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

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 29, Book 15

The Advent Virus


Be on the alert for symptoms of inner Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to this virus and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus:

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.
A loss of interest in judging other people.
A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.
A loss of interest in conflict.
A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)
Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.
Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.
 Frequent attacks of smiling.
 An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.
An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
Please send this warning out to all your friends. This virus can and has affected many systems. Some systems have been completely cleaned out because of it.

November 29th - Families are strengthened through the power of love

Well, it's that time of year again. The Holidays, a season that fills us with anxiety and hope. We fight the shopping and the decoration, while we look forward to time with loved ones. Here at my house, we celebrate the season of Advent.  The four weeks of preparation for Christmas.  The first Sunday of Advent is today, November 29th.  

Many start there countdown till Christmas December 1st, but this year we begin a little earlier. This is one tradition I’ve passed on to my family.  Traditions that are carried on year after year are full of love and memories too.

Family traditions are the rituals, practices and beliefs of a family that are handed down from one generation to the next. They can enrich families, promote a feeling of closeness, and strengthen family bonds. hey create emotional safety, security and fond memories.

What we do on the outside won’t sway us much if we don’t also do things on the inside, too. Participating in Advent traditions and devotions will help to increase the longing and open our hearts more fully to the coming of the Savior at Christmas. 

A towering pine or mighty oak draws on rain, sunshine, air, and soil to thrive. Similarly, we grow through the comfort, inspiration, ideas, and enrichment we receive from others.

Family is a vital part of our support system. Today I give thanks for my family and others who are important to me. As we gather for special celebrations, we embrace our similarities and differences.

When we are apart, we can enrich our relationships by reaching out.  We can strengthen our connection through simple acts of kindness, such as calling or sending a note. Near or far,  Bless others with warm thoughts and prayers of gratitude for their presence in our life.  

Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where there is an increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it. I’m hoping to catch this particular virus.

In this holiday season, with its irritations and crazy schedules, take some quiet time with your family.  If you’re looking for hope, peace, joy, and love this Christmas season, look to God.

There is truly much to be thankful for this November


jack69 said...

I enjoy this time with you. I think it is wonderful that you passed this tradition on to your family.

I certainly appreciate the symptoms of the VIRUS! NEAT, and from Georgia Love your way!@

Mevely317 said...

Inhaling deeply over here ... hoping to catch this virus, and share it with family and friends,

betty said...

That Advent virus is one I want to definitely catch here! It is so true that we can be stressed in the weeks ahead getting ready for the holiday; always good though to get the priorities in order, remember who we are celebrating with Jesus and then making sure we do spend that precious time with those we love :)