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Send Some Joy

Christmas cards.

Card Blog

Did those two words stir up any emotions for you? They do for me. It’s no secret that I love cards. I love shopping for them. I love giving them. I love receiving them. There are probably a number of reasons why I love them so much. My mom was a card sender. As a little girl I remember her sitting on the couch with the TV tray (those of you from the ‘70’s will remember the TV tray!) pulled up to her. Her list, cards, and envelopes all arranged neatly on the tray. Both of my grandmas also took the time to hand sign and mail Christmas cards every year.

Not only did the ladies in my life love to send cards, they looked forward to receiving them. Each card meant someone was thinking of them. Someone took the time to say, “Hi! I’m thinking of you.” Sometimes letters were enclosed or perhaps a picture or two. The cards were always ALWAYS displayed. Whether they were taped to the door frames, clipped to string above the fireplace or placed on end tables, each card was given a place of honor.

How do many people view Christmas cards today? Perhaps they see signing and mailing cards as a chore. Maybe cards cost more money than they want to spend. The cost of stamps have gone up, so, it might be people just don’t want to utilize the postal service anymore. Sending an email is quicker and easier. It makes me sad, actually.

Yes, cards cost money. Yes, stamps cost money. Yes, it’s a little time consuming. How long does it take to write, “Merry Christmas” and sign your name? A stamp?–one of the cheapest things you can buy now-a-days. It’s possible that a card might be just the thing that takes the “lonely” out of the holidays for someone.  If you can’t afford cards, a Christmas “note” would be just as special, I’m sure.

We live in an impersonal world–a world where if we have to wait 10 seconds for a screen to pop up on the computer we get irritated. Let’s slow down. Let’s take time for relationships. Let’s take time to SEE each other. Let’s replace every act of hate in our world with ten acts of kindness.

Christmas is about Jesus. Jesus. The ultimate gift—God’s gift to us. Jesus was all about relationships.

Today is December 5th. You still have time…it only takes a minute to let someone know they are special to you…


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Tangled Twisted and Forgetful



It occurred to me yesterday that my life (maybe yours also) is an awful lot like my ear buds.

I love to listen to music while I work. Now that it’s Christmas, I am especially happy because I can hear Nat, Bing, Michael, and Frank mixed in with a little Mariah and Whitney. Often though, I have to take my ear buds out to go fetch a copy or answer my phone. So, I’m constantly pulling one out of my ear and then a few minutes later putting it back in. I usually only have one in at a time so that I can hear my co-workers or my manager if they need me. 

Yesterday I was getting ready to put my music in, but the left and right cords were so tangled I had to stop and try to straighten them out. They were a mess. I realized that I do this several times a day. I start out with them all nice and neat. The next thing I know, they are completely tangled and twisted together.

The other thing I do is forget about my ear buds altogether. I will have taken my ear bud out to answer the phone or answer a question. Before I know it, I have been hard at work for an hour with my ear buds laying in my lap, playing away, to the air.

My life is like that. I have this beautiful thing in my life: My relationship with the Lord. I love spending time with Him, hearing His voice, feeling His presence. And then life interrupts. I set the relationship aside for my family, my job, finances, worry, stress, whatever it may be. Then I try to pick the relationship back up and enjoy Him again. Soon, I find I have placed Him aside for something else that has come up. And so the cycle goes. I become tangled and twisted in a habit of picking Him up, laying Him down, picking Him up, laying Him down: it’s hard to have a strong, clear relationship when you don’t take the time to stay put and concentrate on it.

There are also the times that I seem to get involved in something: a project, my own interests , the boys’ activities…suddenly I realize that God is still there, He is still talking to me, but I haven’t heard Him because I’ve been too busy. I’ve “laid Him down” and never gone back.

The GREAT thing about God is, He doesn’t run on a battery; He doesn’t need to be charged. He has always been there, is there and will always be there for me…and for you.

So, I think I will try to untangle my life a bit. I think it’s time to relax with the Lord, listen to Him and enjoy His voice. If I’ll just stay tuned in, the other things will become less important as He becomes more important. 

Now…where are those ear buds…


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