UNIQUE GEMS

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I recently had lunch with a few of my friends.  It was nice to spend quiet time with them.  We all felt weary after the Christmas busy-ness, so my aim was for us each to enjoy some down-time.

Prior to their arrival, I showered and dressed; choosing a comfortable outfit, because I felt the need for comfort after all the Christmas goodies consumed.  My cockpit check on appearance complete, I added earrings as a ‘top-it-off’ accessory.

Lunch was delicious.  The company great, and conversation interesting.  Methinks we all enjoyed the time together.  I know I did.

Afterwards, I  decided to dress down by removing my fancy clothes and my earrings.  I took each gem from my ears and then discovered that the earrings did not match!  OMG!  Being the perfectionist that I am, I thought ‘Well, I’ve been wearing mismatched earrings for the last two hours and nobody noticed. How on earth could I be so lax?’  Mismatched but not important enough to gain attention, because each piece had its own beauty, it had done the distinct work it was called to do. Shine.

Once upon a time I would have been very upset at my error.  I think it’s called vanity.  Imagining that all eyes are continually and searchingly on you.

God looks upon each one of us as unique and we too have been created for specific reasons.  We do not always understand our purpose, but do what we can with what we have.  As individuals we can appear to be all-put-together, while we struggle to be special by worldly standards.  Whether we are short or tall, slim or portly, handsome or not, we are unique and God intended us to be that way.  We are not perfect, but we can add beauty to life and to the lives of others if we take the focus off of ourselves and just be content to shine in our own particular way.

I have relaxed my expectations of myself of recent years, although I still aim for perfection, it is not of paramount importance.  I laugh at myself more easily, and the earring mistake I choose to think of as my owning a unique pair of earrings.  They are mismatched but still attractive, and on a positive note, if I lose these I know that without a doubt, I have another pair just like them in my jewellery box.

Psalm 139:16  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Patricia

Favourite Carol

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Since as far back as I can remember (a long time), this has been one of my favourite carols.

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.  http://www.41051.com/xmaslyrics/awaymanger.html

May God Bless each and everyone of you!

Patricia

Countdown

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It’s countdown time for Christmas shopping.

The last frantic hours of spending will soon be over.

Gifts will be under the tree.  Delicacies stored in the kitchen, ready to treat the senses at a Christmas feast.

Just one more consideration is necessary.  The reason for all this.  JESUS CHRIST.

Jesus came to save the people of the world; to give each person an opportunity to see the world through His eyes.  No clamoring crowds.  No cacophony of cash registers secreting away your hard-earned cash.  No last-minute panic, and stress, trying to find the perfect gift for a loved one.  But a quiet night.  A lowly stable.  Shepherds.  Magi.  Joseph and Mary and their tiny babe.  Jesus.

The sky was illuminated by a bright star.  A star brighter than any seen before.  Come here, it beckoned.  Come and see this baby.  He is ‘the One’ you have long awaited.

The dark of night was broken only by the sound of adoration for this child. The promise of the peace of love became reality.  The troubled world received an unearthly gift to show them supernatural love; a love to bring them out of the troubles of the world of that time.

‘God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.’  (NKJV John 3:17)

Seems to me that the need is with us again. A need to believe in, and accept Jesus Christ.  He is the bringer of peace, love, mercy and understanding which the world needs now more than ever.

He is the one size fits all gift.  (RBC Ministries today)

The best gift of all.

 

 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

After the Storm0010

Don’t let the busy-ness of Christmas get you down.

My dear friend and mentor, Brenda Wood, included this message with her Christmas card.  The sentiments are too good to keep to myself.

God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, the One who got you started, says “Don’t be afraid.  I’ve redeemed you.  I’ve called your name.  You’re mine.

When you are in over your head, I’ll be there with you.

When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.

When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end – because I AM GOD, your personal God.  I paid a huge price for you.  That’s how much you mean to me!

That’s how much I love you!

I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.  (Isaiah 43:1-4,  MSG)

Now this was written to the Israelites centuries ago, but the truth is, that’s exactly how God feels about us now!  And He did give up everything for us.  He bought us for a huge price.  The death of His son, Jesus!

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16, KJV)

Prayer:  Lord may we never take your sacrifices on our behalf for granted.  Amen!

Patricia 

Check out Brenda’s website at:

http://heartfeltdevotional.com

 

TABITHA

Give a book for Christmas.

Author of: A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story (a story of endurance and love)
Softcover: $15 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author
E-book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U
Children’s Book: Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest  (Tabitha and her brothers learn a valuable lesson)
E-book http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8
Printed Version by Request. $10 + shipping.

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Patricia

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to one and all!

It has been a year fraught with violent acts around the world, and I am so thankful for the peace (within) that Christmas brings.  Jesus Christ was born to bring peace and salvation to anyone in the world willing to accept Him and His gift of love.

Much of the violence has been directed at Christians and heinous acts are perpetrated against brave men and women simply following the direction of their hearts and spirits.  This is too much for the persecutors to commit to, or want, in their lives, they prefer the dark emptiness of evil.  So the violence continues.  Mankind directing cruelty against other (gentler) members of mankind.

Right now thousands are fleeing their country of origin, seeking a place of peace.  A majority are not Christians.  Their desire is to find safety and acceptance.  The lure of life in a country not devastated by war, torture, abuse, intimidation and absolute control, pushes them to take unbelievable risks to try and reach that place.

How sad it is that mankind does not ‘get’ the biblical message of love.  It provides an inner haven of tolerance and love.  The result of being able to accept others for who they are, and what they have accomplished in life.  No greed.  No jealousies.  No cruelty.  No persecution.  What a beautiful world it could be!

That would be a perfect world.  We can live together in harmony, but that old devil – control, greed and misdirected idolatry continue to enslave and destroy, keeps on stepping in to destroy everything that is good about life on this planet.

At Christmas-time, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. the bringer of hope, love and humility, we make time to rethink actions and words and seek harmony.  That’s all there is to love. Loving one another; purely, kindly and unconditionally.  There is no desire to control or manipulate. No retaliation or jealousy.  Bottom line:  it is about treating others as you want to be treated.

We can look around the world and easily find people who refuse to care for any living being.  Sadly, they miss the point of love.  Living in harmony and caring for, and about, one another is the key to harmony.  Believing in the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is the pathway to that idyll.

My hope and prayer for each of you is that you have a safe Christmas.  A Christmas with family and friends.  A time of helping when and however you can.  A time of being thankful for what we have and for our loved ones.  Gifts in pretty paper are always welcome, but this time of giving is nothing if you have nobody to share it with.

So let the slogan ‘I want that’ be directed at Jesus Christ’s offer of relationship and peace, and let us love one another.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Patricia

Author of: A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story
Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author
                  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U
Children’s Book:  Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest
Printed Version by Request.  $10 + shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Gift for Christmas

All orders for a print-version of Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest will be shipped with three (3) beautiful greetings cards, as a Christmas thank you.

Each card displays a beautiful photograph of a sunrise, sunset, skyscape or nature picture.

TABITHA

 

Children’s Book:  Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

E-book      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8

Blog:         https://patriciaeday.wordpress.com

I will also give the same gift to anyone buying the softcover version of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story.

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Print copies available by request from me.

 

Patricia

 

TABITHA

Tabitha and the Forbidden Forest by Patricia E Day is a delightful children’s book. Very well written with an unique element of suspense. I highly recommend this book for all young readers. I especially enjoyed the word definitions and question section at the back of the book.

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I absolutely loved this book by Patricia E Day!  A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story was a excellent and inspiring read!  It will stir you up emotionally as she takes you along the path down her traumatic childhood.  Although Eleanor experienced many trials and tribulations they were not able to keep her down.  She was successful in overcoming life’s challenges and shows you how to let the healing begin.  I highly recommend this book to all those who had their own childhood stolen.

Michelle Stievenard

Ontario