Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Letter from Jesus about Christmas

A Letter From Jesus About Christmas

My Dearest Loved Ones,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you

who have been blessed with children of your own.

I don't care what you call the day.

If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

Now, having said that let Me go on ...

If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth,

then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn.

If all My followers did that, there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square

because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree.

It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree.

Decorate a grape vine if you wish ...

I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were.

If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list.

Choose something from it ...

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated,

write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home.

They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year.

I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally.

They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year,

why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year.

Then follow up ...

it will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need - spend time with them.

Tell them the story of My birth and why I came to live with you down here.

Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season

because they feel so alone and hopeless?

Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile ...

it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday,

be patient with the people who work there.

Give them a warm smile and a kind word.

Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one.

Then stop shopping there on Sunday.

If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close

and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary ...

especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one ...

There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree,

but neither will they have any presents to give or receive.

If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army

or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me,

then behave like a Christian.

Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence.

Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget - I am God and can take care of Myself.

Just love Me and do what I have told you to do.

I'll take care of all the rest.

Check out the list above and get to work; time is short.

I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court.

And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember ...

I Love You,


When I forget how much my Jesus loves me,
I remember His walk.
When I wonder if I can be forgiven,
I remember His walk.
And to show Him how much I love Him
I wake up each morning ...
Turn my eyes to Jesus
And I walk.

A Letter From Jesus About Christmas

Living for God: A Letter From Jesus About Christmas

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stop Beating myself up and Start celebrating the successes

I started my weight loss journey on January 1st 2010, so that's 11 months 2 days since I started, when I first started this journey, I made short term, longer and final goals as I began to loose the weight I began to get "cocky" and think "Man, this is a piece of cake," then I started bumping up my goal times, thinking "hey I've already did this so I'll move the goal date" well by doing that I didn't realize it but I was setting myself up for failure in the long run.

First Example, I had lost 35 pounds by the very beginning of April and knew that I'd moved my goal to 45lbs by 5.16 my wedding anniversary, keeping the "piece of cake" mind frame, I got lazy, stopped exercising and whatnot and basically coasted thru April with only loosing 5 pounds. May 16th rolled around and I was about 8lbs from my "GOAL". I was crushed and very disappointed in myself that I didn't make my goal, well that spun me into a 2 month downfall and finally about July I let it go, Decided that at 6 months I'd make it day 1 again and off I went on the journey (still very determined to make another goal by October) Long story short October came and went and I didn't make the 75lbs gone that I had set out to accomplish, heck I barley had 50 and again was upset with myself..... Again frustrations set in...

Then I read an article on Sparkpeople Titled "Remember to reward yourself" and started thinking about how I was approaching my journey. I had some how turned my getting healthy lifestyle into a gigantic race. I was racing so hard that I forgot which route I was on and ended up seriously lost. Worst part was I guess I couldn't (or wouldn't) allow myself to see how far I'd come and celebrate it, instead I was mad, angry, frustrated, totally annoyed that I wasn't where I wanted to be and well that just made me care even less about my accomplishments and totally had me focusing on my failures.

Well not anymore! My journey is not a race, it never was, I see that now, I see that every pounds I've shed is one pound closer to my goal and I celebrate every single pound gone (62 now).
From now on, I will not focus on dates, and when I'll be this size or that size, that's not important and I refuse to set myself up to be disappointed if I don't make it by then, so what if someone who started after me has lost more than me, I will not focus on that, because it's not important anymore, because I'm not racing!! What is important is that in 11 months I haven't given up, I haven't stopped, I'm determined and no matter how long it takes I will keep plugging away, no longer pushing to be such and such by this time but to be healthier each and every single day.

It was hard coming to terms with I'M NOT RACING, but I'm glad that after 11 months it's finally clicked inside of me that I'm doing this for myself, no matter how long it takes I wont give up or quit!!! I'm in this for the long haul. and today I celebrate all of my successes that I've accomplished in the 11 months..

Are you celebrating your successes too?? If not, I ask you to take a look at how far you've come on your journey even if its just 5 pounds you've lost. Celebrate them, be proud of what you're doing for you!!


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