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I can not believe that Christmas is Sunday! That got here so fast. Christmas time is where a lot of family traditions are carried out. For example, a big Christmas dinner, wrapping the gifts, making special Christmas shopping trips as a family and much more. What I didn’t realize was just how much some of our traditions impact the world around us. Think about all the special shopping trips we make instead of doing it at once, wasted food, and the trash from our gifts (packaging and gift wrap). It all adds up and it’s crazy just how much it increases just Thanksgiving to Christmas, 25% more waste! There is no need to stress or turn your back on any family traditions. If we all just make some simple adjustments then we can enjoy our family traditions each year without harming the environment. Check out my Green Holiday tips at Green Oklahoma.

Photo Credit: Stephen Jones

Strength: Help From Above

September 14, 2011 — Leave a comment

This video is from Elevation Church. I looked up the passage the video was about and it was a great inspiration, especially when my family has all been passing around a nasty stomach bug. It talks about our help coming from the Lord. This can mean many things for different people. For my family it was just getting through the past couple of days… when your sick the world doesn’t stop. He gave us the strength we needed to get through the day and He helped us all get better and get through the nasty stomach bug!



Psalm 121 (NIV) 

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

“Be joyful always” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)

Not long ago I wrote a post about my sprained wrist. Well as an update it turns out that it is not sprained! However, don’t get to excited… the soft tissues are inflamed and I have to get my wrist adjusted for a few weeks to help heal it. The good news is that it should heal quicker than a sprain would. The only thing is I have had a hard time with my attitude about it. Whenever I am going through my day and it starts to hurt me I get really frustrated. It’s definitely an inconvenience and I have been annoyed that it has taken so long to get better. I know that is not the right attitude to have, yet I have still struggled with it. While typing this post it has given me some trouble as well. But, while typing this post I also had the song playing from a previous post, Worship Song Friday: Hold Me by Jamie Grace. Just listening to that song helped me to put my attitude in perspective. Things will be fine whether it takes a day or weeks for my wrist to heal. I am in God’s arms so why am I letting something so simple get me down? My joy does not come from the circumstances around me but from God. So when I am frustrated about my wrist or anything else that might cause my attitude to be down I am going to remind myself where my true joy comes from… God!