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12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas Day 7

12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas Day 7 Click the image to print a reminder of simple. Thoreau understood simplicity more than most people.  Some days, I wish I could live in a cabin with just enough stuff to fill a backpack. This is an interesting challenge: WHAT goes into the backpack? The typical things like clothing, a tarp, some rope. But books are heavy, but my Kindle needs juice, so THAT does present a problem! Since this is not going to happen in the near future, I am thinking more in the lines of our simple quote today. What would I  grab

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12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas-Day 6

12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas Day 6 The simplicity of a baby lying in a manger..no hospital machines beeping, no nurses in and out, no doctors checking in. Just a baby and his parents sitting in a stable looking into the face of God. The juxtaposition…mind boggling! We humans can complicate things more than any creature on the planet.   Nowhere in nature will you find other species working so hard at boxing up God and spiritual truths. Ever see a flock of birds arguing over theology? A pride of lions debating over whether Adam had a belly button or

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12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas-Day 5

12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas-Day 5    Click image to print a reminder of simple. Today’s simple quote is one that I REALLY need today. By the time this is published, the hubby will, hopefully, be in surgery {he is having a small tumor removed from his eye…prayers appreciated!}. I struggle with the “what-ifs” that naturally occur when facing things out of my control. Honestly, I can pout to God and become exasperatingly difficult. I want answers NOW. His character is enduring; His love steadfast. I have put my trust in Him. I know He has it all under control.

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12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas-Day 4

12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas-Day 4 I lived most of my first 33 years in a quiet neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY–YES! There are many quiet neighborhoods in Brooklyn :0). It was by no means the “country”, but there def was more than the “One Tree“. About a half mile walk from my home was Canarsie Park.   I was raised going to that park. It was decent sized; with grassy areas; some shaded, some not. Maybe a half mile away was Canarsie Pier; the smell salt air often made its way inland.   Photo credit: Hank Waxman I loved going there as a kid. This was

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12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas Day 3

12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas Day 3 Click image to print as a reminder of simplicity. Still searching for a last minute gift? Don’t give in to temptation and give a “whatever” gift. <tweet You know, that last-minute gift so great Aunt Mildred has something under the tree…or is it possible you FORGOT to get one of your grandchildren a gift?? Just in case, you’ll toss a little “extra” item in the cart so you will NOT need to head back to Wal-Mart! We’ve ALL done it you know… You’re in line ready to check out… Right THERE is an

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12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas Day 2

12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas Day 2 “Any darn fool can make things complicated. It takes a genius to make something simple”. Pete Seeger <tweet Today’s quote packs a mouth full, doesn’t it? Click image to print as a reminder to keep things simple! Can you recall moments where you made things  harder than they needed to be? I sure can…especially around the holidays. Back in the stone-age…I mean before the Internet and Pinterest, I did not have at my fingertips, a plethora of ideas on how to have an organized, simple Christmas. In some ways, that was a GOOD thing.

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12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas: Day 1

12 {Simple} Days Before Christmas: Day 1 Did you know “The 12 Days of Christmas” made famous by the carol of the same name, actually take place AFTER December 25th, running through the day of Epiphany {January 5th or 6th depending on the tradition}? For this post, however, I am referring to the 12 days leading *up to* Christmas. Last minute shopping, wrapping, running, baking, shopping, wrapping, etc. Then there are school parties, grab bags, family gatherings, not to mention decorating the house, sending Christmas cards…it can be exhausting. Just finding a minute or two to STOP and take a breath

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An Anticipated Proclamation From An Unexpected Source

An Anticipated Proclamation From An Unexpected Source Let’s take a look at the Shepherds of the Nativity. Shepherds in biblical times were hard working, realistic, and down to earth men, so the idea that Messiah’s birth would be presented to such as these is remarkable. The birth of the King of KINGS should be heralded to dignitaries, the famous, the ones with *real* earthly power…right? Some believe that these particular shepherds tended the flock of temple sheep; the ones prepared for sacrifice. I am not sure if that is true, but it would not surprise me. God does cool things

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