war and pain
Come oh Christ our King
Peace on earth to bring
Come Lord from above
'Cause we'll never know peace 'til we have Your love

I can't seem to enbed the video . . . but here is a link from the only video of this song on youtube (pardon the dog barking periodically!). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvwJDJHOCwM

Yes, indeed. This world will never be the same because of the birth & death of the God-man Jesus Christ, Emmanuel. No other person has so dramatically impacted the world. Two thousand years later and He is still bringing change and hope.

Merry Christmas.
Jana Alexis

Monday, December 21, 2009

going back Home

"Cause we could never get back Home with broken hearts. So Home has come to meet us where we are." Josh Wilson

I've been trying to think of something profound to go with these wonderful lyrics that have been running around my head for the past week...but nothing brilliant is coming to me. Perhaps they can simply speak for themselves.

God, You know where I've been
You were there with me then
You were faithful before
You'll be faithful again
I'm holding Your hand

There's a raging sea
Right in front of me
Wants to pull me in
Bring me to my knees
So let the waters rise
If You want them to
I will follow You
mikeschair

Friday, December 11, 2009

friday favorites

a friday list of favorites. just because.

*decaf coffee* because i love the taste & the warmth. i do not like feeling jittery so decaf is the answer. delicious.

*white chocolate caramel macadamia nut cheesecake* i had this last night at the cheesecake factory and i think i have a new favorite. half of it is waiting for me in my refrigerator at home. yes.

*photographs* i think pictures are my favorite thing to decorate with. in order to have some sort of theme in my eclectic apartment, i've decided that all of my hanging decorations will be photographs of some sort. that, and mirrors. i also love mirrors.

*my mom* my wonderful mother is coming to spend a day with me tomorrow. and i am very, very excited. i'm trying to decide what we can fit in one day. i'm sure lots of chatting will take place!

*christmas music* to start my very own christmas music collection, i bought a "rat pack" compilation (dean martin, frank sinatra, & sammy davis, jr.). i've been listening to it in the morning when i get ready for work. and it just puts me in the best of moods.

*my black boots* i love my black boots. last year i put aside some money to buy them...the trouble was i had something in my mind that i wanted and it took me a year to actually find them. but it was well worth the wait. i wore my black boots 3 of 5 work days this week. so warm & cute. the perfect combination.

*so you think you can dance* yes - it's a dance show and i do like it. bryce very nicely puts up with it. he just doesn't get the whole dance thing. yet. the sytycd finale is next week and i so hope kathryn wins. she did her solo to a brooke fraser song last week, "shadowfeet." go kathryn!

and finally . . .

*snow* we don't have any yet but i'm patiently waiting. bryce doesn't know of any good sledding spots but we're going to find one. i'm craving a good evening of sledding. that, and tobogganing sounds lovely. hopefully soon.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Safety

I need a safe place.

I love my family and I miss them so much. But they will not always be around me. They cannot be my safe place.



My home will not always feel like a sanctuary . . . although I love it. I don't get to spend much time there with work, spending time with family-in-laws, etc. It will not always be a safe place.

Church is not a safe haven. I'm not at home there yet. And it's not completely comfortable.

My friends are spread out all over the world and will not always be available. They have lives of their own to live. I cannot count on them to be a safe place.


Bryce is my best friend. His concern, care, patience, and love amazes me. And yet he cannot be my foundation.

Only Jesus is my true safe place.
Only He can satisfy my desire for protection, security, warmth, and hope.
He is my shelter, foundation, hiding place, and refuge.
Jesus, come to me.