Just Say It…

Your ‘Fearless’ action for today,

(and I suggest through the entire season),

is to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!  I love this time of year!  I love the music, the lights, colors, gatherings, spending time with family and friends – basically everything.

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Of course, I do realize it isn’t that way for everyone.  There is the stress of gifts, shopping, what to buy, how much to spend, making people happy, and on and on. It can be stressful but I chose to love it anyway. I want to share a little love, hope, peace and joy.  It is Christmas, a time to share the love and hope of Christ!  It isn’t just any holiday.

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Christmas is MUCH more than “Happy Holidays”.  Do you know what I mean?  Most everywhere I go they are saying “Happy Holidays”, and to me it is more.  It is CHRISTMAS… not just another holiday, and it is a time to love. Share the love of Christ to everyone, no preaching, no judging, just accepting and showing unconditional love. It can be a smile, a pat on the back, a hug, a note, a phone call… so many ways.

 

Christmas Is a Time To Love

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So let’s say MERRY CHRISTMAS!  

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You know what I mean.  At the check out at the grocery store, Walmart, restaurant, wherever… when someone says Happy Holidays – SMILE and say MERRY CHRISTMAS!  They are told to say the politically correct thing… Happy Holiday works for everyone… right?  Well, not for me, so I just sweetly, nicely and with a smile, say . . . MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Don’t be afraid.. just say it and that’s it.  You are done.  Just by saying those words, they will know that you are a person of faith and it is CHRIST-mas that you are celebrating. It is not winter, snow, etc. It is the birth of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Savior.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

‘Til later – Remember . . .

Life is Not a Matter of Chance – It’s a Matter of Choice.

Choose Wisely and Go Out Make it a Great Week!

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Delinda

 

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Hang Back or Engage? It might be scary.

When you are in uncomfortable or a new environment do you hang back and watch OR do you smile, walk in and begin to engage in conversation?  When you face these new situations you have the opportunity to make new friends, meet your next client or maybe even find the answer to a problem you are having. You will never know until you open yourself up and give it a try.

 

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First start with a smile.  You might be surprised how few people actually smile at each other, so when you smile, it encourages others to smile back.  Walking into a meeting, an event, or even visiting a church for the first time, can be intimidating and a little scary. So gear up, put your SMILE on, and just be ready to say HI!

I know this sounds so simple, so ordinary, but the truth is… it is extraordinary.  We have the chance to make a difference, and think how great it will be when most of the people start smiling because you  had the courage to do so.

 

That is the first step to engaging in conversation.  

The second step is simple also. Ready?  Ask the other person about THEM.  (It’s not about you…whew.  Doesn’t that make you feel better?!)  Yes, most everyone I’ve ever met likes to tell about themselves, so ask them… (Oh and make sure it is not a YES or NO kind of question.)

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  • Where they work,

  • Are they married

  • Do they have children,

  • How long have they lived in town, or where do they live 

Oh and of course…

  • What do they do

The more interested you are in them the easier the conversation.  Trust me it is true.  (That’s another point, be interested in them, listen and be present in the conversation).

So there you go.  Engage the room by smiling and asking interesting questions. You will feel much better AND it will be easier the next time.

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‘Til Next Time –

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Delinda

Life Is Not About Chance – It’s About Choice.  What are You Choosing Today?

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Life is Fun – Change it up a bit

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I was talking to some friends and several of them were saying that they felt like they were in a ‘Rut’.   Have you ever felt that way?  The holidays are over, the weather is… well, not so great in many places around the country, and we are all waiting for Spring… Right?

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So let’s Change it Up!  Pick one thing to do this week (make that each week) that is totally out  of your routine, not on your list, and spontaneous.  (Yes, it is OK to just jump in and do something different!)  Here are a few examples just in case you need a little jump-start. (If you do these on regular basis that doesn’t count – it has to be different from your regular routine).

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  • Go to the movie in the middle of the day, have popcorn

  • Maybe just go OUT to a movie and out of the house

  • Stay in your warm ups all day, and read a book… maybe even a ‘real’ one with pages =)

  • Go outside for a walk, if the weather is nice, or maybe bundle up and just go out for some fresh air depending on where you live

  • Call a friend and meet for coffee/tea… or glass of wine

  • Take the kids to the park for a picnic – peanut butter and jelly is great in the park

  • Go downtown to a ‘greasy spoon’ and eat sloppy but yummy food

  • Order pizza and eat it in the dining room on your fine china

  • If you are close enough, pack an overnight bag and drive to the beach (ummm I’m only 4 hours away, I think sounds like one for moi)

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What are your ideas – what will you do THIS week that is out of the ordinary? Life is Fun, sometimes we just need to choose to do something to Change it Up!

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‘Til next time – 

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BLESSINGS! Go out and make it a great day!

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Delinda

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Merci, Grazie, Thanks…

 

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This is Thanksgiving week.  There will be celebrations all over the country, lots of meals shared, stories told, and lots of laughter.  This is a time of reflection and many of us make lists.  Here is my partial gratitude list.

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I am thankful for

  • You , my readers of the blog,  supporters, and encouragers, thanks for staying with me.

  • My great hubby, Bill

  • My kids, Alicia, Justin and my sweet daughter in law, Emily, and granddaughter Caitri

  • My Mother and sister, and her son, Brighton

  • My brother Greg, his wife Paula, and the whole family  

  • All my cousins all around the country, many I have seen in the last few months, and those I haven’t seen in years.  

  • Wonderful friends at church, too many to list, but you all know who you are – I’m sending hugs your way.

  • Pastors at our church who lead us and share God’s Word

  • Friends in KC, again, I can’t make a total list, but know how much I value our friendship

  • Friends of the heart, that we can go months without seeing each other, and still pick up the conversation as if it was yesterday

  • I am thankful for Freedom, living in a country where we can worship freely and openly.  

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Most of all I am thankful to be a child of God, daughter of the King, and joint heir with Christ.  (Romans 8:17)  

 

Thank you Lord for saving my soul,

Thank You Lord for making me whole

Thank You Lord for giving to me,

Thy great salvation so rich and free

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This is a beautiful picture taken by my great friend Sherry g Rambin.

Thank my God

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Blessings to all of you.  What’s on your list?

(OH one more thing…. my sweet little dog Sashie =)

 

‘Til next time – 

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BLESSINGS! Go out and make it a great day!

Delinda

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Remember the Days . . .

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Many of you were following my FB page and the trip with my Mother through the South, so you have seen some of this info.  For those of you who didn’t see the FB postings…. Here are a few highlights.

Great concert with Friends in KC. Thanks again to Peggy Forstad, Elizabeth Birger, Calvin Arsenia, Andrew Yates, Roxie Adrian, David Smarts,Jennifer Merriner, and Nathan Merriner, plus the many helpers to make it possible!
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  • Left KC on Monday and headed to Little Rock, AK, to see a longtime family friend.  Poppy and my Mother have been friends for 64 years! WOW!

  • We visited with my cousins in Memphis, TN.  What a joy! (Pat so glad you are doing so well after surgery)  God is the great physician. Thanks to my cousin Gordon for his hospitality and a Fun dinner with the family.

  • Headed through the cotton fields of TN, AK, and LA (Louisiana).  I even picked one and brought it home. My Dad’s family all picked cotton to help the family.  I remember him talking about it being such hard work out in the sun all day.

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  • Next on to Monroe, LA, and lunch with my sweet Aunt Sharon.  She is still a hard worker and doing great at 86!

Coushatta, LA, and Hall summit where my Mother spent many years was next.  I met her friends at the bank.  Remember the days of actually speaking to your banker, knowing them personally, and being friends?  (Not just push button….today’s non-personal approach).  They actually knew and remembered her.

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Then we had lunch at the local dinner.  Cornbread made in an iron skillet, and THAT was yummy.  It’s time to go buy one, an iron skillet that is, (I gave mine away a number of years ago.,. thinking I was ‘over’ the cooking part. Time for a new one=)

 

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This was a whole $8, including ice tea and dessert, vanilla pudding =)

We visited my Mother’s house where she used to live until about 10 years ago. It was her Dad’s house, and before that, was her Grandmother’s.  It seemed in good repair and the trees she planted around the house are fabulous and so big.  

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The rest of town, however, was disappointing and sad. People have moved out and left buildings just deteriorating.  The little corner grocery store is no longer there, nor was the one beauty shop, and the high school is vacant and overgrown with weeds and trash.  I doubt we will go back again.  It was pretty hard on my Mother.

 

  • A great time in Shreveport for another special visit with a long time friend and then back to Little Rock to do some ‘antiquing’ with Poppy. (She looks pretty awesome for 91!)

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If you have the opportunity to get in the car and take a road trip, I encourage it.  The time spent in the car is invaluable.  It opens up opportunities for talking.  I heard stories I’d never heard before, as my Mother reminisced about her past.  

We were able to visit with friends and relatives that we haven’t seen in years. These kind of trips don’t just ‘happen’, you have to make it happen.  When? There is never the ‘perfect’ time, you just have to make the time ‘perfect’. 

Think about it.  Where would you like to go, who haven’t you seen in years, who do you want to go with you?

 

Many Blessings! ‘Til Next Time – 

Delinda

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Question: If you were going to take a car tour, where would you go? 

 

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