This year my health really knocked me out and I did not get an advent wreath and we only put up the nativity scene, not even the tree, kept it simple as myself and my 93 year old mum have had a rough time health wise. However, if I had gotten the wreath it would have been great to have these prayers to reflect on. You can vary them, modify them to your own heartfelt words, but they are a nice model to work with.
https://www.craftymorning.com/laminated-photo-snowglobe-ornaments/Make the Holidays Glow
Need to keep the kids busy and spend time with them so they won’t make you nuts, this is it, creative for all! I love bringing you guys these ideas, hope you enjoy them.
Not too long ago a family member said something to me in reference to my posting my views on facebook and linked in etc.., she said something to the effect of who was I to have an opinion and post it on social media. In other words because I was no great scholar I had no business or right posting anything on social media or giving an opinion on anything political etc…. In terms of faith issues I am the only Christian Conservative or general Conservative in the family really, and get flack on that, and more than once my mom has suggested I just go along and pretend I agree or simply have no opinion, rather not express it, be invisible. Chanukah, The American Revolution, Civil War, people fought and shed blood for certain rights, freedoms etc…, so for me to not fully be able to express my views as a person of faith, and not be able to express conservative Biblical truth would be a great dishonor to those who came before me and I refuse to do so. It may cost me something, but that’s okay, let it. Life’s choices always cost you something, and if you are going to stand strong and tall with truth and sacred truth, you had better be willing to pay a price and have a heck of a lot of faith to the very end, no matter what happens or how it plays out.
To all our Jewish friends a Very Happy Chanukah!
Shalom and Amen
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We often think that decorations have to be expensive and all come out of a box, but sometimes if we can muster up the patience and love, we can create beautiful pieces for the season and bring a beautiful light to our home, heart and lives, keeping in mind the true light of the season, Christ. May this poem give light to you.
Holiday Decor You Can Easily Create
The holidays can be a time of stress, of running around and shopping for gifts It can really lose the significance of the season. Think about it. It is supposed to be about Christ, about bonding with those we care about, sharing love and light with those we care about. Somehow, Advent preparing for the season of light and love, and redemption has gotten lost in the commercial, in the craziness of activities of running around. What if instead of all of that we came together to create decorations with the family, with friends? What if we all agreed homemade gifts instead of fancy store bought gifts, just for this year? What if? Here are some ideas for that.
As I look to Thanksgiving and listen to Carols of the season, have dinner with mum, these two quotes I hope will come to my mind: “If the only prayers in your life was (thank you), that would be sufficient.” and “It is not happy people that are thankful, but thankful people that are happy.”
Is everything in my life where and how I wish it were? No. Ideally, I would have my own space, my own indoor recording corder with great equipment to record, be earning a very comfy living as an artist and blogger, while also being of great inspiration to others. I would be rid of the fibromyalgia, have the resources to live a completely homeopathic, naturopathic, healthy living lifestyle, as fully so as possible. I wouldn’t be tired all the time because of the fibro, but would be doing lots of things like I used to. My mom would have a comfy place because I would revamp the coop for her, make it nicer, my gift to her, make sure she is always well taken care of, but I would have my own place, space. That is not the ideal I have right now. I could mope and get all sad and depressed etc.., but how would that help me ever get to the point of this ideal? How would I have any clarity to do that? For example I was able to analyze patterns with my youtube channel to see which kinds of videos got the most hits, so now I know to focus on those types of pieces and works. If I were angry, depressed etc.. I would be too blinded by those negative emotions to even think to do that. Same with my blog, I wouldn’t have the clarity to ask you what kinds of posts that I have posted are you most drawn to that you would like to see more of? You can tell me by filling out the online contact form.
This Thanksgiving I can choose to be ungrateful for what I don’t have or look and say ok I don’t have my ideal yet but what can I be grateful for? Well let’s see hmmm
- My faith, gifts, talents
- Awesome friends, and my mom
- Awesome fellow bloggers and followers
- Being an artist and blogger, doing what I love
- Opportunities that are arising for me to showcase my works
- All abundance and prosperity given to me from the Lord includes food and shelter
I choose to be thankful, to not see what is missing, what I don’t have, but rather what I do have and it’s pretty good. I know that God will add the rest in his time, though soon I do hope.
We often think of what is wrong with life, what we can moan about, and there are things that are annoying. I am not feeling great, having the flu, stuff like that, no fun, but there are things I can be grateful for and that’s what needs to be thought about. This 30 day gratitude calendar is a great idea.