Lessons from 3 Wise Guys

Three Wise Guys

Bringing this back from a couple of years ago.  My how fast time goes by……….

Much can be learned by taking a look at the people in the Christmas story – take the 3 wise men for instance. Matthew 2:1–2:

Three guys made their way to a stable where animals were kept.  They left their kingdoms to search for the king of kings that was born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling cloth.  They made their way past King Herod and trusted in a star to get them to their destination.  They walked in faith and experienced amazing joy.  They gave their best.

The older I get the more I want my Christmas season to have the elements the wise men exhibit.  I don’t enjoy the hustle and bustle of the shopping malls.  I don’t need to know if I picked up the best item for someone.  Don’t get me wrong I put love and thought in my gifts but I’ve found it is easy to overspend the more I’m out and about.  I want to have more moments at home reading, studying, sipping a hot drink and enjoying my Christmas tree.  I want to  leave what the world tells me is important and invest my time in gifts that give long after December 25th is over.  

My mom handed down the manger display we had as children.  It’s not an expensive set monetarily but it is one of my favorite Christmas items to place on my coffee table.  When my 18-month-old grandson came to the house a few days ago and picked up the cow and I began to tell him about Christmas and the baby.  My heart was touched when he picked up baby Jesus and kissed him.  Now that is a Christmas moment.

So here’s to leaving the busyness of the season and searching for the babe in the manager, of not missing the joy and  bringing our best which has nothing to do with the amount of gifts under the tree.  Each time we have time with a loved one or do something kind for another we are blessed.  Maybe I’m on my way to becoming a wise woman 🙂

Here is an easy almond cookie recipe to make for the holidays – you can switch up the sprinkle with holiday colors.  HERE

Almond Cookies - Powdered

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Letting Go Of Stuff

Perhaps it’s just the season I’m in but…….

China Hutch

for the past few weeks I’ve reevaluated how much I really need – how many decorations, how many plates – asking the question what do I really use on a regular basis and why am I storing items that are not a good fit for my lifestyle anymore?   It’s hard at times to place items in boxes and yet freeing to let go.  I know this – my china hutch looks a lot better after decluttering and cleaning the mirrors.  

China Hutch 2 
Packaging my grandmother’s china set for my son and soon-to-be daughter-in law.  This is the storage set I used.

Declutter Christmas

This was one of several boxes that were donated to Goodwill and hope others will enjoy decorating their home for next year’s Christmas celebration.

Lemon Paleo Cookies

Of course I’ve been doing a bit of cooking while streamlining.  Here are some wonderful lemon cookies made from Almond and Coconut flour as well as fresh lemons from our backyard tree – one of the perks of living in AZ.  Recipe from Paleo Kitchen Cookbook

One of my goals this year is to read the bible from a chronological perspective and, of course, I will continue my decluttering project.

I’d enjoy hearing about a goal or two of yours.  May 2015 be full of blessings for you.

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Christmas 2014

Well, I promised to share some of my favorite Christmas decorations and thought I’d see what I could do in a few minutes.

First I want to share something I read this morning that touched my heart…Christmas

This has been a year of scaling back the gifts/effort spent in the kitchen and increasing time and money spent on others – it’s been a good experience.   

 
Christmas - Gingerbread Bag
Amazing what can be created with a paper bag and cloth.

Cookie - Jesus
My daughter decorated the Jesus cookie – it’s my favorite.

My aunt does beautiful needlework and we all have a stocking she has created for each of us. Here are two.

Stocking - Tamara

Stocking - Evan

Christmas - Card Holder
This was given to me when I worked at an elementary school years ago. I made the pillow last year out of burlap.

This will be my last planned post of 2014 – taking time to be with family. I pray that your Christmas is filled with His presence and His Joy (Jesus Only You).

Sincerely, Debbie

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