Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22, 2009 Christmas Greetings: John 1:4...

John 1:4 (see below in bold and italicized print...)

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." John 1:4

"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." Romans 3:23

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

Praying that you "...may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height- to know the love of christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:18-19

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." Numbers 6: 24-26

2009 Family Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

In a world where gratitude is quickly becoming a lost form of communication and attitude, I am struck by the fact that 2009 has had innumerable moments and challenges which have prompted us to thank God for His continuing faithfulness and help to us and to our family. Just as in preceding years, we have had to face this truth: While we may feel weak, lose control or never have had control to begin with, God is always in control, always trustworthy, always faithful, and never unjust. This understanding has been valuable in our journey in learning to wholly trust in and surrender to Jesus.

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

Trusting and surrendering, I am learning, must become a lifestyle, a daily habit. So must thankfulness. I am still learning and growing, but here are some of my “Thank You’s” concerning this year:

Thank You, Jesus, for providing a way to go and visit our families and friends in the States last winter; that we were able to celebrate the Holy-days together with them; and that the memories we made still linger sweetly in our hearts.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your peace, wisdom, direction, and help when Dario was hospitalized with pneumonia in February, and for being there for all of the other bouts of illness that have passed our way. For… eventually, they have passed.

Thank You, Jesus, for giving us, me, peace and confirmation to make so many important decisions to change our lives for the better so Anthony and I could be more available to our family; that these decisions released us from things that were important but needed to take a back seat to our spouse, our kids and other things that needed to take precedence. And, thank You for holding my hand along the way.

Thank You, Jesus, for allowing the paperwork and permissions to finally be approved to add on the addition to our home, and for getting us to the point of having walls completed for what will, eventually, be our basement/kid’s play room.

Thank You, Jesus, for providing for all of our needs, in every way, and even giving us some of our heart’s desires.

Thank You, Jesus, that Your Word is true and “never returns void”. We have begun to see the sprouting of some seeds that were planted many, many years ago. It causes our faith to swell in hope and joy.

Thank You, Jesus, for our beautiful family, for my husband who loves me and helps me, and for such great children. Thank You for using them to make me laugh a little every day. “Laughter is like a medicine”, after all.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your inspiration and creativity, which I have asked for more of, and that You have given. Thank You for helping me to use it in encouraging my husband, raising our kids, organizing our home, and in my creative ventures.

Thank You, Jesus, for family who loves us and keeps in touch with us, for kindred spirits, dear friends, and surprise phone calls or letters in the mail.

Thank You, Jesus, for monkey hugs, repeat kisses, and each sweet childish moment that I know will only last for this short season. Thank you for helping me to RELAX and ENJOY my family…

Thank You, Jesus, for needed vacations to the beach, for the escape from every day routines, for the chance to be healthier, and for the chance to make memories with travelling buddies.

Thank You, Jesus, for saving me from my sins, accepting me as Your daughter, loving me no matter what, and for teaching me to appreciate myself for who You have created me to be. We are each “fearfully and wonderfully made.” He has a purpose for each of us in His “Grand Master Plan.” I want to be a part of it, don’t you? So I must, and do desire, to trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in my Lord.

Thank You, Jesus, for HOPE… that I can know that someday You are coming back for Your children; that I can know that you will take us to live in a beautiful, new home where nothing will ever deteriorate, rot, fall apart, or break again; where there will be fullness of joy, peace and love in Your presence; and where I can be together again with those whom have gone on before us.

On that note… Thank You, Jesus, for Nonna Nunziata (Anthony’s paternal grandmother). When I married into this family she willingly and wholeheartedly adopted me as her grandchild. With a strong will and an amazing perseverance in her faith, we were not surprised to be able to celebrate her 103rd birthday with her in October of this year.

We were saddened, and also full of ironic joy, too, when Jesus called her home on November 10th.

Life has been so full. There is so much more that I am thankful for. As I “count my blessings”, and as I really dwell on every area of my life, I see that the blessings truly are endless, especially when we consider the simple, everyday things that God has given us to enjoy and that so clearly express His love for us. Consider these things: rainbows, sunsets, flowers, waterfalls, etc…

Well, I hope you have enjoyed our family news. And, I hope I have not overwhelmed you with all the words I have inside to share.

We hope and pray that you will have a wonderful Holy-day season. May Jesus encourage and strengthen you to draw closer to Him and to seek after Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

In the good times or in the bad time, I will praise You, Jesus!!! Happy Birthday!!!

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  1. Celita, that cut out is beautiful! I think it's my favorite that you've ever done! - Robyn

  2. Absolutely beautiful, as always!
    Blessings, peace,and love!