Hello and Welcome Readers,
Well friends and visitors of Marilyn, I am Author, Catherine Lyon from Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions again to fill in for Marilyn this week! Now Marilyn is on mend and getting better, but it seems the gators did a good job at eating up her computer, and since Marilyn always shares sound self-help advice and wisdom? And it is the holidays and all, I thought I would be a little more serious with this weeks post.
A mutual friend of ours had sent me a really good article about “Holiday Stress,” and we know the stress of at holiday time can bring the “not so nice side” out in people. So lets all just slow down and keep calm this holiday season and enjoy it! Here are some ways we can accomplish this courtesy & permission by: Our Prayer … Reaching Out … Lifting Up.
And lets all send prayers to Marilyn and her computer so she can be back for next week … LOL.
Are you worried you’ll never be ready in time?
By Rick Hamlin, New York, New York
“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV)”
Three days before Christmas I’m feeling frantic, quite sure I’m never going to get done all the things that need doing. That present to my goddaughter that has to be mailed; those stocking stuffers I promised to buy; the Christmas cards that still need to be sent; the “Merry Christmas” e-mails I wanted to write; the present for my wife I have to pick up; the music I brought home from choir rehearsal that I must study before Christmas Eve—when will I get to it?
Then I remember this program at church where we volunteer to give Christmas to a family that’s going through hard times. I haven’t gotten those kids presents yet. When am I going to do that?
Just one more thing! I dash out at lunch, pop my goddaughter’s present in the mail, buy some gloves from a street vendor for stocking stuffers, duck into another store for Carol, and finally make it to the toy store. Now, what would a four-year-old, six-year-old, and eight-year-old boy like? Standing in the aisle of cars and trucks, I still feel frantic, but I’m happy-frantic instead of worried-frantic.
Christmas Eve, I’m amazed at how many presents are under the tree. In choir, the piece that had seemed impossible comes together miraculously. Before the service I check my e-mail to see a message from my goddaughter’s mother: “Package just arrived.” Another miracle. How did the post office do it? How did the choir do it? How did any of us do it?
Then I remember: we did it with love. That was the fuel. That’s where we got the energy. Love and joy and happiness. A miracle good enough to last all year long.
“I can do all good things with the energy of Your love, Lord. AMEN” . . .
This devotion is excerpted from Daily Guideposts.
Have A Blessed and Merry Christmas Season!