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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Posted by admin December - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday 1 COMMENT

WOW!!! I love Christmas time. Riding around the neighborhoods, looking at all of the decorations brings a sense of peace to my heart that I don’t find at any other time of the year. It allows me to focus on the “Reason for the season” and forget the problems that our world faces during these trying times.

I encourage each of you to make some time to escape the hustle and bustle that can exhaust us during this holiday and just…. relax! I like to turn off the lights (except for the Christmas tree) and put on some Christmas music; sit in front of the fireplace; roast some chestnuts on an open fire… NO, not really! But I love that song! There, I just spend some time in reflection of all of the wonderful blessings that God has provided me this past year. I even let my mind wander to what He has in store for me in 2015.

My pastor and I had lunch yesterday. He shared with me the gist of his Christmas Eve message that he’ll present tomorrow. He’s going to talk about the 3 wise men. Upon seeing the Star of Bethlehem in the eastern sky, they recognized it as the indicator that the Messiah, Jesus, was born… and they were filled with great joy. Here is the word for us: as we travel life’s path, enjoy the journey! Don’t live in anticipation that you’ll only find joy when you accomplish a task. Be wise, like the Wise Men, and find joy IN the journey.

Merry Christmas to all of my “Little Things” friends!!!

Posted by admin December - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off on

If you’re like me, you have a tendency to blow a gasket from time to time. I’ve always been the type to “blow up… then cool down really fast.” I have discovered, however, that my outbursts help nobody!

Here’s how to control your temper:

1- Think before you react. Our reactions are often based on feelings rather than facts. Someone says or does something, and we suddenly feel angry. We “assume” that they made us feel that way NO! You made yourself angry by telling yourself, “Who do they think they are?! I don’t have to take that. I’ll show them who’s in charge here!” It’s our self-talk that triggered our anger. The Bible has some good advise in the Book of James. It says, “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. “To break anger’s negative cycle, practice saying to yourself, “STOP!” Then don’t react until you ask the person to clarify their words or actions. Say something like, “I want to understand. Please explain what you meant by…” By listening to understand, you interrupt your anger build-up and gain some self control.

2- Don’t speak your mind when you’re angry. I love the old Irish poem that goes, “We’re constantly hearing O’Flannagan say, ‘I gave him a piece of my mind.’ And it isn’t surprising with so much gone, that so little remains behind!” The Bible says, “The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do” (James 3:5). People will just tune you out or discount your accusations and probably get angry in response. Nothing gets resolved then.

Don’t let a hot temper drive a wedge between you and a loved one. Anger blinds you to reality. The problem that you are so angry about may be… YOU!!!