A Tree Full of Good Thoughts

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One of my favorite things about our Christmas tree is that it is full of memories.  Most of the ornaments bring back a rush of remembrances and good thoughts that make me smile.  This particular ornament, for example:

Bought in a small shop in Dingle, Ireland in 2001.  We had gone to this shop around 1 PM, and saw a sign saying that they were away and would be back sometime in the afternoon.  (no time specified, which I thought was wonderful and so unusual to my American time-driven upbringing)  Sometime around 4 we went back and found this.  It sparkled so beautifully in the light, and we loved it.

Seeing it now, I am right back there, in that small intimate shop, with Ed and Joshua.  Good times, good thoughts flow through me, and I smile.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends.  Love, Lisa

Capturing My Thoughts

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Minds can run wild sometimes, and mine tends to run towards anxiety, things I can’t control, what ifs, discontentedness.  Something that has really helped me lately with this is focusing on this verse:

“….bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”   ~2Corinthians 10:5b

and this one:

“….let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”  ~Hebrews 12:1b-2a

Try this the next time you are anxious:

~Breath deeply for a minute or more.

~Focus on Jesus, picture Him walking towards you on top of the stormy seas with no difficulty

~Thank Him, ask Him to help you calm the seas.  Remember He said, “Be still!” to the waves and wind, and they were.

~Breathe, pray, relax, thank Him, remain focused on Him.

This helps me very much, and I hope that it may help you as well.  Love and hugs, Lisa