When I was a little girl, religious icons not only fascinated me, but in a way, frightened me. I didn’t understand the meanings behind the simple two dimensional images.
Now that I am a little older, I look upon icons much differently. I realize they are alive with connecting us to the story behind the image they portray.
The definition of Icon is, “IMAGE WRITING.” Icons are said to be written, not painted and the entire process in creating one is a form of prayer.
I found it interesting that St. Luke the Evangelist was the first Iconographer. In many icons, the saints hold a scroll that quotes their own words or a scriptural quote which highlights some outstanding feature of their life and struggle. One example is St. Monica, whose successful labor of prayer of the conversion of her son St. Augustine is summarized in the quote from the Psalms: “In my distress I called unto the Lord, and He heard me.”
According to local teacher and Iconographer, Brenda J. Fox, the art of creating an icon can be accomplished without any former experience in art. I recently spoke with Brenda about her love of this rich and meaningful art form. The first question I asked Brenda is what got her interested in iconography? She said, “Iconography found me.” It was in an art history class where Brenda first saw icons. She later took a week long vacation where she spent time at an icon workshop learning and participating. Her teacher and now Mentor, Peter Pearson was surprised at Brenda’s talent with writing icons. He encouraged her to move forward in her journey and Brenda eventually began teaching her own iconography workshops. In addition to an Iconographer, Brenda is also an Art Therapist. Her icon workshops incorporate the Jesus Prayer that monks and priests pray in addition to prayerful music like Gregorian Chant music. It’s a very spiritually enriching and rewarding experience.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Brenda and I discussed a plan for an icon workshop here at Breath of Life Retreat House. We worked out the details and I am excited to announce the date for her workshop will be this coming July 19 – 21, 2013. The class is limited to twelve students. You will find more information here. http://www.arizonachristianretreat.com/Iconography_Workshop.php
If there is enough interest and the July date fills up quickly, we will work on adding another workshop date.
If you are looking to get away, relax and retreat in the beautiful mountain town of Pine, Arizona, Brenda’s Icon Workshop will give you a peaceful environment to learn how to write an icon. Brenda’s happy personality will encourage and uplift you.
If you have a group from your church who would be interested in the workshop, but you need funds to make it happen, we have an easy fundraising opportunity for you to raise money for individuals or for your whole group.
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Okay are you singin it now?
Standin on the corner in Winslow Arizona…. Such such a fine sight to see………….Take it eaaassy Take it eeeassy.
Standin on the Corner in Winslow Arizona
I take it easy once a year. How?
By going on my yearly Girly Trip! There are five of us including my Mom, my Godmother, my Best Friend, another dear friend and myself. We choose a different destination each year. This year our time together was spent here at the Retreat House in Pine where I live and work in addition to spending a day in Winslow. Our usual M.O. includes Venting, Sharing, Praying, Supporting, Eating, Laughing, Crying and Sight Seeing or movie watching. Not necessarily in that order.
Each one of these ladies have influenced my life in a significant way. My Mom of course, birthed me and has loved me by action and word. My aunt and Godmother has and still supports me in my life through prayer and encouragement. My best friend, Laleen has been a priceless gift since third grade and Gloria has blessed me with her friendship and desire to help here at the Retreat House, especially during the year and a half of renovation.
The last night the five of us watched one of my all time favorite movies starring John Voit. The title is The Five people you meet in Heaven.
If you haven’t seen it, please do. It’s an inspiring and creative story how each of us touches one another’s lives in ways we don’t realize. When we share life stories to those who love us, both joyous and painful, we and those listening realize we are not alone in our suffering. Isolation and fear of the unknown can cripple us to the point of self destruction. The pain life throws us often doesn’t make sense at the time and sometimes the agony is almost too much to bear. Life can hurt. No doubt. I know this and I know you do too. Take time to spend time with people that will lift you up, pray with you, listen in love and support you. It’s priceless medicine!
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I loved this book because it helped me to understand better where my faith should be .
It also helped me understand how to get there. I had been praying for just this. I have this book all the stars I can give it plus more.
“I will just bite my tongue!”
That’s what I tell myself to do when I want to respond to someones ridiculous statement or claim. I choose to do this to avoid saying something that might be hurtful or embarrassing.
Below is an example:
This past Ash Wednesday after Mass, I dropped my car off at the Chevy dealer for some repair work. The gentleman that was writing down the unusual noise my car was making was cheerful and very kind. While speaking to him, I immediately noticed his left ear. The rays of the sun were partially shining on his earlobe and I noticed a hole in it the size of an m & m. Plain. Not peanut. I seriously could see through the hole in his earlobe almost to the other side of the parking lot.
I instantly started thinking all kinds of thoughts as to why he didn’t have the gauge in his ear that created the opening.
In case you don’t know, Gauging is a form of slowly stretching the earlobe to create a hole so one can wear bigger jewelry.
Questions ran through my mind.
Did he forget the gauge?
Did he realize that having a big hole in his ear was now something he didn’t want after all?
Or did he accomplish his goal with the gauge that created the hole so he could sport the little see through porthole to the world just as it is?
Of course I bit and held my tongue and did not mention anything.
While I was answering his questions about my car, I noticed he was a little nervous while writing. He darted his eyes away from me each time we made eye contact.
Actually it was more like “forehead contact” for him.
Just as I finished signing the work order, he couldn’t stand it anymore and politely pointed to my forehead. “You, You have something black on your forehead,” he said. “Oh yes, I know”, I immediately responded. It’s Ash Wednesday. They are ashes on my forehead. Embarrassed, he apologized and said that he felt like he just put his foot in his mouth. I reassured him not to worry and be prepared for more customers that might have ashes on their forehead.
I used to be embarrassed to have ashes on my head when I was younger, but now they are proudly worn as a sign of the beginning of a journey. A journey that will last 40 days and like Jesus, I am called and reminded to depend on God for my strength. Through fasting, prayer and alms giving. These practices trigger thoughts of what my priorities should be. Being unselfish, forgiving, humble and open to the Holy Spirit. A time to come closer the Lord.
As for my biting my tongue, I will continue to do this to remind myself that sometimes it’s the best choice.
Below is a biblical account from James on the Power of the Tongue.
James, Chapter 3
Power of the Tongue *Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you realize that we will be judged more strictly,for we all fall short in many respects. If anyone does not fall short in speech, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his whole body also. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide their whole bodies. It is the same with ships: even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination wishes. In the same way the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions.
Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. This need not be so, my brothers. Does a spring gush forth from the same opening both pure and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, produce olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can salt water yield fresh.
Below is my narration of Chapter 20 of my book, Meet Me In The Mountains.
The full downloadable version is currently being formatted with audible.com
What do I mean by Two down, seven to go?
About a month ago, a friend of mine asked me what my goals were for this next year. It only took me about five seconds to share seven of them with her. Trust me, I have lot’s more, but was trying to be realistic. One of my goals was to complete a new website for Breath of Life Retreat House where I live and work. A second was self narrating my book to soon be available for download on the new and popular audible.com, i tunes and more.
Since time permitted me to take on the two projects during the past several weeks, I split my time as best I could to tackle both of them during the month of January.
The first was the new Breath of Life Retreat House website
As I am sure you can imagine, designing and building a web site is a huge undertaking.
I spent countless hours uploading, downloading, calling tech support, formatting, reformatting, navigation and sub navigation, calling tech support, page organization, calling tech support, photo and montage design and creation, calling tech support, etc. You get the idea. I really enjoyed the challenge and hope the site is more appealing and informative for our retreat guests.
I am thankful to God for the persistent and compulsive drive I have to figure things out, even if I feel like crying and giving up at times. If you know of or belong to a ministry, church, quilting group, writers group or scrapbooking group, I invite you to send them the link to the site. I am also open to criticism, suggestions and opinions. Click the image below to visit the new site.
The second goal and project was to self narrate an audio version of my book
During the time I was writing my book a couple of years ago, it was my desire to have the book also available in an audio version. Up until now, I couldn’t imagine how I could do it. That is until I recently learned about ACX, Audible Creation Exchange.
Just like the new web site, narrating and recording my book proved to be another challenging project. I learned about microphones and ambient noise, what type of clothing to wear and not to wear when recording, where to record, pop filters, editing, re editing, formatting, uploading, etc.
As of yesterday, I submitted all twenty-four chapters of my book, Meet Me In The Mountains, including the foreword, preface, epilogue and credits to audible.com. They say it takes between two to four weeks to confirm the professional quality before it is available for purchase. I hate waiting, but I must. I will be patient. So as of now, I can cross these goals off my list and continue on. Number three? Stay tuned.
I am up to chapter 19 here on my blog
Feel free to listen to this chapter below.
I hope when my book is available on Audible,
you will order the completed version.
My name is Candy Bridges and your friend Sharon, same as your name, has shared your husbands recent sudden death with me. I have compassion and empathy for you as you struggle to accept and make sense of it all. Sometimes trying to make sense of a loved ones death takes a long time and sometimes you will never make sense of it all. I would say, in reality, the second part is more the case.
After nine years, I still struggle with my husband’s death and the “Why’s?” still come to my mind.
Keeping busy and thankful for what you do have are great ways to “press on.” Unfortunately there isn’t a locked in date you can put on your calendar for healing or complete recovery. We all react and feel in such different ways.
Because you are a faith filled-woman, I implore you to seek God’s will for your future along with His peace each day, each hour, each moment and even each second.
What makes you happy? What makes you feel useful? Walk in that direction and watch for open doors.
Our faith in the Lord is the salve which helps with acceptance. Acceptance and trust along with faith are key to moving forward.
It hurts, I know and those moments and reminders, (triggers) that take us aback when no one else is around are so jolting but should be dealt with in order to move on.
I kind of compare it to labor. We as women have no choice when giving birth. That baby is coming pain or no pain. We move through it and have to go through it. The result is a miracle in our lives.
There are miracles and joy waiting for you to embrace in your future. Be open to them. Turn your thoughts and prayers to Jesus, the perfect One and ask Him for His will in your life. He molds and fashions us if we open ourselves up to Him as Potter and we the clay. Through this difficult time, ask Jesus to teach you through circumstances, situations and Godcidences how to revive yourself.
Also remember that God is not too busy to rely on, to go to, to thank, to praise, to yell at, to ask for forgiveness and to trust. I practice these venting s and praises in my car while driving, in my mind, in church, (well I don’t yell at Him in church) I usually save that for the car. And even to friends and family on occasion. Turn your pain into a prayer.
Move slowly, but faithfully and everyday, as hard as it is, Praise Him, Thank Him and Love Him. He Loves you and knows your heart, soul and spirit. Read His Word.
Knowing you are not alone in your pain always sounds good, but it still hurts, I know. I hope you will find joy in your spirit and embrace all the blessings you do have in the meantime.
If I were there with you right now, I would give you a humongous hug.
I hope you feel it through this letter.
your sister in Christ,
If you would like to add to this letter, please do so below.
I am submitting my book to Audible within the next week. I have narrated it and hope it goes through their screening process smoothly. As for the progression with reading a chapter with each blog post, I am up to chapter 18 which you can hear below.
Obviously if you are breathing, you are here on earth. The Mayan calendars prediction of the end of the world did not happen. Nor were we beamed up. So face it. You and I are still a part of this world. 2013 is here, alive and time is still moving along. We don’t know what is ahead of us, but if we choose to embrace each day as a challenge and incorporate faith and hope, it makes life easier. Faith to believe what lies ahead will make us stronger, more loving, more forgiving and more peace filled. Hope in knowing our world and our own lives are often changeable, workable, improvable and productive.
Have you made any New Years Resolutions that you want to target, conquer, achieve or maintain in 2013? Are you anti resolution and don’t participate in making New Years resolutions because you know you probably won’t keep your resolutions? I have been guilty of both participating and purposefully not participating.
Two years ago, I made a resolution to write my book and I kept it. In addition, that same year, I also made a resolution to walk everyday, but did not keep that one. Last year, I don’t remember what my resolutions were. Oh wait. Yes I do. It was to continue to write thoughts here on my blog site. I have been pretty faithful to it, but not perfect. At times, its been a challenge for me to come up with ideas and topics to write about. And then there are times I can’t wait to post a blog because I want to share a story in my life or share my thoughts on breaking news in the world. Blogging has definitely helped me with my writing skills. I say that loosely. This year I will try to keep up with sharing my thoughts with you.
What do I see for 2013?
Lot’s of to do’s and happenings. We are anticipating a new granddaughter soon and I am sure that will be one of the most joyous highlights of this coming year. I can’t wait to hold and love another little miracle.
As for my own goals and resolutions for 2013…
One is rebuilding the Breath of Life Retreat House web site. I hope to make it more user-friendly and updated.
Another goal is to create a cook book from meals we provide to our guests here at the retreat house. Like my memoir, I will do this because I have been asked countless times over the past several years by our guests.
I also want to come up with a few new calligraphy designs and more coffee gift basket selections to offer here in our gift shop and on my Calligraphy website.
In addition, reading my book aloud so people can purchase it on Audible is a goal soon to be met.
The last, but not least is to improve and beautify Breath of Life Retreat House inside and outside as much as possible. The projects are endless.
And so I end these thoughts with four mantras I often say:
1. I wish I could clone myself.
2. There is never enough time in the day.
3. Where did this day go?
4. To be continued. This is what I want engraved on my epitaph
Please share your New Years Resolutions, goals, anticipations, etc. I would love to hear them.
May your 2013 be blessed with Peace, Health, Faith and Hope.
As soon as I heard the news last week about the school shootings in Connecticut, my stomach weakened. I immediately envisioned the chaos and extreme sadness of all the people related to the murdered children and adults. In addition, I thought of the shooters extended family and friends and what might be going through their minds.
I thought of my own daughter, a teacher at an elementary school and my other daughter a nurse at a children’s hospital.
I can imagine the word “Why?” cried aloud too many times to count along with intense anger and thoughts of revenge from some of the families and friends of the victims
And then others watching from a distance by news stations, newspaper, internet or word of mouth turning to thoughts of, How can we fix this? Where shall we start? Some thinking: Let’s ban guns! Let’s ban assault rifles! Let’s home school! Let’s fire the principal, superintendent and staff. Let’s bolt the classroom doors while school is in session. Let’s put guards, police, more surveillance camera’s, or maybe a swat team in the area from now on, let’s immediately incarcerate mentally ill children, and let’s let’s let’s……….
I don’t know how it feels to suddenly lose a child, but do know the feeling of losing a husband suddenly by a senseless wrongful death. The unexpected and shocking news is mind numbing. Your brain is like a freeway of thoughts, only there is no order to the motion as you try to process and figure out the why’s and how’s.
I believe thought like these, if consumed too much, can overtake your whole being to the point of being unhealthy.
In the case of the murderer who took the lives of the children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, we may never know why or completely understand how the mind of an irrational thinking human being works?
Here’s what I do know.
It is an obvious fact there are mean and evil people in our world. There has been from the beginning of time. You may know people who hate themselves and others. I have known a few myself. I have wondered and even worried at times if these people might be inclined to act with erratic nonsensical behavior towards themselves or others. It’s a scary thought. I also know that drugs, severe extreme depression, or evil spirits can drive them to the point of committing inhumane and violent actions.
A mentally handicapped person who has trouble with rational thinking can be influenced or prompted to act out violently by misuse of medications, rejection from friends, and family. There are too many possibilities to mention here. Those who lovingly take care of the mentally handicapped with violent tendencies I am sure live in a world much more fragile than ours. We need to pray for their strength, patience and peace through Christ.
So what would you do if you knew someone who lost a loved one in a tragedy like the school shootings?
People have asked me, Please tell me how I approach someone who has just lost a loved one? I am uncomfortable and don’t know what to say. I explain that sometimes the best choice of action is served with minimal words or even silence. Just listening and being there with a hug can be a comforting salve. We don’t have to have all the answers. When someone asks, “Why did this happen to me?” Or Why did God allow this to happen? Often we feel we must give them an answer right now. It’s okay to say, “You know, I don’t have the answer to your why, but I do know that I care and am choosing to pray you through and be here for you through this tough time.” Oh how that carried me through and I felt those prayers as if they were a physical hand holding me and comforting me.
When faith-filled people hear of tragedies like the one at Sandy Hill Elementary, it’s a normal and immediate reaction to choose the action of prayer.
In addition, physically being present and loving them by your actions can be so comforting. For example, helping with simple things that often become burdens during trials. Things like filling up their car with gas, cooking, watering the plants inside the house or outside, returning phone calls, mowing the lawn or shoveling snow, spending time with the other children, getting the mail, feeding the dog, walking the dog, cleaning the house are all things that no matter what happens in our lives, still need attention.
My good friends Carol Fornoff and her husband Roger, do know the feeling of having a child murdered years ago and because during their tragic time, support from friends, family and their faith, they have been able to work through the pain and suffering over the years. Together, we have have agreed though, that the pain and memories never go away. They may lessen at times but and occasionally feelings of unforgiveness still creep up and haunt us, tempt us to hate, feel revenge and become depressed, but because we look to a higher authority who says vengeance is mine, we continually rest in the peace that surpasses all understanding and press on.
My hope is that in time, good things will come from these awful tragedies and the people who have to live with the pain, will choose to overcome by helping others, loving and forgiving. And that their hearts will never harden to the point of a separation of love.
- Congratulations to the two Goodreads winners of my book. Nikki and John
- I find it so interesting that the chapter I read below on this blog below relates to some of what I have written above.
- Another giveaway is just around the corner
- The Audible version of my book will be recorded soon. I anticipate a launch by the end of January. Stay tuned.
It was some time in 2007 while sitting in the church pew in Payson, Arizona, when I saw him for the first time. As I sat listening to his homily, I was visually struck by the Deacons appearance. His coal black hair was the first obvious thing I noticed reminding me of someone I dearly loved all through my life. In addition, there was something about his personality that captured my attention. I forced myself to question whether or not I was being a tad ridiculous with noticing and comparing the similar traits to my late Grandpa Chuck.
During his homily, Deacon Tom shared the recent move he and his wife Dee made from Estes Park Colorado to Payson, Arizona. At the time, I too, was new to the area, although not living here full time yet.
That was five years ago.
Last night, my husband and I got back from a week long vacation with Deacon Tom and Dee. Who would have thunk this couple would enter my and now my husband and my life in friendship, fellowship and now vacationship. Yes I know that’s not a word. I am feeling humorous.
The main reason for our trip this past week was to see a Christmas concert by pianist, Lorie Line held in Denver. The music was beautiful and what talent we enjoyed.
We planned other outings during our five day trip like visiting The Denver museum of Science and History, Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Denver Mint, sight seeing and a beautiful Cathedral where Deacon Tom was ordained eight years ago. My husband Jim’s favorite place to visit was The Denver museum of Science and History. Because of Jim’s love of science, he was relentlessly teased by Deacon Tom about the formation of the rocks, evolution, erosion, alluvial fans and so much more. Most of the time this teasing was done while driving and admiring the beauty of the mountains, valleys, rock formations, etc. The laughter within the car was contagious during these educational bouts and Jim was a trooper.
Our first night was spent in Grand Junction Colorado. Our original plan was to stay in Moab, Utah, but we felt driving the extra 100 miles or so would put us closer to our final destination of Denver. My Grandpa Chuck was born in Grand Junction so I felt that was something special spending the night in his birth town.
On page 64 of my book, Meet Me In the Mountains, I write about Grandpa. I share my thoughts about my admiration for his glass half full personality and positive nature. He inspired me to laugh, have fun, be creative in all you do, and try to make others happy by being happy yourself. Grandpa wasn’t a perfect man and I know he had his flaws and made mistakes in life. He was human and occasionally had a temper, but also humbly displayed sentimental tears quite easily.
Where am I going with all of this?
Well I truly believe that God gifts us by putting certain people in our lives for a reason. There are no coincidences. When I see someone who strongly resembles someone I know, past or present, I try and make it a point to pray for them. I reflect on them and am thankful appreciating the fact they are or have been in my life. Even if they weren’t what I expected or wanted them to be, I still pray for God’s mercy and help if they need it.
Life is short and memories are lasting.
I hope you make some beautiful memories this Christmas. I can truly say this past weeks vacation was filled with amazing memories, beautiful scenery and fun times. God’s sense of humor was so present to me. Little Godcidences that only I catch and know about.
I invite you to look for them and ask for them.
as a matter of fact, There is one that happened yesterday while driving home from our vacation and I will share. But first, I must tell you that on page 64 of my book, I tell you about how Grandpa took my brother and I through the car wash many times. We rode in grandpas car and he made the outing fun by making a big deal out of the whole drive-thru car washing experience. Yesterday, while stopping for gas in a small town called Cortez, Deacon Tom and Dee were sitting in the back seat of our car when it was unanimously decided to take time to get our filthy car washed. We had been through a lot of snow, ice and dirt and it desperately needed a bath. As we drove into the bay of the car wash, I looked behind me through the rear view mirror, and there sitting in the backseat was none other than……………….My Grandpa.
Deacon Tom and Dee have a podcast called http://www.CatholicVitamins.com. They interview authors, clergy, musicians, just to name a few.
- Listen to chapter 15 below
- Just one more day to enter the Goodreads giveaway to win a free copy of my book.
- Please remember if you know someone who has lost a loved one or who struggles with hurdles in life, my inspirational book would make a nice stocking stuffer or gift. https://www.createspace.com/3717023
- I will be working on the audible version of Meet Me In The Mountains soon.
Candy Reading Chapter 15
Thanksgiving Day was beautimus. Yes I meant to say beautimus. The clean mountain air and warm sunny day enhanced the time spent with family and friends. I was in my glory watching my little grand daughters play and run around intermittently asking to be held by me and various guests. My main focus was on the Thanksgiving meal and attending to the guests.
My husband smoked a turkey and I roasted a turkey. There was ham, vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and so much more. As is the norm, we were overstuffed and uncomfortable after eating due to our lack of self control. The many delectable desserts my sister-in-law creates for us each year never fails to impress us.
Another holiday to remember and now in the past.
But wait! There's more just ahead.
Christmas Tree lots are being prepared and store shelves are already fully stocked.
The invitation to celebrate the holidays are everywhere as we are teased with sparkly decorations, over-sized inflatables and Christmas trees. The mood altering affect of seasonal music suggestively entices us to buy gifts for ourselves, our homes, friends and loved ones.
When I walk into a store this time of year, my eyes are focused on searching out a manger scene or a banner that says MERRY CHRISTMAS! Unfortunately mangers usually are not obvious, nor will you hear the words Merry Christmas from store owners and shoppers. But there are some rebels out there who are unafraid to proclaim the kind words. One of them is me.
It is a journey to the Nativity. The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin words, ad-venio or adventus, which both signify a coming. It’s an invitation to reflect and re invite the Lord into our lives. It’s a renewing and an opportunity to re evaluate our relationship with others and our personal relationship with the Savior of the world. This Christmas season, I am going to focus more on the meaning of Advent. I have a beautiful Advent Wreath somewhere in the house that has never been used and I will search it out and we will light one candle a week until Christmas.
What else am I focusing on?
It’s something new and exciting!
a variety of new products available for you on my web site. Hang on. Here goes a little self promotion:
I now offer themed Christian Coffee Gift Baskets and you will find them at www.AmenChristianCalligraphy.com or www.ChristianCoffeeGiftbaskets.com
The coffees are the same delicious HIS COFFEE COMPANY organic gourmet blends we offered during the fundraiser my husband and I had to help the Faddis Family during Angela Faddis last month and a half of life here on earth. Some people who purchased coffee for the fundraiser asked if I would consider selling the coffee by way of gift baskets. I did indeed consider the idea and have acted upon it. In addition, I came up with the idea of incorporating an inspirational message or complimenting scripture and coffee mug. Being a calligraphy artist and picture framer, I have my own product line that will be included into some of the gift baskets.
I have begun uploading the new items to the web site and hope you will support my business this holiday season and beyond.
I will create more themed baskets as time goes on.
What’s my favorite basket so far?
It’s the Adoring Santa theme basket. I can remember as a child at Christmas time, seeing a large ceramic musical Praying Santa proudly displayed on my mothers coffee table. I loved to wind it up and watch it turn around and around while listening to the gentle music. Like the manger scene, the adoring kneeling Santa displays his humble adoration to baby Jesus and is a testimony to the reverence the Christ Child deserves. Because I love this, I have found products to include in a coffee gift basket with the theme of the Adoring Santa.
As a thank you for your business, I have included FREE this beautiful Adoring Santa wall cross shown below with every order placed on my web site through December 25th. Limit 1 per order. You can also order the cross online to give as gifts.
Adoring Santa Wall Cross
- My Book is FREE on Kindle for one more day. This expires on Nov. 30. http://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Memoir-Candy-Bridges-ebook/dp/B00A3MHGHA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1354199719&sr=1-1&keywords=meet+me+in+the+mountains
- I would appreciate your thoughts and/reviews.
- I am reading Chapter 14 of my book which you can listen to below.
- My next plan is to offer my book in the Audible format and will be professionally reading it so it can be downloaded to those who subscribe to audible. My reading a chapter at a time on this blog has been good practice. I hope to have it available as an Audible download by the end of January.
You are looking at nothing less than
It’s an ultrasound image showing something so miraculous, so remarkable and so amazing, its mind boggling.
It’s new life.
What you see is a miracle growing within my daughters womb even as you read this. The baby, now at 20 weeks is safe and warm and already loved beyond measure.
My husband and I along with my son in law and his parents crammed into an ultrasound room a couple of days ago to so we could see the baby. The rapid thump thump thump of the heartbeat emphasized the reality of the live little human being. We were so thankful to be a part of this special time. This will be our third grandchild and when I think of them, I think of a scripture a client commissioned me to calligraph recently. I show it here.
She wanted the names of her grandchildren all around the scripture and so I did it as shown here. I will have this in our home soon and available for you on my website. It’s Proverbs 17:6 and it says, Children’s children are a crown to the aged. It’s a beautiful reference telling us that our grandchildren are a crown to us. This is so true! Each child is a precious gem that fits perfectly in the Crown of Life. Each is perfectly different in their own way. I am so thankful.
And speaking of thanks……
This next Thursday, we will celebrate a day ear marked specifically for giving thanks. Along with hosting friends and family, we will serve lot’s of food and I am sure there will be lively conversation.
I never ever take holidays spent with family and friends for granted.
I revel in it.
I am consciously aware that each special occasion might be the last for us or a loved one.
That being said, I so admire people who spend a holiday away from family choosing to serve at a homeless shelter or visit the lonely, sick or shut ins. Sometimes I feel guilty that I should be doing this also.
My husband who is a co president of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson speaks with and personally visits many individuals and families each week who are in dire need of support. Some need food or help with getting their electricity or water turned back on, and some need medical help. St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are asked to die to themselves by not judging, but to lovingly serve the needs of those who need help. I admire my husband and all those who selflessly serve the needy. It’s humbling and yet it’s what we are called to do.
A baby growing in warmth and peace within it’s mothers womb is also needy and demands all it can from the mother to survive. When the baby’s born, there starts a life journey with a lifespan that only God knows the answer to.
We never know from year to year or even day to day where life will take us. Our plans can be detoured at any time by unexpected circumstances, situations, and life events. Sometimes it’s a welcome detour and sometimes not.
For those of us who have faith and hope, we look to God for help and answers when it comes to detours. We seek wisdom through prayer to do what is right and best for ourselves and our family. We hold on to hope and faith and more than anything, we press on.
Remember that every life is a gift. Every moment celebrating life is a gift. I hope the gift of Thanksgiving Day fills you with unspeakable joy.
There’s a favorite scripture that I have created in my calligraphy collection and I often think of it when giving thanks can be a challenge.
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This week I read chapter 13 of my book and you can listen below.
Chapter 13 – Fighting the Battles