The Manger Project

Story time in the K household is quite entertaining. Most times, Miss K switches between the audience and the story teller.

I’m so glad that children’s books have illustrations that help to tell the story. Most times, they ARE the story.

This is a typical story time:

Mum reads the story……

Miss K speaks up-

“Mama, what’s this?”

‘Mum, and this one?”

“Mummy, look! It’s a cow. Moo!!”

*chuckles*

Last week as we were reading the Christmas story, Ksena asked me these questions:

“Where is Jesus?”

“Where is His bed? Mama! Where is the bed for Jesus?”

I showed her the manger and explained to her that the inn was full, so he had to be born in a stable. I later told her that Jesus is the lamb of God, and lamb are born in stables. Hmm, I know she probably didn’t get the ‘Lamb of God’ part, but it’s so nice to introduce her to Jesus in a way that gives her more perspective. I’m preparing for our Easter story sessions a few years from now, or earlier. We talked about how not all little ones have a bed or the same toys that she does, but we can share with them.

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As I reflected on our conversation, I got an idea that I called the ‘Manger Project’. The aim of the ‘Manger Project’ is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a mum this Christmas. You can bless a new mum this Christmas season by putting together a little bag with essentials, giving her baby accessories. Showering her with love. Helping her through pregnancy and post delivery.

The manger project is about being available, offering your heart, time and ‘stable’.

We may not have all that we desire, but we can be a blessing to one another.

Over the next couple of days, there will be many conversations in our household about presents-giving them and receiving them, as well as presence; Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. As we make merry, may our eyes and hearts remain stayed on Him.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

 

The Reason For The Season

Hello 🙂

Christmas is here 🙂 As we celebrate and make merry it is important not to forget to stand in awe of God and adore Him.

My friend challenged me to write a gratitude list for 2015 and thank God for what He has done before I give Him a list of what I think He should do. Thanksgiving keeps you humble. We may not be where we want to be, but we are definitely not where we used to be.

I pray that Christmas will be a special reminder that God sent Jesus to come live on earth and die for you.

As Mary believed God would do what He said He would do, may you believe that He will accomplish that which He has said He will.

As you eat and make merry, remember to take a few moments and stand in awe of God. Give praise, glory and honour to Him. This is not just an ordinary birthday, it is significant, because Christ was born we have eternal life, hope, peace and light.

May the Lord’s light diminish every darkness in your life. May His peace grace and light overshadow  all the chaos, difficulty and darkness in your life.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2016.

Bibi2Be

 

 

 

 

 

He is Still God of The Impossible

Christmas is here. I was thinking about the year that has been, I got quite discouraged reflecting on the things that I have been trusting God for that have not yet come to pass. Thankfully, God doesn’t close shop in December. He does not take a ‘Christmas break’; there is no ‘out of office’ reply to my prayers. No ‘Red Sea’ is too difficult for Him to part. He is still in the business of making a way where there seems to be no way.

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Even as it is easy to get distracted by the presents, it is important to remember that the presence of Jesus makes ALL the difference. He IS the reason for the season

Do you feel like the year did not live up to your expectations?

Have you given up on God?

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Do you feel like He has left you?

Keep trusting God, He is faithful. He is still in the business of changing hearts and performing miracles. He is present in every situation. 

Isaiah 43:2c-3a NKJV

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,

Nor shall the flame scorch you.

For I am the Lord your God,

The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

This song is on heavy rotation in my house, it’s been encouraging me to keep believing even though I can’t see His hand clearly that I can always trust His heart. Indeed, He will never leave me nor forsake me.

May you be encouraged as well. May this Christmas leave you different, having encountered the Lord in a new way.

Blessings,

Bibi2be

P.S If you would like me to stand with you in prayer, please send me an email via ess@bibi2be.com

Lessons from My Daughter (Pt 1)

They say that when a baby is born, a mother is born too. Being a first time mom can feel very close to groping the dark. It demands that the theory you think you know is put into practice. It is a stretching process.

Almost 3 months ago, my world changed, to say the very least. A precious little one was placed in my arms and the journey begun. As a mom, I was humbled by the opportunity to teach a human being what she needs to know about the world. Little did I know she would teach me a couple of lessons too.

1. The Power Of A Smile

After several days of sleep deprivation, it is VERY easy to feel as though you are losing your mind; UNTIL she flashes the toothless smile. It is a reminder that this is ALL worth it and that it will get better.

Colic episodes are hellish, but the smile after the pain lets me know that we are in this together.

I am reminded that I should enjoy the present season and smile more. I shouldn’t let the bad episodes of life rob me of my joy or make me forget how to smile. Plus, I never know, it may just cheer somebody else up.

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2. Opportunities Lie In Plain Sight

‘Curious!’ That is the best word to describe her at this stage. She constantly wants to investigate her surroundings. If it can be grabbed, she grabs it and if it can be tasted, before you know it, her tongue will be on it.

If I pay close attention to my surroundings I will identify opportunities that I can take advantage of. Lil missy is quite a pro. She is NOT about passive living; she wants to figure out what everything does, and where she fits in the bigger picture.

No more passive living. It’s time to keep my eyes peeled and seize the opportunities that present themselves.

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3. Practice Makes Perfect

We are at the stage where we are developing motor skills. It is so interesting to watch her want to practice every time she gets a chance.

What are the skills I would like to build? How serious am I about practicing a little every day?

Speaking of skills, I recently picked up my crochet (partly thanks to Kenya Power and their inefficiency). I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it, but I just started crocheting, more like refreshing my memory on how to do it, because it’s been 13 years since I last crocheted.

I ended up making a head band for the litu star, no pattern. It just came to me.

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I’m excited to see what else I can do if I put my mind to it. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)

Motherhood! I’ve got a long way to go. I’m glad that each passing day leaves me a little wiser than I was before. I’m looking forward to many more years of teaching and being taught precious life lessons.

Merry Christmas 🙂 May the birth of Christ be very real to you. He is the reason for the season.

Blessings,

Bibi2Be