Christmas Reflections

Beth issued a challenge last week to find the “magic” (or lights) in the holiday week.
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It’s something I have noticed since we decorated. Reflections of Christmas. They are everywhere in doors and windows, around every turn and corner, on roofs and trees.

Lights. Lovely lights. Reflective lights.

Christmas

Salem and Anna

A view away. A turn. A pause. Are you looking?

Magic awaits. The magic of Christmas. Do you sense it?

Joy and Love. Filling hearts. Do you feel it?

Lights and glow. A surface away. Do you see it?

Reflective and imaginative, if only you just look.

Christmas, it’s here!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours. May the love of Christmas find you and wrap you in its arms. Enjoy your family. Feel the blessed magic that Jesus brings. Merry, Merry, Merry (three merrys for three girls, three dogs, three tens) Christmas to you!

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I Am Rich

I am filled up and overflowing.

I am abundantly supplied with love, support, and all the hugs I can hold.

I am blessed with family near and far; blood, step, blended and befriended.

I adore you all. I am so very thankful for you.

I read an email earlier this week and it reverberated in my soul. It was written by evangelist Greg Laurie. Some of you know, it was his radio show I listened to that turned my life from one of abuse, hurt, despair, and pain addiction to one of hope, joy, and blessings. The Bible came alive when I heard him speak about it and for the first time in my life, I truly understood what the Cross meant. So to Greg, thank-you and I am sharing your email on a day I am most thankful for.

    Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
    — Psalm 107:1

    It seems as though merchants really don’t know what to do with Thanksgiving. They market Halloween and Christmas and make a lot of money off these holidays. But they don’t really know what to do with Thanksgiving, which is really very spiritual in its origins. It was designated by President George Washington in 1789 as a national day for giving thanks to God.

    In the midst of all our feasting, it is very easy to forget about the one we are celebrating. Sometimes we even forget to give thanks altogether. You might be thinking, Well, I don’t have a lot to give thanks for. Maybe you are having financial troubles or health problems. Maybe there is conflict in your family. But we need to put things into perspective. As someone wrote,

    If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world. If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.

    There is a lot to give thanks for. And the primary reason we were put on this earth as human beings is to glorify God and to give Him thanks.

I am so thankful to God and all he has done in my life. For his grace and his love.

I am rich. I am rich in more ways than I can ever explain to you.

A great treasure this year is Sue getting a hospital day pass to have Thanksgiving dinner with her family. That’s right. Mother-in-law gets to leave a hospital room for the first time in two months to be with her family. We are rich.

I have three beautiful and fun daughters that I cherish more than anything in the world.

I am rich.

I have an amazing husband who is kind, generous, loving and good to the very soul of his being. He is my “perfect” match. The man I wrote a list about. A fantasy list of characteristics which couldn’t possible be in one mate, but there he was. Rich beyond measure.

So…from our family to yours, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Be Rich.

Be Blessed.

Be Generous.

Be Loved.

And most of all…………. have fun!

Ha!

Sunset of Fire – Blaze Sky Blaze

Animate us with your feverish good-night. Saturate us in your fiery exit.

It’s not often I see a red sunset. I see pink ones, yellow ones, pale orange with purple swirl ones, and aqua blue hues with hot pink center ones. Lovely pale palettes of majesty. All sorts of gorgeous colors, but nothing ablaze, not until last night. And maybe? I just haven’t been paying attention.

I’ve noticed it’s rare for me to watch a sunset, or better yet take the time to watch a sunset. I’m usually driving home from work, doing weekend laundry, making or eating dinner, and every other thing that snatches our sunset watching time. Besides, I live in an urban area. It’s hard to see the sun setting through the new housing additions, and shopping centers.

But last night, we happened to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right view.

A park.

The sun’s timing was impeccable. It was just as we were getting into the car, I saw a red glow from the hillside. I thought…… why don’t we just walk up there and see. I had practiced silhouette portraits earlier with the family I was taking pictures for; the reason for being at the park that time of day. It’s something I have admired on other photo blogs and wanted to try to for myself.

In the midst of a red sunset, I was in photography heaven. It’s not often I have a crimson glow, my new camera, and my teenage model daughter with me.

These pictures are unedited. I did not add my watermark, nor alter them in any way. It is exactly as I saw it through the lens.

Blaze sky, blaze.

What a way to end the day. Thank-you God for such a stunning scene. And my teen?

Was she adrift in the moment of her silhouette debut? Soaking up the rays as one with nature? Ummm, not so much. But, maybe she lit a text or two ablaze. Heh.

Happy Monday of the Thanksgiving week!

Cherishing Love


Writing prompt instructions:
This week we’re going to switch gears and write a little poetry. Writing poetry helps us work on cadence and rhythm which can make for better fiction. So by flexing our poetry muscles, we can in turn create more fluid fictional pieces. Please write a narrative poem that focuses on the workings of a family, whether it be your own or one that you’ve created from scratch. Good luck!

    *This poem is written for Jason, my betrothed. I am not a poet, nor consider myself one. It is inspired by the first time I saw him with his two young children. I was already in love with him, but his calming demeanor, and patient touch, really sealed the deal upon witnessing. I love you and I am honored to be part of your life and your future bride.
Cherishing Love

Gentle spirit,
Gentle soul.
Shimmering pride,
Beams aglow.

Tender Gaze,
Tender Heart.
Life anew,
A brand new start.

Lifting Presence,
Lifting Force.
Blanketing comfort,
Down every course.

Firm Resolve,
Firm Reserve.
Generously offered,
Affirming deserve.

Engaging Smiles,
Engaging Resistance,
Persuading charm,
In timeless existence.

Loving Completely,
Loving Outright,
As precious as treasure,
In God’s gracious light.

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