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Mon, Dec 11 2006
For busy moms at Christmas....
Topic: Holidays/Vacations
It's getting busy! Are you feeling it.....our old friend stress? I am too and now I have a cold and laryngitis! This is my third day without a voice.....and a cough is setting in. *good grief* I decided to pull this entry from last year, I know I find it encouraging, nudging....I hope you do too!

This was an email from my friend, Sue. She sent it to me in last December. When I posted this last year, we went to church with Sue and loved her humor and sincere comments. She died a few months ago of cancer. It's a reminder that you never know what a day...or a year...will hold. Time is precious and so are our family and friends.

It is a dear reminder of how we can get sidetracked, sometimes by good things, and neglect the ones closest to us! I wish the author was listed, but on these email forwards, it usually is not. 1 Corinthians 13, the 'love chapter' of the Bible, has long been a chapter of the Word that I try to study up on… is so basic…so fundamental in how we treat each other…….read on this for a few minutes and then meditate on the real thing.

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.
But giving the gift of love will endure!

by crickl at 1:47 PM PST
Updated: Tue, Dec 12 2006 12:49 PM PST
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Mon, Dec 11 2006 - 2:12 PM PST

Name: Cheryl

Very thought provoking - thanks for sharing. Hope you feel better soon!!!!

Mon, Dec 11 2006 - 4:59 PM PST

Name: eph2810
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thank you so much for sharing this, Christie. And is so true. We get sometimes so wrapped up with things to do - we forget the ones that are closest to us.

BTW - Max Lucado did a great study on the chapter of Corinthians.

Mon, Dec 11 2006 - 8:25 PM PST

Name: crickl
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Thanks Cheryl! Most of all, thank you for hemming Bethany's dress today!!! I am so lost at things like that. It was a blessing to me.

Iris, I'm going to look for that study! Sounds good!

Mon, Dec 11 2006 - 10:35 PM PST

Name: e-Mom
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This is awesome. I'm going to copy this version of I Cor. 13 and e-mail it to all my chums! Thanks Christie.

I'm sorry to learn about your friend Sue's passing. :~( And I hope you get your voice back soon...

Sun, Dec 17 2006 - 12:48 AM PST

Name: Skittles
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A very good reminder for all of us.

Here from Blogging Chicks!

Sun, Dec 17 2006 - 12:50 PM PST

Name: CyberCelt
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God bless you and your home this Christmas. Here from BCs.

Sun, Dec 17 2006 - 12:53 PM PST

Name: Karmyn R
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Thanks for the reminder of what Christmas is really all about!

Mon, Dec 18 2006 - 4:48 PM PST

Name: eph2810
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I am glad that you submitted this entry -- it is beautiful. Are you doing better today?
My hubby has been sick since last week. I am 'pumping in' a lot for vitamin C over the last week. Good so far...

Wed, Dec 17 2008 - 12:09 PM PST

Name: "BP"
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I love this message.  I found a link for this on e-mom's site from a couple years ago.  Very good to read this time of year!

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