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All I Want For Christmas is a Big Can of Mace

Posted by Carol on December 21, 2009

Really, that’s all I want. And it doesn’t have to be THAT big. The only reason I want some mace or pepper spray is for my real estate business.

One of the teachers in my licensing class had me scared silly. She warned us about being alone in empty houses with strangers. And I thought, duh, isn’t that pretty much what real estate people do every day? And she told us about random attacks on real estate agents.¬† By the time she was done, I was ready to sign up for a martial arts class. I’m not a person who is scared very easily, but I do believe in being prepared.

So, Santa, just a can of mace or pepper spray in my stocking would make my day.

And seriously, other than that, I don’t really need or want anything else. I have been blessed beyond measure.

We have a home to live in, food on the table, clothes to wear (although if anyone wants to nominate me for “What Not to Wear” – I’m game ūüôā ), jobs, health, and family close by.

I have two friends that have each lost a child this December (Pray for Hope and Melanie). I have a friend whose husband just got laid off right before Christmas (Pray for MaryBeth). I have a friend whose wife has left him and just filed for divorce before Thanksgiving. Please pray for their family.

So, no. I don’t need anything for Christmas. I have all I need in the gift of Jesus Christ and all He provides. Any thing more than that is icing on the cake.
Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Carol on December 24, 2008

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Wishing you a Merry & Blessed Christmas 2008!

Dear Hubby was taking the picture, but here’s me with College Son, Darling Daughter, Sadie, and Kobi wishing you a Merry Christmas!

You Tube won’t let me embed this song, but here is Michael W. Smith with Mandisa singing Christmas Day just for you!! Copy and paste the link to enjoy.

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1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style by Sharon Jaynes

Posted by Carol on December 16, 2008

As fun as it is to deck our halls and share the pictures with all our friends in Bloggsville, when my sweet friend, Pam emailed this to me the other day, I knew this is what I really wanted to share with everyone.¬† While my decorating skills may need improvement,¬† I hope that my “1 Corinthians 13 skills” are ever increasing. Be blessed, Carol

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family – It profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails.  Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust.  But giving the gift of love will endure.


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Works for me Wednesday ~ Decorate for Christmas Now

Posted by Carol on October 15, 2008

There are a couple of things I am allergic to.  The first one is going to the gym, but it is a necessary evil.  The second thing is freezing cold weather, also a necessary evil, but you can somewhat avoid your exposure if you plan properly.

I love decorating for Christmas. It is the one holiday of the year where I don’t mind going all out – unlike Halloween where, no matter how hard you try, the squirrels ruin your corn stalks and make a mess out of your front porch.¬† I bet the squirrels don’t bother Martha Stewart’s fall decorations.¬† Or my sister’s. No, the squirrels know who to pick on.

Anyway, since I love decorating for Christmas, but hate cold weather, I plan on putting my outdoor Christmas lights¬†out this weekend.¬† Of course, I won’t turn them on until after Thanksgiving, but since the temperature was in the 70’s today and by Thanksgiving we’ll be lucky if they’re in the 40’s, I’m willing to¬†look like a crazy woman hanging my lights this weekend.

That Works for Me.  For more helpful hints, please visit Rocks in my Dryer!

Edited to add: I feel like I need to clarify something – all our Christmas decorations are down and put away by New Year’s Day.¬† We do not want the Easter Bunny tripping over the Christmas lights, etc…

Warmly,

Carol

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Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Carol on December 24, 2007

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

As many of us will be opening our gifts on Christmas morning, I wanted to take some time to remind us all of the perfect gift we have already been given in the birth of Jesus Christ. 

So if you get another pair of socks from Aunt Ethel or anything with an electrical cord for the kitchen from hubby, just smile and say “thanks” knowing that¬†we have already been given the best gift of all.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”¬†John 3:16.¬†

My prayer is that all who read this will¬†(if you haven’t already) accept the gift of salvation that God has so graciously offered us through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus for the payment of our sins.¬† That is really what Christmas is all about.

Blessings & Merry Christmas, 

 

 

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Nothing Says Love Like a Sterling Silver Bud Vase

Posted by Carol on December 17, 2007

My husband is one of five children.  He has two older sisters, a younger sister, and a younger brother. I have one younger sister.  They are all married and all have multiple children.  Both sets of our parents are divorced and remarried.  That makes a whole lotta family to buy for at Christmas.

To keep the spending under control, my husband’s family wisely has determined that rather than each of us buy a gift for every single sibling, in-law, niece and nephew, we will draw names.¬† To keep postage at a minimum, we draw names as couples.¬† We are a very efficient and frugal group.

Also in the spirit of making life easier, we all are to supply the¬†couple that has our names with a wish list of gifts that we would be thrilled to find under our tree Christmas morning –¬†within the established price limit – lest anyone be overly thrilled and the other party overly in debt when the credit card bill comes in January.¬† They can be “individual” gifts or “couple” gifts.¬† The husbands particularly enjoy the “couple” gifts such as pot holders with matching dish towels or a beautiful platter to use the next time they host Christmas dinner at their house.

Being the good in-law that I am, I have gone along with this gift giving practice without a complaint for almost 22¬†years now.¬† I have no problem with drawing¬†names.¬†Although there have been a few years when we have had to re-draw names because¬†one¬†of the brood was not speaking to one¬†of their siblings for some reason or another.¬† Or if you were spending Christmas with one of your sisters, then naturally you would request to have those names, because how silly would that be to have to buy and ship a gift to someone you won’t even be seeing that year and not have a gift for the one you’ll be with? Yes, we are efficient and frugal, but not uncomplicated.

The part I have a problem with is the wish list.¬† It makes me feel like a personal shopper.¬† I prefer to give a gift based on what I know about the person I am buying for –¬†their tastes, their hobbies and interests. I listen all year long for hints of something they would love, but would not buy for themselves.¬†

I know I am not alone with this gift giving philosophy.¬† My sister buys gifts this way, too.¬† One year she and I were looking through a magazine together and¬†I saw a very unique bud vase, hand made out of antique sterling silver knives and spoons.¬† I made some comment on how beautiful and unusual I thought it was.¬† Well, six months later, long after I had forgotten all about that little bud vase, my sister had tracked¬†one down, ordered it, wrapped it up and gave it to me for my birthday.¬† That,¬†my friends, is a gift! To this day, it is one of my favorite things that I’ve ever received.¬† Nothing says love more than old cutlery shaped into a bud vase.¬†

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A Letter From Jesus Christ, Concerning His Birthday Celebration

Posted by Carol on December 14, 2007

(This was forwarded to me in an¬†email. I thought you migh enjoy it. However, the more I read it, a few things do bother me about it. I have already done some editing to make it a little less harsh than the original version came across – it still may be too harsh.¬† Also, I don’t really think that any of us finite humans can begin to know what Jesus thinks or feels about the way we all act at Christmas time unless we are specifically directed by His word or the prompting of the Holy Spirit.¬† There are some good points here about how we should treat others at Christmas and all year long – you may decide to put some of them into practice.¬†¬†However, ¬†I don’t think we as Christians should just cave to political correctness and allow the retailers and politicians who are afraid of offending anyone or worse, have a specific anti-Christian agenda to dictate what Christians¬†call and how we celebrate one of the most important events in all of history whether it actually took place in December or not. I debated deleting this whole post, but decided that it raises some questions that need answering.¬† How do you feel about the issues raised in this letter? Please comment away!¬† Blessings and Merry Christmas, Carol)¬†

“Letter From Jesus”

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you’ve forgotten that I wasn’t actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don’t care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me continue: If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn’t allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santa’s and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn’t be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can and may remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching explaining who I am in relation to you.

John 15:5 “I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list.

 1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don’t have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing President Bush complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don’t you write and tell him that you’ll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can’t afford and they don’t need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don’t know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile it could make the difference.¬† Also, you might consider supporting the local Hot-Line: they talk with people like that every day.

7. Instead of worrying about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren’t allowed to wish you a “Merry Christmas” that doesn’t keep you from wishing them one.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name. You may already know someone like that.

9. There are individuals¬†and whole families in your town who not only will have no “Christmas” tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don’t know them, buy some food¬†and a few gifts and give them to the Marines, the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me¬†and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don’t do things in secret that you wouldn’t do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine. Just love Me¬†and do what I have told you to do. I’ll take care of all the rest. I’ll help you. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love, and remember I LOVE YOU!

Jesus

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“God’s Thoughts” by Max Lucado

Posted by Carol on December 5, 2007

In my devotions today I read from Max Lucado’s little book, “Grace For the Moment”. It is made up of little snippets from the many books he has written – one entry for each day of the year. Today’s devotion especially spoke to my heart because of the things some of my family is going through (see “Choices“). I am posting what Max (I bet he doesn’t know we are on a first name basis) had to say in hopes that it will help all of us try to see things from God’s perspective – especially at the Christmas season.

“Lord you have done such great things! How deep are your thoughts!” Psalm 92:5

“God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren’t even in the same neighborhood. We’re thinking, ‘Preserve the body’; He’s thinking, ‘Save the soul’. We dream of a pay raise. He dreams of raising the dead. We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace. ‘I’m going to live before I die’, we resolve. ‘Die, so you can live’, He instructs. We love what rusts. He loves what endures. We rejoice at our successes. He rejoices at our confessions. We show our children the Nike star with the million-dollar smile and say, ‘Be like Mike.’ God points to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, ‘Be like Christ.’ (taken from The Great House of God by Max Lucado)”.

Amen,

Carol

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A Christmas Poem

Posted by Carol on December 4, 2007

I didn’t write this poem, but my sister-in-law’s dear friend did.¬† I thought it was too good not to share.

CHRISTMAS PEACE

Christmas is coming! So much to do.

Presents to buy. Sales our cue.

Clean house, decorate, bake.

Hurry now before it’s too late.

Exhausted. Worn out. Blue.

Overwhelmed. Defeated. So what can we do?

Stop. Take a breath. Look around.

Beauty, joy, love are all to be found.

Finding the peace so deeply desired

Takes seeking the one who did Christmas inspire.

Fall on your knees. Lift your face to the sky.

Give thanks to the Lord. His peace will draw nigh. 

by Judy Huffman

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Lysa TerKeurst’s Cool Christmas GiveAway

Posted by Carol on November 30, 2007

Cool Christmas GiveAway

Lysa Terkeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries is having a Cool Christmas GiveAway over at her blog.  Click on the picture above to be taken there for your chance to win way cool stuff for yourself or for others for Christmas.  I already won a $10.00 gift card to Starbucks! Yippee!

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