Took a couple days off... watched Extreme Couponing, got all re-inspired to get groceries for nearly free and printed out many coupons from my email box. I'd gotten behind because--by December--most companies have already handed out their best coupons so we're left with not-so-hot ones. But come January--yay! All the fun and big savings will start up again.
Tom worked his six hours for that young dad on Christmas Day then he came home to turkey (courtesy of Jennie-O), gravy, potatoes, etc. and the episode of Alias we'd not been able to watch the night before because of Netflix's big let's-blame-it-on-the-Amazon-cloud black-out. Came away rather bummed because one of our major favorite characters got killed off....smile.... but yesterday we discovered that no, he/she (can't give it away) didn't really die, after all. Whew.
Tom and I opened just one gift each (we loved our Christmas-lite) and Naomi called us, too. We enjoyed speaking with her and hearing the happy-to-live-in-Nashville-ness in her voice.
We ventured to the theater yesterday and watched The Hobbit and--although the 3D effects were awesome (how amazing that two huge birds could come from behind us, then fly into the screen. How do they do that?)-- Tom and I felt the film lacked the heart and soul of the previous three (beneath my black wool coat, spread like a blanket, I nodded-off twice). Probably 6 times we've watched the earlier movies, but will we watch The Hobbit again? Most likely, well, no. Bummer.
Yet The Hobbit did remind me of one good thing... this verse:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." ... Ephesians 6:12
... and how we must keep fighting against--not bad people--but rather, the dark kind of sadness whose goal is to defeat us, keeping us forever sunken into our couch cushions eating comfort food and just wishing Jesus would hurry back to swoop us all up to Heaven.
But God wants way, way better for us, His soldiers, than that. He provides all we need to fight the good fight of faith, and makes all His joy available, which keeps us strong.
May we always remember that as we watch the news--and live our lives-- in the years to come.
A special thanks to those of you who wished me well on Christmas here, at Facebook and in emails. Thank-you!
And what was my one Christmas gift I opened? It was the single thing I asked for this year: The Charlie Brown Holiday Collection.
Hey. The heart wants what it wants. heh.
Sometimes I get such cravings to watch those three films! And now I can, anytime I wish. :)
Oh, and by the way.... I was so sorry to hear that Jack Klugman passed away. Just last week I'd gotten out my Odd Couple dvd's and enjoyed them again so much. I even prayed for Mr. Klugman, but then, God so often nudges me to pray for stars and has since I was 10. Anyway, I'm so grateful he shared his acting gift with us and we have him doing so on film for us to keep.
"He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his
God and he shall be My son." ... Revelation 21:7