THIS YEAR MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE……….

THIS YEAR MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE…….

This Christmas

“MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CHRISTMAS”

 

This year may your Christmas be:

 

Christ-filled not Christ-less

Heavenly not Hellish

Relaxing not Rushed

Inspiring not Infuriating  

Smooth not Strained  

Tranquil not Tense

Merry not Morose

Awesome not Awful

Sanctified not Sinful

 

A lot will depend on your attitude, perspective and choices.

 SELAH!

 

“For a child is born to us,
 a son is given to us.
 The government will rest on his shoulders.
 And he will be called:
 Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
 Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His government and its peace 
will never end.
 He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
 The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies 
will make this happen!”

(Isaiah 9:6, 7 – NLT)

 

JESUS IS STILL THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

 

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “MERRY CHRISTMAS CARD” by digitalart, courtesy of digitalart/FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

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FIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT COST NO MONEY

FIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT COST NO MONEY

 

"Give A Gift Today"

 

No money to buy gifts this Christmas?

No problem!

Here’s five  gifts you can give that will cost you nothing but a little time, energy and love.

1) A Listening Ear

When is the last time that someone listened to you, I mean really listened to you with their undivided attention? No interruptions, no distractions, no butting in, no giving unsolicited opinions,  just fully engaged listening.

How did you feel?

Was it a blessing to know that someone cared enough to really listen to you?

Was your heart filled with gratitude and your spirit lighter?

I am pretty certain your responses were positive to all the above.

Having received the gift of a listening ear, is there a person you know of who needs and would appreciate a similar experience?

Give someone the gift of a listening ear this Christmas.

2) An Encouraging Word

Have you ever been in  position where you were dealing with a troubling situation and someone gave you an encouraging word that immediately lifted your spirits and gave you hope?

Did you almost feel as if God Himself was speaking to you through that person?

What a gift!

Proverbs 15:23 – “A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment–oh how good it is!” (Amplified Bible)

Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Amplified Bible)

Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.” (Amplified Bible)

Give someone the gift of an encouraging word this Christmas.

3) A Hug

When is the last time you received a loving, old-fashioned, non-sexual genuine hug?

Think about it for a moment?

Did it warm your heart and make your day?

Also think about the times when you thought to yourself or said to someone, “I need a hug”.

An affectionate hug does wonders for a person. If you Google the health benefits of hugging, you will find that hugs lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve overall mood…….wow, what benefits for a gift that costs no money!

Because we live in an age of heightened sexuality, if you plan to give the gift of a hug, depending on the situation and the person that you plan to hug, perhaps a side hug done by putting one arm around their waist or shoulders, and not both arms around them face-to-face may be more appropriate; allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this regard.

I once saw an anonymous quote that read, “A hug is a universal medicine, it is how we handshake from the heart.”  – Anonymous

Give someone the gift of a hug this Christmas.

4) A Smile

If you research the benefits of smiling, you will find that smiling is a free “wonder drug”.

Among other things, smiling boosts the immune system, increases positive mood, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin, enhances people’s perception of you, lifts the face and makes you look younger and the list goes on.

Because  smiling is contagious, when you give the gift of a smile and experience these benefits, the person that you smile at is likely to return a smile and experience them too…….how cool is that?

Give someone the gift of a smile this Christmas.

5) A Helping Hand

There is nothing like receiving unexpected help when needed.

This season, keep your eyes open for situations where you can pitch in and give a helping hand. Perhaps you can offer to help someone paint, bake, decorate their yard, babysit their kids, complete some errands, clean their car, lift a heavy item, understand a scripture, pray about an issue, the possibilities are endless.

Give someone the gift of a helping hand this Christmas.

Who says that you need money to give a gift?

No matter your financial situation, be encouraged to give a gift to someone this Christmas.

For God so loved the world that He gave.

Let’s follow our Father’s example and be givers too.

Blessings!

Kim

 Copyright © 2011 by Kim, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Merry Christmas” Courtesy of digitalart/FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

5 CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT COST NO MONEY

5 CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT COST NO MONEY

Give A Gift Today

No money to buy gifts this Christmas?

No problem!

Here’s 5 gifts you can give that will cost you nothing but a little time, energy and love.

1) A Listening Ear

When is the last time that someone listened to you, I mean really listened to you with their undivided attention? No interruptions, no distractions, no butting in, no giving unsolicited opinions,  just fully engaged listening.

How did you feel?

Was it a blessing to know that someone cared enough to really listen to you?

Was your heart filled with gratitude and your spirit lighter?

I am pretty certain your responses were positive to all the above.

Having received the gift of a listening ear, is there a person you know of who needs and would appreciate a similar experience?

Give someone the gift of a listening ear this Christmas.

2) An Encouraging Word

Have you ever been in  position where you were dealing with a troubling situation and someone gave you an encouraging word that immediately lifted your spirits and gave you hope?

Did you almost feel as if God Himself was speaking to you through that person?

What a gift!

Proverbs 15:23 – “A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment–oh how good it is!” (Amplified Bible)

Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Amplified Bible)

Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.” (Amplified Bible)

Give someone the gift of an encouraging word this Christmas.

3) A Hug

When is the last time you received a loving, old-fashioned, non-sexual genuine hug?

Think about it for a moment?

Did it warm your heart and make your day?

Also think about the times when you thought to yourself or said to someone, “I need a hug”.

An affectionate hug does wonders for a person. If you Google the health benefits of hugging, you will find that hugs lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve overall mood…….wow, what benefits for a gift that costs no money!

Because we live in an age of heightened sexuality, if you plan to give the gift of a hug, depending on the situation and the person that you plan to hug, perhaps a side hug done by putting one arm around their shoulders, and not both arms around them face-to-face may be more appropriate; allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this regard.

I once saw an anonymous quote that read, “A hug is a universal medicine, it is how we handshake from the heart.”  – Anonymous

Give someone the gift of a hug this Christmas.

4) A Smile

If you research the benefits of smiling, you will find that smiling is a free “wonder drug”.

Among other things, smiling boosts the immune system, increases positive mood, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin, enhances people’s perception of you, lifts the face and makes you look younger and the list goes on.

Because  smiling is contagious, when you give the gift of a smile and experience these benefits, the person that you smile at is likely to return a smile and experience them too…….how cool is that?

Give someone the gift of a smile this Christmas.

5) A Helping Hand

There is nothing like receiving unexpected help when needed.

This season, keep your eyes open for situations where you can pitch in and give a helping hand. Perhaps you can offer to help someone paint, bake, decorate their yard, babysit their kids, complete some errands, clean their car, lift a heavy item, understand a scripture, pray about an issue, the possibilities are endless.

Give someone the gift of a helping hand this Christmas.

Who says that you need money to give a gift?

No matter your financial situation, be encouraged to give a gift to someone this Christmas.

For God so loved the world that He gave.

Let’s follow our Father’s example and be givers too.

Blessings!

Kim

 Copyright © 2011 by Kim, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

Image “Merry Christmas” Courtesy of digitalart/FreeDigitalPhotos.Net