Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas Icebreakers


When you are sitting around your Christmas dinner with friends and family, why not ask some thoughtful questions?

1. What's the best thing that's happened to you since last Christmas?
2. What was your best Christmas ever? Why?
3. What's the most meaningful Christmas gift you've ever received?
4. What was the most appreciated Christmas gift you've ever given?
5. What was your favorite Christmas tradition as a child?
6. What is your favorite Christmas tradition now?
7. What do you do to try to keep Christ in Christmas?
8. If you were stranded on an island with a TV/DVD player and only one Christmas movie, which one would it be?

Christmas Tree Dilemna


I never thought I'd be a fake tree type but last year after Christmas, we bought a nine foot tree with white lights for $30 (such a deal we couldn't pass it up, even if we only used it on our front porch or something like that!). However, I must admit I love this tree! We put it in our family room for our main tree this year. Here are the positives about a fake tree:
1. It goes up in a flash.
2. I don't have to put lights on it
3. You can move the branches to fit the ornaments where you want them to show up
4. The branches don't bend down under the weight of the heavier ornaments
5. I can "smell" the tree since I put out my Yankee Candle "Cedar Leaf Spruce" potpourri which smell even better and longer than any Frazier Fir we've ever bought
6. It's economical
7. No needle droppings!
8. Don't have to water it
9. No sap on your hands that you can't get off

So all in all I'm now PRO artificial tree!!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

EARS WIDE OPEN!


If you'd like to read my book, Ears Wide Open:Hearing God's Voice in Your Everyday Life go to http://ears-wide-open.blogspot.com/ where you can read it in bite-sized posts. Sit back, relax and prepare to encounter GOD!!!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Best of the Best


The Truth Comes Out is for anyone who had dealt with a difficult relationship in their life, especially family. Nancy's honest and vulnerable struggle to love the "unlovely" takes you through a spiritual transformation that only God could bring about . . . Nancy's changed heart. I found this to be not only highly interesting but helpful in learning how to have true empathy for those who you love but don't approve of their behavior. EXCELLENT READ!

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Gideon's Gift made me cry. I always try to read a Christmas novel around this time of year and have enjoyed two other books in Karen Kingbury's Red Glove Series, but this is the best yet! My eyes were opened to a segment of our society that we all ignore with either apathy or disgust, the homeless, and makes them "real" people that we care about . . . with a very touching ending. If you want to get in the true spirit of Christmas,it is a must read this season.
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EVERYONE needs to read this book! It's Not Okay with Me takes you on a roller coaster ride from 9/11 to the slums of Africa and will challenge you to your core. "Janine Maxwell owned one of the largest marketing companies in Canada that boasted a blue chip client list. Then on 9/11 she found herself trapped in New York City when all transportation in and out of the city stopped. She had to fight her way home to her family in Canada.
The world-changing events of that day became the catalyst that first sent Janine into a deep depression and later to the darkest parts of Africa in her search for the meaning of life. What happened next was a roller coaster ride from the board room to the streets of Africa where she found herself standing face to face with the AIDS pandemic and trying to understand what to do with 15 million orphans who are left in its wake. Her story is brutally honest and will take you straight to the heart of the issue of Africa's great need." from CBD website

I've said ITS NOT OKAY WITH ME! Read this book and let me know if it's not okay with you either!