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Saint Patricks Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, so many people celebrate this day, wear green, have parades, and well use it as a day to drink and party, and celebrate in so many different secular ways.

But do you know that actually, it was a day to honor a man named Patricus, who was later deemed St. Patrick?

He was a missionary and Bishop that was responsible for leading the people of Ireland to Christianity.

But before that happened, he was captured at 16 years of age, and taken to Ireland as a slave, and was a keeper of animals.

For six years he was held captive there, finally escaped back to his home country, which is believed to be Roman Britain.

He went on to become a missionary and Bishop in the 5th century, and then he went back to Ireland in 432 to lead the people to Christianity.

It is said that he used the green clover as a way of explaining the trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

He was also responsible for the building of Monasteries, Churches, and schools during this time.

He passed away on March 17, 461. Hence the reason St. Patricks day is always celebrated on that day.

Originally, Saint Patrick’s Day was a celebration of the Roman Catholic feast day honoring the patron Saint who brought Christianity to the Irish countryside.

However, later it became just another secular holiday, celebrated by people and kids most everywhere.

It was largely the immigrants of Ireland coming to America that started the secular celebration with parades and celebrations, even to the point of coloring some of the rivers and fountains across America green.

The first parade and celebration were held in Boston in 1737, then New York started the parades in 1762, and Chicago really jumped on board in 1962 by coloring their river green every year since.

So we celebrate St. Patricks day with the wearing of the green, and clovers, drinking, parties, and parades.

Growing up in my school days I remember all the kids pinching you on this day if you didn’t have on green, and if that wasn’t mean enough they would pinch you the next day if you wore green.

I never knew how that mean act of pinching got started, it certainly doesn’t go along with the celebration of a Saint leading people to Christianity.

But anyway, Saint Patricks Day will be here soon, so as it approaches and people make plans, take the time to remember the real reason for this Holiday.

Till next time….

What is Love?

What is Love?

I think that if you asked a hundred people that question, you would a variety of answers.

To some, love is giddy, joy, happiness, romance, relationships, marriage, fun times, memorable moments.

There’s love for mates, spouses, a child, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, family, friends, Church family.

There’s even love for animals lovers, the dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, fish, even a horse somebody rides.

There’s a love of hobbies: gardening, reading, shopping, crafts, hiking, fishing, hunting, Nascar, baseball, football.

There’s a love of some professions, they love their job, it fits them, and they take joy in it, it makes them happy.

There’s a love for food, everybody seems to have their favorites, and they love it, for me its caramel frappes.

There’s love for nature: some love the mountains, some flowers, some the beach, some the desert, or the rivers.

There’s a love for music; some it’s country, or rock, or gospel, or jazz, or classical, or rap or pop, maybe easy listening,

There are so many answers to the question, “What is Love?”

But for today, on this Valentines Day, I’m going to describe love from two points of view.

My view of love is caring for someone so much that you think of them several times a day, you smile when you see them pulling up at home, you do little things for them, “just because.”

You rejoice with them when they are happy, and you hurt with them when they are sad, or having a tough time.

You love them just as they are, no you may not like everything about them, but you simply love them as is.

You see them at their best and see them at their worst, yet you so very much still love them.

You enjoy their company, holding hands, walks together, sharing things together, or just simply sitting together talking, or maybe not saying anything at all, just simply being together, content as can be.

Love is trust and respect for one another; kindness and compromise; affection and laughter.

Love is hanging on through the hard times as well as the good times.

Love is helping when they are sick, in any and every way possible to help them feel better.

Love is being true, honest and faithful, putting them first above others.

To me, that is some of the attributes of love.

But the best way to describe love is from God’s point of view, after all, He is the creator of love.

He loved us so much that He offered His only Son, Jesus Christ on a cross, for us to have salvation.

God says we are to love Him, and we are to love others as we love ourselves.

And to quote the verses on love, I always go to the Holy Bible, I Corinthians Chapter 13, verses 4 – 8.

Verse 4 – Love suffereth long and is kind, love envieth not, love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

Verse 5 – Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.

Verse 6 – Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.

Verse 7 – Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Verse 8 – Love never faileth!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day, and I hope that all the love that is shown today is true and wonderful.

But my real hope and prayer is that it doesn’t end today, but we practice it every day with everybody.

From my heart to yours: Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, the day where love is in the air.

My thoughts have changed about this day over the years.

When I was a child, I loved it.

Drawing all the artwork at school with construction paper, cutting out hearts, all the glue, and glitter.

The joys of taking it home to your parents, grinning from ear to ear.

The fun of picking out just the right box of valentines to give to your classmates.

Trying to not let it show that some kids you liked more than others.

All those cute little heart-shaped candies, that says be mine, decorated cupcakes and so on.

Valentine’s day as a child is simply sweet.

Then come the teen years, with the crushes and boyfriends or girlfriends.

Oh, now it’s the real cards, those Hallmark cards, that are all sweet and romantic, maybe candy or flowers, or both.

Blushing, hugs and a kiss, maybe a date, or maybe even an I love you.

Much to the chagrin of us parents.

Fast forward a bit, the adult years.

Marriage, children, and life as a married couple.

Those cards are still given, often candy and flowers as well, and dinner out, or maybe a special dinner at home with candlelight.

Oh, and the gifts have gotten a bit more expensive for some, a lot more expensive for others.

Women now often expect something special to slip into, and of course jewelry.

But, for me, at least, even though my dear darling husband always gets me things, usually a romantic card, and flowers.

I’ve come to really prefer something that will last, like a living plant I can put in the garden in the Spring to enjoy forever.

Maybe a sentimental object that I can look at and cherish and treasure for years to come.

But most importantly of all, you know how everybody treats their loved ones so very special on this one day of love.

I would prefer to have every day of my life be the way it is on Valentine’s day, wouldn’t you? 

Each and every day filled with kindness, love, and adoration for one another.

That to me is the greatest gift for Valentine’s day, a day of love and kindness that just repeats itself every day for the rest of our lives.

Happy Valentines Day Everybody!!!!!

New Beginnings

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I love the fact that a new year is here.   There’s really no particular reason, I just like new beginnings.   It’s a time to ponder over where you are and think about what you can do better this year.

I hate resolutions, don’t even like the word, for me resolutions simply means great intentions, lousy follow through.   So I prefer to just look at a new year as a time to reflect and decide what’s most important in my life and focus on improving it.

For this year, I’ve decided it’s my health.  There’s a lot of health issues, some very serious, and I long to feel good, no I long to feel great again.   So I want to find ways to help improve my health.

No, I don’t mean, oh I need to diet, and exercise daily and work myself to death.   I simply want to find ways to keep the stress level down, relax my mind more, and make time for prayer walks.

Oh, and stop being so stubborn about things, and listen to the doctor’s advice more.  It would save me a lot of grief and pain.

But to be honest I’m a stubborn soul, my mind says I can, but my body says “Are you crazy?”  I so desperately have to work on that, if I plan to succeed at being healthier, at least in the minor things.

Last year my goals were to get closer to God, and back studying the Bible daily and back in Church.   And I’m so grateful to say I am there. 

 I’m in Church, read the Bible first thing every morning, and journal daily.   And prayer oh my I talk with God about everything, from the great big things to the little bitty things. 

Things most people would think is stupid, but to me even if some of it is so minor or silly; God longs to hear from His children and I know my Father still enjoys listening to me. 

 Truth be known, I would imagine there are times He just  smiles or laughs, and other times I bet He just shakes His head, thinking, “Good grief that daughter of mine,”

He’s my very best friend, and I couldn’t imagine one day of my life without God with me.

I so hope and pray that each of you reading this know the Lord like that, not just in your head.  But you know Him in your heart on a deeply personal level, where your able to just talk with Him about anything as well.   He sure longs to hear from you!

So this year, I’m certain I can manage to decrease work stress, relax my mind more, which for me is blogging and journaling; and Lord willing improve my health some.

Oh and walking, I enjoy it so, I just need to decide which park will be best for me to enjoy.

I hope you enjoy new years, new beginnings, and chances to start over and improve. 

 Hopefully, you have a thought or two in mind for the new year.  Just remember to make it simple, take baby steps, and simply enjoy this journey called life.

Happy New Year to all of my dear friends, family, and readers!!!

Till next time!!!

My Christmas Wish!

What is your wish for Christmas?

Christmas time is that one time of the year when most all children make their wish list for Santa, and answer the question asked by their parents and grandparents and others.   What would you like for Christmas? 

But what about all the adults in the world?  What do we as adults want and wish for this Christmas Season?

If I was asked that question, my list would be long, probably longer than a lot of the lists some children write. 

You see, I would wish for people to truly see and know the real meaning of Christmas, and understand it with all their hearts.   The gift from our Heavenly Father God, of his Son Jesus that was born to a virgin named Mary that was foretold to her by an Angel, sent from God Himself.  

How, when Joseph was troubled over Mary being with child;  an Angel came to him in a dream to tell him his betrothed is with Child by the Holy Ghost.  That she was still the virgin Mary, that he loved and was going to marry, and not to be ashamed because she was carrying the most precious baby of all time ever and ever, Jesus.

How before all this took place with Mary and Joseph an Angel came to Zechariah while he was in the temple burning incense and worshiping, and told him that his wife Elizabeth who was barren and up in years would have a child and that they should name him John.  Yet Zechariah doubted and he was struck mute before leaving the temple and could not tell the people outside the temple what had taken place inside.

How when Elizabeth,  who was in her sixth month of pregnancy, was visited by Mary who was her relative and as they greeted one another the baby Elizabeth was carrying, who was to be named John leaped in her womb, in the presence of the unborn baby Jesus, Mary was carrying.  How both the women shared the joys of their foretold pregnancies of John and Jesus.  Oh, how wonderful that visit must have been!  Can you just imagine the excitement the two women must have shared?

How there was a census for the first time ever, and each person had to travel to the homeland of their forefathers. So Joseph and Mary left their home in Nazareth and traveled to Josephs homeland which was Bethlehem since he was of the lineage of King David.  Can you imagine how many people were there in Bethlehem, just imagine if all your family gathered in one place at one time?  There would hardly be any room.  That is what happened with Mary and Joseph, there were so many people that there was no room for them in the inn.  

You know they were tired they had traveled a long way, Mary was pregnant and they needed a place to rest for her and her unborn baby who was coming ever so soon.  So they went to the stable, among the hay and the animals to rest and stay, since there was no other place for them in the little town of Bethlehem.  And that is where the most precious baby ever was born.  In a manger in a stable in the town of Bethlehem among the animals.  Don’t you just imagine that the animals too must have sensed it was a joyous event to be celebrated?

So joyous that God had a star shine so brightly over Bethlehem that shepherds living in the fields watching over the sheep saw it, and knew it was so special and came to worship the baby, Jesus.  How the three wise men knew of it and traveled a great way following the star as well to see the precious baby Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh?

That’s what my biggest wish for Christmas is!!!! 

That people would know the real reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus, the Son of God, being born to a virgin named Mary and her betrothed Joseph, in a little manger in a stable in Bethlehem, under the bright and shining morning star, that led the shepherds and wise men to come and worship him bearing gifts.  

But you see, the most important gift, the real reason we share gifts, is because our Heavenly Father gave the people in this world, every person every generation from that day forth the greatest gift of all that first year of a census.  

He gave us the gift of His Son Jesus, as a baby, who grew and lived and taught and did many wonders and performed many miracles and was even baptized in the river Jordan by Elizabeth’s baby John, that leaped when Mary and Elizabeth greeted one another.

Jesus is the real reason for this season we call Christmas.  It’s not the toys and gifts and decorations and food and all the rest, its a celebration of thanks for the greatest gift ever given to man, the gift of God’s Holy Son, Jesus.

So as you celebrate Christmas where ever you may be, my prayer and wish is that you know, not just in your head, but in your heart, this most precious gift of all, Jesus, the Saviour and very best friend of all that truly know Him!!!!!

Oh, my other Christmas wishes on that long list I mentioned in the beginning, it’s quite simple.  

I wish for joy in peoples hearts, smiles on their faces, a kind word to a stranger, help for a person in need, peace, and goodwill to everybody.  Honest to goodness peace that can only be found from that most precious first gift of Christmas…. Jesus!!!

Merry Christmas to one and all, may God’s blessings and peace shine upon us and our families one and all!

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