Countdown to Christmas – Day 7

Welcome to day seven of our Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness: Wear a Santa hat and pick up litter in your neighborhood or shovel someone’s driveway/sidewalk! If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Today’s Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 18 These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph, her fiancé, being a man of stern principle,* decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn’t want to publicly disgrace her. 20 As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins. 22 This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets— 23 ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Emmanuel” (meaning “God is with us”).’” 24 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife, 25 but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him “Jesus.” Today’s Song: Joseph’s Lullaby Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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Christmas Countdown Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of our Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness: Make a Christmas card for a shut-in and deliver it in person. This act of kindness is heart-wrenching for me. The person I was going to do this for passed away yesterday morning. Her funeral is Thursday. Please don’t put off visiting a widow or widower, someone who is sick or recovering. Someone in prison. (You can’t hand-deliver cards in prison but you can visit them.) If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  I wish we weren’t so busy. I wish I would learn to carve out time in my days and weeks to attend to those who are lonely. This life gets out of balance so easily, doesn’t it? Don’t put off something that’s on your heart to do. Write it down. Remember it. Live without regret. Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 7:14: “…the Lord himself will choose the sign—a child shall be born to a virgin! And she shall call him Immanuel (meaning, “God is with us”). Today’s Song: Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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Christmas Countdown Day 5

Welcome to day five of our Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness Donate canned goods to a charity of family in need. If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Today’s Scripture: Luke 1:38:  38 Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to do whatever he wants. May everything you said come true.” And then the angel disappeared. Today’s Song: What a moving video. Puts all life into perspective. And the absolute meaning behind this holiday we celebrate as Christ-followers. Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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Day 1 Countdown to Christmas – The Christmas Jar

I’ve been in a bit of a cranky mood this Christmas for various reasons. And I’ve learned through the years that the best way to get out of a funk is to concentrate on someone else. That’s how I came up with the idea of encouraging my readers to participate in a random act of kindness each day in December along with an Advent Countdown to Christmas reading. Check back each day in December for a random act of kindness idea, a song to enjoy (via YouTube, maybe by next year I’ll have my own Christmas album ready), and scriptures to read to the family. So let’s get started, shall we? Random Act of Kindness Day 1: Start a coin collection in a box or jar. Put cash in it each day. On day 25 of December, give that cash to someone in need. Scripture: Micah 5:2 (Even though I love the KJV best, I’m posting these scriptures from The Living Bible so that children can better understand the language):   “O Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are but a small Judean village, yet you will be the birthplace of my King who is alive from everlasting ages past!”   Here’s your song for the day! If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy.  Tweet This: Check here for today’s random act of kindness! Leave your comments below and let me know if you’re participating! Have fun and Merry...

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The most adorable elf

Like many of us moms, grandmas and pastor’s wives, I’m  more than a little swamped this Christmas season. Thankfully, That Dad Blog has posted some of the most adorable real-life baby elf on the shelf photos you’ll ever see! Enjoy! Click to see Our Real Life Elf on the Shelf Tweet this: Dad Transforms His Adorable 4-Month-Old Son into a Real-Life Elf on the...

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Busy Writers (Or at least for this one)

I love writerly gifts. But most of the time, my friends and family haven’t a clue what such things are. I may leave my computer open to this post in case Mr. Himself walks by… Here are my top 10 picks this Christmas in no particular order. Number One:  Jane Austen Action Figures and anything Jane Austen. Such as this,   this, and this. Just because I love all things Jane Austen. And these are absolutely frivolous and uniquely writerly and readerly. Number Two: Stickers for my laptop. Such as this NASA one. It’s cool for people to think I’m a rocket scientist when I’m out in public writing. Then again, the astronaut sloth sticker might clue them in to what I really am. Or the  NASA “I need my space” one. Seriously, though, this one is perfect. As is this one. And you can’t beat the price! Okay, forget the gifting. I’m getting these myself. Number Three: I am in total love with this gift idea! It’s a Moleskin notebook in a Moleskin gift box! How perfect. No need to explain why any writer wouldn’t love this one, right? Number Four: Altwork Station. When I make my first million I’m so getting one of these.  You’ve got to see this for yourself! (Watch the video. You’ll be putting this one on your list, too.) Number Five: Bookends. I have so many books. I’m never without a need for bookends. And since I’m really into elephants, I love these little guys.   Every writer can use a nice set of bookends or even a cute bookshelf! Number Six: Movie passes! Fiction writers love movies. Mainly they like to go and rip apart every scene, dissect each word, analyze the dialogue, conflicts, and more. Sometimes they want to sit in a movie alone and savor every morsel. Writers are weird. You might want to get the passes for them  to go to the movies alone unless they happen to have patient friends who understand. Or you have a unique writer friend who’s an extrovert. Unlike me. It’s not that I’m anti-social. I’m just an in-her-head-all-the-time kind of gal. Okay, fine. My kids think I’m anti-social. Number Seven: A vintage typewriter. Just because. Personally, I’d love to have a pink one:     Or this one from my childhood. I can still remember its smell! And if the below picture is really a thing, please, please, please, someone show me where I can get this one! It does look like you can make your own according to this website, but a circuitry aficionado I’m not. However, I’m a writer, and there’s nothing a writer loves more than dreaming–besides caffeine and chocolate. Which brings us to...

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