Merry Christmas

I’m wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas from my house to yours. I thank you for being a part of this journey with me and I pray that you will still find my words beneficial in the new year. Enjoy this day with your family and friends knowing that Jesus is the reason for the season.

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Merry Christmas To You All!

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you! I’m sorry for the late post, but I really just got up. Munch woke me up for the first time super early and I was exhausted. We played. He opened gifts and we laid down together to watch a movie and fell back to sleep.

It was great. We’re cooking dinner and playing with his new toys waiting on the rest of the family to arrive. It is the greatest time of the year.  There’s nothing more perfect than being with family and friends this day. Being with the people that love and support you and remind you that you are loved. It’s one of my favorite things.

So, I encourage you to remember that. You are loved. You are blessed and you are needed. Remember that it is not about the gifts, but the fellowship with family because the real reason for the season is Jesus.

As you may recall, I’m taking a blogging break until January 2nd. I am going to be checking in and reading your posts to get back in the habit. But, I’m officially off until the new year. I am spending time with Munch.

In my absence, I will be sharing wonderful posts by some great bloggers. Please check them out. They are amazing and each and every one of them would love to hear from you. Share their posts, comment and follow. Be brilliantly engaged!

Okay, that’s it. Munch is staring me down. He’s actually waiting for me to finish up this post because he wants me to help him put his toy together and play. I have an incredible boy that reminds me how blessed I am. Let me go and play with my son. I love you all. I wish you the Merriest of Christmases!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017

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Be A Blessing

Can you be a blessing this year? To our veteran’s? My sorority has partnered up with Wreaths Across America to fund raise for wreaths to be placed on the grave sites of the fallen soldiers. We will be placing wreaths for the fallen soldiers on Saturday, December 16th at U.S. Soldier and Airmen’s Cemetery in Washington, DC and we need your help to reach our goal. Our goal is 100 wreaths.

Last year was my first year volunteering at this ceremony. Munch and I attended with my sorority sisters and I have to tell you that I was honored to be a part of such a beautiful tradition. I thought Munch would be scared, but he wasn’t. He grabbed the wreaths and put them on the headstones wishing each fallen soldier a very Merry Christmas.

This year we will say the names of those that have died serving our country as we place a holiday wreath on their grave site. We want to cover as many headstones as possible and with your help we can do so. Can you please share this post on your social media feeds? Can you please donate wreaths? You can donate  a wreath through our page by clicking here: Wreaths Across America

I truly thank you and appreciate each and every one of you. One wreath for one headstone is $15.00. If I can get 100 of my followers to purchase a wreath we will meet our goal. Can you help?

Steps for Donating:

  1. Click the link: Wreaths Across America
  2. Click the red donate box
  3. Click sponsor a wreath
  4. Select the number of wreaths you want to sponsor

The deadline for all donations is Friday, December 1, 2017.

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A Veteran’s Wreath

A Veteran’s Wreath is a wreath that is placed on the headstone of our veterans. It is meant to honor, respect and teach. We honor our Veteran’s by putting the wreath on their headstone. We respect them by saying their names when placing the wreaths and we teach our children the value of service.

Can you please sponsor a wreath this holiday season? My sorority has partnered up with Wreaths Across America to fund raise for wreaths to be placed on the grave sites of the fallen soldiers. We will be placing wreaths for the fallen soldiers on Saturday, December 16th at U.S. Soldier and Airmen’s Cemetery in Washington, DC and we need your help to reach our goal. Our goal is 100 wreaths.

We can reach that goal with your help. We want to cover as many headstones as possible at our location and with your help we can do so. Can you please share this post on your social media feeds? Can you please donate wreaths? You can donate a wreath through our page by clicking here: Wreaths Across America

I truly thank you and appreciate each and every one of you. One wreath for one headstone is $15.00. If I can get 100 of my followers to purchase a wreath we will meet our goal. Can you help?

Steps for Donating:

  1. Click the link: Wreaths Across America
  2. Click the RED donate box
  3. Click sponsor a wreath
  4. Select the number of wreaths you want to sponsor

The deadline for all donations is Friday, December 1, 2017.

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Want to keep in touch? You can find me on social media at the following links: Twitter @mskeeinmd, Facebook page A Thomas Point of View and my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/mskeeinmd/.

Merry Christmas to You

Christmas Lesson

© Julesies More By Julesies

Published on December 2014

Christmas is a special time
To give, to serve, to love
It isn’t just about yourself,
But others that you think of

The presents, the trees, the glowing lights
Are fun but have no part
In what the real meaning of Christmas is…
That is in your heart

Even if other people don’t,
You should try to do
The things that you would want
Them to do to you!

The holidays are a busy time
But they are sometimes good
Because they keep you thinking
About others like you should

So this year, try to not think about yourself
But think of the things you can do
To help others have a wonderful Christmas
And you will find that you will be happy too

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Wishing you the Merriest Christmas!

Christmas Eve Service

This year has been amazing. More than I could have imagined. It’s Christmas Eve and I’m at Christ House again serving meals with some of my girlfriends. It is amazing that as we prepare to feast on the festivities this weekend that we are mindful of those that have no food or have no home.

There will be no tree to put gifts under. No turkey sitting on the table. No friends and family to bring egg nog and wish them good will. But, I will do my best.

I will serve gladly and make sure that they are wished the Merriest of Christmas. I will smile and listen to their stories. I will encourage their spirits. I will feed them a hot meal. It’s almost a new year – 2017 is around the corner and things can and will change for the better.

 

Christmas Wish List

Can you believe that the holidays are around the corner? I remember this time last year praying that 2016 be better than 2015 and now we’re almost in 2017. Could it be better? Nope. I am truly blessed. I have so many blessings to be thankful for and I’m just looking forward to the holidays. I love Christmas.

Not for the gifts, but for the reason…Jesus is the reason for the season. I make sure to donate to multiple charities, give unwrapped gifts and participate in holiday sharing. Giving back is essential when you’ve been blessed. I’m setting up the tree, scheduling photos with Santa and planning photos in front of the National Christmas Tree with me, my man and my son. I’m really in the holiday spirit.

Since I am a difficult person to shop for and I don’t like surprises. I know, I know. Blame it on the Capricorn in me, I thought it would be great to give him a list of Christmas wishes. He could choose one, all or nothing and I would be just as happy. However, he’s a man and he may need a hint.

So, here’s my Christmas Wish List:

Amazon Echo Dot – $49.99

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Harry Potter 8 Disc Set on Blu-ray – $54.96

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Ugg Rain Boots – $64.95

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Ashley Stewart Sweater – $49.50

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Fitbit Alta (X-Large) – $84.96

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Pajamas from Lane Bryant – $59.95

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Welcome December 2016!

It’s a new month. The last month of 2016. What did you accomplish? What do you still need to accomplish? It’s not too late.

Let’s enjoy the last days of 2016 and get ready to celebrate the fact that we made it. So many didn’t make it this year and we’re going to celebrate each and every 31 days of December with gratitude.

As you’re gearing up for the holidays with trees, shopping and cooking remember that you are blessed. You are loved. You are appreciated. Now, if we can keep the snow to a minimum, I will be ecstatic.

Happy December!

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On the Last Day Before Christmas (Christmas Eve)

What I received this year…

A profound sense of determination– One of the hardest things for me was a desire to people please and take stuff from people. Not intentionally but just letting the slick stuff slide. The comments from people who were meant to destroy me or break me down hurt like hell. I always took the high road. You know the road where you don’t give in to the foolishness of other folks and don’t engage? But, that left me both mentally and emotionally drained.

I felt overwhelmed by the viciousness and the hate that was being spewed that it literally consumed my spirit. I am a woman of faith and it is hard to keep your faith when you are being attacked by people. I kept praying and trying to be the bigger person, but what happens when you can’t? When you can’t hold in the frustration and the anger that is consuming you. What do you do?

You explode. You lose it. You cry, curse, shout or do whatever to get through the pain and then you figure out a plan. Not the plan on how to kill and get away with murder of your enemies but the plan on how you will not let the naysayers affect your spirit or life with the bull. You become determined to build a wall that they can’t knock down, tear down or blow up with their wickedness. Then you build that wall up and you cover it with purpose and praise because you are determined to not be dragged in the pits of hell where your haters live. You pray. You become determined to take the road of righteousness and surround yourself with prayer partners who keep your name lifted up. That’s what you do because you are determined to live each day better than the last.

So, to recap the 12 gifts that I received this year were:

12. Hope

11. Renewed Faith

10. Joy

9. Wisdom

8. Time

7. Laughter

6. Forgiving Spirit

5. Healthier Waist Size

4. Vulnerability

3. Introspective Spirit

2. Powerful Praise

….#1. A Profound Sense of Determination

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

What I received this year…

An introspective spirit – This was a recent gift that I was given just last week. I’ve had some things that have hit me when I was least expecting it and I’ve been so self-absorbed in the issue that I just felt alone, abused and resentful that this was happening to me. I was absorbed in the issue and letting it drag me down and weigh down my attitude and spirit. But, I received the ability to reflect on the issue and realize that I need to stop obsessing and use it as a teachable moment.

Here’s what happened: On Sunday, December 13th the police knocked on my door asking do I own a blue Nissan Maxima. “Yes,” I replied. “Can you please come outside” he asked. When I got outside he told me that my new neighbor backed into my car with a U-Haul and flagged him down to find me so that he could report the accident. I was floored. I fell on the ground crying out some not so nice things and screaming what were you doing? How am I going to get my son back and forth to school?

This situation absorbed my thoughts, interrupted my sleep and had me beat down. I hated when people said “It’s only material”. What the heck does that mean? It’s my material and you’re not offering to fix anything, tow my vehicle or get me a rental. Nope. This man stalled, didn’t do anything and I was paying out of my pocket for a rental car, still paying a car note and insurance on a car that was inoperable and needed to be towed. I was in angst.

Wednesday, December 16th I was driving home with my Munch and I told him that I owed him an apology. He asked me for what. I told him that I always tell him that he has to have an attitude of gratitude and that I haven’t been very gratuitous lately because I’ve been worried about our car. I told him that I know that the same God that got me that car would get me another and that I needed to praise HIM during the times of plenty and the times of few because our God never fails. I told him that I needed to remind myself of that because I was leading by example and not by words. He said “it’s okay.”

So, the introspective spirit was a gift that I received. It has allowed me to reflect and know when I’m being spoiled. For that I’m truly thankful.