Countdown to Christmas — Day 11

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Welcome to Day 11 of our Christmas Countdown!

Today is our Christmas Program at church. But my heart will also be with the men and women in uniform who are serving our country during this holiday season. Which brings me to this very important Random Act of Kindness:

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Write to someone in military service.

You can do this easily online here: USO Send a Message.

If you don’t know what to say, this website has a lot of great ideas: Operation We Are Here.

Also, check out this great resource if you want to get involved or send a card personally: Cards and Letters

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:8, TLB: 

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep.

Today’s Song: The First Noel

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Countdown to Christmas — Day 10

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Welcome to Day 10 of our Countdown to Christmas!

I love doing the act of kindness scheduled for today!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Donate to a bell ringer. Drive to where one is on purpose to do so.

I honestly would love to be a bell ringer volunteer one day. I haven’t had the privilege of doing so, but I know you can sign up to be a bell ringer here: Register to Ring.

If you’d like all the random acts of kindness in one list, email me and I’ll send you a copy. 

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:7, TLB:

And she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

Today’s Song: Away in a Manger

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 9

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Welcome to Day 9 of our Christmas Countdown!

I’m excited about this day because it features my favorite song!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Visit someone in the nursing home.

I realize this can be uncomfortable for some folks. But just think how uncomfortable it is for people who have to live there day after day in loneliness and feelings of abandonment? Many have lost all their friends. And younger members of their family are busy raising their children.

If you don’t know anyone you can visit, consider baking or taking treats to the nurses who work there. Nurses are angels on this earth. There’s no occupation I admire more.

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:6:

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born.

Today’s Song (My Favorite Christmas Song!):

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 8

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Welcome to day eight of the Christmas Countdown! Today’s Random Act of Kindness is one of my favorites!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Tape change to a vending machine or a bag of microwave popcorn to a video vending machine!

Doesn’t that sound like such fun? Only thing is, I’d want to hide in my car and watch people’s reaction. I might just do that! Please comment below if you do the same!

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 2:1-5:

About this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation.

(This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration.

And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David’s ancient home—journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth.

He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

Today’s Song:

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Countdown to Christmas – Day 7

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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!

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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

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Christmas Countdown Day 6

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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.

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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.)

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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:

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Christmas Countdown Day 5

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Welcome to day five of our Christmas Countdown!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness

Donate canned goods to a charity of family in need.

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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.

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Christmas Countdown Day 4

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Welcome to day four of the Christmas Countdown 2016!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Pray for two people you haven’t prayed for in a long time or better yet, pray for your enemies.

I find the best cure for unforgiveness is to pray for those who have hurt me. It’s not easy. But it’s not only how we are to live so that God can forgive us, too, but it’s also very therapeutic.

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Today’s Scripture

Luke 1:34-35 TLB

34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of God shall overshadow you; so the baby born to you will be utterly holy—the Son of God.”

Today’s Song:

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Christmas Countdown Day 3

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Welcome to day three of the countdown to Christmas!

Today’s Random Act of Kindness:

Make cookies for a neighbor or enemy and deliver them in person.

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If you’re like me, and have little time to actually make cookies, don’t let that stop you. Order up some homemade-style cookies, slap a bow on them and deliver them. Keep it simple. Don’t talk yourself out of being kind to someone who has done you wrong. You will grow by leaps as a person.

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Today’s Scripture:

Luke 1:31-33, TLB:

31 Very soon now, you will become pregnant and have a baby boy, and you are to name him ‘Jesus.’32 He shall be very great and shall be called the Son of God. And the Lord God shall give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he shall reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom shall never end!”

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Today’s Song:

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Christmas Countdown Day 2

As I said in Day 1’s post, I caught myself being a bit of a grump about Christmas so decided to do something about it. Enter my Random Act of Kindness coundown. Here’s day 2:

Help Clean Someone’s House or Yard

Hope, a four-year-old German Shepherd dog in the winning picture of the Talented Pets category at the National Pet Month Hall of Fame exhibition, which launches on Wet Nose Day (23rd April 2008) at Selfridge, London and runs until 5th May.

Hope, a four-year-old German Shepherd dog in the winning picture of the Talented Pets category at the National Pet Month Hall of Fame exhibition.

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I think for next year I’ll change this to “help decorate someone’s house or yard.” So if you’d rather do that, go for it! I did that last year and it was so much more fun than decorating my own house. Here’s a beautiful house. I wonder where she gets her energy and time to do this!

Isn’t that gorgeous?

Here’s today’s scripture:

Luke 1:26-38: 

26 The following month God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin, Mary, engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.

 

28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Congratulations, favored lady! The Lord is with you!”[e]

 

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.

 

30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to wonderfully bless you!

 

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Here’s today’s song!

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