Decorating with JOY

Decorating with Joy ornament


Want to see what I’ve been up to?  I’ve been making deco mesh garlands to hang on our front porch.  You see, last year was the final straw for the pre-lit garlands we’d put out for years.  Every year it was the same hassle, most of it brought on by my less than logical mind.  I’d hang six garlands along our railing.  My obsessiveness would take over as to whether they each had the same amount of swag and if the lights were pointing in ways that could be seen from the street.  I’d adjust here and there and finally, not because they were perfect, but because my fingers were freezing, I’d decide enough was enough and it was time to plug them in.  That’s when I’d discover that I’d hung them all in the wrong direction and the plug prong was at the opposite end from the plug.  So, I’d have to take them all down and hang them up again in the opposite direction, my frozen brain caring a little less about how good they looked, as long as they lit.  Of course, there always were one or two that wouldn’t light up unless they were in a specific spot (still don’t understand the reasoning there).  So, at the end of last season, I chucked them!

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I am now going to say something that may shock some of you – I HATE decorating!  Despite the capital letters, I whispered that statement.  It seems almost “unChristian” to dislike decorating for Christmas.  From what I can tell by listening to others, there aren’t many who sympathize with my anti-decorating mindset.  I talked to a patient last year who confessed to having three Christmas trees.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I don’t even have a single one. Continue reading

An Attitude of Thanksgiving and a FREE GIFT




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Hello Everyone,

November is here and in just over three weeks Thanksgiving will be upon us (for those in the USA). Thanksgiving is, in my opinion, one of the few remaining holidays with a Biblical focus.  While it’s true that we could choose to get caught up in the feast mentality or even the early shopping deals, I am really going to make a conscientious effort to notice the good things that God has provided.

I will begin by telling you that I haven’t always found this to be an easy thing to do.  About five years ago, I received news that rocked my once stable world.  Do you recall falling off your bike as a child and hitting the ground so hard that your breath was knocked out of you?  Remember how one moment you were riding along free as the breeze and then suddenly you were on the ground, gasping for air, and wondering what happened?  That’s exactly how I felt.  It happened so unexpectedly that I was caught completely off guard.  The only difference was that after falling in childhood, I was able to breathe again normally after a minute or so.  This time, I waited for that suffocating feeling to subside.  Any moment now…but I continued to struggle to get back to normal.  Each night I would go to bed in tears, sometimes stifling the sobs so that no one would hear.  I would pray that when I awoke the next morning everything would be back to normal again.  However, the next day would come and the pain would still be there.  One time I even woke up on my knees in my living room.  Apparently I had walked in my sleep and had gone into my prayer position automatically because of all the times I had spent pleading with God to restore the beautiful times I barely remembered. Continue reading