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I've been thinking a whole lot lately about my blog, StoneGable... and ways to make it better and smarter and more reader centered and more inspiring and a place you can't wait to visit.
I want StoneGable to be the blog you go to when you open up your computer in the morning...a place that feeds your soul and your mind and creativity!
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Bobby comes downstairs to turn on the Christmas lights and music (and coffee) and to make sure Santa has come... and safely gone. Everyone else in the house gathers on the steps waiting for the okay to come downstairs! Youngest to oldest stampede down the stairs when Bobby gives the all clear!
We gather 'round the tree and read the Christmas story, pray and maybe even sing a Christmas carol.
Everyone opens a gift or two, taking turns from youngest to oldest... and then it's time for our favorite meal... Christmas Brunch...
I often think God is a God of few words... He writes and reveals for a purpose! To me, He does not often give lots of colorful background, the thoughts and feelings of the people in history or a flowery description of life and the culture of the times.
God is purposeful... He has a message and wants us to clearly understand His main points. It is literally a matter of eternal life for eternal death!
Today we are adding some cultural background and human thoughts to the real, raw and unrated Christmas story...
Me and 5 other fabulous and creative bloggers will be sharing ways to create, decorate, and work some Christmas magic... at the last minute! So if you need a little Christmas inspiration you will want to stop by!
Thursday I am part of a Christmas Farmhouse Tour... I've been waiting to share all the Holiday decor in my Farmhouse kitchen! If you like "farmhouse" you will love this tour of Christmas farmhouses!
Then on Friday, I'll be sharing my very favorite Christmas cookie as part of
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness...
President George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789 Of all the blessings I count today... you will be among them!
May you and yours have a happy, safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
I think the very hardest prayer for me to pray is the Lord's prayer.
Not that I don't know it or forget it... but if I'm not careful I can rattle it off in no time, thinking about my grocery list or what I have to do and not at all being present in the prayerful moment.
I was raised Catholic (and am blessed for it) and no one could polish off a rosary quicker than me!!!! Okay, that chore checked off my list! This beautiful act of devotion and prayer and meditation and I turned it into a chore!!!
It wasn't until I put my faith and trust in the Lord Jesus for my salvation, that I longed for a deep and intimate prayer life...
Today's post is not necessarily pretty. It is very practical. But hopefully, it will lead to a whole lot of Christmas pretty around you home!
I used to dread dread dread Christmas decorating. Not the actual decorating while Christmas music is playing in the background... but the rooting through the basement to find all those huge blue bins (that all look alike) stuffed with all sorts of Christmas decorations from the last 30 years or so. I moaned and groaned as I lugged them upstairs to root through them some more. And in the end I usually left most of the Christmas content in the big blue bins and only used one or two items from them to decorate! UGH!
Now decorating is a breeze! It's so much easier than the decorating ghosts of Christmas pasts! I'm so excited to show you how I tamed my inner decorating grinch and all that blue bin decor to find joy and fun in Christmas decorating...this is the BEST Christmas decorating tip you will ever get...