Christmas Greetings!

Christmas Greetings!

Being BUSY, as we celebrate Christ, has become the status quo since Thanksgiving. Hoping you soon have the opportunity to stop, relax, prop up your feet, grab your favorite beverage and re?ect on the memories of the past four weeks, the past year, and time to ponder 2012. 2011 has been an incredible year, in spite of my Dad’s death, all the changes, circumstances, trials and adventures. My palate has been  filled with forgiveness, humility, patience, and above all, truth. My cup runneth over with love, grace, thankfulness, and an abundance of faith. “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed.” (Psalm 27:13)

Christmas Day, “The Holy Day”, was the day God gave the World the greatest gift, His Son. Jesus’ birth was for everyone, regardless of wealth or status in society. I no longer focus on gifts and gift giving. My focus is on the Christmas Spirit, the love

of Christ being shared with those I come in contact with daily, family, friends, and seniors without family and/or an advocate. I have learned over the years, it’s not about me. It’s about God and asking, “What would Jesus do?” It’s easy to say “yes” to things without your calendar. Consider taking control of your life with an organized calendar–writing down all personal/family obligations, work schedule, school obligations, and the activities of the church for 2012. Once you have written down these things, “don’t change these for worldly opportunities”.  When asked to do something, always say, “let me check my calendar”, and if available, say,  “Yes, Lord Willing” (James 4:15). There’s someone at every turn who needs a smile, a handwritten note, a hug, a word of encouragement, assistance or our time. It’s up to us, to “open our hearts” as Mary and Joseph did so long ago, and to give “freely” of our “limited time” and “endless love” as Jesus did. “That’s being sacri?cial!”

As I’ve enjoyed the quietness of the evening listening to Kenny G’s (instrumental) “Miracles, The Holiday Collection” while writing this letter, I ?nd myself thinking about the words that are missing in the songs.  I think of all the possible gifts I can give Him.  All we do should be about Him, not about ourselves.

“TGIF: Today God Is First. Let Go. Let God!”  God is in control. Since God is in control, why do we ?ght, hurt or ignore others in our relationships? Our Siblings,Parents,Church Family, Spouse,Signi?cant Other or Friends? We should love as Christ loves, even in the midst of life’s trials & dif?culties. God could be pruning you, as He is pruning me, through our daily activities & the trials we may be facing; pruning us for something larger than we can imagine for His Kingdom.  “God is in control”! Whether we join Him or we resist Him, His will shall be done on earth, as it is in heaven. As 2012 unfolds and the mysteries are revealed, I have chosen to believe, stand ?rm in my faith, and continue to give Him my heart, my time, love, and my service. How about you?

Christmas is about rediscovering “the thrill of hope”, the words we hear in  “O Holy Night”.  Focus brie?y on the words of this song, on God and His gift that set us “free”, the perfect gift:  Jesus Christ, His SON, “from the Cradle to the Cross to the Resurrection”. “WOW!” “A thrill of Hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn”. The weary world does rejoice my friends,  just as the song says, because “Hope in Christ”  provides us with joy and purpose.  The Hope of the Prophecy having been ful?lled, brought us our Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. There’s never been & never will be, a more perfect gift here on earth; therefore, we should LOVE and LIVE today, as if there is “No Tomorrow”!

A Christmas letter would not be complete without mentioning Missions. A “thank you” to everyone who took part in the missions programs of your church, community, school, wherever you served the Lord in 2011.

Missions is not only about doing ministry projects for others; it’s about providing the gospel & the love of Jesus Christ through song, word, prayer, and action through the daily activities of our life.

Jesus  instructed us in “The Great Commission” to “do missions outside our comfort zones”. “Thank You for having served HIM through the ministry opportunities  & especially those done anonymously.

“Thank You” to each of you who have helped me and my family this year as We Celebrated Dad’s life and told Dad “until we see you in heaven (not goodbye), for those who have been praying and helped Chloe with speech, for those who helped Mom following Hurricane Irene, and for those who helped openly & anonymously with gifts of  cards, visits, food & love this year. “Thank you” sounds so weak but it’s truly from the heart and your gifts were all  answered prayers from God. I know you will receive rewards in heaven because the scriptures tell me so. (Matt. 25:35-40).

2012 & All its “Mysteries” will soon be knocking on our doors; but for now, I am  living  by faith and “savoring the miracles of this Christmas season”.

“May the God of Hope, ?ll you with all the Joy and Peace in believing, that you may abound in HOPE by the Power of the Holy Spirit.”   My wish for you and your family in 2012:  “A New Year of Hope, Peace & Love!”

Treasure life,

Yvonne 12/2011

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