DECEMBER, THE BEST SAVED FOR LAST

Christmas Lore and Traditions

Whatever the weather on Christmas will foretell the weather for the coming new year..

A green Christmas will cover Easter white.

If windy on Christmas, trees will bear much fruit in Spring.

If ice hangs on tree limbs on Christmas day, there will grow clover so tall to cut by Easter.

Just some December lore…what is most important is how you celebrate Winter, the holidays and welcoming a new year with family and friends.

Will you bake cookies, make an evergreen candle centerpiece for your table, visit your local nursing home or buy a secret Santa gift for needy children in the neighborhood? — the possibilities are endless and a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer all around you.

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

–Burton Mills

I’m delighted that this year my husband’s niece wants to host the family for Christmas dinner and I will bring Swedish meatballs that they all like.

Praise God for December and everything that makes it sparkle and precious to everyone. 

REMOVING DEAD ENERGY OUT OF LIFE

Where there is clutter, there is unrest.

The change of seasons helps me to declutter my life starting with all the closets.  Removing everything out prevents me from holding on to all things unnecessary, while perhaps rediscovering a forgotten treasure.  The time taken to declutter my possessions gives away what might become a treasure to a stranger.  A good deed done.

Another way to declutter is in the mind – to make an honest decision – shift a personal and spiritual approach to live a higher level of confidence…way beyond covid.

Echoing the words of Steven Wright:

I intend to live forever; so far so good.”

Whatever decluttering needs to happen, just do it!

You will remove dead energy out of your life and be liberated.

Advent is perfect for decluttering, don’t you think?

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A BALANCING ACT

Practice makes perfect.  Is that really so?  I wonder.”

When we embrace the “perfection of imperfection” we can become timeless, and why not?  By tossing out the repetitive and boring stuff out of life, we can always start out fresh.

HAIKU

Dark wintery thoughts

Can be easily rooted out

Cold sunshine liberates

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LOVE TRANSPARENT

Blood Flower by Elizabeth Vanduine

“I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.”

–Psalm 13:5

I follow a calendar that shows a daily verse for meditation.  This one definitely hit me in the gut, for shortly after reading it, I got word of serious news from someone I cherish dearly.  Then I heard a whisper saying, “Place your trust in Jesus — you and your loved one are completely at His mercy, is where I want you to be.”  I began to pray feeling numb.  I don’t know what will happen next.  I do know I should not have any expectations except to see divine healing approaching.

With Advent around the corner, my best hope is:

The Joy of the Lord is my strength” and my relative’s strength.

A BLESSED SEASON

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“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

–Hamilton Wright Mabie

The other day I went around shops perusing what commerce wants us to glean from for the holidays.  It was good to see more people milling about.  The air catching them in a frenzy.  As always, this season encourages  us to sprinkle gifts all around.  I began to mentally form my list with the nativity scene as a backdrop.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  –John 10:10

Holy Spirit inspired, I’ve begun to re-read “The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary” from the Visions of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, wondering why I never finished the book before.  I am determined to discover the end before Christmas Eve.

To say that this year has been more than overwhelming is understated. However, the crib ought to pull us into Christ’s extravagant love and generosity.  God has given us the greatest gift in the birth of his Son.  As we prepare gifts, meals and reunions with family and friends, let us open our hearts to him in thanksgiving for just being alive.

MAJESTIC WONDERS

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HAIKU

Wonders of the sky

Deeper meaning behind clouds

Host of heaven fight!

Do you know, according to Seer Kat Kerr, one can ask God to receive a personal “hosts of heaven” to protect family and all causes dear to one’s heart?   Believing with all my heart, I am sending hosts of heaven to the battlefield.

Kat reminds us that we can each have an army of heaven at our disposal if we choose this holy responsibility.  Just as there is order and protocol on armies of earth, hosts of heaven are governed accordingly.  They must be commanded to fight for us and ask the hosts to give you a sign they accomplished the mission.  They stand ready for more action.

As born-again believer, this is the manner in which one can operate in this spiritual realm:

“Invite Christ into your life

Invite heaven’s army to be your weapon against all evil”

Pray:

“I take power over all the power of the enemy that will seek to deceive, kill and destroy______________________

(Pray your petitions for any specific person, place, time)

“”Shred every platform of evil.”  (wherever they are sent)

“Go forth, go host, make toast, in Jesus’ name!”  Kat’s words.

Believe me, this holy practice will reinforce revival, prosper and bring you ever closer to God.

What do you have to lose?

Let me know how this goes for you.