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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Chapter 12, Page 19, Book 18

 ¸¸.•*¨*• Joy to the world, the Lord has come!  Let earth receive her King !
Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing!   ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Day 19 - when JOY is hard to find

The adventure of life is to learn.  The purpose of life is to grow.  The nature of life is change.  The challenge of life is to overcome.  The essence of life is to care.  The opportunity of life is to serve.  The secret of life is to dare.  The spice of life is to befriend.  The beauty of life is to give.  The joy of life is to love.

William Arthur Ward

 As one of my little granddaughters reminded me last week, there is still time…in her case there is still time to be put on Santa’s good list.  So far she’d been on the naughty list, but she was still trying her very best to get on the nice list before Christmas comes. 

There is still time too, for all of us to prepare our hearts for Christmas day.  Being prepared is something that helps us see the deeper meaning behind the tree, the gifts and the parties.  We celebrate because hope, peace and love came on Christmas Day in the form of a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  That is the true JOY of Christmas.

Seems all I have been doing these days is preparation.  Working to get things done so that I can enjoy the day and bring joy to those I love.  One of the best gifts of Christmas for me is a happy family around the tree.  Even though some are far away, in some small way I believe that we all come home for Christmas.  

Christmas my child is love in action.  …Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.

Dale Evans Rogers


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Preparation is half the fun of any celebration.

Mevely317 said...

I LOVE your little granddaughter's optimism! I used to think half the fun of travel was in the planning, so yes. Your attitude about 'preparations being half the fun' resonates! Good one!

Sandi said...


betty said...

I bet your granddaughter will end up on the nice list before Christmas!



i hope your granddaughter ends up on santas nice list in time for christmas. "Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas."