It’s funny how fast this year is passing us by.

I mean, it’s Monday night,December 11, 2017… and it feels as though just yesterday was October or even September.  At least for me.

As I washed my face this morning, I started to reflect on life.  I looked into the mirror and noticed how much I’ve changed.  Physically, emotionally, spiritually.

I have to be honest, some of the things I saw, I did not like.  The stress that I have been through, it shows on my face.  Bruising, bumps, extra weight and various lines course through my cheeks, lips and under my eyes, revealing everything negative that I have held in, and that I have carried with me for years.

Yet people say I look so youthful, happy and free.

Boy, I sure don’t feel that way.

Yet, there was something else I saw while staring at myself in the bathroom mirror.  It presented to me a positivity that totally changed my outlook for the rest of the morning.  Most of it was hope.

Hope for a better day, hope for a better life, hope for a better tomorrow.

I then recognized faith, which helped me get up this morning, reminding me not to give up.  I also saw love, the love of life, and of my family and friends looking back at me with my deep brown eyes.  I could now see how much that I am so loved, and how I am so blessed.

And with those reflections in front of me, I had to smile.  This year sure has gone by fast, but that only means my best moments are at a closer reach than it was before.

 

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mystery blogger award

Hey everybody!

Well it is the 11th of December and I hope that all of you are enjoying another wonderful Monday 🙂 I have to say that this has been one of my better days.

Anyway, I have to take a few minutes to let you all know that I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award.  It wasn’t too long ago that this happened but I have just gotten to making this post, so… I want to thank MoeTips, a fellow blogger with an extremely wonderful website soooooo much for choosing me as one of her nominations!  I think it’s great that bloggers can support each other in creative ways like this and it’s also a good way for us all to discover amazing bloggers that we otherwise may not have run across on these here interwebs.  Trust me, having your blog acknowledged from other bloggers is awesome!!  With that said, make sure you visit MoeTip’s blog when you get a chance!

The best thing about this nomination as that in return, I also get to nominate other bloggers that I feel deserve the same recognition too!  Keep reading to find out more about how this all works.
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Hey everyone!  So I have a question for you, how was your black Friday?  Did you do any shopping for Christmas at all?  What about the deals, did you find any worth bragging about?  Well, during this time of year, many of us start thinking of items to give our loved ones come Christmas day.  Maybe you’re like me – just thinking of braving the Black Friday crowds in order to get a desired gift for “cheap” is too much stress to even think about! Then again, maybe you’re in a situation where you actually don’t have the money, or cannot afford to buy gifts others.   I have been there as well. Or, maybe those that you are shopping for are picky as all get out and are never really appreciative with whatever they get for a holiday gift. So, you decide to put a creative spin on your holiday gifts and decide that whatever they get will be homemade thus given with a lot of love and thought behind it.  When all else fails, we fall back on the usual gift cards, skin care packages and ugly Christmas sweaters.

But as Christians, have you ever considered thinking out side of the box and giving of yourself and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit? View Post

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Thanksgiving dinner. Could there be any other meal in United States households that is more anticipated? Perhaps Easter and Christmas are close behind, but for Thanksgiving, gathering around the table with family for some good home cooked food has been widely commercialized for years, tradition for decades, and part of most American’s social fabric. Gathering with our family and friends around a table full of delicacies, casseroles and of course the turkey, is part of what makes the holiday season so special for so many of us these days.

Many of us start to plan our Thanksgiving meals well in advance for 23rd of November.  Decorating for the Christmas season might be last on the list of things to do – except for perhaps putting up the Christmas tree. We’ll start cleaning our vegetables and even perhaps the chitterlings (not me though, I don’t eat that stuff, lol) days before. The smell of warm apple and sweet potato pies, glazed ham and fried chicken is definitely a temptation to be had! So, if you’re family is like mine and is planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, what items are your menu must-haves? View Post

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