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The Giver

Advent dec 23

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today’s thought is simple:

give

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you’ve heard of them –

random acts of kindness

maybe you have even experienced one,

being surprised by someone’s unexpected kindness.

there’s joy in being the receiver

but even more joy as the giver

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the love of God that manifests itself at Christmas

was not a random act

 the gift of his son was planned long ago

Jesus was born to bring love,

born to save

a world that so desperately needed him

we desperately need him

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this gift is truly indescribable

the great Giver has blessed us beyond what we deserve

beyond what we can ever repay

so we simply receive with grateful hearts

and respond with overflowing joy,

to give

random or not,

let’s pass it on!

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Blessings,

Tracy

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joy begins

the cold October air greets me this morning

sends a chill right through me

i love this time of year

the brilliant colors

the woodsy smells of the outdoors

the pleasure of kicking leaves as i walk

joy is abundant

but if i turn my focus on to all that surrounds me which is dying

flowers fading

foliage decaying

that saps the joy right from this moment

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Paul says in Philippians 4:4:

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice! 

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some days it’s not easy to be joyful

days may stretch into months when

joy is hard to find

when its a struggle simply to smile

and tears are too close to the surface

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how do you find joy when you don’t feel joyful?

the answer is this:

find one small thing

to be grateful for

just one small thing

then find another

and another

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the act of gratitude is the key to being joyful

recognizing undeserved gifts from our loving God

and giving thanks for them

this is when we begin to feel joy

by turning eyes from myself

and the situation

instead focus eyes on the graces that fall from heaven

like leaves falling from trees

joy is rekindled

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embrace this moment with open eyes

to recognize gifts

open hands to receive them

give thanks

find joy

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-blessings, 

Tracy

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