I had a bit of a fall on Thanksgiving Day. I tripped and fell face first onto our concrete floors. I went to our local clinic because I thought my nose might be fractured - x-rays revealed it wasn’t, but it hurt (still does) like the dickens. So, after resting a couple of days, I went on about my business thinking all would be resolved in a few days. I ‘ve been more tired than usual, somewhat dizzy, and have had a few really bad headaches. Other than that - I still have a dull headache that won’t go away. But as a chronic illness warrior none of those symptoms are out of the ordinary for me - they wax and wain on a regular basis. But then I developed nausea. All day nausea. Nothing makes it go away nausea. And I wondered what it the world was going on there - but shrugged it off. I mentioned it to my hubby (who is an RN) and he insisted I go to my regular doctor and tell him about the fall. Those of you who know me know I don’t like going to the doctor at all - and I kinda operate on a need to know basis - hoping something will resolve so I won’t need to mention it to the doctor (who just might want me to go through some tests). It’s ironic, because as many tests as I have had to go through - I still have quite a bit of anxiety at even the possibility of having to get one. But hubby insisted I tell the doc ALL my symptoms. So, I did - and to my surprise I have a concussion. I’m thankful it wasn’t worse cause it could have been. But I wasn’t quite prepared to hear that it will take 6-8 weeks to resolve. The treatment is rest - rest for your body - and your brain. Resting my body is one thing - but my brain? I’m not sure how to do that - as I have a brain that never turns off!! And limited computer/tv time are recommended. That’s a hard one for me - especially since my business is online. But I’m going to try. For now, I won’t be posting as often, and I may miss some of your posts. I AM going to be peeking in to see what’s going on with everyone but may not engage as much as I usually do. So please be patient with me if I don’t respond to your posts or to your PM’s or texts right away. I’m not ignoring you - just “trying” to rest and recover.
Although the “Three King’s” or “Magi” are traditionally seen in our manger scenes today, they actually were not present at Jesus’s birth. They came later, guided by a Star in the East, bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh for the Christ Child. And though the Star in the East shown bright, its light only served to guide the wise men to the “perfect light” as this carol so beautifully depicts. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain Gold I bring to crown Him again King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light Frankincense to offer have I Incense owns a Deity nigh Prayer and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God most high O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume Breathes of life of gathering gloom Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying Sealed in the stone-cold tomb O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light Glorious now behold Him arise King and God and Sacrifice Alleluia, Alleluia Earth to heav’n replies O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hymn: Written by John Hopkins, Jr. in 1857. Artwork: Part of my Christmas Series - “Star of Wonder”; Acrylic ink on 6x6 ceramic tile.
Today is the Second Sunday in Advent. I have been pondering about what that very first Christmas must have been like. Did Mary, or Joseph, or the Shepherd Boys, or the Wise Men really grasp the miracle of Christ’s Birth? The mystery of God made flesh and born among us in a lowly manager? Did they have any idea of His ministry and mission here on earth as Mary held him sleeping in her lap? Did they really have a full grasp of the answer to the question “What Child is This?” Do we? Although the mysteries of Christ are unfathomable to our human minds, we, like Mary, Joseph, the Shepherd Boys, and the Wise Men, by God’s grace can and do believe God’s Word and can boldly proclaim the answer, just as this song does: “This, this is CHRIST THE KING, THE KING OF KINGS who salvation brings! I leave you with the words of the beautiful Christmas Song “What Child is This? in case you too want to ponder the miracle of Christ’s Birth on this Second Sunday of Advent. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What child is this, who laid to rest, On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. Why lies He in such mean estate, Where ox and donkeys are feeding? Good Christians, fear, for sinners here The silent Word is pleading. Nails, spears shall pierce him through, the cross he bore for me, for you. Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the Babe, the Son of Mary. So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh, Come, peasant, king, to own him. The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone him. Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby Joy, joy for Christ is born, The babe, the Son of Mary. This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring Him laud, The babe, the son of Mary. Song Credit: William Chatterton Dix wrote the lyrics to “What Child Is This?” in 1865. The lyrics exist in many variants. The melody used to the Christmas carol is the traditional English tune Greensleeves.
Said the night wind to the little lamb, Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb, Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night With a tail as big as a kite, With a tail as big as a kite. Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, Do you hear what I hear? Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy, Do you hear what I hear? A song, a song high above the trees With a voice as big as the sea, With a voice as big as the sea. Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, Do you know what I know? In your palace walls, mighty king, Do you know what I know? A Child, a Child shivers in the cold-- Let us bring him silver and gold, Let us bring him silver and gold. Said the king to the people everywhere, Listen to what I say! Pray for peace, people, everywhere, Listen to what I say! The Child, the Child sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light, He will bring us goodness and light. Surely, He WILL bring us goodness and light. Celebrating the Joy of Advent Season - Watching, Waiting, and Listening for THE CHILD sleeping in the Night. Will you join me in getting very very still to watch, wait, and listen too?? What are some ways you find to do this during this busy season? Lyrics: Noel Regney Photo Credit: Bill Fairs/Unsplash One of my favorite renditions of this song is done by Pentatonix and Whitney Houston
“The Day Baby Jesus Went Missing” It started out a day like any other. We had just entered into the season of Advent. The Christmas decorations were up and our hearts were filled with eager anticipation of the coming celebration of Christ’s birth. The tree, our traditional live Frasier Fur, perfumed the entire living room with a smell that was vaguely reminiscent of fresh oranges. It’s white lights twinkled brightly providing a welcome glow on this otherwise cold, dreary, winter’s day. Red and gold bulbs adorned its branches and red ribbons cascaded elegantly from the huge bow crowning the tree’s top. Behind the sofa, red Poinsettias graced both sides of the sofa table, and in the middle, stood our nativity set. It was purchased years ago, before my husband and I were married, from local artisans in the Holy Land. It has been a source of great joy in our home ever since. It is undeniably the most important symbol that we own of what Christmas is really about: the coming of the Christ Child..... (Click on temporary link in bio to read full post). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ *Delighted to be featured on @samanthacabrerastudio “Calla Press” blog today. If you haven’t yet discovered her lovely blog featuring children’s illustrators, writers, women’s testimonies, photographers, and Christian poetry, please be sure to stop by and peruse all the beautiful offerings it has. You’ll be so glad you did!
The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. The name of that moment is “Advent.” ~Frederick Buechner
Happy to have a couple of “elves” on loan for the day. So busy getting Christmas Decorations put up! I think it’s almost time to feed them their favorite - cheese pizza! And then time to rest and watch “Lady and the Tramp.” #heretotherelifecoaching #lifedesigncoach #journeytojoyfulliving #beginningtolookalotlikechristmas #twins #redheads #loveourgranddaughters
“Here I am again, Lord. Standing in the need of prayer.” Can I tell you something, sweet friends? Sometimes I am hesitant to ask for prayer for myself - unless it’s “serious enough.” I guess I don’t want to bother people, or I feel selfish asking for something that is important to me - because in the scheme of the world’s needs and suffering - it just seems - again, selfish. But today I am asking for prayer. I lost my beautiful James Avery “butterfly” necklace that my hubby gave to me on our wedding night. It has four butterflies put together which form a cross and is symbolic of us being made “new creatures in Christ.” I rarely ever take it off - only if needed. However, I have to take it off during PT and week before last I left it in the treatment room. Thankfully, I got it right back. So, I decided I would take it off at home from now on. I set it on our bedroom dresser - at least I though I did—and now can’t find it anywhere! I’ve turned our bedroom upside down looking. I am just sick over it. It’s so very special to me! So, if you wouldn’t mind praying for the Lord to help me find it, I would so appreciate those prayers.
If you are looking for a gift for those special ladies in your life - wife, mother, daughter, sister, or friend - May I highly recommend a subscription to The Joyful Life Magazine? More than a magazine - it’s a keepsake. It is full of beautifully written faith-centered articles and gorgeous color photographs. You’ll also find a Bible Reading Plan, DIY craft instructions, recipes, and a coloring page. Featured here are preview pages from the “Treasure Issue” pretty hot off the press! (Swipe left to see more). Oh and while you’re visiting the store you might want to pick up copy of their brand new devotional, or one of several Bible studies written and taught by @aimeerwalker, a 2020 calendar, or a pretty “Abide” mug for a few others on your list (or for yourself). Visit @joyfullifemagazine’s IG feed to see more and you can find the temporary link in the bio to order. 😊