I've never been pregnant or ridden on the back of a donkey, so needless to say I haven't done either of those things at the same time. I can only imagine how difficult just THAT was making the journey to Bethlehem, much less having the realization of carrying the Son of God - THE SON OF GOD! On top of that having to give birth in a smelly cave that animals stayed. Would my thoughts have been "Yahweh, you chose me to carry and give birth to your son, but you didn't really reserve a great place for me to do that in....um......thanks?"
On the other hand, She was carrying the THE SON OF GOD! I think having the presence of heaven, one part of the being of God inside of her body would have been an experience that could not be expressed. That must have been some Holy experience for 9 months. In my book, Mary was an incredible girl (remember, she was just a teenager) and I can't wait to spend some time with her when I get to heaven, oh and see the replay/video of those amazing months.
Just my thoughts this holiday season.
Assistant Manager @ Rocky Mountain CTN
We have some special Christmas programs sprinkled into our schedule, take a look:
Wednesday, December 20th- Musical Christmas Special: 7pm-8pm MT
Sunday, December 24th-Christmas Funniest Moments: 5:30pm-6:30pm MT
Musical Christmas Special: 7pm-8pm MT
Phil Driscol Christmas I: 8:00-8:30pm MT
Gaithers in the Country: 8:30-9:30pm MT
Monday, December 25th- At various times throughout the day we will have a fireplace scene with Christmas music playing. In the evening we will have the following specials:
The Spirit of Christmas: 4:30pm-5:30pm MT
Phil Driscol Christmas II: 7:30pm-8pm MT
Musical Christmas Special: 8:30pm-9:30pm
Ways to Watch:
Comcast 51 (SD) & 643 (HD)
Dish Network 55
HD Antenna 33.1 (Cheyenne and Northern Colorado)
If you are not in the Denver/Cheyenne area or want to watch it on a tablet or smartphone, you can stream at Rockymountainctn.com
We just got back from Nepal this past weekend and had a great time. It was fun to connect with our leaders over there and see all of our kids new and old.
One of my favorite things to do (that might sound funny) while in Nepal is to drink a beverage called masala tea. It is made from local Nepal/India spices and is a real treat while we are in that part of the world. Our home managers over there always see how much I love it and decided to help me purchase a giant bag of the tea and show me how to cook it. It was fun to shoot a video of one of our older girls from the orphanage who works at the cafe, show us how to create it. I watched her warm the milk to a boil, pour in an appropriate amount of tea, cook it for a set amount of time and then strain the loose tea from the drink and then serve it to us. I even shot a video for all of us back here to make sure I knew exactly how to create my magical mixture once back in the states. Well, last night was going to be my moment of truth.
Last night Yolanda went to bed before I did and I thought to myself, “Of course I can boil some milk, pour in tea and cook my masala.” What ensued was a catastrophic failure. I got my pot out and poured in the appropriate amount of milk. I figured that I didn’t want to wait a long time so I put the stove on the highest setting and waited for the milk to boil. The problem was that at that temp, all the milk at the bottom of the pan was burning/cooking to the bottom of the pot. I was wondering why it was taking so long for the milk to boil so I started to stir/scrape the bottom of the pot to see what was the issue. When I removed the burned milk from the bottom of the pot, the milk instantly boiled over on the stove and a full pot of milk went all over the stove, counter and floor of the kitchen. I was sure that Yolanda would smell my burnt concoction and wake up. Feeling fully defeated from my mistake and failure, I cleaned up everything, counted my situation as a total loss, grabbed some crackers from the cupboard and went and watched tv.
The reason I share this story is to ask about failure in life. Did you realize that failure is the greatest educator in life? When you make a mistake you can learn a lesson about how NOT to do something. The key is how we learn from those mistakes and move on from them. Even the fact that I could not effectively boil milk was a very simple concept to my wife (who made me masala tea this am and had zero trouble, by the way) but was a complete mystery to me. The mistakes we make in life are not predicated on even someone else’s knowledge of what we are doing wrong. Think about God seeing our lives and knowing exactly how we should deal with difficult situations that we will probably mess up. The key is to see what we did was wrong, make a note and keep moving forward. The only mistake that is a complete failure is one that stops us from trying again.
We are going to make mistakes in life but it’s important that we never stop learning from what we did wrong and then seeking God and his guidance for all areas of our life. I am going to consult Yolanda and have her show me how she created my tea from this am and I will become a master masala tea creator!
Have a great day and don’t make the worst mistake in life of not continuing to try. You can make it. God loves you, is cheering you on and we are praying that you learn the lessons you need to learn to be the person that God created you to be!
At Rocky Mountain CTN our mission is focused on empowering viewers to discover a fulfilled life by providing relevant media that connects people to God and community to change our culture. This blog is made up of thoughts to start that change.
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