The Holidays (always hated Christmas when I was single)

I remember Christmas many years ago. I had front desk duty at Ireland Army Medical Center and had to sit for 24 hours…on Christmas…and monitor the (minimal) traffic through the (automatic) sliding doors. Thankfully, minimal traffic. Because it was COLD! ZERO degrees. My girlfriend had cut me loose the week before. Heartbreaking!!! On the way home from her place my car broke down and I was stranded. I had to call HER to get a ride back to where she lived, buy a plane ticket that I couldn’t afford and go back to where I was stationed. With no rest, I returned in time to SIT by that COLD door ALONE for Christmas…………..

Christmas can be hard on a single person. Christmas is a time to be with family. Doesn’t always happen. Christmas is a time for Romance. Ha! Christmas is a time for presents. None. Christmas is a time for Joy? It was sad. Pathetic….

What to do? What to do?

Develop a plan. If you have to work for 24 hours, you have it rough. Use you cell phone and call everybody you know! Seriously! Call your friends and family and tell them you love them. Call your long lost aunts and uncles, especially the elderly and other lonely people. Don’t whine and complain but BLESS them with your time. Use multimedia and ENCOURAGE!

Plan ahead! Church Christmas party? Go! Caroling at the Assisted Living or the Nursing Home? Go! Ring the bell for the Salvation Army? Yes, you will meet people! Feed the hungry? Go! Join in with a group from work to see Christmas lights? Of course! Invest in your future with your PRESENT and give yourself the PRESENT of the future…. Ha! I know. Funny!

Reflect on Jesus. The promise of his coming. The arrival. The life. The Death. The Resurrection. The Promise of hope.


Bellingrath Gardens Christmas Lights, Dinner and CAROLING!!! (SUMMARY)

A wonderful time was had by all who attended at Bellingrath Gardens. The lights were bright, the cheer was right and the official head  count by the Bellingrath staff was greater than 600!!!!! We only saw a small number of the attendees. We had an enjoyable CAROLING experience, met new people and experienced the COLD (lol)…

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas Lights, Dinner and CAROLING!!! (Dec. 9)

Here are the songs! We will meet a few minutes before 8 PM at the Rose Atrium for a series of SPONTANEOUS Caroling!

FOLKS this is called a FLASH MOB!

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Christmas Songs-Bellingrath

We will sing each song through once.

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace (2x)

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in the dark street shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

What Child Is This?

What Child is this, who laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

White Christmas

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten,
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh
And o’er the fields we go laughing all the way.
The bells on bobtail ring making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight.

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh.

Final Song! Watch me the second time around.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.


The Fruit of the Spirit is …Self Control!


Definition: Having self-control means being in charge of your emotions, thoughts, words and actions. It means doing what God wants you to do rather than what you want to do. Being in charge of your emotions, thoughts and actions.

Bio: Joseph’s life is marked by self-control. Not only did he show self-control in resisting temptation from Potiphar’s wife, he showed self-control in how he interacted with his brothers when they came to Egypt to buy grain. He could have boasted like he did when he was young, but instead he control his emotions (he turned away to cry) and was able to rescue his entire family. (Genesis 42)

Bible verse: “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28

Jesus: We cannot imagine the fear Jesus felt as he prayed to his Father before his arrest and crucifixion. He prayed that God would find another way to redeem us of our sins, but then he added “not my will, but yours be done.” This is the picture of self-control. It is submitting to God and letting him take charge. Jesus controlled his agony he felt while praying and let himself be crucified for us.

Real life: Jesse is a man of self-control. As a youth pastor, he is always busy serving others. He is available day and night for those who need him. It would sometimes be easier for Jesse to be lazy, to let someone else teach youth group, but Jesse chooses to submit to God and live with in God’s will, not ours.

In what ways can the children discuss self control?

The Fruit of the Spirit is … Gentleness!


Definition: Being gentle does not mean being weak. Gentleness is a humble, calm attitude. Gentleness is having authority or strength of some sort and using it to guide others in a nice, non-threatening way. Having the ability to hurt someone, but choosing instead to guide them in a humble way that points to God.
Bio: Moses was a gentle and humble man. With God, he had the power to destroy the Egyptians, but he humbly submitted to God and did what God wanted him to. He showed God’s greatness not by yelling at Pharaoh, but by telling him what God would do if Pharaoh did not listen. (Exodus 7-11)

Bible verse: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

Jesus: Jesus showed gentleness to the woman at the well. He knew her sins and her need for him to be her savior. Jesus could have said, “you are a sinner and I’m the only one who can save you, so believe in me.” But instead, he talked with the woman and let her discover who he is.

Real life: My husband Aaron is the most gentle man I know. Our world thinks a man is “manly” when he is yelling and showing how strong he is. Aaron knows better. He knows that being gentle and submitting to God is what makes him a good man. Aaron leads me gently. He never yells at me or says that he’s the boss, so I have to listen. He listens to God and then leads me prayerfully.

Application: Children think of practical ways to be gentle.

The Fruit of the Spirit is … Faithfulness!


Definition: Faithfulness means never turning your back on what you believe in. You always trust God and you are always there to help your friends and family when they need you. You do not forget about your responsibilities. Trusting God no matter what, and being someone that others can trust no matter what.

Bio: Abraham is the father of faith. To test his faith, God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Without questioning what God said, Abraham took his son Isaac up on the mountain, tied him up, and was about to stab him when God stopped him. Abraham was willing to give up what he loved the most in this world to show God that he loved him more. Abraham was willing to do whatever God said. (Genesis 22)

Bible verse: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

Jesus: Jesus never lost faith in God’s great plan. Jesus was faithful to the prophecies in the Old Testament. He knew that he would have to die to save us from our sins, and he was faithful to do so. He went through so much pain, and he could have stopped it at any time. But Jesus stayed on the cross until it was finished, until he died in our place for our sins.

Real life: Gail has been my best friend for 12 years now, and for 9 of those years, we haven’t even lived in the same state! She is my faithful friend because she calls me often to talk and as often as possible, comes out to visit. It would be easier just to find a new best friend, but Gail chooses to be faithful to me as a best friend.

Application: Children come up with a practical way they can practice faithfulness.


The Fruit of the Spirit is … Goodness!


Definition: Goodness is actively showing that you follow Jesus by being generous and helping others. It means standing up for what you believe in and saying thing that need to be said, even if it won’t be taken well. Standing up for what you believe in and helping others to do the same.

Bio: The prophet Elijah showed goodness when he helped lead the people of Israel away from false worship and back to worshiping the one true God. He knew that what they were doing was wrong, so he showed them that the LORD is the one true God and that they should follow him. Elijah stood up for what he believed in. (1 Kings 18:20-39).

Bible verse: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Jesus: Jesus showed goodness when he cleansed the temple of the money changers. They were sinning against God and showed no signs of repentance, so Jesus stood up for what is right by kicking them out and allowing people to worship freely.

Real life: Patsy showed me goodness when I was a freshman in college and needed food. She would have me over for dinner at least once a week and when she needed to, she had no problems telling me that there was a sin in my life that I needed to take care of. She did this because she loves God and she loves me.

Application: Children think of practical ways to show goodness in their own lives.