While today was supposed to be scheduled for another How to Draw episode, I thought it would be fun to interrupt with a sneak peak into what life looks like through my eyes and a “Quote of the Day”!
In addition to being a blogger, artist, singer/songwriter/composer/pianist, and the occasional dabbling with photography, I’m also a farm girl. Yes, I was born and raised on an organic pastured chicken farm. Quite the adventure! Like yesterday morning when I was milking the family cow, and she knocked the milker over and milk started spewing everywhere! 😛 Which brings us to the profound “Quote of the Day” that came to me after this particular incidence. 🙂
I’ve selected 10 semi random photos to share with ya’ll. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?! Continue reading “A Peek into My Life…”
Merry Christmas to all my wonderful readers!
In my little corner of the world, there is much joy at the remembrance our dear Saviour’s birth so many years ago. I hope there is a spark of this peace and happiness in each of your homes and hearts wherever you are on this planet.
As you celebrate this great day of joy, remember why He came. Not to take over the world, or show off, but to show us what a godly life looks like, lived out, and then He died a horrible death to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins that any one who believes in Him is saved. With His Spirit in our hearts, we no longer need to fear death. Isn’t that incredible? And that is what all this feasting and merriment is all about! So I encourage you to live this day in celebration of Him, remembering the true “reason for the season”!
While some of us are busy in our kitchens preparing delicious food, others are traveling to spend the blessed holiday with family, and yet others, are prepared to spend the day alone. No. Not alone! Please! If you have ever spent a single day alone, my heart is wrenched for you! I know how it feels, and this shouldn’t be for you. I am not talking here about being physically by yourself, but rather alone without God. You can be in a houseful of people, and be alone. By yourself, feeling hopeless.
Okay, I’m not going to preach, or “tell you a thing or two”, but I do want to give you a little inspiration. If you are feeling lonely, literally, emotionally alone, you don’t have to be that way! Remember Jesus who died on the cross as a sacrifice for your sins, and ask Him to be there with you in Spirit. He will be; it is His promise to you!
So whether you are spending the day with you and yourself, or a room full of people, it’s not at all about you. But about the Birth of Jesus Christ! I encourage you to lift your voice in song (even if your not a very great singer, God still loves listening to your attempts!). Sing praise to Him and worship Him within your heart. He is there, and he loves you more than you could ever imagine!
Yum! Yum! Anyone want to try?
WARNING! This recipe is sure to flop unless you pay very close attention. Leaving out or replacing an ingredient is not optional. Smaller batches don’t turn out very well. You have to be able to know what the word, L-O-V-E, means.
I enjoy fun Christmas traditions. They’re not only sweet, but can be a great help with interacting with family and friends. So maybe you generally spend Christmas by yourself? That’s fine too! There’s plenty of things you can do as a single.
Don’t have too many traditions, though!
The holidays can quickly become overwhelming if we aren’t careful. So… rather than having a gazillion traditions, select the ones that you feel would be the most meaningful and draw you closer to Christ and the reason of his birth. Also, some traditions may take a lot of time while others only take five minutes.
Here’s a few Ideas:
- Host a simple (or elaborate if you wish) Christmas Party.
- Find simple ways to share some kindness into someone else’s life which could include:
- Caroling with family, friends, or your church
- Taking cookie plates to the neighbors
- Something simple as saying a cheerful “Merry Christmas” in the store rather than the normal and mundane “happy holidays”.
- Simply sharing an extra dose of kindness in everything (see more on this here).
- Make Christmas cookies, candy, or some other special Christmas food.
- Use candy canes in decorations, food, and beverages as a quiet reminder of who Jesus is (see the post about, The symbolism of the Candy Cane).
- Make handmade cards to send to elderly/lonely acquaintances.
- Don’t end the Christmas celebration on December 26! Leave your decorations up ’til the new year arrives.
So there are a few ideas. Got your brain going? It’s okay not to feel inspired at first. The most important thing is the silent worship and adoration of the King that takes place within your heart. It is from this place of complete adoration that we can truly celebrate Christmas in a way that Jesus enjoys. Imagine him being right there with you; joining in the festivities (or the lack thereof). Do you think that he feels your heart in it, or are you a couch potato friend to him that would rather watch a movie and drink your coffee alone? However you choose to commemorate Christmas, remember to have a very merry Christmas.
I love this quote… so true, and I hope it for each one of you!
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks
And I almost laughed at this quote when I found it.
Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown
Hmm, a little too painfully true, though! I think we should reference back to the quote above; none of those things should be solely because of money, but because of Jesus coming to earth on that Christmas so long ago and living in our hearts today!
I love quotes. Like, really like them. I don’t really know why. 🙂 So with my quote obsession, I am constantly trying to find a new good one to fit the occasion. I thought the two following ones were perfectly awesome and sweet to share with y’all. Read them as if I had written them (which I didn’t). I mean every word!
Part 2 of the Christmas series. If missed the first post, you might want to see it here.
Okay, so the title sounds kinda silly. But what is Christmas? It’s when we bring out decorations, put up a Christmas tree, have family over, eat way too much food, and give presents. Right? Well, that’s how a lot of normal American Christian families would celebrate Christmas. And while the celebrating is great and a part of a lot of birthdays, in the hustle and bustle of the season, we almost forget that this is the extremely special birthday of our dear Saviour. The One who loved us so much that He came and gave His life for us. Was willing to be beaten, mocked, scorned, and put to a horrible death… for each one of us little nobodies; the ones who deserved to go to hell. And yet we forget it.
What can we do to honor Him? We can’t give Him a physical present. What can we do to say “I love you” to Him? We can give Him our life. Totally give it up for Him to use that it may bring glory and honor to Him.
One note to remember, is that what we do to others is what we do to Jesus: “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” ~Matthew 25:40. (More on this topic here.)
The song, The Gift of My Life, truly encapsulates what I am trying to convey here. It is a very beautiful piece of music (SATB choir and piano). The sort of Christmas song I wish would be played everywhere – the message is so good. To listen to the song, click here.
I encourage you to truly praise Jesus this Christmas season as we celebrate His birth. Find ways to show his love to others through your actions and words. Spread cheer to those around you. Pray for them, you’ll never know the difference it may make in the other person’s life!