Monthly Archives: December 2017

Looking Back and Turning the Calendar

Hi Friends:
Another year?
Yes.
Literally.

God is so good, and His Word is true.
Period.
He proves it, day after day, even hour after hour, and, yes, even year after year.

I find myself reminding you, encouraging you, at every time of the year, how important it is to remember God’s promises. These promises aren’t just for today, tomorrow, and the next day … but, God’s Word, His promises, are, literally, for eternity.
Times past and times ahead.

I really like what David said … That the same God who saved/protected him from the lion, and the bear … That same God … still alive and still with him … That same God … will save/protect him from what the future brings. Because, that same God, which was with him before … will be with him now … and, will be with him in the future.

What better way to meditate on the future … than remembering God’s favor in the past?

By the way, that same God which protected David from the lion, and from the bear, was fully capable of doing the same thing to whatever “giant” David may face in the future.
Just like us.

No wonder David wrote so many of the Psalms.
Think about so many of the Psalms David wrote:
He remembered God’s faithfulness in the past, and as a direct result of that, David knew he could count on God in the present … and in the future. How many of the Psalms carry this same message! Just as God could be counted upon in the past, he could be counted on now. And, in the future. For now, and for all eternity, God is the same, and His Word was true, is true, and will continue to be true. Period.

I’m reminded that David faced many “giants” in his life. Some, were giants only to him. Some were giants to “everyone.” David faced many private giants, and also, faced giants which everyone else saw as giants. The same rule applied: The same God who saved/protected him from “this” giant, would, was fully capable of, saving him from all future giants. One thing for sure: Whether the giant he was facing was private, or personal, or public … everyone saw how he handled it.
This hasn’t changed.

While David wrote many of the Psalms by hand, we write Psalms by our lives. Whether the giant we are facing is private, or personal, or public … everyone sees how we handle it.

So, again, I urge you to post Scripture, especially of God’s promises, “around the house,” where you can see them. Everyday. I’ve written many “What’s on Your” posts just to highlight this message.
Yes, I will always encourage you, even beg you, to begin your day, every day, with prayer and Bible study. And, something as simple (it would seem) as a calendar which displays God’s Word and His Promises.

A dear, dear family member gives me a calendar, with Scripture, every year for Christmas. It is the calendar which hangs in my office at home. I can’t say how many times I read the Scripture verse as the month goes by. These verses have meant a lot to me, and, it’s funny, how often the Scripture verse for that particular month is exactly what I need to see (and read) at a particular moment. When I received a new Scripture calendar this year, I made sure I stated how important these calendars are to me, and that, frankly, I look forward to receiving them each year.
In fact, I remarked, I still had the calendar from 2016, which I had saved, in order to write about how the calendar had blessed me throughout the year.

As I was cleaning out the office, going through my “to write” file … I found the calendar of which I spoke. However … it wasn’t 2016 … it was 2015 … I still had it, saving it, and its treasured verses, to share at some time in the future. This should also explain how far behind I am, or how much I have stored, to write about, as God moves me to save a particular picture, or story, or, in this case, an entire year of pictures.

As I thought about finally writing about how this particular calendar, from 20105, had meant so much to me, I got the idea to just share the entire calendar with you.
Why not?
God’s Word is just as real now, as it was then. In fact … all of the promises … all of the Scripture … is still true today … and, will be true … tomorrow … and, for that matter, next year … just as they were then.

So, here is the calendar from 2015. I was able to “scan” it in, and made a movie.
This Power Point thing, adding the photos, and adding music to it, and then making a movie of it, was a considerable “giant” to me. Guess what? The same God who used these calendar pages to encourage, and bless me, on every day of 2015 … is still alive … and, His promises … His Word … is still true.
Enjoy!

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Memories and Stats: An Old Christmas Card-Jim Reeves

Hi Friends:

Maybe it’s just me, but for some reason, I have this idea that people don’t send as many Christmas Cards as they used to. Maybe that truly is the case, especially with the introduction of those “e-cards” a few years ago. Don’t we all remember, for example, at work, there were some people who gave out Christmas Cards to almost everyone? Remember that? You did that, too?

How about that big stack of cards you sent out, every year, to everyone on “your list?”
Funny … as we get older … doesn’t that list get shorter?

Still, there is that one true horror in the “Christmas Card” biz, and it seems to happen every year, regardless of how many, or how few you send:
From out of nowhere … you get a Christmas Card … right before Christmas … from someone who wasn’t on “your list” … And … horror of horrors … it’s too late to send them one!

I think the reason I feel like people don’t send as many Christmas Cards these days is because, other than the fact that I don’t send as many … Ouch! … is that people, in general, just don’t write as many letters as they used to … Some people don’t write letters at all. Think about it. I may be one of the few guys who still writes letters … and, I don’t write very many at all. But, I still write them … occasionally. For me, I think it’s because I do so much writing through the year, in formats such as this. And, I will admit … even as a “writer,” I haven’t “penned/hand-written” a letter in a long, long time. I type them! But, admittedly, I don’t type as many as I used to, either.

Just as a final thought, think about this: Because of the way our society has changed, think of how many people there are, “out there,” who have never written a letter at all-in their entire lives. My Mom and Dad wrote letters. I wrote letters. If a Mom or Dad “out there” doesn’t write letters, what are the chances their children will? Sadly, the same equation applies for reading.

When I did the research of how many Christmas cards are sent each year, or just cards in general which are purchased, I was amazed. I couldn’t find a “now vs. then” comparison, but the number of Cards purchased each year was astounding:

According to the Greeting Card Association (GCA), 7 billion greeting cards (holiday cards, birthday cards, etc.) are sent every year in the United States.

Over 2 billion Christmas cards are sent in the United States each year. Keep in mind that the total US population is 326 Million.
Only 15% of Christmas cards sent are purchased by men.

If you’d like to read a history of Christmas cards, here is a link:
https://www.statisticbrain.com/hallmark-card-statistics/

Now, from the “Statistic Brain Research Institute,” are these numbers:

Holidays Ranked by Most Cards       Sent Number of Cards Sent
1. Christmas (including boxed and individual)              1.5 billion
2. Valentine’s Day (including boxed and individual)   144 million
3. Mother’s Day                                                                           133 million
4. Fathers Day                                                                               94 million
5. Easter                                                                                           57 million
6. Halloween                                                                                 20 million
7. Thanksgiving                                                                            10 million
8. St. Patrick’s day                                                                        8 million

We’ve been thinking about sharing this for a while, and after finding this video which features the words, we wanted to share this with you now. Here is Jim Reeves and “An Old Christmas Card.” Notice that, while it pays homage to all cards … it is really about a particular card … from long, long ago: