Dec 17 2010

Give the Gift

  • Give the Gift of Listening – Really listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening.
  • Give the Gift of Affection – Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
  • Give the Gift of Laughter – Clip cartoons, share articles, funny stories, and a good joke.  Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
  • Give the Gift of a Written Note – It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or an “I appreciate you” note.  A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
  • Give the Gift of a Compliment – Everyone needs encouragement.  Mark Twain said, “One compliment can keep me going for a whole month.”
  • Give the Gift of a Favor – Go out of your way to do something kind for someone.
  • Give the Gift of Solitude – There are times when we want nothing more than to have some peace and quiet.  Be sensitive to those times, and give the gift of solitude to others.
  • Give the Gift of a Cheerful Disposition – The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.  It’s not hard to be polite and courteous, to say “hello” or “thank you.”
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    Dec 16 2010

    The Christmas Carol Game

    Can you guess the Christmas carols from the clues below?  You may need some help from someone in your life with a big vocabulary:)  To find the answer key, click on the comments link above.  Have fun!

    1. Felicitations for the Season

    2. Sterling Carillon

    3. Circuitous gambol of Festive Conifer

    4. Awesome hibernal acreage

    5. Altitudinous celestials acclaim

    6. Senior flattened by cloven aviator

    7. Covert observation of matriarch's scandalous osculation

    8. Petite birthplace

    9. Sprightly venerable benefactor

    10. Allegiants proceed

    11. Enquiry of mutual auditory perception

    12. Hushed darkness

    13. Noel - envisage blanched

    14. Inaugural Yule

    15. Royal Eastern trio

    16. Planetary jubilance

    17. Theurgical cool guy

    18. Matchless season

    19. Full-grown enumeration of holiday hopes

    20. Commencement of Yuletide complexion

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    Dec 15 2010

    WOW, God Sent His Son At the Right Time

    Prophets foretold of the birth of Jesus hundreds and hundreds of years before it took place. But God had a plan for when it was to happen - a pivotal time that would change the world forever. Galatians 4:4 says, "But when the right time came, God sent his son ...".

    Tell us your "Wow, God Came At the Right Time" story that was a pivotal moment in your life?

    Dec 15 2010

    Advice - Love your enemies

     From Matthew West's book GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS AWAY...

    It's easy to give gifts at Christmas to the ones you love, isn't it?  I would imagine that the people who are on your Christmas shopping list are people whom you are quite fond of.  How about enemies?  Got any of those on your list this Christmas?  Most people aren't racing to the stores to buy a gift for that special arch nemesis in their lives.  Does someone come to mind who would be completely shocked to receive a gift or a card from you this Christmas?

    Well, what if you did it?

    What if you shocked that enemy of yours by taking the first step?  Even if it seems like it's too big a step to actually give gifts to our enemies, we are still called to pray for them.  That is something we can all stand to be reminded of.  I know that's not my first instinct when I think of someone who has hurt me.  Love your enemies.  We learned the lesson in Sunday school.  Consider this a little refresher course.

    You have heard the law, that says, "Love your neighbor" and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies!  Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.  Matthew 4:43-45