10 FREE GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

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10 FREE GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS

1. The gift of listening... Try giving this to someone in need. And you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your responses. Just listen.

2. The gift of signs of affection... Be generous with your hugs, kisses and gentle squeezes of the hand. Let these tiny actions demonstrate the love inside of you.

3. The gift of a note... It can be as simple as "I Love You" or as creative as a sonnet. Put your notes where they will surprise your loved ones.

4. The gift of laughter... Just cut out a cartoon, save a clever article. Your gift will say, "I loveto laugh with you."

5. The gift of compliment... A simple "You look good in blue" or "Good supper" can be of greatest value to those who may feel they are being taken for granted.

6. The gift of a favor... Help with the dishes, run an errand, etc.

7. The gift of leaving alone... There are times in our lives when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Become more sensitive to those times and give solitude.

8. The gift of a cheerful disposition... Try to be cheerful around those you love.

9. The gift of a game... Offer to play your loved one's favorite game. Even if you lose, you'll be a winner.

10. The gift of prayer...Pray for your loved ones and let them know you pray for them.

Let's remember the best things in life are free; you can always give a lot!


posted by Me on 12/13/2010

God's Recipe for a Happy Home Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Why is it important when you're baking to begin with a recipe? You have to know not only what ingredients to use, but also how much of each ingredient to use. It's important to follow a recipe exactly if you want what you're baking to come out right each time. Following the recipe is VERY important!

God has given us a recipe for how to live our lives? That recipe is found in the Holy Bible. The Bible contains all the ingredients that we need to live a life full of blessings. Just like a baker decides which ingredients to combine for the perfect tasty treat, God has determined what we need in our lives to make our lives better.

It's important to know that God didn't write the recipe so that our lives would be boring or hard to live. Instead, God wrote His "recipe for life" to help us to know how to live happier, healthier lives. Sometimes we think that God's rules are hard to follow-maybe there are too many ingredients and we get confused about how much of each ingredient to use--but the truth is that if we follow God and follow his recipe EXACTLY, we will be GREATLY blessed.

And we are so lucky because God gave us more that just the Bible to help us understand how to live a Godly life. He also gave us a perfect living example in His Son, Jesus Christ. God sent Jesus to Earth to show us how to live and how to abide by God's rules.

God GATHERED the ingredients -- God WROTE the recipe -- God GAVE us rules - and God SENT His Son, Jesus as a living example of how to follow the rules.

Now he wants us to live our lives in the way that He intended-according to HIS perfect recipe. If we do that, we will live lives that are full of God's blessings!


God's Recipe for a Happy Home


A heaping cup of kindness
2 cups of love and caring
1 cup of understanding
1 cup of joyful sharing
A level cup of patience
1 cup of thoughtful insight
1 cup of gracious listening
1 cup of sweet forgiveness

Mix all ingredients together and toss in smiles and laughter. Serve to all who enter and be blessed with love forever.


" The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control. ~Galatians 5:22-23.".

With something to think about ... make it a great day ... the choice is yours!

~T

posted by Me on 11/24/2010

Everything's New Again Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Everything's New Again
Fall is my favorite season. What I love about the fall is that everything is new again. The trees are changing colors. You pack away the summer clothes and water toys, and you bring out the fall decorations. I've heard it said that the fall is like the New Year for women. It is time to reevaluate our priorities and goals. It's the beginning of things that we've put off. It's a new season for us all. I've heard it said that God gives us seeds to start with, and it is up to us to plant them and watch for the harvest He has for us. I have a list of all that I hope to accomplish at the start of the fall season. I just seem to have a better focus on what I would like to accomplish. To be honest I do not like to dig in to the ground and plant seeds. But for those who do, most of them turn into beautiful fall flowers that will last until the winter. Just as we plant many seeds into the ground, God plants many seeds in us that are full of ideas and blessings that He is waiting for us to water and grow. Some of them will die; however, some of them will flourish into something beautiful that will continue to adorn our next season. So what is it that God has planted in you? Are you wanting to take that class or embark on something that you've been putting off? What ever it is, get out your watering can and watch to see what new plant God will bring forth this new season of your life.

With something to think about ... make it a great day ... the choice is yours!

~T

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor." -1 Corinthians 3:6-8 (NIV)

posted by Me on 11/14/2010

Change is never easy. But it is necessary. Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Whether we like it or not, change seems to be a constant. Too often we fight it, avoid it, fear it, kill it or flat out reject it. But should we? Change is never easy, but is usually very beneficial for us. Saint Augustine once wrote, "If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing." Paul wrote in 2 Cor 3:18 "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." I guess that means change should be welcomed and embraced. But, as mentioned earlier, for many of us change is feared and rejected. We become resistant because we have become complacent. When that happens, God starts to shake things up!

In Psalms (Ps 32:8-9) The Lord said, "I will guide you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." I like this verse. I love knowing that God is guiding my pathway and watching over me. Gives me a sense of peace. But then the Lord said, "Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and a bridle to keep it under control." Senseless horse or mule? Not sure I like that visual. My mother always said I was stubborn. Think about it for a minute. How often have we acted like the senseless horse in the face of change? When things don't make sense in our world and change catches us off guard, how do we react? Whether change is related to work, home, church or our own personal growth, we tend to fight change, don't we? How willing are we to simply follow the Master, even when it doesn't make sense, isn't enjoyable or when it doesn't feel good. How often does He have to bridle us as senseless animals? The Lord says to each of us, "I will guide you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." He knows us best and ultimately has our best in mind. So embrace, expect and welcome change knowing that the Father is using it to change us from glory to glory. Change is never easy, but it is necessary. If we stop changing, we stop growing and growth is the only real sign of life.

There It Is!

With something to think about ... make it a great day. The choice is yours!

~ Trish

posted by Me on 11/12/2010