PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

God gave His very BEST to us and for us…  this truly is the season of giving…  how many ways can we give this year?  Does it take a large budget to give?  No – not a large budget – just a creative mind and an intent of heart that bends toward giving.

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We just enjoyed a lovely celebration of Advent at church and are feeling the true meaning of Christmas – and the Spirit that comes with it.  I have an idea…  since today is Monday and a bit of an anti-climax of sorts, to put it mildly…  why not take snacks to work without being asked???

One of the perks of being part of the workforce is the Monday morning you walk in and there are homemade goodies setting on the conference room table for anyone to indulge in.  Oh yeah – it’s like a big score to begin the week!

COOKIES AND CAROLS

You don’t have to spend hours making these goodies either – and you don’t have to hire a professional baker or pay a high price at the bakery.  There are tons of quick and easy recipes that turn out great every time and will be sure to please your co-workers.  Whether you sing Christmas Carols as you serve them…  well, that’s up to you!  😉

Here’s one of my favorites:

ALMOND-CHOCOLATE-CHERRY COOKIES

Makes 24 cookies

11 g. carbohydrates per cookies / 81 calories / 6 g. sugar

INGREDIENTS:

6 Tbs. butter, softened

3/4 c. Splenda

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted & cooled slightly

1 1/3 c. flour

1/2 c. dried cherries

1/3 c. sliced almonds

1 recipe Chocolate-Almond Glaze

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  In a medium bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, about 2 minutes or until smooth.  Add Splenda, beating until creamy.  Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined.  Stir in melted chocolate.  Stir in flour.  Fold in dried cherries and almonds.  Cover and chill dough for one hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.  Shape dough into one inch balls.  Place balls about one inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until centers are set.  Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool completely.
  3. Drizzle Chocolate-Almond Glaze over cooled cookies.  Let stand until glaze is set.  To store, layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container.  Cover.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

CHOCOLATE-ALMOND GLAZE

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

1 1/2 tsp. butter

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 Tbs. fat-free milk

Dash almond extract

DIRECTIONS:

In small saucepan, combine chocolate and butter.  Heat and stir over low heat until melted and smooth.  Remove from heat.  Stir in powdered sugar, milk and almond extract until smooth.

As cookies go, these are the most healthy and tasty ones I’ve had.  I can actually eat a couple of these without causing my blood glucose to raise too high.  So, while everyone else is bringing in goodies that you know you need to stay away from – you can bake these up and know that everyone will enjoy them – and not wreck their health.  Wink!  😉

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PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

This day’s goal does not seem that difficult – to smile and say MERRY CHRISTMAS to someone.

Maybe it’s because I’m old, but I used to hear MERRY CHRISTMAS more often when I was a kid.  Nobody thought of getting offended or being politically correct back then.  We didn’t give a hang what the government thought of what we said – or who we said it to.  I’m the first to admit we hung with like-minded people.  Our friends and neighbors were Christians and went to church – so saying MERRY CHRISTMAS didn’t seem like such a big whoop to us – it’s just what we did. 

As I got older, I became friends with people of many faiths through my workplace.  I’m still not a terribly diverse individual, but I am aware that not everyone is just like me – and I’ll add – whew – that’s a good thing.  Here’s the deal – I see every person on the planet as a soul that my Jesus died on the cross to save, whether they accept that fact is immaterial.  It’s a fact that Christ died for all.  I hope that the words MERRY CHRISTMAS do not offend anyone, but it’s what I celebrate.  To me, it’s the only reason to celebrate.

You know, the Bible tells us that if we are ashamed of Christ, God will be ashamed of us…  so – don’t be afraid to say MERRY CHRISTMAS.  Doing it with a smile is a good idea.  Yes, yes – I know it will take a great deal of preparation.  Drink your morning coffee and suck on a candy cane – it’ll be alright.   Just remember, your faith in God trumps anything the government says.  Don’t be scared to be what you are, or of offending others with what you believe.  Are they scared of offending you???  Um…  no – guessing they are not.  So, smile and SHINE!  We’re not being intolerant of other faiths, we’re just expressing our own – just as they do.  🙂

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CHRISTMAS DAY

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 Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!  – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Nothing touches the heart quite like those wonderful (corny – my husband would add) Hallmark movies!  They are a large part of my Christmas tradition.  I keep the little package of Puffs right beside the recliner where I can reach them quickly and easily!  Hey, I know there will be “puffs” moments along the way – that’s what makes these movies so great – am I right?

 Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.   – Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

My favorite Hallmark Christmas movie for 2014 is THE CHRISTMAS SHEPHERD.  And yes – there is a dog (well, duh!)  You know the drill – wear Christmas jammies and fuzzy socks.  Get comfy with your favorite snack – and let’s get this show on the road!  Yes – look it up on You Tube – to post here would violate copyright laws.

 Remember
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!
– Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

I hope you enjoyed the movie.  And yes – I used the Puffs…  I admit it! 

“Let Every Day Be Christmas”
by Norman Wesley Brooks  

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!written December 17th 1976
by Norman Wesley Brooks
U.S. Design Engineer (1923–2002)

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  May this day be filled with love of family and renewal of spirit as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  ❤

It’s not too late to order your copy of Lucinda Berry Hill’s new devotional book!  Everybody needs a new devotional book to begin this new year, right?

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

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There are two words in today’s society that set my teeth on edge. The first one is “change”. Well, this is not a political blog so I’ll just leave that one alone. I have my opinions on the subject but I’ll hold my tongue. The second word that makes me crazy is “tolerance”. True tolerance would work for everyone. The tolerance that I’m seeing played out equals snuffing out traditional values in favor of something much less traditional. If tolerance really worked the way it should, there would be more for Christianity and core values and a belief system that is based on Biblical principles. Tolerance is a crock unless it cuts both ways.

So – How can we as Christians send out Christmas cards that say “Peace on Earth” when there is a “War on Christmas” in our country? If you choose to ignore the sweeping trend to bash Christianity, you are not facing the problem but hiding from it. The answer is in God’s Holy Word, The Bible. We can hope and pray for peace on earth because we serve a mighty God and He holds the answer to every question. The battle – ultimately, the war – is His. We need to stay awake, alert, and know what’s going on. Don’t sleep through it – but there’s no reason to get your sword out either. Don’t fight God’s battle for Him. He’s got this. Know who you are in the Lord – be a good witness to those around you.

They will know we are Christians by our LOVE. Love has turned more hearts around than war ever has. Let God work on those you are witnessing to through your actions of love. The ones who are waging this war just do not know Christ, therefore they do not understand Christmas. Ignorance is not a reason to hate anyone, but a reason to show compassion and pity. Remember, a soft answer turns away wrath. God is still in control. The facts about Christmas will never change – Christ is still the reason for Christmas, no matter how much the secular progressive movement squawks around about it.

It’s just my job to LOVE everyone. The war will continue to worsen I imagine. In the meantime, I pray you find peace – from Christ, not the kind of peace the world offers. Seek Him while He may be found. The first time, He came as an innocent little baby. Our coming Lord and Savior will come back as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will not be an innocent little baby when He returns for His own.

Peace be with you and Merry Christmas!

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IF I WERE A WISE MAN

I’ve read about the gifts the Wise Men (Magi) gave Christ. For years I have been under the impression that the value of the gifts was the emphasis. I naturally assumed that because they brought Him gold, the frankincense and myrrh must have been quite valuable as well. I have been wrong all these years. The gifts were not only commonplace in that time and era, but extremely practical as well.

Frankincense is a white milky resin extracted from the genus Boswellia, which grow in areas of the Arabian Peninsula around India and East Africa. The most aromatic of the species is called the Boswellia Sacra, a small tree found in Yemen, Somalia and Oman. They have a white flower with a yellow or red center.

Myrrh is a reddish resin that comes from a species of the genus Commiphora, native to Northeast Africa and along the Arabian Peninsula. Commiphora myrrha is a tree used to produce myrrh and is found in the shallow rocky soils of Oman, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Ethiopia.

To put it delicately, in that day a daily bath was unheard of, so these fragrances were used to make people smell better. Considering that the Holy family was in a barn – actually in a manger next to a barn – the gift was appreciated I’m sure.

There is also a symbolic significance to be considered. Frankincense, when burned, symbolized prayer rising to the heavens like smoke. Myrrh was used for burials and symbolized death. As you recall, while Christ hung on the cross, a mixture of wine and myrrh was offered to him.

So, would a modern-day wise man choose to buy perfume for almost $13,000.00 per ounce? I used to think he would. Now, I’m not so sure. I think those Wise Men gave just the right gifts. That’s why they were called Wise Men, right?  Wink!  😉