A FRONT DOOR MESSAGE

“Lifting humanity’s spirit is its own reward.  So, grab a bough and blaze the Yule.  The Holidays are here.”

–Stephen Orr

One of my favorites things to do during the Christmas season is to decorate all over, just like my Maman did.  Pretty bows on plants, poinsettia tablecloth, votive candles here and there, etc. and of course a fresh evergreen wreath on the front door that hopefully cheers a person walking by the cul-de-sac.

About 5 years ago, I bought a miniature fir tree and planted it by our wooden fence. Now with its branches wide enough, I can circle around tinsel garland to create a new outdoor delight.

Here, catch some of the holiday magic to wrap yourself with during this awesome celebration of life, with plenty of ornaments, sweets, gifts under the tree, loving family and neighbors…and some spicy beverages to sip away any stress:

Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider

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In a pot over low heat, stir 3 cups apple cider, 2 cups cranberry juice, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp. ground nutmeg and 1 slice of lemon.  Cook 15-20 minutes and serve warm.

Nutmeg Eggnog Banana Blast

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Combine the following ingredients in blender with 1 cup ice cubes:

3 sliced bananas, 3 cups eggnog, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg.  Puree smooth and serve in glasses.

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

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In a saucepan over medium heat, pour 1 cup hot cocoa mix, 4 cups any milk and 2 tsp. each cinnamon vanilla, cook 5 minutes and serve.

Voila!  Joyeux Noel et Bon Appetit

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SOMETHING ABOUT WINTER

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.”

–Steven Wright

“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory.”

–John J. Geddes

I hope you feel secure knowing that Jesus is always with you!

Safe and secure from all alarms is how I must feel now knowing a loved relative lives with health issues.  I choose to believe that Jesus will keep us from harm.

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

–Psalm 16:8

May you be safe and secure from all alarms going forward.

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A RE-BLOG POST Bravery

O Isabella, another marvelous post revealing you precious soul…so that I can re-blog it here for others to enjoy…Merci!

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The picture above shows my level of courage. Not very impressive is it? Then again, I am not here to impress. Rather, try to spread some humble love.

Perchance chance brought you here to me, or maybe precisely your presence is somehow meant to be. Either way with you here the words will make sense and for that I want to thank you. Hopefully I can move you with these letters combined, but before we move on let me declare; I love you. You see if people can hate for no reason, I can love for no reason.

Time for the two of us to see where all of this reasoning takes us. Do you believe in a creator that is Love? I do, but I have some fragile parts. Not with the believing part because I know with one hundred percent certainty that there is a creator. After all…

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THE ITCH TO EXPRESS…

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“The itch to make dark marks on paper is shared by many writers and artists.”  —John Updike

WOW!  The freedom of the mind to create and express a thought on any given topic is the reward for every artistic expression.  And, thanks to ‘Google,’ the knowledge becomes instant.

Donald Friedman expresses his creativity in true grit form this way:

“Glory is a mask that eats the face.”

I say, the glory of God radiates the face of man.

Reading, writing and art go so well together, yes?

‘”DO UNTO OTHERS…”

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Confucius’ most famous remark echoes throughout many centuries:

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”

This remark is the hallmark of Confucius’ life.  When asked if there is one word that would guide a person through life, he replied:  “Reciprocity.”  My takeaway from Confucius is that his practice of wisdom stands today.  The Chinese still revere his outlook on life and some prophets even say that the Chinese people will experience conversion more readily than other cultures, because of his cultural inspirations.

“If I hear the Way of truth in the morning, I am content even to die in that evening.”

Praise be to God.

COMING TOGETHER THROUGH EDUCATION

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A continuing thought from Confucius…

“When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal.  When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.”

What a wisdom quote this is!

Confucius strongly believed in the unity of life and spent his life spreading this ‘good news.”  By nature, are not men nearly alike?  By practice are men not widely apart?

Confucius learned and taught as he traveled around China, believing that what is beneficial for culture is equally good for the individual, because each person we encounter has something wise to teach us.

In America, education has fallen greatly behind Europe and Asia.  Students reject democracy because they haven’t been taught our history, and critical race theory is the culprit.  However, parents are fighting back against the illegitimate regime policies and our children will recover their losses, thanks be to God.

Something else needs to happen – let us not fret over the wrongs of others, which prevents us from delighting in the goodness of God.

  “The Lord is the salvation of the righteous; in time of distress, he is their refuge.”  –Psalm 37:39

Let’s celebrate what we can do good and be patient with what we can’t do yet.