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Friday, January 30, 2015

Oh my home...

"Oh my home...

When shall I see my home?
When shall I see my nativeland
I will never forget my home."

This song (> 30 years old) came to mind as I wrote this piece.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Just because"

Within the last 2-3 weeks before Christmas, several people asked me different questions including:
"Are you ready for Christmas?"
"Have you bought all your Christmas gifts?"
"Do you know what your children want for Christmas?"

Their questions circled around the same theme and my response was basically the same:
"Christmas will come whether or not we're ready." "My children are not really expecting anything for Christmas because we give them gifts all through the year."
Of course I got some surprised looks and I understand why. The way I see it, giving gifts should not be restricted to anniversaries, birthdays and/or Christmas-time for that matter.

In my opinion, we can prepare for Christmas from January...and that goes beyond just buying your Christmas cards or d├ęcor in January when the prices are lower. Develop the habit of giving "Just because" gifts. That way, by the time it's Christmas, if you give your children gifts - like we eventually did - it's a pleasant surprise and appreciated.

"Just because" gifts have much more "power" than we can even imagine. Try it this year - would be glad to hear how it works for you.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Y? Z!

When I was growing up, anytime someone (one of the children of course) asked the question "Why?" we'd respond "Z." It sounded so "wise" at the time since Z comes after Y...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Posterity...not prosperity

Las year, during our Month of Abundance in church, God taught me a number of things and I felt it was time to share one of them - at the beginning of the year.