Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
In reading her, I realized something: I don't like people. I just don't like people very well. I am going to have a hard time being a good minister of God, because basically, I just want to go away and be alone. People are a constant source of disappointment, and discouragement. In the West, I find people are constantly dragging me away from a fervent passion for Christ. Unbelief is rampant. People who represent God at the pulpit fall short of bringing the kingdom of God to the earth. Few people desire God's presence enough to try to bring His presence to the earth.
I am just weary of people. In reading Corrie Ten Boom, I realize that in order to be a missionary, I have to love people!!!!!!!!!!!!
All I want is to find God's presence, and soak in it, and soak up from Him what I need. Without Him, I cannot do anything.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
When he died he was almost 94.
I came to sermons that dealt with healing and found that both of them disagree with me about that, which led to thinking about what I actually believe regarding healing.
Skip said that he disagreed with the “Word of Faith” people who say that God MUST do something. He said that he feels God has used sickness to teach him things, and that Paul’s thorn is an example of how God used sickness for a purpose, and we shouldn’t tell God “no” to sickness. God is sovereign and can decide when and if to heal.
Mark Driscoll is pretty much in the same camp as far as what he believes. He says God is God and can do whatever He wants – that’s what you get to do when you are God, he says, you get to do whatever you want. No one can tell Him you must do something.
But it doesn’t line up with what Jesus taught.
It was included in the gospels for our instruction, the story of the woman who had a daughter who was demon possessed who wanted Jesus to heal her daughter, and she was refused, at first, by Jesus. Jesus was testing her, because He knew her and that she would refuse to back down. He even called her a dog, saying that the bread is for the children of Israel and not for the dogs. He knew this woman could handle that. She told him that even the dogs eat the bread that falls from the table. He told her, “great is your faith.”
What did He mean by that? He meant that she had a high expectation of good from God, that God would do what she wanted Him to do, and that she wouldn’t give up until she got from God what she wanted. That was something He commended her for. It is called faith. We make demands of God. It is our relationship with God that has so much to do with whether or not we are healed. Our expectation, our demands on God He hears and He responds to.
God also saw to it that included in the gospels is the story of the man who had an annoying neighbor who kept coming to bother him, until he finally gave in and gave the neighbor what he was asking for. Jesus was saying in that illustration, that God looks for persistence and responds to it. It’s all wrapped up in our relationship with God – the quality of our relationship. What do we believe about God and His goodness?
In Hebrews 11:6 it says “without faith it is impossible to please God. For he who would come to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
God rewards diligent seeking of Him. He rewards demands on Him, because that means we believe He is a good God and He will give us good things.
And what about this thorn? I heard a sermon in Minneapolis where the preacher was saying he thought the thorn in Paul’s flesh was referring to a person who was bothering him. Now please tell me how you can build a theology on something that no one yet knows for sure? No one has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt what the thorn in Paul’s flesh really was.
And if it was a physical affliction, it may have been some minor affliction, but otherwise he was virtually free of all diseases and just had this one annoying thing. I can imagine I might be able to put up with one annoying thing and might conclude that God was allowing me to keep that one. I have a list of about 28 afflictions that I need healing from. I don’t think that God gave me 28 thorns in the flesh!! I am believing for healing from them all. Some of them have improved, some have gone away already.
Skip also said that he believes that since Jesus told His father “nevertheless, not MY will but THINE be done,” we should do the same, and say, “not MY will God,” regarding healing. It’s only if it’s YOUR will. But we know that when Jesus was shrinking back from the death he would die on the cross, it was a temporary feeling of fear, as a man, knowing what he would have to endure. But He did it to pay the price for sin, and to buy our redemption, and our HEALING. We are not supposed to pay the price AGAIN for our sin and suffer affliction, the way Jesus did. Yes, we follow Jesus’ example, but this is taking it too far, because Jesus paid the price for our sin, and that is something that we do not do.
We know that it IS God’s will, and when I pray for people in a healing room, I do not even stop to ask Jesus for healing many times, I go ahead and command the disease to leave in Jesus’ name, because I already know what Jesus would do in that situation. It has a lot to do with my relationship with God.
But the important thing is, it is not godly to have a resentful attitude towards someone who doesn’t believe the same way you do. So, I do not want to get into pride, or resentment towards those who do not have this revelation or walk in this power. I know I must walk in humility and love towards those like Heitzig and Driscoll.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I was shocked - never had high blood pressure in my life! I went to a local drug store where they do testings of blood pressure and had it read again. This time it showed to be somewhere in the 160/over 90, around there, range. But, he said it was more like around 130 over 90 or so. The ideal for blood pressure is to be at 120 over 80 or below.
Anyway, it was high. The guy testing said it was in a range where you control it with diet and exercise. I said to myself - "it is in a range where God heals!"
I went to a healing room and got prayer. I wrote into another healing room in the Twin Cities area and told them about the need for healing of high blood pressure. I was praying in my quiet time and reciting scriptures on healing - pronouncing healing over my body.
I tested my blood pressure yet a few more times at a local pharmacy where you can test yourself. It was still high each time.
Finally, 6 months later, I was due for another check up at the dentist. I went for more prayer for healing - a couple of times, at two different places.
I went into the dental office. I had had coffee - quite a bit all that morning at work, and I knew that could have an effect on my blood pressure. It was around 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I took a short nap while waiting for the hygienist, so I was very relaxed.
She took me in to do my teeth cleaning and again, tested my blood pressure. It was 84 over 62!!!!! Praise God! So low now that some people say, "are you sure that isn't TOO LOW?! Stop the prayer!!" Ha ha!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I told a friend that he is a Mensch - a good man. What is a Mensch? I knew that it was a Yiddish word for a good man, but I wanted to get a definition from online somewhere.
I looked it up and here is what I found:
A mensch literally means "a person" in Yiddish, but figuratively it means something much deeper. A mensch is a person with whom you would be happy to befriend and associate with, because you feel genuine in a mensch's presence. A mensch is a highly evolved human being. Menschlichkeit (the art of the mensch) has nothing to do with looks, with wealth, with success or with intellect. A mensch exudes a certain magnetism that attracts us, whether or not words or glances are exchanged. A person is a mensch because he simply makes others feel good.
I've never really known a full-fledged mensch, although I've come across a few saintly types from time to time. Each one of them contained certain qualities that interested me because, you see, I aspire to become a mensch. Right now, I can't boast that I possess those qualities, but I'm working on it.
I've known a lot of people who think they're mensch's. They'll expound their righteousness: "I'm a good person, I don't harm anyone", they'll tell you. My first reaction is not whether they cause harm; I prefer to ask, "how much good do you do?” although I usually hold my tongue out of respect. Menschlichkeit deals in doing good.
I went about exploring the ingredients menschs utilize to induce people into contentment, starting with the proposition that we're all naturally decent individuals, or at least that's what I think God intended. But then we come across certain roadblocks on our journey through life that brings us unfortunate circumstances coupled with the emotions of fear, anger or sorrow. We all encounter that in some form, at some time. But on rare occasions, we're fortunate enough to meet up with a mensch, and in his presence the uneasiness melts away.
A well-known aphorism from the Talmud's Pirke Avot, the revered collection of wise rabbinical sayings sparked my search for becoming a mensch. The line that caught my attention was attributed to Rabbi Hillel who said, "What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to them". I don't know which came first, but it appears to be the inverse of "do unto others as you would have others do unto you". There's another one that completes a trilogy of wise old maxims and that's the biblical dictum, "to love your neighbor as yourself". These messages illuminate the potential of superb inter-personal relationships, but how do you implement them? Willing it, doesn't work. You have to ask yourself what it is you want others "to do unto you". When I'm hurting emotionally, I want a mensch to listen precisely to what's on my mind without telling me what he thinks or what I should do. If I'm hurting I just want to be heard. Listening is an art we seemed to have lost. But by listening, a mensch would make you feel worthy and cared for. A mensch would listen to what you need and what you feel.
So in my journey towards mensch-hood, I diligently practice listening. In conversations, I listen intently; and in the painstaking process of listening I try to concentrate on the meanings of the words and their nuances. Often body language helps me understand. I won't, however, sit there close-mouthed; I'll utter an occasional "hmmm" or "tell me more" or "I'm sorry that happened to you". And the more I simply comment reflectively, the more people open up to unburden themselves.
As I browsed further through Pirke Avot, another mensch-maker caught my eye: "Do not judge your fellow until you have reached his place". Another Hillellism suggesting that its hard enough to understand ourselves, let alone another person. By permitting others to unfold and unwind according to their own timetable requires that we trust their intrinsic righteousness and dignity. That means to accept others just the way they are, with all of their hang-ups, faults and unruly behavior; we don't have to condone anything. You don't have to conform, agree, approve or praise; you just have to accept unconditionally. It takes unrelenting effort, but that's how understanding someone else comes to light.How much more godlike can we become than to accept another's imperfections? The Torah states, "And they shall ask me, "What is His name? What shall I say? And God said to Moses, "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh"; translated loosely: "I am who I am" (Exodus:13-14). To "be how you are" is to judge with equanimity, without preconceived notions, renouncing preferences and remaining, at all times, balanced. It's all so remarkably simple and yet as if by alchemy, people transform themselves. And the best part is—that as you learn to accept and to listen to other people's suffering, while developing as a mensch, you learn to accept yourself as well.
URL for this post: http://www.jewishealing.com/theartofthemensch.html
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Can't Save You - Words & Music by Dan Haseltine and Philip LaRue
You sounded desperate when you called
And the words are still ringing in my head
You stood there silent on the phone
And no one spoke until I said,
I'm still with you, but I know
I can't save you,
Save you tonight until you fall
I can't save you tonight, until it breaks your heart."
You're not the one I used to know.
I made the stars so jealous in the light of My soul.
You won the war I can't get in
But the battle that you're dying from is underneath your skin
You lock yourself away,
but there's no way out,
And how long can you stay, can you stay?
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Do you look forward to worshiping God and praying, and relishing the time you have with Him, or do you usually shy away from being with Him, finding that you are too busy?
Once again, may I remind you - if you don't like it here, are you going to like it up there?
It amazes me the people who say they believe and are Christians but they don't really invest their time in God.
It causes me to wonder - are they for real? Is this for real? Is God really that important in their lives?
Does it make you wonder?
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
You think you are in a Hollywood movie where America always wins - always gets the enemy, always comes out on top. You have no idea the craft and power of your enemies. Your pride waits to trap you.
I cry for you!!!
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Donald Trump? It shows that the most important issue is, indeed, our money, because he doesn't know much about anything else!
And if you believe that the economy is the problem in our country, you are blind!
First and foremost, the problem in our country is our values, and a departure from God. Financial woes are easily resolved when other things line up. God takes care of His own. If you focus on your money first, where is God in the picture?
Oh, God help me not to give up on this country!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
He didn't rely on conventional wisdom. He found his wisdom through learning on his own, and didn't need colleges and people of high standing to pat him on the back and give him their approval.
And because of his confidence and because he indeed possessed something that had the power to set people free, he eventually came into the company of royalty. It's fairy tale stuff!!!
In the company of royalty, he didn't shrivel under the heavy weight of their greatness against his smallness. He continued to be confident, and he had the same desire to set them free. He didn't think, "well, they have all that money and prestige and power. Let them figure it out for themselves!!" He had the same compassion and understanding towards them as anyone else. He didn't seek fortune or fame. He sought to help them.
He is a type of Christ.
As a result of his fine qualities, he was given a great award by the King, had a lifelong friendship with the King, and I am sure he was paid well for his services.
What a story of the kind of life God has called us to!!!! It is also a picture of the rewards of that life.
It was truly inspiring. It is unfortunate that it was rated "R." There is hardly anything that would cause it to be rated that. That only would keep a lot of good people from seeing it.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Herein you will find words that match so well what I have said about the Jews in my essay "Why Do I Extol The Jew?" The only difference here is that Twain doesn't seem to know the G_d who is behind all of this!!! Amazing! I hope he found G_d.
Monday, March 28, 2011
There is wisdom in insecurity. It amazes me the amount of confidence in people who are wrong. People who have the wrong idea, people who are following the wrong path have a great degree of confidence and a strong voice.
Maybe this is why Paul the apostle said he visited the churches with much trembling. He was insecure. He was insecure in his own flesh. He knew that the wisdom of God and the power of God were all that he had to rely upon.
And he says, he who think he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. Pride. Pride is a poor substitute for knowing the love of God within. The wisdom of insecurity is the wisdom to keep asking God if something is right, and to walk carefully, walking in close fellowship with God, never being "too sure."
And there is wisdom in love. When we see someone who is wrong, we need to weep for them. Our hearts must yearn for them to be free, instead of pointing the finger. This also is a place of insecurity, because we often become critical as a defense mechanism.
The wisdom of insecurity. The wisdom of love.
This goes along with what I wrote in that last post about legalism. People are self righteous and are totally confident in their self righteousness no matter if they have a reason to be. This is rooted in our human nature - it is something that comes from the flesh, the desire to be right in our own eyes, no matter if we measure up to God's standards.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Amazing how you can hear about young people blowing their brains out taking dangerous drugs and indulging in dangerous sexual activity on one hand, and on the other there are young Christians preaching legalism - abstaining from all sorts of things to try to please God - striving in the flesh, not pursuing the power of God to get free from sin! It makes me want to throw my hands up in the air! It is so discouraging. So, I crawl into the secret place with Jesus, and draw from Him - hope and courage.
Additional notes: Many young people today love a life of self-discipline. They love dietary laws. They like self improvement.
An example of the thing that happens to people who find Jesus, but don't really find Him, instead find religion. (Jesus never intended that belief in him should produce the same thing that he fought against when he came up against the pharisees.)
I have a cousin who was living in the Chicago area during my turbulent twenties. I was traveling to the East Coast from Minnesota to live there, and stopped to visit her and her family on the way. She was raising some small children, and was very sweet. At the time she said she wasn't sure what she believed. Her husband was a Christian but she wasn't sure what her stand was. In that state she was open to me and loving.
Switch to today: she has now resolved her conflicts and become a Christian. She now rejects all attempts that I make to get in touch with her. She has barred me from her life. Now that we are older, and are both Christians, we should have an even better relationship than we had. The only sense I can make of this is that the "leaven" has gotten in. She likes the taste of judgment. She is now judging me as someone so bad she doesn't want to have anything to do with me. Self righteousness has crept in and grown. That is what happens to so many who profess faith in Christ. They become superior and judgmental - so far from mercy and love. It's amazing.
This is a call to avoid doing the same - to know Christ's love and to emulate it.
Friday, March 11, 2011
It just got me laughing. You know what they say about the glass being half empty or half full.
In Zimbabwe dollars, I am earning 100 Trillion dollars an hour!!!! See, it all depends on how you look at it.
I had to laugh at God's sense of humor. I said to God, "you weren't talking about Zimbabwe dollars when you promised me prosperity were you?"
Friday, February 25, 2011
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Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Most Evil Man In The World
CBS writer, Steve Kroft:
Some time ago I wrote an article questioning who might be the power behind Barack Hussein Obama. It has to be someone because of his meteoric rise to power, with experience at virtually nothing, with questionable wisdom, and with a mysterious past that has been carefully erased and hidden where no one can check it. The puppet master apparently paid for Obama's education and his travels to Pakistan for some mysterious purpose, and promoted him into Illinois , then national politics.
I once suggested it might be billionaire George Soros. I now believe that to be the case more than ever. George Soros might be the most evil man in the world, with intent to destroy America and every value we have held dear. Obama seems to be in lockstep with Soros' philosophies and simply a tool in Soros' world-changing strategies.
The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the "United
States" ~~ George Soros
What we have in Soros, is a multi-billionaire atheist, with skewed moral values, and a sociopath's lack of conscience. He considers himself to be an elitist world class philosopher, despises the American Way and just loves to do social engineering (change cultures).
Gyargy Schwartz, better known to the world as George Soros, was born August 12, 1930 in Hungary. Soros' father, Tivadar, was a fervent practitioner of Esperanto a language invented in 1887, and designed to be the first global language, free of any national identity. The Schwartz's, who were non-practicing Jews, changed the family name to Soros, in order to facilitate assimilation into the gentile population, as the Nazis spread into Hungary during the 1930s. When Hitler's henchman Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary, to oversee the murder of that country's Jews, George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds. Soros has repeatedly called 1944 "the best year of his life." "70% of Mr. Soros's fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect."
During an interview with "Sixty Minute's" Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his "best year:"
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from your fellow Jews, friends and neighbors.
SOROS: Yes. That's right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not, not at all. Not at all, I rather enjoyed it..
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
SOROS: No, only feelings of absolute power.
After WWII, Soros attended the London School of Economics, where he fell under the thrall of fellow atheist and Hungarian, Karl Popper, one of his professors. Popper was a mentor to Soros until Popper's death in 1994. Two of Popper's most influential teachings concerned "the open society," and Fallibilism. Fallibilism is the philosophical doctrine that all claims of knowledge could, in principle, be mistaken. Then again, I could be wrong about that. The "open society" basically refers to a "test and evaluate" approach to social engineering. Regarding "open society" Roy Childs writes, Since the Second World War, most of the Western democracies have followed Popper's advice about piecemeal social engineering and democratic social reform, and it has gotten them into a grand mess.
In 1956 Soros moved to New York City , where he worked on Wall Street, and started amassing his fortune. He specialized in hedge funds and currency speculation. Soros is absolutely ruthless, amoral, and clever in his business dealings, and quickly made his fortune. By the 1980s he was well on his way to becoming the global powerhouse that he is today.
In an article Kyle-Anne Shiver wrote for "The American Thinker" she says, "Soros made his first billion in 1992 by shorting the British pound with leveraged billions in financial bets, and became known as the man who broke the Bank of England . He broke it on the backs of hard- working British citizens who immediately saw their homes severely devalued and their life savings cut drastically, almost overnight."
In 1994 Soros crowed in "The New Republic" that "the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire." The Russia-gate scandal in 1999, which almost collapsed the Russian economy, was labeled by Rep. Jim Leach, then head of the House Banking Committee, to be "one of the greatest social robberies in human history." The "Soros Empire" indeed.
In 1997 Soros almost destroyed the economies of Thailand and Malaysia . At the time, Malaysia 's Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, called Soros "a villain, and a moron." Thai activist Weng Tojirakarn said, "We regard George Soros as a kind of Dracula. He sucks the blood from the
The website Greek national Pride reports, "[Soros] was part of the full court press that dismantled Yugoslavia and caused trouble in Georgia , Ukraine and Myanmar [ Burma ]. Calling himself a philanthropist, Soros' role is to tighten the ideological stranglehold of globalization and
the New World Order while promoting his own financial gain. He is without conscience; a capitalist who functions with absolute amorality."
France has upheld an earlier conviction against Soros, for felony insider trading. Soros was fined 2.9 million dollars.
Recently, his native Hungary fined Soros 2.2 million dollars for "illegal market manipulation." Elizabeth Crum writes that "The Hungarian economy has been in a state of transition as the country seeks to become more financially stable and westernized. [Soros'] deliberately driving down the share price of its largest bank put Hungary's economy into a wicked tailspin, one from which it is still trying to recover.
My point here is that Soros is a planetary parasite. His grasp, greed, and gluttony have a global reach.
But what about America ? Soros told Australia 's national newspaper "The Australian"
"America , as the centre of the globalised financial markets, was sucking up the savings of the world. This is now over. The game is out," he said, adding that the time has come for "a very
serious adjustment" in American's consumption habits. He implied that he was the one with the power to bring this about..
Soros: "World financial crisis was" stimulating" and "in a way, the culmination of my life's work."
Obama has recently promised 10 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil, in order to give them a leg-up in expanding their offshore oil fields. Obama's largesse towards Brazil, came shortly after his financial backer George Soros invested heavily in Brazilian oil (Petrobras).
Tait Trussel writes, "The Petrobras loan may be a windfall for Soros and Brazil , but it is a bad deal for the U.S. The American Petroleum Institute estimates that oil exploration in the U.S. could create 160,000 new, well-paying jobs, as well as $1.7 trillion in revenues to federal, state, and local governments, all while fostering greater energy security and independance."
A blog you might want to keep an eye on is SorosWatch.com. This blog is dedicated to all who have suffered due to the ruthless financial pursuits of George Soros. Your stories are many and varied, but the theme is the same: the destructive power of greed without conscience. We pledge to tirelessly watch Soros wherever he goes and to print the truth in the hope that he will one day be made to stop preying upon the world's poor; that justice will be served.
In 1997 Rachel Ehrrenfeld wrote, "Soros uses his philanthropy to change or more accurately deconstruct the moral values and attitudes of the Western world, and particularly of the American people. His "open society" is not about freedom; it is about license. His vision rejects the notion of ordered liberty, in favor of an PROGRESSIVE ideology of rights and entitlements."
Perhaps the most important of these "whistle blowers" are David Horowitz and Richard Poe. Their book "The Shadow Party" outlines in detail how Soros hijacked the Democratic Party, and now owns it lock, stock, and barrel. The Shadow Party became the Shadow Government, which
became the Obama Administration.
November 2008 edition of the German magazine "Der Spiegel," in which Soros gives his opinion on what the next POTUS (President of the U.S. ) should do after taking office. "I think we need a large stimulus package..." Soros thought that around 600 billion would be about right.
Soros also said that "I think Obama presents us a great opportunity to finally deal with global warming and energy dependence. The U.S. needs a cap and trade system with auctioning of licenses for emissions rights."
Although Soros doesn't (yet) own the Republican Party, like he does the Democrats, make no mistake, his tentacles are spread throughout the Republican Party as well.
Soros is a partner in the Carlyle Group where he has invested more than 100 million dollars. According to an article by 'The Baltimore Chronicle's' Alice Cherbonnier, the Carlye Group is run by "a veritable who's who of former Republican leaders," from CIA man Frank Carlucci, to CIA head [and ex-President] George Bush, Sr. In late 2006, Soros bought about 2 million shares of Halliburton, Dick Cheney's old stomping grounds.
And I must not forget to mention Soros' involvement with the MSM (Main Stream Media), the entertainment industry (e.g. he owns 2.6 million shares of Time Warner), and the various political advertising organizations he funnels millions to. In short, George Soros controls or influences most of the MSM.
As Matthew Vadum writes, "The liberal billionaire-turned-
of abortion rights, atheism, drug legalization, sex education, euthanasia, gun control, globalization, mass immigration, gay marriage and other radical experiments in social engineering."
Some of the many NGOs (None Government Organizations) that Soros funds with his billions are: MoveOn.org, the Apollo Alliance , Media Matters for America , the Tides Foundation, the ACLU, ACORN, PDIA (Project on Death In America ), La Raza, and many more. For a more complete list, with brief descriptions of the NGOs, go to DiscoverTheNetworks .org.
Poe continues, "Through his global web of Open Society Institutes and Open Society Foundations, Soros has spent 25 years recruiting, training, indoctrinating and installing a network of loyal operatives in 50 countries, placing them in positions of influence and power in media, government, finance and academia." America stands at the brink of an abyss, and that fact is directly attributable to Soros. Soros has vigorously, cleverly, and insidiously planned the ruination of America and his puppet, Barak Obama is leading the way.
Soros was the original funding behind the Global Warming Hoax. For every 10 million Gore makes, Soros makes a billion.
This may explain what has been happening in our country as well as around the world. George Soros may well be The Most Evil Man In The World.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
But when it's all over - it's like - wow, I can breathe again.
Christmas is over, and I can focus on Jesus again - now that is a strange statement!