A Flashback

December 17, 2007 at 7:47 am

From December 16, 2006

I was reading over at Wardeh’s Such Treasures.  A friend of her’s, Karen Twombly, commented on her

post about the holiday clutter and rush.  She said:

I am struggling with the same [feelings of undone-ness with the season]. This is why I leave my tree up after everything else is put away. THEN, I sit in the room with a hot cup of coffee and my Bible and worship God and thank Him for sending His Son to live among us and die for us!!

I don’t think all this time of preparation and busyness is all bad as long as it ends in worship. The Bible is full of big festivals and feasting days. I am going to try to think of Christmas as a big feasting day of dedication to the Lord. I will put up with the preparations, busyness and exhaustion. Then on Christmas and after, I will bask in praise and worship to the Lord!

From yesterday’s sermon:  “Worship leads to joy, if you haven’t experienced joy, perhaps you have not worshiped deeply enough.” 

Then, if worship leads to joy, and if preparation leads to worship, then ode to preparations! 

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Sifting the joy from the mundane:

recording, photographing, learning, creating.

I am married to the love of my life, as we raise three children, learning the ways of grace.


Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving




When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


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