“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:2-20
Wow! Is it just me, or does the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas get shorter every year?! ( No comments from the peanut gallery, please, about how Thanksgiving was a week later this year.) We’ve been running around frantically, trying to get things done.
Guy had his last final this week, and now classes are over for the fall. We’re still waiting for grades, but will try to post them soon. He’s planning to try to find some extra work between now and the start of Spring semester at the end of January.
Jessi’s been sewing up a storm. She’s been preparing for a craft show on campus that was supposed to take place last Saturday (the 7th) that was cancelled due to the ice storm. One of the vendors put together an impromptu craft show on the 14th, which did okay. She’s also been cooking for a couple of get-togethers and her usual holiday baking.
Jessi is trying to start up a business. She is offering custom quilting, crochet, knitting, and classes. For the craft show, she has been making pot holders and crochet crosses. She wants to set up a shop on Etsy. We’ll let you know when this is set up.
We’re going to be leaving for home on the 24th and plan to enjoy a week with friends, family, and our home church. We’ve missed everyone, and now we’re so very excited to be seeing familiar places, familiar faces, and plan to take full advantage of shops that we know carry things we want and need!
* Safe Travel. We leave for home on Tuesday.
* Financial mercies. We’re still getting back on track financially, but it’s looking as if Guy will be able to take classes in the Spring.
* Business wisdom. Jessi’s new business venture and all that entails. Also good time management and motivation, and wisdom in what products to make that will sell well.
* Visit. Good time of fellowship with family and friends, and a chance to rest.
* Missions. We’re looking at a couple of mission opportunities in 2014. These will require preparation, commitment, and financial support.
* Jobs. Jobs will probably change for both of us this year, especially with the upcoming hour limits for part-time employees with Obamacare. Wisdom in job searches and that Yahweh will bless us with good hours, flexible schedules regarding class schedules, and decent salaries.
* Ministry. We’re looking for areas to plug into ministry and serve in our local church.
* Revive This Nation. Guy’s wanting to participate in SWBTS’s Revive This Nation. Students signed up for RTS spend part of their spring break at an assigned church holding 5 revival services.