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The Night Before Christmas . . .A more spiritual version of the famous Christmas story

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Night Before Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town,
St. Joseph was searching, walking up roads and down;
Our Lady was waiting, so meek and so mild,
While Joseph was seeking a place for the Child;

The children were nestled, each snug in their beds,
The grown-ups wouldn’t bother, there’s no room they said;
When even the innkeeper sent them away,
Joseph was wondering, where they would stay;

He thought of the caves in the side of the hills,
Lets go there said Mary, it’s silent and still;
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Made pathways of light for their tired feet to go;

And there in a cave, in a cradle of hay,
Our Savior was born on that first Christmas Day!
The Father was watching in heaven above,
He sent for His angels, His couriers of love;

More rapid than eagles God’s bright angels came;
Rejoicing and eager as each heard his name;
Come Power, Come Cherubs, Come Virtues, Come Raphael,
Come Thrones and Dominions, come Michael and Gabriel;

Now fly to the Earth, where My poor people live,
Announce the glad tiding My Son comes to give;
The Shepherds were watching their flocks on this night,
And saw in the heavens and unearthly light;

The Angels assured them, they’d nothing to fear,
It’s Christmas they said, the Savior is here!
They hastened to find Him, and stood at the door,
Till Mary invited them in to adore;

He was swaddled in bands from His head to His feet,
Never did the Shepherds see a baby so sweet!
He spoke not a word, but the shepherds all knew,
He was telling them secrets and blessing them too;

Then softly they left Him, The Babe in the hay,
And rejoiced with great joy on that first Christmas Day;
Mary heard them exclaim as they walked up the hill,
Glory to God in the Highest, Peace to men of good will!

Sister St. Thomas, B.N.D. de N

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SHAPNUP 12/23/2011 8:07AM

    That is beautiful. I can see my family reading that at our Christmas celebrations.
Merry Christmas, my friend!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 12/23/2011 1:59AM

    Absolutely Awesome! thank you for posting this & please may I copy it?

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SPARKINGINMASS 12/22/2011 11:34PM

    That is a very nice version of this poem. Thank you for sharing it. emoticon

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 12/22/2011 11:34PM

    What a beautiful way to tell the Christmas story! Thanks so much for sharing!

Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 12/22/2011 11:23PM

    That is beautiful, thank you for sharing!

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AMANDA_A_725 12/22/2011 11:19PM

    What a wonderful version of this poem! A wonderful reminder of the true meaning of Xmas! emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 12/22/2011 11:15PM

    Beautiful,thank you for posting this Julie! I love this spiritual version of the Christmas Story! emoticonBlessings to You and Yours! emoticonDiana

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10 Christmas Commandments

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

10 Christmas Commandments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

1. You shall not leave ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, making it ‘Xmas.’ To some, ‘X’ is unknown.
2. You shall prepare your soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that your soul is forgotten.
3. You shall not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.
4. You shall not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.
5. You shall give yourself with your gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and the one who receives it shall treasure it forever.
6. You shall not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.
7. You shall not neglect the needy. Share your blessings with many who will go hungry and cold if you are generous.
8. You shall not neglect your church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.
9. You shall be as a little child. Not until you become in spirit as a little one are you ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
10. You shall give your heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of your Christmas list.

Anyone keeping these commandments is sure to have a Blessed Christmas."

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 12/22/2011 11:38PM

    What wonderful commandments to live by every day of the year and not just at Christmas.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 12/13/2011 1:36AM

    Amen,very good and I wish you a Blessed Christmas! Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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MAMAKITTY10 12/8/2011 10:41PM

  Thank you sharing the true meaning of Christmas.

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SHAPNUP 12/7/2011 8:17AM

    I love being reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. I have a button on my coat that says, "You Can Say merry Christmas to Me" and it has a picture of the nativity. The Knights of Columbus were handing them out next year.

Happy Birthday Jesus, and THANKS!

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NEW-CAZ 12/7/2011 2:38AM

    Loved it! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 12/6/2011 8:50PM


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ELISADENK 12/6/2011 8:11PM


Thought for a minute that the candle and poinsettias where made from white chocolate. LOL

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    Loved it!

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Monday, July 18, 2011


1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run, does nothing ..yet lives for 450 years.

I'm retired, go around me!!


Not exactly motivational but.... emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/6/2011 3:34PM

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/6/2011 12:01PM

    I love it!! emoticon

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TEMPERANCE88 10/5/2011 9:03AM

    Hilarious! I love it! emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 10/5/2011 8:46AM

    But SO funny! Thanks for the laughs!!!!

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JENNY712 9/15/2011 8:38AM

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JUDITH316 8/5/2011 1:02AM

    Cute blog, sure made me chuckle.. emoticon

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1GROVES2 7/20/2011 4:00PM

    I LIKE! LOL!!

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SLIMTHICK2 7/20/2011 6:27AM

    Quite funny emoticon

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SHAPNUP 7/19/2011 6:22PM

    Now THAT's what I talkin' about! emoticon

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HAPPY1049 7/19/2011 1:49PM

    Thanks, Julie! You put a smile on my face, 'cause that's the way I feel sometimes!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/18/2011 11:47PM

    Julie, Thank you so much for making me laugh tonight!! I loved your blog!! Thank you for sharing it with us.
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CHRYS13 7/18/2011 10:46PM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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ELISADENK 7/18/2011 10:05PM


Sounds like my DH!

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KAMAPERRY 7/18/2011 9:47PM


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NORTHWOODSMOM8 7/18/2011 9:46PM

    Julie, I LOVED IT!!!!! Thanks for making me laugh!!!!! {{{Hugs and LOVE to you, my friend}}}}

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Through The Storms

Monday, July 11, 2011

This was so beautiful I had to share it.

Through The Storms

I did not know His love before,
the way I know it now.
I could not see my need for Him,
my pride would not allow.
I had it all, without a care,
the "Self-sufficient" lie.
My path was smooth, my sea was still,
not a cloud was in my sky.

I thought I knew His love for me,
I thought I'd seen His grace,
I thought I did not need to grow,
I thought I'd found my place.
But then the way grew rough and dark,
the storm clouds quickly rolled;
The waves began to rock my ship,
my anchor would not hold.

The ship that I had built myself
was made of foolish pride.
It fell apart and left me bare,
with nowhere else to hide.
I had no strength or faith to face
the trials that lay ahead,
And so I simply prayed to Him
and bowed my weary head.

His loving arms enveloped me,
and then He helped me stand.
He said, "You still must face this storm,
but I will hold your hand."
So through the dark and lonely night
He guided me through pain.
I could not see the light of day
or when the storm might wane.

Yet through the aches and endless tears,
my faith began to grow.
I could not see it at the time,
but my light began to glow.
I saw God's love in brand new light,
His grace and mercy, too.
For only when all self was gone
could Jesus' love shine through.

It was not easy in the storm,
I sometimes wondered, "Why?"
At times I thought, "I can't go on."
I'd hurt, and doubt, and cry.
But Jesus never left my side,
He guided me each day.
Through pain and strife,
through fire and flood,
He helped me all the way.

And now I see as never before
how great His love can be.
How in my weakness He is strong,
how Jesus cares for me!
He worked it all out for my good,
although the way was rough.
He only sent what I could bear,
and then He cried, "Enough!"

He raised His hand and said, "Be still!"
He made the storm clouds cease.
He opened up the gates of joy
and flooded me with peace.
I saw His face now clearer still,
I felt His presence strong,
I found anew His faithfulness,
He never did me wrong.

Now I know more storms will come,
but only for my good,
For pain and tears have helped me grow
as naught else ever could.
I still have so much more to learn
as Jesus works in me;
If in the storm I'll love Him more,
that's where I want to be!

Unknown Author

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NEW-CAZ 11/6/2011 3:40PM

    Beautiful thank you so much for posting emoticon

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 11/6/2011 12:07PM

    Beautiful. Thankyou so much.

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LIGHTHEART09 7/31/2011 12:25PM

    Love your background...looks like me but I have a blow up pool...lol...My motto whatever floats your air mattress....lol
Love this it made me cry...
Love you today new friend.
Nan emoticon

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ROTTLADY 7/28/2011 7:46PM

    Thank You for sharing this with us. I have been through hell lately medically and I am finally seeing a light through the storm.

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CHRYS13 7/12/2011 8:47PM

    Oh, Julie! This is wonderful....and oh, so very true!
"Thank-you God, for the trials that come my way....In that way I can grow each day as I let you lead." Amen

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SHAPNUP 7/12/2011 6:06PM

    Beautiful. He never does leave us, and that thought sustains me through so much. Thanks for sharing.

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BESTMEICANBE51 7/12/2011 9:00AM

    Thanks I needed that !

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NPA4LOSS 7/12/2011 8:59AM

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SLIMTHICK2 7/12/2011 5:17AM

    A good reminder of the one we should place our trust in. Thanks for posting.

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WINDSONG~ 7/12/2011 5:03AM

    Thank you so much

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CBEVNOW 7/12/2011 2:12AM

    Thank you so much just what i needed.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/12/2011 1:51AM

    THat was emoticonJulie.Thank you for sharing this,just beautiful.How comforting to know He still is there.He is all about LOVE!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/11/2011 11:18PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don't mind if I share it also!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/11/2011 10:45PM

    Bless you for sharing!

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KAMAPERRY 7/11/2011 9:30PM

    Wow, this could have been talking about my life, thank you for sharing.

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Why Women gain weight.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

With time, women gain weight because we accumulate so much
information and
wisdom in our heads that when there

is no more room, it distributes out

to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't

heavy, we are enormously cultured,

educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt

in the mirror I will think,

"Good grief, look how smart I am!"

Must be where "Smart Ass" came from!

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BESTMEICANBE51 5/18/2011 7:08AM

    I NEEDED that smile, thanks.

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TELLITFORWARD 5/18/2011 12:31AM

  You made me smile again. Keep it up! Don't you love being with so many "smart asses?"

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1COUNTRY_GAL 5/17/2011 9:19PM

    Ha,ha oh Julie that was sooo funny! Thank you for posting this,a good laugh is just what I needed. emoticon

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TREVUG 5/17/2011 7:38PM

    Love it!

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HAPPY1049 5/17/2011 6:16PM

    Oh, brother!

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So that is why!!! emoticon

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DREAMGIRL76 5/17/2011 2:46PM

    Love ya Julie. I am LMAO, and furthermore, sent it to my daughter and a few other friends I know will enjoy this as well. God bless you and thank you for bringing a little laughter into my day, and others that will read this.

Hugs, emoticon emoticon

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BRANDTSGIRL 5/17/2011 1:05PM

    LOL thanks, just wish this was ture.

I was hoping you had a cure of us, shucks, darn, emoticon

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LEELEE1964 5/17/2011 12:18PM

    Too cute! Made me giggle!!

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