Like most of you I have been out and about, Christmas shopping, going to rehearsals, and attending great Christmas gatherings… and eating toooo much =)
While on one of those excursions, I went to Walgreens for a few things and had a great encounter. I was paying for my items, and the lady behind me had an armload of various Christmas decorations, some lights, a couple stockings, and few other things. I had seen her in the aisle earlier and we had exchanged Hello to each other. When I saw her come up behind me I said Hi again and mentioned that it looked like she had found what she needed.
At this point she smiles Big and said she was getting ready to go decorate a house. She then explained she had a closing that afternoon and she was giving the keys to a new home to her client and 2 children. I really tuned in at this point. She said she wanted to surprise them and wanted them to have a feeling of Christmas when they went to their house for the first time. WOW! Isn’t that soooo cool?! Now let’s go back.
She is a RE agent here in LV and had a closing on a house , which in most cases means the job is done. Many people think that once that happens an agent is done, and they collect their money, right? Well, I know many RE agents, and that really isn’t how they view it. They want relationship and lasting friendships.
This woman was one of those great agents. I thought what she was doing was so sweet that I asked for her card, gave her mine, and invited her to tune in here so I could recognize her for her great efforts and Christmas spirit. Great job Terry P. You made a difference to those around. Blessings for the season and a bountiful New Year!
How can we share a little Christmas spirit today? I’d love to know your ideas!
Today’s blog is a little different. I am so excited to share
with you a couple upcoming events.
SEPT. 26 Saturday evening at 6:30 pm. in KC area
The JOY of the Journey, a Christian Concert where I will be singing and sharing the stage with some local KC Friends. We will be doing a variety of music, including favorite hymns, contemporary praise songs, and some original music.
Andrew Yates, Drummer, composer, and news anchor and announcer at KMBZ
Dr. Elizabeth Birger, Fabulous Opera singer and voice coach
David Charles Smart, multi-styled, award-winning, Nashville recording guitarist – (http://www.smartfrets.com/)
Calvin Arsenia – Folk Harpist and vocalist. He uses music to tell stories of the heart. http://www.calvinarsenia.com
Peggy Forstad, Music Director and our Host at LBC
FREE Concert, Leawood Baptist Church, 8300 State Line (http://www.leawoodbaptist.com). A Love Offering will be taken.
Here we are – Passion Week – the last week of Jesus’ ministry here on earth. Often I will rent various ‘Easter’ movies during this time so I can focus on what it must have been like for Jesus. I’m not sure if I will this year, and I’m not sure why, I guess I’ll give that some thought. The movie that hits me the hardest, because to me it seems so incredibly ‘real’, is the ‘The Passion of the Christ’. It breaks my heart.
It is just a movie right? But since I am a visual person, seeing those images takes me to the place . . . the betrayal, the denying, the pain, the crucifixion. So I’m not sure if I’ll watch it again, but I am thinking about this week, Jesus, His walk, His life, the miracles, the healing, His purpose, His Love!
Hallelujah we know Easter is coming. We know this is not the end! We know there is more to the story… but for today, I want to remember the cross.
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.
(by Seth and Bessie Sykes)
I’d also like to share this song with you…
Garden of Gethsemane
‘Til Next Time –
2015 —the Best We’ve Ever Seen!
What do you do to remember? Talk to me, I’d love to hear from you!
Isn’t it great – CHRISTMAS! I love this season of the year. First and most importantly I love that we take this time to celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior, Redeemer, Peace of Peace, Emmanuel. I love the lights and decorations, I love the RED– it is so full of life and makes me smile. I love to watch children’s eyes light up, to hear them giggle, and get excited. Now of course, I do realize that not everyone loves Christmas. There are a lot of hurting people who have lost loved ones, who have painful memories, etc. My heart goes out to them and I want to share the love of Jesus with them. I want them to know that Jesus love can heal the hurts, His love can overcome all of the negativity, the meanness, and the pain. You are loved!
I had an interesting conversation with a friend today. She is feeling a little stressed and gets offended when people ask “Are you ready for Christmas?” Why you ask? It makes her feel guilty, and like something is wrong with her because she still has things to do, etc. As we talked about it I began to understand her feelings and we decided that having something different to say might be a good idea.
When someone asks ‘Are you ready for Christmas? Here were a few of our thoughts that have nothing to do with shopping and buying.
YES – I love Christmas and all that goes with it (Only say it if you really mean it)
YES – I’ve been singing Christmas music for a month and feel in the spirit
YES – I have things to do, but I am ready for it.
YES – isn’t it a great time of year!
YES – my heart is ready, even though I have a few more things to do.
No – but I’m not worried about it.
No – I like to stretch it out ’til the end.
No – why rush I have plenty of time
No – but I am celebrating everyday
As with most things, it is how we look at it, how we choose to answer the questions and how we decide to react. I choose to share the joy.
Another little thing – when out shopping and doing errands, etc., when they say ‘Happy Holiday” (because it is the politically correct thing to do) I stop, look them in the eye, and with a big smile say “Merry Christmas”. I want to be intentional in remembering what this season is all about. It’s Christmas. It is Jesus. Period. End of story . . . Ha – actually, the beginning of the Story!
‘Til next time –
TALK to me – I’d love to hear from you! (see Comment box below)
Question: How do you feel about Christmas? Does it bother you when people ask “Are you ready?”