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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 of 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 wanders 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!

 

 

 

What happened to “Merry Christmas”?

Do you remember when Christmas time came around, the greetings and the words used by most everybody was simply “Merry Christmas”?

What happened?

Today, you hear people say “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings”.

Or a lot of times when you see Christmas written somewhere it is Xmas……… (really, are you kidding me)

Where did we go wrong?   What on earth possessed us to take Christ out of Christmas? 

Why have the majority of people in this world lost their mind, turned to the world, and their hearts turned cold and selfish and unfeeling?   Oh my, simply oh my!

My heart hurts for these newer generations that are raised by liberals, socialists, and nonbelievers; and there are so many, oh so many… how very sad. 

 I think the time of the true meaning of Christmas has sort of ended with my generation, and my children’s generation.  I pray that some of us will stay true to God and Christmas and continue to pass it on to our future children and grandchildren.  Were losing the Christ in Christmas, and that’s a crying shame, an honest to goodness crying shame.

Today’s society seems more wrapped up in life and the what’s in it for me mentality.  For example, I’ve heard the words “Why should I spend my money on them, they don’t get me anything?”

People wake up!!!!

Christmas is not about me mentality.   Haven’t you ever read the Bible, don’t you know the Lord says it is more blessed to give than receive?    That doesn’t mean costly gifts and going in debt.  It can be something as simple as a card, or sharing a few minutes with a passerby, stopping to share a smile and a “Merry Christmas.”,  or a hug, or a visit with your neighbor.  

Christmas used to be simple and focused on the true meaning of Christmas,  Jesus being born, the star over Bethlehem, the shepherds guarding their sheep, the three wise men that followed that star to see baby Jesus and brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, to worship Him.

Why because Jesus was the true meaning of Christmas, the Angels foretold it and the people believed and followed.

So why on earth if Christmas began with Christ being born and those first gifts from the wise men given to Jesus born in the manger in a lowly stable, why on earth are people taking CHRIST out of Christmas?  

We all so need to ponder this so very badly.  I make a point to say “Merry Christmas”   I always have, I always will.  It doesn’t matter if I’m in my fifties or my nineties, it will always be “Merry Christmas” to me.

It breaks my heart, I greet just about everybody I see or talk on the phone with and the words I share are always “Merry Christmas”.

But do you know only about 2 out of 10 will say ‘Merry Christmas” back?   I have heard Seasons Greetings. I’ve heard Happy Holidays.  I’ve heard you too.   And I’ve even heard bye, or worse yet silence, and the phone being hung up, or the person just walking away.

I so wish this country would turn back to God, and the true meaning and Spirit of Christmas, not just for now, but for every day of the year.

Christmas is supposed to be a joyous occasion celebrating the birth of Jesus, with peace and goodwill to all mankind everywhere.   Every person, every nation, everywhere.

I pray that each and every one of you remembers this and shares in the true meaning of Christmas, and offer kindness and goodwill to all, and celebrate Christmas with peace, love,  and joy for all!

Merry Christmas to one and all, wherever you may be, I pray you have a very Merry Christmas!

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