Morning Thoughts

As I rush out the door to work I bring you a morning thought. May we all come to the throw as a child and let God surround you with his gracious peace.

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And remember the value of kindness. Not only does the person receiving kindness benefit but you will be bathed in peace when you share it.

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The Deeper Gifts

As we look to end another year, we are reminded that this is the last two days of the month, the last two day of the year and the last two days of the decade. Pretty monumental. I have been busy and not on here much this month so its time to fire it back up again. I give you a poem on my thoughts for tonight with blowing flurries after unseasonable warm Christmas in the upper 40s.

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THE DEEPER GIFTS

There is a frightful howl that the wind makes

As it zooms through trees with no leaf brakes

When darkness permeates the early evening sky

Reminding us of this season, one, I’d rather pass by

Each season has it gifts that reflect the makers plan

This one requiring deep rest across the land you scan

But as you look across the beauty of each season that you see

You will find a beauty for each one created for you and me

From the cold death of winter with a purity of white snow

That turns to bloom in spring where it all wakes up to grow

The warm caress across your face of a warm summer breeze

It sometimes backfires on you and reluctantly make you sneeze

But then there is fall where the flowers all turn to fruit

Giving food for your table to prepare anyway you suit

As I sit quietly in thought tonight by a fire and the warmth it gives

I am reminded of each season’s beauty, the many gifts our maker gives

So as we close on this year, being a bit more profound than others

We must remember His best gift ever, in that we are all sisters and brothers.

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As you reflect on the beauty of this year gone by, remember the little things that were really quite profound and be thankful for the beauty of your year or if it was a bad year, be thankful for the grace in that you are still here.

If you can make a promise to your self for the coming year, remember the enormous value of kindness and try to always be kind.

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The Fun Side of Christmas

We all enjoy the fun side of Christmas with memories that make us smile, gifts that can be ridiculously funny and the unforgettable time with family, whether it be good or bad.

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One fun Christmas

I am sharing with you today the last of my ornaments to share for the year and one that I just received from my daughter that made me cry. Its a tradition in our family that if you find an ornament that absolutely fits another member of the family, its purchased as a memory gift, they are not allowed to be over 5-7 dollars although with the cost of things that usually get bypassed but definitely no $20 ornament.

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One fun summer my daughter and I went to a craft fair that had a glass blower and he was making what he called sun catchers. We both looked at each other and said Christmas ornaments. These were not to be given as gifts as we bought some for our own trees and I thought I would share them with you as they are quite interesting.

Now that the noise of Christmas is done, its time to reflect on the meaning of why we celebrate this day. No other birth of any child has ever effected the entire world such as this birth. But it was just the beginning of why HE came. He loved us that much. So as you head into a new year, remember his love for you and try to share some of that love with others and always be kind.

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Hope, A Misunderstood Word

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Man, I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow. I sure hope I can find a close parking space at the mall. Or how about – I hope I can lose this weight after Christmas or I hope this growth isn’t cancer. Many thoughts toward the word called hope. The dictionary beaks it down like this:

1 – to cherish a desire with anticipation to want something to happen or be true
2 – trust
3 – to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment

One word in that group stood out for me – Cherish

1 – to hold dear feel or show affection for
2 –  to keep or cultivate with care and affection 
3 –  to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely

When we think of hope from a Christian perspective it takes on a whole different meaning. I think what tends to happened with any language or word of power in any language is that we get complacent of its meaning and its power.

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In Sarah Young’s devotional book Jesus Calling, she reminds us that many Christian’s today misunderstand the word hope believing it to denote wishful thinking. And I agree with her statement of  ‘Nothing could be further from the truth.’

Christians believe that once we accept the Son as our savior, we replace the fears of hell with the longings of heaven. We then have the hope of heaven that strengthens us and encourages us, filling us with a yearning for God, our creator, our protector, our savior.

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The phrase hope of heaven highlights the benefits you can enjoy while remaining here on earth. This hope keeps you spiritually alive during dark times of adversity; it brightens your path and heightens your awareness of God.”

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Hope, while it is not tangible to physically hold onto with your hands, it can be felt in your heart. What a powerful gift from God to bring us love, joy and peace…hope.

Now that the Christmas season is upon us, spread that power of hope around and let your kindness be full. Let the love of Christ shine brightly in all that you do.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge, Glow

Jansen Photo has a wonderful weekly challenge that I try to play with often and today, due to the season, it is right up my alley – the Glow of Christmas.

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The lights seem to glow brighter at this time of year with hope, love and joy being shared more freely. Come join in with TPC and share the beauty of the lights you see, the glow and happiness of a child, or how the theme moves you to share.

And as you share in this weeks theme, remember the season and why He came, the love He gave and the kindness He shared and try to always be kind.

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Let the light of Christ glow from you.

Escapist Coloring Club, 12/1/19

Linda G Hill gives a chance to show our fun artwork with the Escapist Coloring Club. I do love the adult coloring books but this month I am doing a coloring sheet. Our church is sponsoring one of the smaller, less remembered nursing homes in the area with an Angel Tree. If you are not familiar with an Angel Tree, it’s where paper ornaments are placed on a tree with someones name on it and a wish gift they would like to have for Christmas.

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A sheet of 4, 10 sheets made, all colored differently 

We all need to remember our elderly in nursing homes. Some of these gentle people have no family left and they get lonely, especially this time of year. So make sure you visit if you can. We have 37 members at this one home that we are supporting with small request made like a pair of socks, a coffee cup or favorite snacks. One gentleman tickled me asking for anything with anything Iowa Hawkeyes team logo, and one lady asked for anything with a cardinal bird on it. They don’t ask for much, but yet they are asking from the heart, probably more wanting to be remembered than anything. Being forgotten about is a terrible tragedy.

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So in the spirit of the season look towards those easily forgotten, and remember how much Jesus loves and remembers you and share that love with others this season. And be Kind.