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My Commitment to this New Year

Friday, December 31, 2010



















When they are young, sunflowers follow the sun.

They gather energy and strength to grow and reach their full potential, blossoming from the light and warmth the sun provides.

As they mature, they learn which direction to face to obtain the most light possible, then they stand firm... permanently facing the direction that offers the greatest opportunity for growth. There they will receive the most strength and light.

They mature and share the blessings of growth they have received from the sun with everyone they come into contact with - seeds of hope, joy and love.

...And even as I follow, my eye turns inward...

I will follow the sunflower!

I will live abundantly within the light my faith and my teachers provide...

...gaining strength from the journey, standing firm in my convictions, and sharing the light with others in every way possible.






(ME!... channeling my inner ladybug!)





As this past year wanes and a New Year waxes, for all of you I continue to pray... may an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life! AMEN.

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona



...Because we are all, in our own way, SUNFLOWERS.

JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.


Before 'Progress' Pictures - September 2010
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror.)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is not a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541059











  
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TEENY_BIKINI 1/1/2011 10:39PM

    Happy New Year.

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Spark on, gorgeous!

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LIFEISPURRFECT 12/31/2010 7:11PM

    Happy 2011! What a wonderful post.

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/31/2010 3:47PM

  "I will live abundantly in the light my faith, and teachers provide...

...gaining strength from the journey, standing firm in my convictions, and sharing the light with others in every way possible."

Ramona, this describes who you are so well! May you be blessed abundantly in the year to come and know how very special you are.


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BZYBOYSMOM 12/31/2010 2:23PM

    Amen! And peace and grace to you also my friend! You are a true inspiration.

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MIRWYN 12/31/2010 2:16PM

    Happy New Year, may it bring us strength and serenity! 2011, here we come!!!

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A Tool to Enhance My Journey

Tuesday, December 28, 2010



Merry Christmas everybody!

That above is my new tool ... my Sony eReader Touch (with a picture of one of the books I will read this year)... my library in the palm of my hand. I have to admit it boggles my mind that I can carry 1000 or so odd books around in my purse (that's more books than in my school library)!!! The technology astounds me!

It's also the first piece of technology that I could immediately see enhancing my health and fitness journey.

The first things to go on it are my Tom Venuto books, a book by Tosca Reno, and all the MP3 files from my 'Raw Mom, Cooked Dad' seminars. LOTS of things to keep me occupied when waiting for my DD to be done ballet, or at those slow soccer games, or in doctor's offices... I do a lot of waiting in my day and now I can wait constructively... and even make notes... all without carrying around a bag of stuff to keep it all together.

I am SO EXCITED!

So, tell me... what are some of your new tools enhancing your journey in 2011? Why do you like this tool and how will you use it?

Throughout this holiday season, and well into the New Year, for all of you I continue to pray... may an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life! AMEN.

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona



...Because LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.

JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.


Before 'Progress' Pictures - September 2010
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror.)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is not a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541059





  
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BZYBOYSMOM 12/31/2010 9:55AM

    I need one of those. You rock sister!

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DR1939 12/29/2010 8:44PM

    I read my Kindle while I walk the treadmill. It makes the time fly by. I also use it for travel. It's easy to carry a month's worth of books, although I do miss the foreign bookstore stops. For most other reading, and I do a lot, I use the library. We can't check out e-books yet. Hope that will happen soon.
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KAKIPOPUP 12/29/2010 4:47AM

    my iPhone/iPod and my winter sneakers are key....I have a reader app for my iPhone, and use it...but the screen is awfully small -



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LILPAT3 12/28/2010 11:03PM

    I have to have my Ipod so I have all my tunes for exercising. I got a new bike computer today...shows time, distance, speed, calories,,,,and lots of other stuff I am not sure how to use yet, but it promises to be fun. emoticon

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BUCKHOLDT 12/28/2010 10:46PM

    I may buy an Ipad. I need the internet capability so I have easy access to the net.

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/28/2010 8:59PM

    I've got the Sony Pocket Edition, I love it. Best of all I can borrow books from the library free.
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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/28/2010 7:14PM

  I love your new present! Isn't technology grand! I love that you can take your library with you, music, pictures, internet, ... everything you need - and sync it all up at the end of the day!

Have fun with it!!!!



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ITSMYLIFE2 12/28/2010 6:09PM

    I just got a new Ipad which allows me to download Spark, books, magazines plus all kinds of apps. I am just starting to use it but it will be a help to me because I can log my food from anywhere!! Thanks for your beautiful blessing, I wish you the same peace.

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TERRBEAR12 12/28/2010 5:38PM

    Technology has made amazing changes to how we live our lives and what we are able to do. I love the idea of having so many books, but unlike you I don't think the reader would be a good idea for me. I would either never be able to select a book to read or would start too many!
Good luck on your journey. Thank you for your blessing. May God reflect the good you wish to others onto you.

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ERNOINACTION 12/28/2010 5:36PM

    I wondered about those ereaders. I thought of getting one but my Mom and I send books to each other all the time. Maybe next christmas. I like the idea you have for using it for fitness education. A great idea. I'm sticking to paperbacks for now. I received a subscription to Eating Well magazine for Christmas so I'm hoping that will get me cooking! Have a good one! E

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*A Mustard Seed Christmas*

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I wonder if Mary and Joseph had any last minute misgivings... if there were moments at the end of all that waiting and journeying where they questioned what exactly it was they were doing it for? What about the wisemen? I wonder if they wondered at their own foolish, faithful hearts? I wonder if any of them struggled with a sense of bereavement?

It's been a strange day for me... somewhere along this week I lost my Advent sense of expectation and Christmas excitement, and fell into a deep pool of... for lack of a better word... grief. I feel bereft. It's been a long year, and the burdens of a lifetime lay heavy on my heart tonight.

I'm not the only one it seems....

Many Sparks are sad, struggling, and overwhelmed. The past year has been harsh for so many, for so many different reasons. Odd that it seems to dogpile us right at Christmas.... leaving hope to be ushered in under false pretenses with the New Year... when it is the hope of Christmas for which our hearts long.

Yet...

It seems that little miracles surround us waiting for our hearts to open and recognise them. I was surfing the web for solace, and I came upon a remarkable story that I'd like to share with you. It set my heart back on the right path. I pray it provides some solace for you,too.








"Last year our first Christmas decoration was a mustard seed. A lowly mustard seed. Taped on a sheet of white paper to the centre of our mantelpiece. It was a sign and a symbol of the fragile and tiny hope I had of celebrating Christmas. The hope was fragile and it was tiny because I did not "feel" like Christmas last year. How could I sing the Lord's song in the strange land of Grief?

"It was the first Sunday in Advent and my husband and I were having our usual leisurely coffee brunch after all the duties of the morning and the noonhour. Two church services and the important weekly phone calls to my father and other family members were behind us for another week. My husband, rather gingerly, brought up the subject of Christmas knowing that I was immersed in the full bloom of grief. Mom had died on Labour Day and this was the first Christmas to be marked without her. I did not "feel" like Christmas.

"Despite my fog of misery, I knew that I was being somewhat self-absorbed in my pain. Life was going on all about me but, for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how I was going to get through this time. Everybody busy and happy and having parties and family gatherings. I shrank inside. The thought of smiling and pretending joy was beyond pain for me. What was I going to do?

"I remembered the reading from Romans that morning, "The night is far gone, the day is near. . . . Let us put on the armour of light . . . put on the Lord Jesus Christ." The season celebrating His birth and looking for His coming again was upon me and I was being called to participate. But it was beyond me to rejoice. As I said these things to my husband, he reminded me that God IS able even if I was not. He mentioned the parable of the mustard seed to me. God could take that little mustard seed and make of it something worthy. God could take that tiny seed of faith and grow it into a kingdom of hope.

"I felt as if I had been touched. I got up and went to the kitchen and rifled through my spices. Yes! There it was. My bottle of mustard seeds. I got one out and grabbed a piece of paper from the pad by our phone and taped that mustard seed to the centre. I returned to the dining room, waving the paper triumphantly. "I've got it! I've got it! I CAN celebrate this year." My husband said, "Here, let's put it up on the mantel. It'll be our first Christmas decoration." Up it went. Every time I looked at it, I was reminded of the hope it symbolized and the faith it embodied. I couldn't do it on my own. But God could. And God did!

"The mustard seed became a powerful witness in our house last year. Many people asked about it and it became a growing joy to share what it meant. The mustard seed again graces our mantelpiece to symbolize Light in the darkness, hope in the face of grief and despair, and faith in the promises of God. My prayer is that, in the midst of difficult times, you will find hope; that a mustard-seed Christmas may be yours."

L'Chaim, Charlene
Charlene Elizabeth Fairchild, Kir-Shalom 1997
www.sermons.com/








"What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."
LUKE 13:18-19 NRSV






ISAIAH 9:6-7


Written by me in a year much like this one...

Reflections On Christmas
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634513




"God has two dwellings... one in Heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart!" IZAAK WALTON








...No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

May God always and abundantly bless you (especially those of you whose hearts are grieving), and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart an extra special awareness of God's great love for you; and as Christ is born anew in your heart this Christmas, may you feel his sweet and gentle baby-fingered touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona



  
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ERNOINACTION 12/27/2010 1:16PM

    Hope you had a great holiday. Its funny how most of us get sad, I think there is so much expectation. Love your mustard seed thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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EFELL123 12/24/2010 9:08AM

    Thank you!

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CHICK_MAMA 12/24/2010 1:29AM

    Thank you so much! Sometimes it is easy to fall prey to the sadness and the mustard seed story is perfect for bringing me back to reality. All things are possible with GOD. emoticon

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/23/2010 11:45AM

  Thanks so much, Ramona. This is a beautiful story. It reminded me so much of my despair from a few years ago and how a little hope and God's grace got me through it.

I pray that your burdens become lighter over the days ahead and that you have an abundance of hope.

Patricia



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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/23/2010 9:20AM

    Thank you so much for sharing that story. It was much more needed than I had thought when I began reading it. Thank you very much.

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LINDAINALABAMA 12/23/2010 12:17AM

    thank you so much,

i have noticed sadness and depression mentioned on spark this week.

if others will read your story, i am sure it will be very helpful.

thanks,
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TWINKS55 12/22/2010 11:39PM

    emoticonA true message of Christmas, from your heart.
Thank you.
I hope you have felt a lessening and lifting of your grief, even a bit.

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A Meek & Thankful Heart

Tuesday, December 21, 2010





It's the middle of the fourth week of Advent and I'm wondering as I wander...

Someone recently commented that I sound so *centered*, and I was startled. I rarely feel centered... mostly I feel like I'm continually trying to adjust, yet I'm always just a tad behind myself and my life.

Yet...

As I think about it some more, I realize that I actually feel more centered of late. I'm beginning to think that balance may be one of those elements in life in which the harder you chase it, the more elusive it becomes. I've often said that the real cure to my perfectionism came with becoming so overwhelmed that I just had to give up on 'perfect' and simply appreciate things for what they are. The same is true for how I feel now. Things of concern in my life are so far beyond my control that I have to simply let go of my expectations and live simply, moment to moment. The image that comes to mind is one a friend used as the background to her page for a time... it depicted a woman leaping off a cliff into thin air, yet her body language gave the impression of joy and peace, and *acceptance* rather than that of fear and helplessness.

I've *sort of* ceased to be fussed about anything, really. I actively worry less. I certainly agitate less. I spend less time bemoaning what isn't, and more time finding something to appreciate in what is. I am becoming intrinsically responsive, rather than remaining innately reactive. When I don't have to be engaged in any particular response, or a particular response is not readily evident, I am at *peace*... I am able to laugh, able to engage in my life and with people around me in meaningful and loving ways, and I am grateful for what is still good in my life; despite the fact that there remain very real concerns to address. Maybe what I am, more than I am centered, is peaceful... or maybe peaceful under all circumstances IS centered.

I believe I'm having an 'aha' moment as I type....

I apparently sort of thought that *centered* people 'have it all together'... they don't worry, they don't struggle, they don't stumble, and they certainly don't fall... things I seem to do with embarrassing frequency... it's almost an art form in my life these past many months. Now that I type it, I realize just how absurd that sounds.... and even though I do all of these things with embarrassing frequency, I am still happy and *centered* within what is most important to me... lovingly centered within the embrace of my DH, my Divine Miss O, the support of my friends, the camaraderie of SparkPeople, the inspiration of my dreams, and the author of my faith... and maybe that's all it is about... knowing exactly where to place your *centre*. Maybe centeredness is actually a choice (like everything else), rather than something to be achieved, or a set of steps to follow.

I read a blog entry today that underscored this new thinking I've recognised within myself... 'Let's Get Fierce! It's Go Time!' Do the Math! by CAROLYN1213

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3855870


I responded thusly:

"It IS time to bravely march towards what I want for my health, body, life. I *especially* do not even have time for family drama that attempts to bind me to the past. This is go time! Go time means I'm no longer waiting for room in my life for me... I am MAKING ROOM... and *I* am part of every moment in my life. I claim every minute of every hour of every day to use towards living my best life in that moment... as a wife, as a mother, as a homemaker, as a woman, as a friend, as a writer, as an athlete, as Daughter of the King. It's time to get FIERCE! Moving forward doesn't always have to look like a fight or a battle. By *fierce* I mean making no excuses for what I need, or apologising for who I am, as I live my best life."

Most significant to me: Moving forward doesn't always have to look like a fight or a battle. I've always seen my life as something I have to 'fight' for (something to be achieved), not something I am simply moving through as gracefully as possible. Really... how can I be centered and *at peace* if I perceive everything as a 'fight'?

I'm beginning to see that every moment, no matter what 'hat' I am wearing, requires ME in it, and there really is nothing for which to fight. So the whole argument that I don't have time for me, or that I need to work at 'staying on the list' goes right out the window. If I engage as *me* there will always be time for *me*. Now, while this feels like a true revelation, I don't quite know what that will look like, but I feel it will be different than it has been. I sense a seamlessness developing in my life... a blending... a congruency... an AUTHENTICITY that I have not yet experienced is becoming part of my life. Going into Christmas I feel I have already been as blessed as person can be.







Does anyone not know the movie 'White Christmas'? It's been a fixture in my life, and an integral part of my Christmas experience, since as far back as I can remember. This year, running like a sparkling brook between the banks of conscious thought, has been Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby singing 'Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep'. Here are the words if you've not heard it, and my favourite recording:

"When I'm worried and I can't sleep,
I count my blessings instead of sheep...
And I fall asleep counting my blessings!
When my bankroll is getting small,
I think of when I had none at all...
And I fall asleep counting my blessings.

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads...
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds.
So, if you're worried and you can't sleep,
Just count your blessings instead of sheep...
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings."


Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep - Diana Krall - The whole version with words to sing along... sing with me!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJb-DSKAuMA

I'm wondering as I wander... and I'm filled with gratitude for all the ways in which I am SO very blessed... in this world of sin, meek I may never really be (before my God I certainly am), but I am ever more thankful!

Throughout this holiday season, and well into the New Year, for all of you I pray... may an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

May God always and abundantly bless you, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart this Advent season an extra special awareness of God's great love for you; and as Christ is born anew in your heart this Christmas, may you feel his sweet and gentle baby-fingered touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona

"Merry Christmas & the most Blessed and JOYous New Year!"











...No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in. For those perfectly meek places in your heart and soul, here are some of my FAVOURITE Advent/Christmas tunes:

(...In no particular order... except for Heirloom & Emmanuel/Little Town... it's no accident they are at the top of the list... Heirloom is, for me, Advent in a nutshell. Emmanuel/Little Town are Gaudete Sunday - the third Sunday of Advent... the JOY of my faith. I don't know how anyone can listen to these songs and not be moved.)


The Soundtrack of my Advent & Christmas
(from my YouTube channel... if you just want to set it at the beginning and let it run)
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB87B
1C087932E2CD&feature=edit_ok



Heirloom by Amy Grant
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T6lk
hX7Nvw&feature=related



Emmanuel & Little Town by Amy Grant
www.youtube.com/watch?v=la1G71UA1W0&
feature=related



Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) by Amy Grant
www.youtube.com/watch?v=67hPAER1yGM


I Need a Silent Night by Amy Grant
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRSSs
NbF29I&feature=related



Grown Up Christmas List by Amy Grant
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmF2r
sDHOZc&feature=related



Tender Tennessee Christmas by Amy Grant
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKwOB
yDgW3I&feature=related



Momma Mary by Roger Whittaker
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkN0ThoRCww


Darcy the Dragon by Roger Whittaker
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbkH2-68Avs&
feature=related



Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie & Bing Crosby
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjb
I3kRus



Still, Still, Still by Manheim Steamroller
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dJ6H0DEV08


One God by Barbra Streisand & Johnny Mathis
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNGnTxPgp0E


I Wonder as I Wander by Barbra Streisand
www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXZM0F30vQI


The Best Gift by Barbra Streisand
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nA7W4JmEvg&
NR=1



From A Distance by Bette Midler
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDSh5wUtXt4


Christmas Angels by Michael W. Smith
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aub8SJ5gPHc


The Promise by Michael W. Smith
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWD84K8nwjA


Come On ring Those Bells by Evie Tornquist Karlsson
www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAF3m-cdXaY


One Thousand Candles by Evie Tornquist Karlsson
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L8b7x8eFms


I Have No Gifts by Michael J. Thoma
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oBwuhIH2Kw&
feature=pyv&ad=5133581883&kw=christmas
%20carols



When a Child is Born by Il Divo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJFYtwiT92Y


"Mary, Did You Know?" by Kenny Rogers & Wynonna Judd
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VltoNKK89g&
feature=related



Silent Night by Sixpence None The Richer
www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6ml_YbgJsQ


Angels We Have Heard On High by Sixpence None The Richer
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-b5IC_Jsfc&
feature=related



Love Came Down At Christmas by Jars Of Clay
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIr5th0d44Y&
feature=related



Christmas Eve by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
www.youtube.com/watch?v=itFfEZCZfbg


A Strange Way To Save The World by 4 Him
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TXxlKLCCMY&
NR=1



Joseph's Lullaby by Mercy Me
www.youtube.com/watch?v=he9BdHNrXTs&
feature=related



Joseph's Song by Michael Card
www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6onryQfuCQ


Now That I've Held Him in My Arms by Michael Card
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBZiPRPogn0&
feature=related



Cradle and the Cross by Becky Van Volkinburg & John Mandeville
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCTpOg9wLq8&
feature=related



Annunciation and Canticle of Mary by Marty Haugen
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAFMMITXTmI&
feature=related










Reflections On Christmas
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634513


"A Christmas thought to ponder..." (USE2BAGODDESS)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3822810






"God has two dwellings... one in Heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart!" IZAAK WALTON









...Because YOU are too blessed to be stressed.

JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.


Before 'Progress' Pictures - September 2010
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror.)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is not a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541059





  
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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/22/2010 10:28PM

    You put so much into your blogs and you give SO MUCH of yourself freely to others. Another characteristic of being centered. I am SO happy to have you as a SparkFriend! And by the way, I *love* your idea about printing those out and handing them to others!

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BUCKHOLDT 12/22/2010 7:44PM

    You are *centered* when you are continually making small adjustments.

Love your posters and selection of music.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/22/2010 1:13PM

    Love your blogs! ((HUGS))

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/22/2010 12:11PM

  I had to laugh reading this. I became more centered when my life got so out of control and I accepted that I was clueless and didn't know how to fix any of it (or even if it could be fixed). Admitting it and accepting it set me free ... LOL

I still stress over the things that I THINK I can control.

I'm still clueless but I get reined in more often (because I'm aware of how little I do control)!

I'm still a little surprised that most times I don't need to do anything ... life simply has a way of working out.

Anyway ... I really love your blogs. I can see you becoming reacquainted with yourself and I love that!

And now I'm off to play some of these songs ... emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/22/2010 9:03AM

    What a wonderful blog!

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BF20PERCENT 12/21/2010 6:29PM

    I love to read your blogs.
They always give me a warm feeling and make me I can just reach my goal.

Just Do It!
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*40 Tips for an Exceptional, Superb & Powerful Life*

Friday, December 17, 2010

How's that for an attention grabber? And isn't this what we all want... an exceptional, superb and powerful life?

If you're not sure, allow me to clarify for you:

Exceptional: that which cannot be confined or defined by the ordinary or usual... by its very nature that which proves the rules without being limited by them. (Just let this one settle into your bones for a minute.)

Superb: of the most impressive or splendid or exalted kind of life, grand, majestic.

Powerful: having great (physical or otherwise) power [ability to do or act, vigor, energy] or influence in your life.

Anything here worthy of development in your life?

GOOD! Now, the following comes to me via VEEJAY via Patricia... THANK YOU, my dear friends!

I'm going to print these out on cards... one to a card, and read through the cards every morning as part of my reflection time each day (one to a card forces me to slow down, absorb and internalize each one). I'll pick one (or three, lol) to keep in the forefront of my mind for the day.

One of my biggest challenges is living my life mindfully and thoughtfully and graciously. I believe that these one line homilies hold the key to doing better in each of these respects.





1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. Buy a TiVo (DVR), tape your late night shows and get more sleep

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, "My purpose is to__________ today."

5. Live with the 3 Es - Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy, and the 3 Fs - Faith, Family, Friends.

6. Watch more G movies, play more games with friends and read more books than you did in 2010.

7. Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of six.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in plants.

11. Drink some green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, seafood, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13. Clear your clutter from your house, your car, and your desk and let new energy into your life.

14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn and pass all your tests. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22. Make peace with your past, so it won't mess up the present.

23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

27. Forgive everyone for everything.

28. What other people think of you is none of your business.

29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

33. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

34. The best is yet to come.

35. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

36. Do the right thing!

37. Call your family often.

38. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "I am thankful for __________." "Today I accomplished _________."

39. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

40. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. Make the most of it and enjoy the ride.





I'm F.I.N.E. How about you? Care to join me?

Throughout this holiday season, and well into the New Year, for all of you I pray... may an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life! AMEN.

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona



...Because LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.

JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.


Before 'Progress' Pictures - September 2010
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror.)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is not a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541059









  
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BF20PERCENT 12/20/2010 11:01AM

    Thanks again for a lovely blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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_RAMONA 12/18/2010 1:33AM

    MEMARE! Thanks, so much, for pointing that out... I never noticed that myself, LOL! You are one smart cookie!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona

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DEVORA4 12/17/2010 9:52PM

  Hi Ramona, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, It's too bad that more folks have not read this, I intend to copy most of the tips on small file cards and read them every day. emoticon emoticon emoticontips. Thanks hum\n, debby emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 12/17/2010 7:28PM

    An amazing blog! thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/17/2010 3:27PM

  Ramona, this is just what I needed to read today. It can all be so simple if I just let it. I think I'm going to just print this one off and post it!

You are so gifted. I hope to one day see some of your essays in print! Your blogs always inspire me to look within and do just a little better.

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NOMORESTALLING 12/17/2010 3:21PM

    Absolutely emoticon

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MEMARE 12/17/2010 12:03PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing.
These 40 things...good food for thought into the New Year.

The T-shirt picture says it all - I'm FINE - did anyone else notice that? emoticon

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SPARKLINGMEDUSA 12/17/2010 11:48AM

    I was writing these tips in my inspiration journal last night! How fortuitous that I'm reading them here too!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 12/17/2010 11:12AM

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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JUST4ME927 12/17/2010 9:02AM

    Amazingly powerful! LOVED it! Thanks for sharing.

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JOCALAT 12/17/2010 7:18AM

    loved your blog...especially your thoughts at th end....my friend with the gift of words!! Your an angel!!

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EFELL123 12/17/2010 5:54AM

    Thank you for sharing your 40 tips! What a wonderful and thoughtful thing to take time to post this for us at this time of year! It's worthy of a most popular blog award!


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INDYPEARTREE 12/17/2010 5:29AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! That is the best Christmas gift I could have received!

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MUSHCAT 12/17/2010 3:37AM

    Just what I needed to read and be reminded of at this moment. God bless you.

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