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The Lights of Christmas

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is to sit in the darkened living room enjoying the Christmas tree lights.  We have  big old-fashioned bulbs of all different colors, not the  new LED’s.  Our lights give off deep color and are nice andch lights bright.  For the last three years it has become difficult to buy replacement bulbs. One year I found blue bulbs, the next year green and this year red.  I will miss  these lights when they no longer work.

Enjoying the lights has such a calming effect on me.  It does not seem to matter what has gone on during the day the lights shift me into a different mood.  My friend finds such calm and cheer in the lights that she started using them year round in her home.  Not a bad idea if you ask me.

Our tree

Our tree

What would a Christmas tree be without lights?  As a Christian it makes me wonder what this world would be like without The Light of God shining  bright in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Before I came  to relationship with Jesus I did not live in a very bright world.  There was not a lot of hope in my world.  That all changed in one day.  I have never had to worry about The Light being extinguished.  The Light of the World did not take all my problems away or give me a carefree life.  It did dispel the darkness, give me hope for the future and peace that passes my understanding.walk-dark-light-5

So while the Christmas tree lights are pretty and have a calming effect there is no comparison to how The Light of the World can impact a life when we Let Him.

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with the Light of Christ.
Leslie Rose Knativity
 PS I would like to invite you to stop by Wisdom from God’s Word and check it out.  Each day I share  verses from the bible with a photo and usually a short prayer. It is a great way to start the day. I hope to see you there.

How to Manage the Holidays and Stay Healthy

This year Thanksgiving  snuck up on me. I found myself scrambling to get my in-laws’ Christmas gifts,  decided, bought, and wrapped, in time for our trip at Thanksgiving.  With Thanksgiving wrapped up,  the push was on to get ready for Christmas*.

This year the shortened time between both holidays and  the bad weather has people working even harder to get ready for the holidays.  There must be some frazzled and frustrated people out there.  I know I have had my moments.holiday shopper  The Big Three* can wear any one down, and make life more challenging for quite sometime, whether you have  an autoimmune disease such as lupus or not.

While the end of the year is a great time with family and friends, decorations and music, great food and gifts, there is also the shopping, the deadlines, the spending, the excess food and drink, and the endless running around.  If you have lupus this can add to flare ups, more fatigue and sleeplessness, many “I wish I had not’s”, and extra medication.  If you don’t have lupus, it could still lead to trouble.

How do we avoid these things without avoiding the Big Three*? Have you heard the phrase-all things in moderation?  Most of what we are doing, we want to do, and need to do, but it is easy to  go overboard.  My tip in three simple words is Abstain from Excess.  Excess being the key word here.

  • Abstain from all excess activity.  Activities we have no spoons for (see The Spoon Theory).  The activities that will push us spoon theoryover the edge or that are not really necessary.
  • Abstain from excess indulging.  Excess food and alcoholic beverages, anything that will make you feel sluggish, bloated, headachy, or ill.
  • Abstain from excess spending  that will cause stress for the next few months of 2014.
  • Abstain from excess stress.   This will look different for each one of us.  What besides the three areas above cause stress that wears us down and even takes us out? What demands do we put on ourselves that are unnecessary?

I think you get the idea and probably have more to add to the list.  The goal is not lists of things we cannot do, but rather how can we modify or simplify what we do so that we can stay as healthy as possible, and enjoy the holidays.cooking

  • Enlist help. Having a party?  Make it a potluck. Ask one or two people to help get the house ready.
  • Find shortcuts. Shop on-line, purchase gift cards, magazine subscriptions, etc. shop on line
  • Save.  Stick to a budget.  Shop the sales.  Kohl’s is great if you have their card.  A painless way to save for Christmas is to let your credit card rewards build up all year.  Start your own Christmas Club and put money in every paycheck.bank
  • Be consistent. Try to stick to your normal sleep schedule, exercise, and eat right, as much as possible.  Have some good protein before indulging and drink plenty of purified water.

I hope this helps.  I pray you are enjoying the season as much as I am this year.  It is great to know my daughter will be here celebrating with us.  I am enjoying the decorations and the gifting process.  I am looking forward to baking some cookies and seeing  family that I have not seen since last Christmas.  My little niece is walking and my nephew is roller-skating.

Praying that your holidays are filled with lots of joys big and small, and that you are well enough to enjoy it all.

Many Blessings Leslie Rose K

PS I would like to invite you to stop by Wisdom from God’s Word and check it out.  Each day I share a verses from the bible with a photo and usually a short prayer. It is a great way to start the day. I hope to see you there.

*The Big Three:Thanksgiving; Hanukkah,Christmas,Kwanzaa etc.; New Years.

Christmas Greetings

Greetings,

I wanted to wish you a wonderful Christmas as you gather with family and friends.  Last year I wrote a concise blog about the Miracle Story of Christmas.

This year I  would like to share a touching FLASH MOB VIDEO with you, that you won’t want to miss.  I hope you enjoy it.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES Leslie Rose K

Miracle Story

This is a wonderful day, not only to celebrate our love for family and friends, but the love that God has for each one of us, as Christians everywhere, celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of God.

It is a true miracle story. He was born of a virgin and protected from Herod’s evil plot to murder Him.  Tucked away, he led an ordinary life for 33 years.  There was nothing ordinary however, about God becoming man, walking among us, waiting to fulfill a plan that was repeatedly prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible.

Yes, it is a glorious time when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but for many, the cross looms in the background, silently shouting the real message of Christmas.  Born to die, Jesus would sacrifice Himself on the cross and shed His blood as a payment for the sin of humanity.

Just like the story of His birth, does not end at the manger, neither does the story of the His death, end at the cross. Rising from the dead, Jesus  conquered hell and the grave.  He made a way for us to find forgiveness from the Father and spend eternity with Him, if we would.

In the Garden of Eden, man was given a choice, obey God or go your own way, thus opening the door to sin.  We have the same choice today, allow Him to be Lord and Savior or go our own way.  I have learned over the years that His way is far better and that He  has my best interest in mind.  I have found Him to be a good god in the purest sense of the word.

I pray that if you do not know the babe in the manger, the Christ on the cross, the risen SAVIOR, that you will begin a quest to learn more about Him.  I guarantee, you will not be disappointed.

Merry Christmas and many blessings to you and yours.

Fondly, Leslie Rose K

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