Losing Sight of Christmas

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Enjoy “The Christmas Shoes” by Newsong 2000!


The muddy slush piles up against curbs and trampled footprints scatter about on the snow-covered sidewalks. Storefronts capitalize on impending Christmas shopping with festive, decorated windows. Full of alluring ideas that tax the mind where wallets won’t permit, it’s hard to swallow. But, love consumes our hearts, so we become obsessed with not wanting to forget a single person. We shop online and by foot comparing prices, then wait in long lines. Frustrations mount as, sometimes, we end up paying for overnight delivery because we ran out of time.

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Are we losing sight of Christmas? We join together bearing gifts for one another to commemorate Jesus’s birthday on the 25th day of December. But where did the idea of excessive gift-giving come from, anyway? It’s not how this holiday began because there was a time when celebrating this day was a taboo.

 

Origin of the Christmas Holiday
Jesus’s birth was categorized as a pagan holiday. It is their belief He never existed as a man, only as a spiritual entity. Then, in the 1600s, Rome became the birthplace of Christmas as we know it; so, it’s a fairly new celebration. But, as history reveals, Protestants (the Puritans) in America hated this holiday and banned it in 1644. They believed it was an insult to God to honor a day associated with ancient paganism. The Puritans also considered Christmas trees and decorations unholy rituals as well as traditional foods such as mincemeat pies and pudding.

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Pagan Christmas image courtesy of Huffington Post

 

Commercialism of Christmas
So, how did Christmas ever come to the point of being the ultimate gift-giving experience instead of the rejoicing of a holy birth? Perhaps the commercialization of Santa Claus bearing bags of gifts started the dreaded Christmas creep. New York City’s annual American International Toy Fair is held in February, and the stores purchase and scheme for the following holiday. Isn’t that a little much?

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Do you know a whopping 18% of gifts given to others are never used by the recipient? To make matters worse, we spend the next six months paying off the debt we incurred because it was ‘the thought that mattered.’ Scroogenomics author, Joel Waldfogel, summed it up well – “if the spending we engage in doesn’t produce any satisfaction, then it’s hardly a measure of well-being.” Why are we allowing the commercialism of Christmas to affect our purses and create greediness?

 

Make Your Christmas Count!
I think this Christmas we should, instead, get involved with our communities. Spend money, if you must, giving to those less fortunate. There are orphanages, Senior Citizen centers, hospitals, and homeless people who would appreciate your gift. Take your children with you and let them feel the happiness of another person smiling over an unexpected present. After all, as a Christian, God expects us to help others in need.

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Overloading our own kids and others with presents is not the reason for the season! Limit your immediate family gifts to three and make them count. The birth of Jesus should be our celebration. Attend a local church service and enjoy the sensations of the joyous season. Jesus was born to save us – let that be enough for you this year.
God bless and Merry Christmas!

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Men’s Day not yet finished

The celebration of
The International Men’s Day
Is not yet finished;
By the way, have you already
Spoiled me with a gift?
If you have,
Take a hug;
If you haven’t’ I am waiting;
Still waiting;
Take your time,
And remember what I said
About offering the kind
Of gift the receiver
Will appreciate.
Do you know the gift I will
Appreciate?
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Help to bring more traffic
To SIWO;
A reblog;
Share;
A comment;
Hahaha!
These are my best gifts.

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I will seek the Lord

I will seek the Lord,
As you advise,
I will seek him with all
My heart;
I will stay in his company;
I will enjoy his love
And care;
Isn’t that what you just
Asked me to do?
I will do as you say:
I will obey;
‘Cause what you say is right;
I will wait for him
To invite me
To his banqueting table;
I got all your words;
And I am doing exactly
As you say.
Thanks for being the light,
And showing the way
That we may safely travel;
To eternal joy!

This has been written with inspiration from Feasting at the Kings table as his child by Hazel Straub published on Pure Glory blog. You may also like Surrender and Trust God.

Feasting At The King’s Table As His Child

Beautiful and True.

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by Hazel Straub

Once you enjoy God’s love, you will never be the same. Come into his presence with thankfulness in your heart. Seek him with all your heart and cry out to him. He will meet you and invite you to his banqueting table to feast and enjoy his presence. The former shame, barrenness and reproach will leave, because you are a child of the king, feasting at the table with him. He gives you a new identity and his love and acceptance is the only thing that matters. Enjoy!

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I feel boosted

Your words of encouragement

Have greatly boosted me;

I feel like going out

To start to fly;

Do you know how inspiring

Your words are?

Keep saying those uplifting words

To pull people out of

Their comfort zones,

To dash out

And conquer the world. (Inspired by the post Personal Excellence published on Popsicle Society by Romania’s Ribana.

Personal excellence

This encourages me greatly.

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“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Confucius

I know, I know….it’s Monday again, which means back to work again. Monday can have a really bad effect on us, that Monday blues…

But one thing that Monday cannot do is to stop us, to stop our desire to succeed. And this desire is much bigger than the Monday blues…So don’t feel saddened, think about the things that you enjoy doing at work and go out there and get the work done, you can do it. Be positive and start the week with an attitude of gratitude. Your Monday will be a better day.

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Many are around you

Don’t say there’s no one
To lift you up
When you fall;
I am right there for you;
And He who is mightiest
Is there for you always as well;
Don’t say you are alone
To carry your heavy load;
I am right there for you;
And He who abandons no one
Is there for you always as well;
If you can’t lean on me,
Lean on Him;
If you can’t hold my hand
To come out of the pit,
Hold His hand;
He stretches it out to you.
Don’t say you are alone.
You are not alone.
We are many who surround you.
And He who is mightiest
Is always there for you.

Inspiration for this poem came from the poem “No one” found on Words from a little person blog by NYX.

God Fights For Us

I just love it.

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

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Just the other day as I was talking to a close friend the subject of fighting came up.  To clarify, she wasn’t referring to truly fighting as in an actual physical fight, but rather she was referring to having an argument with someone.  So she began to share how someone that was very dear to her had done something unforgivable and unimaginable.  They had lied, cheated and had been extremely manipulative.  She was feeling hurt and betrayed and truthfully wanted to give them a piece of her mind.  So, she proceeds to share details about all the things she was going to say.  A play by play on how she was going to fight her battle.

And as I sat there actively listening to how she was planning on defending herself I heard the holy spirit say, “Allow God to fight your battles.”

Later that night I thought about how…

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You are a blessing

So sweet, indeed;
You are so sweet;
You are a blessing;
My blessing;
A blessing to me;
But not to me alone;
Too good for me alone;
To others also;
You are a blessing
To your family;
Your lovely spouse;
Your kids;
Your neighbours;
Your community;
To the whole world;
As he commanded,
I love you so very much.

(Inspired by and dedicated to the lovely Yamina of love- Faith- Soul)

Thankful for Unseen Blessings

I love this.

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

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If you look around my home, my neighborhood, and within my circle you will notice that I have many things to be grateful for. I live in a beautiful home with a neatly manicured lawn.  On the inside, my home is nicely furnished and decorated with many things.  It is evident that I have much, I believe many of us do. But growing up in a humble home with parents that worked long hours just to put food on the table for the three of us, I am acutely aware of what I have, and trust me when I say none of it has ever been taken for granted.

My life however, has never been about what I possess, as I know for certain that my value comes from who I am and not by what I own. My life’s purpose is focused on being fully present in the small…

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