It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 17, Book 14

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

Earl Nightingale

You've heard it said, Hurry up and wait! But learning to wait calmly is an important part of living. I think we don’t mind waiting if we have learned that there is a reward for that wait. A big chunk of one’s life is learning to have confidence in the darkness of winter, in the times when things look bleak, to know that there is something out of our sight that is coming into being. And that isn’t always just Christmas, but it’s all those rebirths in our own lives that require a period of waiting. Advent is just one of the times that waiting is tough.  The great thing is that we can wait together.

Just because it’s not happening now, doesn’t mean it never will.  Sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right and sometimes it feels like everything is about to fall apart when in reality things are just about ready to come together

Just as winter darkness draws us closer, Advent offers a paradoxical promise to our time:  that peace really is possible, that hope flickers in the darkest places, that crisis can draw us closer together, and that the humble of the earth will outlast the dark.  

The Christmas Ten Commandments

Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas shopping list.
Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.
Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.
Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.
Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever.
Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.
Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.
Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.
Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou has become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
Thou shall not forget to share your joy, peace and faith with those around you.

 Author Unknown 


jack69 said...

I came here looking and I found it (as always) the Gem:
Just because it’s not happening now, doesn't mean it never will. *****

Such a simple, logical but insightful statement.
Love from Melbourne, FL

Chatty Crone said...

You are right - but sometimes it is hard to wait - not knowing when it will happen.

betty said...

I liked those Christmas 10 Commandments! It is so true that sometimes things have to go very wrong and fall apart before things start to come together. I think that is in a lot of circumstances in our lives :)