Focus on positives, not negatives
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Hard to believe this is December, the last month of 2021! Happy birthday to all the December folks. May you have a blessed and great day.
November was a short month, or so it seemed. I guess I was so busy it just flew by. Hopefully, things will be slower this month. Shouldn’t have any weddings or babies in the family for a while anyway.
Our community is mourning the loss of Mrs. Elizabeth Collins. Prayers for Mr. Joe. She was a sweet and humble Christian lady. While they never had children of their own, she helped with all the ones at Providence teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.
She had a wonderful influence on all who came in contact with her. While the last few years her health created the need for her to stop many of her activities, when you saw her, she always had a smile and never a complaint.
We finished the month of thankfulness, but I hope you continue to be thankful. We are so blessed, but often we dwell on our negative thoughts, and our actions reflect this. According to what I have always heard it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown, so let’s try to smile more this month. Research shows that when you smile at someone, they are more likely to smile back. This is the month to greet people with “Merry Christmas” so say it with a smile and see the reactions of others.
There are several Christmas events happening this weekend. Don’t forget the Rockford holiday celebration on Saturday with the parade that night. Everything is really looking festive in the town.
Galatians 4:4-5 reads, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”
What a great promise! I am so glad that God sent His Son Jesus to the world. But most of all that we would be adopted into the family of God as His children. All we have to do is believe and accept Him as our Savior. Let’s remember, “the reason for the season is Jesus.”
Jesus’ birth was God’s plan to save the world, but we must do our part. It’s not forced on us, but we choose to believe and accept Jesus.
I’m not against decorating and gift giving, but we still need to remember without Christ Christmas wouldn’t exist. It’s so easy to get stressed about buying gifts, fixing meals and doing “things” with the family and friends. Take time to enjoy the season by whatever helps you de-stress.
There are several in our community that are not feeling well, and others have family that are having health issues. Please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs.
Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.