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A perfect day to ready this heart

Two days before Christmas and I did not feel ready.  Sure, most of the food has been purchased for Christmas day meals.  Presents bought and awaiting our late night wrapping fest Christmas eve.  The house is fairly clean.  But, that is not what I mean by ready.  I mean spiritually.  My heart has not been ready. I have prayed, meditated a lot this Advent, but this year has been tough.  Family issues and adoption set backs have had me weary and all of that carried into Advent.  While I totally trust Him and His plan and His timing, it has been abundantly clear that my own plan and timing did not quite match His.  And when I entered Advent, a season of waiting, I struggled to wait.  Honestly, I was done with waiting and just did not want to wait any longer. And that is how I entered this week.  I so desperately wanted a change of heart. I wanted to just sit back and rest in Him and wait on Him and His coming.  So, my plan for Monday was no school.  Instead, we would head down to the Na…

Meaningful Gifting Ideas

I started this post yesterday, and it became a tome on my philosophies of going without and our own move toward making Christmas more simple.  And I may post that, really I might, but for today I decided to scrap that and share ideas and links of meaningful giving.  Because, in  order to simplify gift giving, without scrapping the whole thing, we are working hard to give more thoughtful, meaningful gifts. No big toys. No shopping at boxed stores.  Just simple ideas and supporting companies that are making a difference in the lives of others.  Because, in my opinion, if a gift is going to be purchased, I want my purchase to help others in some way.

So here it goes . . .

1. Homemade gifts



Go on Pinterest.  Search Google.  There are TONS of great ideas for homemade gifts.  There are your standard: Mason Jar Cookie Mixes, Bean Soup Mixes, Homemade Christmas Ornaments. If you are adventurous you can make candles, all natural body butters, bath salts.  Or go simple, with cookies, cakes or fu…

Meaningful giving, going without and a Rosary Bracelet Giveaway!

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!! I am going to keep this particular post short today, but I have ideas swirling in my head for a couple posts this week.  This week I would like to spend some time on sharing my thoughts on intentional giving at Christmas and just plain learning to go without.  This whole thing was sparked by seeing the Christmas Bells on the Angel Tree in the back of our church again.  I have written about this before and my reaction each year gets stronger.  As I see "bells" that list video games and bicycles, gifts that children who are "poor" in our country desire for Christmas, I am reminded that half a world away there are children who are orphaned, or  sleep on dirt floors, or some that do not have food; these children want gifts so much more simple, so much more necessary than those in our own nation. This idea was also sparked when a good friend shared this link from Ann Voskamp's blog. If you have not read it yet, please do so…

What if Mother Teresa was on Facebook?

Saturday afternoon, my hubby and I were hanging laundry outside.  My husband had just finished some stuff on the computer, including his weekly scroll through Facebook.  While outside, we were talking about Facebook and the time we spend reading things of no consequence just because a few friends have linked to it.  My hubby remarked, just think if we spent the time in prayer instead of scrolling through Facebook.  I chuckled and said, "I would be Mother Teresa!"

And as I nervously continued to laugh after that, it did strike me . . .. what if Mother Teresa was on Facebook?  What if she had an iPhone?  What if most of her ministry was lost because she spent so much time checking each of her social media accounts?  What if I am losing my ministry because of the same thing?

Now, I know we can all argue that we can evangelize through Facebook, Instagram and all of the other hosts of social media trappings.  We can be a witness to life in Christ.  But this simple joke between m…