Friday, December 12, 2014

You are Invited ...

Brooch by Kat's Creations

to a birthday party for Jesus on December 25! BYOC: Bring your own piece of cake, or even a cupcake or cookie will do. You won't need a candle because He is the Light, and His Light will never be put out or go out or burn out.

First, steal away by yourself for a few moments this Christmas, or even better, engage your whole household if possible, and have your cake with you, ready for His birthday celebration. You may greet Jesus with a prayer if you'd like, or just say hello, and He'll be there with you.

Second, present Him with a gift. What will it be? That's entirely up to you! No need to make it costly in time, effort, or money. (You can if you want to, though). Right at that moment, give what you can give with a cheerful heart and without burden. To my notion, birthday gifts ought not to be burdens.

Sometime during the next few months: Could you take cookies to a neighbor? Shovel a sidewalk? Drive someone to an appointment? Call and have a phone visit with someone you've been out-of-touch with too long? Send an old-fashioned letter to a friend or relative? Give a kind remark or praise to a frazzled clerk? (Compliments and encouragement are free, readily available, and are enjoyed by the recipient for hours or days!) 

Perhaps you can pick up a shift at a soup kitchen or food bank. Donate wholesome books to your local library or lightly-worn clothing to Goodwill. Volunteer as a greeter for your church or hospital. Give a little money to a worthy cause. Or ... maybe it's time for you to give Him your whole heart! The list is endless.

What comes to mind that you can give to Jesus this year? Confirm it by giving it to Him (telling Him) at His birthday party (be sure to follow through!). Then thank Him for the gifts He's given you. Best be brief, tho! No holding up the party!  :O)

Third, sing the following in that lovely voice of yours:

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus,
Happy Birthday to You!

Finally, smile great big and eat your birthday treat! There. Now you've actually, truly, celebrated Christmas. How awesome would it be to continue the celebration in your heart all year long?!

I could not live without Him, and I would not dare die without Him. If you have received Him, you are blessed beyond measure.

"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the 
least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.' "
Matthew 25:40    

Happy Birthday, Jesus!
PS: I wasn't sure as to the actual order of events for most birthday parties; it's been too many years since I've
been to an official one!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Prayer Journals and a Break

Purchased from Walmart; 7" x 9.5"; the color in this photo is truest.

I have fairly recently begun two prayer journals. This is nothing new to most people, but it's something I've never really done, i.e., devote an entire journal to nothing but my handwritten expressions of prayer. So I think this will be "The Year of the Prayer Journal" for me.

Already, writing in them has been so cathartic, and I believe I'm even having deeper sleep again. One is for my general prayers for anything and anyone. I'm trying to write every day, but it's averaging about every day and a half. Much is repetitious: I record prayers for my small but cherished family every time I open my journal to pray. And then, of course, I also pray for whatever I'm led to by the Spirit.

The bottom journal (Hallmark) is the one I'm using for a prayer journal for my job.

The second journal I've only used a week, but I think it's going to be helpful. It is a prayer journal I've entitled "Embracing My Job." In it I began with my reason for the journal (I've been struggling some with the workload on my newish job), and will pray about my concerns, my joys, and will also pray for the people I work with and come into contact with as a result of my job. I'm hoping to put a positive covering over my mild frustration by turning my "need to share" into prayers. Because all in all, it's a wonderful job.

This photo shows the inside of my job prayer journal; it's a bit larger than 5" x 7".

This past year I have also written out a scripture a day in a journal (not shown). It's getting toward the end, but will probably have room to run into 2015. I began with verses I knew by heart (which didn't last as long as I would have liked), but then recorded any verse that spoke to me that day. One more thing that turned my thoughts to Jesus.

I think I'll take a break for the holidays, and most likely won't post again until after the New Year. Although- you know us bloggers: If we've got something to blog about, we've got to blog! :O) I will still update "I've Been Reading" and Pinterest, and I'll be visiting you as time and energy allow.

In him we live and move and have our being.
Acts 17:28

So Happy Holidays, Dear Readers, and may God bless you and yours,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pretty Magazines and Pretty Kitty

I thought the above was a pretty Victoria cover. It's November 1993. I like the color used around the name Victoria. I'm behind on perusing my old copies, so I have yet to read this issue and the rest that follow! Once I've read through December's issues as well, I will take a break for a year or more, unless I read something on a blog that makes me want to pull out a particular issue. They sure did have pretty covers, especially the ones around ... oh ... 1993 to 1998, give or take. I remember being horrified when one year, 2000?, they published horoscopes, and then being disappointed when Hoffman, at first, printed cover titles like "106 such and such", as if Victoria were on par with a Family Circle or Good Housekeeping. I have not purchased all the 2014 issues. It was time to wean myself off them because of no more space to keep them. But all in all, they have been a treasure to me.

We had our church Thanksgiving Dinner today, and the turkey was as good as the above one looks! We've also had our first snow; nothing to write home about. But it's very cold around these parts! Thankfully, we are supposed to warm up a bit after tomorrow (Monday).

While I was quickly taking photos of the magazines, Sweetie was on the table. She is the most difficult little kitty to get a good photo of. She's always moving. Her coat is full of static today. Below is an older photo of her front. 

She pesters me several times a night to get under my covers for the warmth. I let her! She's so cute: She lightly paws me, I lift the covers as high as my arm allows, under she goes and then she turns around and comes back up so her head and upper body are out of the covers. She thinks she's people. She often sits next to my laptop while I blog, too. Really, I've never owned such a loving cat before. It was probably a plot to wrap me around her little finger toe.

Cropped from November 1993 Victoria cover.

Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:20 TLB

Stay warm, Friends, and have a great week! 

Grateful for you,