A number of years ago at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season a terrible tragedy occurred in the city where we lived. An armed young man in a crowded shopping mall killed and injured others before taking his own life. Local news coverage seemed to be non-stop. The entire city was in mourning at a time which would normally be joyful. Holiday events were cancelled, but some went on in an attempt to keep going on with life.
I have a soft heart and knew from experience if I allowed it I could follow the deep emotions right into a deep dark pit of depression. Some time ago I determined that would not happen again.
To distract me from the non-stop news coverage and help me focus on God’s love and provision I began making one angel art or craft project a day. I continued this for several years beginning at Thanksgiving and continuing until Christmas. In recent years I stopped doing this, but in light of current events I think it’s time to bring back the daily angel. I already had my blog posts scheduled for November and December, but Spirit started nudging me to do this instead. I have learned when Spirit nudges, I move.
This year I am starting on the first Sunday of Advent with this introduction. Beginning tomorrow and continuing through Christmas Eve I will post The Daily Angel with a daily quote, scripture, video or reflection. I will also include a link to an angel craft project or a video demonstration of an angel project. There are no real rules for this, but I would like to encourage you not to use this as a time to make your holiday gifts or items to sell at craft fairs because the urgency of completing these projects brings a different energy to the process. Some of these projects are more involved than others. Feel free to extend a project over several days if needed. Our purpose is to focus on God’s love and provision which we are reminded of through His angel messengers. We don’t want anyone to feel rushed or stressed over this.
So during this time of darkness for so many, breathe. Relax into God’s love. Focus on His angels as messengers sent to teach, guide, protect, remind us of God’s, love and grace and warn us when necessary. Then join me on December 25th for an uplifting musical video presentation with an important message for our times. Blessings during this holiday season.
Genies Note: I have moved this post up a bit to allow for something special in December. I hope you have enjoyed the Reason to Celebrate series this year. Don’t forget every day is a reason to celebrate!
There are always reasons to celebrate life if you just look around you.
During November there are obvious holidays we all know about on my calendar including, Pearl Harbor Day (US) (7), Chanukah (7), Winter Equinox (21), Christmas (25) and Boxing Day (26). Kwanzaa (26) and New Year’s Eve (31).
But did you know that December is:
Write a Friend Month
Some of the more unique and fun ways to celebrate December include:
As some of you may know, I have been looking at various ways to make my artwork available for sale online. Well, I’ve finally actually done something about it.
Espirational Creations is now open, just in time for the holidays. You will want to keep checking back as we are still adding items to the store. Now until January 1st, buy any two items and receive free shipping.
The National Day of Listening is a wonderful Black Friday alternative I mention here every year. This year we have a video from Story Corp outlining how to interview friends and family and record their stories. Don’t wait till it’s too late and wish you had done this.
“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
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The holidays are approaching and many people with food restrictions are dreading the holiday dinner. When people talk about this they often use the word “surviving” but with careful thought and planning it is possible to actually enjoy the holiday meal.
These are my suggestions for ways to actually enjoy the holiday meal, even with food restrictions:
Take you best positive attitude.
Focus on being with family and friends rather than the food.
Eat a light meal or snack before you go just in case you end up with only salad.
Take responsibility for your own food needs rather than depending on others to feed you.
Consider hosting the family meal yourself.
If going to another’s home talk to the hostess in advance.
Take a dish (or two) of something you can eat to share.
Have food to eat that is comparable to the family meal. No sitting in the corner nibbling on a Lara bar while every else chows down on turkey.
If the full meal is too much to handle show up after the meal with the family album, family stories or your most wickedly delightful gluten free dessert to share.
This is one of those times it really isn’t about the food. Time passes so fast. People change, they move away and yes, they even die. Don’t squander precious opportunities to enjoy being with friends and family. Go to the family dinner prepared, give Grandma a big hug and most of all have a good time. Yes, it is still possible.
Rogene Robbins is an artist, writer, student of positive thinking and spirituality and home cook who has been living gluten free for eight years. She focuses on the positive aspects of gluten free living and using creativity to improve quality of life. Rogene is the author ofThe Gluten Free Good Lifeavailable at Espirational Booksand the Kindle Store.