Monday, November 22, 2010

In Christ Alone

Thanksgiving kicks off the Christmas Season!  I have always been an early decorator.  I just can't help it - once I start seeing all the stores and businesses decked out, it stirs something within me!  I am excited about Thanksgiving week, excited to be off work a couple days and spend time with all my family and eat delicious foods!  I have so much to be thankful for.  Obviously God has blessed me with this beautiful house and health and a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful healthy children. But what if He didn't?  Would I still be thankful?  Would Jesus be enough?  I hope I would.  In Christ Alone is one of my favorite worship songs.  I've actually just downloaded it onto my daughters itouch that she is getting for Christmas - ssshhhh - don't tell her:)  I haven't been through many "droughts" in this life of mine, and for that I am thankful.  They will come, God says they will,  and I hope I will stand in Christ Alone no matter what. 
Take a look at what brings me joy, what I've been working at.  None of it really matters in the great big scheme of things, but it is my home and I try to make our home a place of peace, shelter from that great big scary world out there.  But without it, we'd still be a family.  And Christ would still be our Solid Rock.  Back to that itouch.  I'm new to the whole itunes world.  I downloaded my first music ever today!  I was pondering what songs Emma Claire would like on her itouch and as easy as it would have been to put popular Justin Bieber songs or Taylor Swift songs that I know Emma Claire will come to love, I decided that for now, the only music that's allowed on there are praise and worship songs.  If she's going to be influenced by this world, which she will, I want her to be drowned in words of affirmation and praise for the King. Happy Thanksgiving to you all and whether you're celebrating in a home full of pumpkins or Christmas trees, be thankful for that home and the family and friends within!

Enjoy the little peak into our home:

 In Christ Alone
 my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song
 This cornerstone, this solid ground
 firm through the fiercest drought and storms
 What heights of love, what depths of peace
 when fears are stilled, when strivings cease
 my Comforter, my All in All
 Here in the love of Christ I stand
 In Christ Alone, who took on flesh
fullness of God in helpless Babe
 This gift of love and righteousness
scorned by the ones He came to save
 Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live,
I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin?s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

I will stand, I will stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground, all other ground
Is sinking sand, is sinking sand
So I stand

***In Christ Alone, words by
Getty, Julian Keith; Townend, Stuart Richard;
Read more: http://www.mylivesignature.com/mls_wizard2_1.php?sid=54488-61-AC9EAD64C79E039047528AB0D38C09EC##ixzz0dulADQqZ

6 comments:

Melissa said...

A thought provoking post....I too, hope that I would still be thankful, even without all the extra blessings I've been given.

Love your Christmas decor with all the fresh garlands. A question though, how do you keep it looking fresh until Christmas? When I've had fresh garland it started drying out and turning brown before Christmas.

Henley on the Horn said...

I love your decorations, but you are right... in Christ alone our hope is found.

Amanda said...

I think the praise songs is a great idea - I have a playlist of all my favorites from church camp and World Changers from forever ago. Some of my favorites are Shine Jesus Shine, I Love You Lord, Step by Step and Lord, I Lift Your Name on High. Your house looks beautiful!

Allyson said...

Your decorations are absolutely beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

Crystal Paulk said...

I've been keeping up with y'all through your blog, and your house looks awesome.. I also know just by knowing y'all that it is filled with love for Christ and love for one another; and that makes it even more beautiful!! I may have to steal this song typed out in a blog post... Hope you don't mind!! I miss your precious family!! Happy Thanksgiving, hope y'all have a wonderful holiday season filled with many blessings!!

Erica said...

Thank you for checking out my blog! The hymn you used today is one of my ULTIMATE favorites. Natalie Grant does it impeccably!
Beautiful hom eand family!

Will's side of the family

Will's side of the family

Kellie's side of the family (minus a few)

Kellie's side of the family (minus a few)

How we REALLY like to dress!

How we REALLY like to dress!

Lots of Love!

Lots of Love!

Best Friends!

Best Friends!

Children being children!

Children being children!