As you may have heard, a branch of our family was involved in a tragic car accident recently. We say goodbye with sadness to Christopher Watson, aged 15. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick, Deena, Chloe, Colby, Conner and the entire Watson/Frye family during this season of loss.
If you would like to contribute to the burial fund for Christopher you may do so by clicking the link here. All donations in excess of the cost of funeral services will be placed in a college fund for the remaining siblings.
Job 1:21 And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Welcome to the first ever guest post on LEMFHA blog. My sister, Niaja, has a blog devoted entirely to the things of God and she's stopped by to share one of her latest post: a great idea for speading joy this Christmas season! I hope you enjoy it. :)
The word birthday is defined as the anniversary of the day on which a person was born, typically treated as an occasion for celebration and the giving of gifts. Though there is no scriptural evidence that supports December 25th as the actual birth date of Jesus Christ, we as a society have chosen to delegate this day as “His.” Sadly,as time goes on the significance of Jesus’birth on this day diminishes with each passing year. Christmas has been turned into one big marketing scheme that has led many to covet,boast,and become very proud.
The Lord has quickened me to make good use of this time of year by using Christmas as another opportunity to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No God is not asking for balloons and streamers, nor is He asking for a cake and candles.He just simply wants souls. Souls that will love Him,minds that will serve Him and hearts that are pure.God has already offered us a gift that cannot fit under any tree nor be decorated with pretty wrapping paper and bows. He has given us a gift that no man could boast on. He has given us the gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus.He paid a sin debt that none of us could pay.Jesus Christ was born and died so that we might live!(See my blog post on the blood of Jesus)God sent His only Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,who walk not after the flesh, but the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-5)
Christians are not called to be the same as the world. We do not follow in the way of the heathen. We follow Jesus.The world and all its pretty lights will soon die out with the Christmas season,along with their joy. Jesus said,that we His body;are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We cannot lose our savour by following traditions of men. This Christmas let us all take time to remember the gift of God and put it to use by giving a loved one,neighbor,coworker or friend a gift box marked to“JESUS” from “RECIPIENT'S NAME” to remind them to honor the Lord and what He has done for us. Explain to the recipient that you want them to fill the box with all of the things that they want to “give” JESUS in 2018. Often times we write down our goals or desires which end up being carnal worldly pleasures that do not benefit God nor have anything to do with our soul. I admonish you to write down spiritual things that are pleasing to God. For example:Having more patience or joy.Volunteering or saying I love you more. These are just a few things that we all could offer up to the Lord. At Christmas time next year they can look back at all of the wonder accomplishments that they made in their walk with the Lord and start all over again for the new year!You can create a box for yourself as well.
The word tells us that it is better to give than to receive. Jesus is in no way being honored by giving someone a new bike,an expensive handbag or earrings for Christmas,but He can be honored by our good deeds. Let's honor God with our lives and give Him everything!
Christmas time is supposed to be full of occasions forfun with family and friends. What happens if you're feeling anything but jolly? Scrooge and the phrase bah-humbug come to mind. Rather than being the 'sour puss' that 'ruins Christmas', what if we planned out the manyways that we can take care of ourselves during a time of year when everyone is expected to be last on their lists?
Just Say No
No is not a four-letter word, but some of us treat it like one. It's ok to simply decline invitations and requests for help. You don't have to offer a gazillionexcuses or sit in the house with all the lights off so people think you're not home. Just say no and keep it pushing. The world will not fall apart and people will not put your name on the naughty list if you take a step back and decide what's really important to you during this season. Which leads me to my next tip.
Take Time to Remember What's It's Really All About
No matter what faith you practice, the holidays are a time for love and reflection. I think it's safe to say that most of the Frye-Mason clan are Christians, and this is the time of year to take a few moments daily to think about the miracle of Christ's birth, and what it means to our lives of faith today. So slow down...breathe. That sale's not going anywhere and those recipes can wait for a minute while you take in what it all truly means. I promise you'll feel less frazzled and more at peace if you do!
Create a Budget and Stick to It
A lot of us spend too much money at Christmas and ring in the New Year broke, stressed and kicking ourselves for our '<span class="SpellingError SCXW213285147" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; background-repeat: repeat-x; background-position: left bottom; background-image: url(" data:image="" gif;base64,r0lgodlhbqaeajecap="" 8aaaaaaaaaach5baeaaaialaaaaaafaaqaaaiilgaxcchrtcgaow="=");" border-bottom:="" 1px="" solid="" transparent;="" background-color:="" inherit;"="">C'Est la Vie' attitude during the months leading up to it. I admit I've been guilty of that sort of foolishness in the past myself. Trust me on this one; having a budget and sticking to it makes for a much happier holiday season and bank account. It's the thought that counts, not the amount of money you spend on a gift. But, if you simply love to spoil folks at Christmas, you can start a Christmas Fund account with your local credit union or bank at the start of the year and contribute to it all year long. Talk about a win/win.
You Don't Have to Do It All
You don't have to do it all, but I understand that you want to do some of it. Holiday traditions are beautiful. They help strengthen family bonds and the familiarity of them bring a sense of comfort that many of us look forward to all year long. There's nothing wrong with that. In fact, there's something inherently right about it. Please use this time of year as an opportunity to keep family traditions alive. The tips above are not meant to disregard tradition, but are rather meant as a way to enjoy those traditions more. When we come from a healthy, peaceful place, we're better able to enjoy the holiday season and the people we choose to share it with.
And honestly, isn't that what it's all about?
What do you do to take the stress out of the holidays? How do you practice the act of self-care? We'd love to hear from you in the comments!
September 9, 2017
Welcome to the LEMFHA Blog!
Pictured above: Jamie Gross (also known as author Faith Simone) is the administrator of this blog. She is the grand-daughter of Nancy Frye-Johnson.
Hello everyone and welcome to the Lem & Elsie Mason-Frye Heritage Association (LEMFHA) official blog! The reunion team is honored and excited to be a part of continuing our family’s tradition of love, faith and fun.
Family is defined as any group of persons closely related by blood. Reunion is defined as the act of uniting again. Our goal is come together and get to know and/or reacquaint ourselves with each other in a celebration of our common bonds.
Our reunion slogan says it all. We’re planning more than a reunion; It’s a five star vacation. We hope you’ll look back on it with fondness for many years to come. Familiarize yourself with the family reunion website, because all of the details and updates pertaining to our reunion will be posted on a regular basis. it’s the home base for all things LEMFHA. On the site, make sure you RSVP so that we can make sure we have everything we need to make your vacation as pleasurable as possible. You’ll also find detailed information about the host resort where we’ll be staying and a full itinerary of all the fun filled activities we’ll be doing.
But more than that, we also want this to be a place where we can keep up with each other’s lives. We want to hear about birthday celebrations and graduations. Birth announcements and weddings. Job promotions and accomplishments. If it’s happening in your life, we want to know about it and celebrate with you. We also want the opportunity to stand with you during trying times, which we all have. We are happy to pray and agree with you during the challenges we all face. Please don’t hesitate to use the contact formon this site to reach out to us.
On the family blog we’ll post articles of interest about family and life it all its various forms and stages. Here you'll find educational, inspirational, practical and amazing content. Stay tuned!
Prepare yourselves, because this reunion will be unparalleled. It’s going to be the stuff legends are made of, and we know that you won’t want to miss a thing!
Jamie & the LEMFHA Team
What are you most looking forward to at our next family reunion? Let us know what you’d like to read about on the family blog.
If you’d like to contribute a blog post, reach out to us. We’d love to feature all of the wonderful writers in our family!