As most may know back in June I was laid off from my job. Well on December 14th I recived a call from the DFW Airport. To come in for a interview. I was down do to I had been to a few interviews in the past months and nothing happened. I had really been down do to it was like no one wanted to hire me even with all my training. So I went on the Interview. When I went in they said they had one position open maybe two. To my surpise there were over fourty people in the room.
So after the Interview they said they would call if they wanted us to come in for a second Interview and again I felt it was all a waist of time. So I went home knowing I did my best I could with the interview. I got home and sat down looking over at the table with the bills and all. So I called my Uncle to see if he could help me with the bills and thank the Lord he did.
But exactly two hours after the interview the DFW Airport called me and said come back for a second interview. So I was shocked no company ever calls back just two hours after a interview. So I went back and did the interview. At that point my spirits were lifted do to I felt so calm and over joyed all of a sudden.
Well to make this short on December 21st I started work at DFW Airport. To my suprise this new job is the best job I have ever had in my life. I am just so amazed by the Job and the whole place is amazing. Even if I work during church I can go to the chaple in the Airport on my lunch for the services they hold there. But thank the Lord that my schedule is set so I will be able to make Church on Sundays even tho I work on Sunday its the second shift. So I get to be there. The Lord just had to shwo me that I had to have faith and patients to do what God had planed for me in all things.
So for my Christmas God gave me a Job that I am so happy and thankful for.
There are many traditions in my family. One in particular is Nonnie's Christmas tree. After grandpa passed away, Nonnie began traveling and collecting dolls everywhere she went. She had dolls from Japan, Egypt, and Mexico...so many faraway places. Then in the early 70's she began decorating her tree with them. She had the best tree of all. Every year she would tell us stories of each of the dolls. Over the years the doll collection continued to grow. We all started adding to her collection as we travelled or found little dolls we knew she would like. Israel, Ireland, Hawaii. Then there were nuns, Spanish dancers, and Elvis. Michael Jackson, the three wise men. Then the tin man, the lion, the scarecrow and Dorothy. Tin ware, carved wood, Nancy Ann's, Madame Alexander’s and clay dolls. The Presidents, the Queen, and soldiers and Daniel Boone. Then there were rules. Grandma was specific. The Arabs could not be placed with the Rabbi's and the nuns away from the dancers. She left this in writing. The rules grew with the dolls.
When Nonnie passed away, my mother took the tree and all of its dolls. There are somewhere around 374 dolls. She carried the tradition on.
Last year, my mother decided it is time to pass the tree. I am blessed to have this honor. What a tradition!! I have hung each doll onto the tree. So many memories fill my mind. It is like having Nonnie's house inside my own. So the wise men having been placed. They are as they should be--at the top of the tree and right below the star.
And each year at least one doll must be added...
Top 10 Ways to Spread Christmas Cheer
Bake Christmas cookies for friends and neighbors.
Everyone loves cookies! A simple and sweet way to make people smile is to offer them a tasty treat. Block out a day in your busy holiday schedule to bake Christmas cookies for friends, family, and neighbors - and ask the kids to help! To make the experience more memorable, invite close friends and family to join in for an all-day baking date.
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Carry around a pocketful of spare change.
When the holidays approach, the bells start ringing. Familiar rings include those of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas campaign. On your way out the door, be sure to fill a pocket full of spare change to contribute to a good cause. You can even take the holiday spirit a step further by signing up to be a volunteer.
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Sing Christmas carols.
Nothing says "holiday season" like Christmas carols. Spread some cheer this holiday by playing Christmas carols in your home for family and guests. As Christmas Day approaches, take family and friends caroling to help spread the holiday spirit.
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Decorate the house.
Remember the feeling you had as a child when you saw houses lit up with Christmas lights and bright decorations? Share that cheerful feeling with your children and others by decorating the outside of your house with festive lights. Don't forget to brighten the interior of your home with homemade Christmas crafts you can make as a family.
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Donate toys to Toys for Tots.
This holiday season, teach your children the true spirit of giving by asking them to choose one of their new or like-new toys to give to a child in need. The Toys for Tots foundation brings cheer, happiness, and hope to disadvantaged children who might otherwise be overlooked this holiday. Filling a child's heart with happiness is sure to fill yours and your child's, as well.
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Volunteer your time and energy.
For a special gift, give a little of yourself. Helping others is a great way to spread cheer and love. Take time out of your busy holiday schedule to volunteer at a nursing home, orphanage, women's shelter, or homeless shelter. Smiles are contagious - and you can spread them around this Christmas.
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Give small gifts to those who provide services.
Giving small gifts from the heart to those who provide services to you is a sure way to spread cheer and make others feel good. It also lets them know that you appreciate what they do for you. Show your mail carrier, garbage man, dog walker, house cleaner, children's teachers, secretaries, and other service providers how much you value them.
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Organize a fundraiser or food drive with friends.
Want to make a real difference this holiday season? With a bit of effort and some reliable friends, you can organize a successful fundraiser or food drive. This is a great way to help the underprivileged in your community, and it will surely make you and others feel good.
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Smile and wish people "Merry Christmas."
It may sound simple, but what better way to spread holiday cheer then to show it and say it? While on your way to work, at the grocery store, or out shopping for family and friends this Christmas, be sure to smile and wish others "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas." This can only inspire others to follow your lead and spread the holiday peace and happiness.
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Teach your kids the meaning and spirit of Christmas.
As the saying goes, our children are our future. Help them grow up to be generous and thoughtful adults by taking the time to teach them the meaning of Christmas and impart the spirit of giving and goodwill. This is good practice at any time of the year, but is especially relevant during the holidays. Why not start now?
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Through my work I have the ability to get to know many children. Some are experiencing a level of trauma that most of us would never be able to imagine in our lifetimes.
I am fortunate to be given the opportunity to try to help these small people find some kind of comfort through this journey- no matter where or who that may come from.
Enter the bikers. Who ever said bikers aren't completely comforting?
I was blessed to witness a B.A.C.A (Bikers Against Child Abuse) ride on Saturday. I saw firsthand the major impact that this can have-and did have on a family that I had worked with previously.
B.A.C.A rolled in about 25 fold. Each and every one, including the founder from Utah, made each of these children feel perfect, safe, and loved. They gave them power that was taken away previously. They accomplished more in 45 minutes than could be accomplished in a full years worth of counseling. They made noise. They put a rumble in the souls so badly hurt and quieted. They made them feel worth it.
B.A.C.A is awesome. Motorcycles are awesome. Children and motorcycles are awesome. Teddybears, children, motorcycles and B.A.C.A are awesome!
Five-year-olds leave the best voicemails too by the way.... "I am supercharged electronic now".
The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned
to their first ministry, to reopen a church
in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October
excited about their opportunities When they saw
their church, it was very run down and needed
much work. They set a goal to have everything
done in time to have their first service
on Christmas Eve.
They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls,
painting, etc, and on December 18
were ahead of schedule and just about finished.
On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving
rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.
On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.
His heart sank when he saw that the roof had
leaked, causing a large area of plaster about
20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall
of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high..
The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor,
and not knowing what else to do but postpone
the Christmas Eve service, headed home.
On the way he noticed that a local business was
having a flea market type sale for charity so he
stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,
handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth
with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross
embroidered right in the center. It was just
the right size to cover up the ho le in the front
wall. He bought it and headed back to the church..
By this time it had started to snow. An older
woman running from the opposite direction was
trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor
invited her to wait in the warm church for
the next bus 45 minutes later.
She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor
while he got a ladder, hangers, etc.., to put
up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor
could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and
it covered up the entire problem area.
Then he noticed the woman walking down the center
aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. "Pastor,"
she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?"
The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check
the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into
it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had
made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria
The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor
told how he had just gotten the . The
woman explained that before the war she and
her husband were well-to-do people in Austria .
When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.
Her husband was going to follow her the next week
He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her
husband or her home again.
The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;
but she made the pastor keep it for the church.
The pastor insisted on driving her home, that
was the least he could do... She lived on the other
side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn
for the day for a housecleaning job.
What a wonderful service they had on Christmas
Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the
spirit were great. At the end of the service, the
pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door
and many said that they would return.
One older man, whom the pastor recognized
from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the
pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he
The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on
the front wall because it was identical to one
that his wife had made years ago when
they lived in Austria before the war and how
could there be two tablecloths so much alike.
He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he
forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was
supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and
put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home
again all the 35 years in between.
The pastor asked him if he would allow him to
take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten
Island and to the same house where the pastor
had taken the woman three days earlier.
He helped the man climb the three flights of
stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on
the door and he saw the greatest Christmas
reunion he could ever imagine.
True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid
Who says God does work in mysterious ways..
I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for
you today, to guide you and protect you as you go
along your way. His love is always with you, His
promises are true, and when we give Him all our
cares you know He will see us through.
S o when the road you're traveling on seems
difficult at best.. Just remember I'm here
praying and God will do the rest. Pass this on
to those you want God to bless and don't forget
to send it back to the one who asked God to bless
W hen there is nothing left but God, that is when
you find out that God is all you need Take 60
seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply
say the following small prayer for the person
who sent you this.
Father, G od, bless all my friends and family in what
ever it is that You know they may be needing this
day! May their life be full of your peace,
prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a
closer relationship with you. Amen.
there is a new event being planned for the state ofConnecticut bikers..
a blessing day just for al lthe christian bikers and al lthe biker outreach ministries.
a day just for us to have some fellowship, get to know the other biekr ministries and to have the local clergy who have been long time supporters ofbiker outreach ministires to pray over us and bless us for the upcoming 2010 season.
it is open to all christian bikers and biker organizations..
it is being hosted by Kingdom Life Church, Bishop Jay and myself.
no charge.. free event.. lunch may cost you 5.00 bucks..
we are looking at a march 27th date or april 10th date 10 am til 3 pm...
drop me an email if you are interested.. date is soon to be established..
my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
this is not a CMA sponsored event..
info flier will be sent out in january
I'd like to tell you about 2 new threads we have on PrayerBiker.com.
The first thread ( In the General Forum section ) is called Firearms and Knives. It's a place where like minded Christians can go to discuss Firearms and Firearm ( and Knives ) related topics such as New up comming firearm laws, new Legislation, Hunting tips, shooting tips, Personal protection and more.
It's also a place to show pictures of your favorite firearms and knifes and discuss them with other like minded Christians. We have some interesting articles and things going on there and more will be added, so please pull up a computer, grap a coffee and join us for gun chat.
The second new thread we have is also in the General Forum section and is called Gadgets and Gizmos.
At Gadgets and Gizmo's we can share new and up comming gadgets and Gizmos ( G&G ) that are coming out on the market. It can be something for a motorcycle, something for the home, something for camping, hiking ect. If it's new and it's cool, please feel free to go to G&G and share it with us or just go there to talk about the G&G's already posted there.
That's all I have for now. I hope to see you all in our new sections and I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.
God bless you all.