A Taboo Celebration – Are You Kidding??

I give God the glory and celebrate a commemorative birth. Countdown to Christmas Blog!

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ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL VERSION OF “OH COME ALL YE FAITHFUL”, SUNG BY CELINE DION

 


The muddy slush piles up against the curb and trampled footprints scatter about as the sidewalks are covered in our first snow. Storefronts capitalize on impending Christmas shopping; windows are thoroughly decorated by professionals. Full of alluring ideas that tax the mind where wallets won’t permit, it’s hard to swallow at times. Comparing prices, we shop online, frustrated, then wait in lines. Is it really worth it? Paying for overnight delivery, we have ran out of time….

 

Though our hearts are consumed with love, we are obsessed with not wanting to forget a single person. So, checking our list, we seem to lose sight of what this holiday represents. It’s sad that the birth of Jesus may be categorized as a pagan (non-Christian) taboo holiday. We come together bearing gifts to commemorate what Christ stands for on the 25th day of December, even though there is no specific date given in the Bible for his birth. But there was a time when celebrating Jesus’ birthday was taboo. For hundreds of years, He went unnoticed and today I sit and wonder, is Christmas really blasphemous? Is decorating your church really sacrilegious?

 

In regards to paganism, Christmas isn’t religious. It is their belief that Jesus had never existed as a man, only as a sort of spiritual entity. (And by the way it was thought to celebrate any birthday was paganism as well. Let that soak in while you wrap yourself around the holiday season.)

 

Giving credit in the 1600s, Rome was the birthplace of Christmas as we know it; so, it’s a fairly new celebration! Stephen Nissenbaum, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist for “The Battle for Christmas” (Vintage, 1997) stated, “If you want to show that Jesus was a real human being just like every other human being, not just somebody who appeared like a hologram, then what better way to think of him being born in a normal, humble human way than to celebrate his birth?”

 

Protestants (the Puritans) hated this holiday and actually banned it in 1644. They believed it was an insult to God to honor a day associated with ancient paganism. Christmas trees and decorations were considered to be unholy rituals, and they also banned traditional Christmas foods such as mince meat pies and pudding. Puritan laws required that stores and businesses remained open all day on Christmas. The ban on the holiday was ultimately lifted in 1660, when Charles II took over the throne.

 

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Churches may worship differently but they still hang wreathes on their doors and maybe mistletoe in the hallways. Due to a lack of timekeeping in biblical times, Christmas became a commemoration of the birth of Jesus. This is what Christians celebrate today. To call Christmas blasphemous or churches sacrilegious? Are you kidding?

 

Starting out on the virgin snow, the foliage dons a winter coat and a pristine aroma filters in the pains. Alone in my thinking, I give God the glory and celebrate a commemorative birth. It should be celebrated every day and not just in December!

 

I thank God for all of my friends and followers – each and every one of you. My heart is a Christmas card spreading good cheer! May your Yule tidings comfort you in the oncoming year. Feeling so blessed, God rest ye all this time of year. Merry Christmas!!!

The First Snow

….and Biblical Facts About Snow. Countdown to Christmas Blogs Sliding Along….

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It’s Christmas eve and the homes in our neighborhood are all decorated with lots of creative ideas. In the cold and dreary dark, almost on cue, a flurry falls. So together, standing with our arms around each other, a light on ready for bed, you and I watch as it begins to snow. Excited it’s our first snow, you look up at me, smile and say, “Let’s go for a walk”. Racing to get layered up, I helped you with your new suede boots with furry collars and little gold bells attached to the outside. With two pair of leggings and three different tops, I think it’s safe to say you’ll probably stay warm.

So I wrapped a scarf around my neck, stuck a knit-y on my head, grabbed my black goose down and headed out. Do you know how hard it is to hold someone’s hand with mittens on? Scuffing the snow as we walked through the neighborhood, I see we are not alone; we have company as others thought the same as us. It’s amazing how much better the decorations look covered in white. I love this time of year! We must have walked a mile, I guess, both our noses were blood red, frozen, as the snow was accumulating on our clothing.

I looked at my watch, it’s 12:03. MERRY CHRISTMAS, my love! What a wonderland worth falling in love in for in this season. Frozen to the bone, we rush inside, strip in the foyer and ran to shower in an attempt to thaw. The tree is loaded with, “I love you” gifts under it. I smell the effervescence of freshly cut pine. It’s as though we had just cut the forest.

A good night’s sleep, listening for Santa, we rose the next morning to a glimmering sunrise. It’s as though the Lord had sprinkled star dust all over the snow sometime in the middle night. With carols filling the airwaves in the living room, and the sound of shovels scraping the walks in the background, it is Christmas morning – a time to rejoice! “Wow honey,” I see you moved the angel from the top of tree. “No”, I said , “I thought you did. Well then please tell me how it got on the mantle…..??”  It’s the magic of Christmas!

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Biblical Facts About Snow:

 

The word “snow” (Hebrew sheleg, Greek chion) appears 23 times in the Bible.

 

 “Driving snow” is an analogy for God’s judgment found in Ecclesiasticus 43:13:

By his commandment he maketh the snow to fall apace, and sends swiftly the lightnings of his judgment

 

In the bible, snow generates fruitfulness, wherever it falls.  As noted in Isaiah 55:10:

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry.”

 

Snow was used in the bible as an analogy of purity and cleanness. Each time we see snow, we should be ever mindful to strive to live clean, pure and holy lives, just the same way that Christ was pure and sinless.  Psalms 51:7:

“Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow”

 

The whiteness of leprosy is compared to snow in Exodus 4:6.

Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous[a]—it had become as white as snow.

 

Snow is used to describe the color of Christ’s hair in Revelation 1:14:

 “The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.” 

 

In biblical times, snow that fell from the higher elevations, was stored deep in the mountains to be used in the summer months to cool off a drink. Proverbs 25:13:

“Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.”

The Mayflower of Our Holiday

A Dedication to My Mother and My Wife…..

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I sit here in the early light, amongst the glitter and gold, only to ask God, “Why do we endure so many years of pain before peace and joy comes along?” Aromas resonate throughout the kitchen. Memories spill of childhood when Mom would begin to bake days before Thursday. Mesmerized, I stare off into the twinkling lights on the mantel….they shine on my spirit. I can hear Mom calling, “Come give me a hand.” Dad had gone to work so it was just mom and I there.

It was too cold to play outside and friends had left to spend Thanksgiving with their grandparents. We stayed home waiting on relatives to arrive from Connecticut. Cousins came to enjoy the fellowship and get caught up on the years past. Dad drove to Baltimore to pick up Grams from the nursing home. But that was then, young and innocent, and now I’m old and memories make me complacent.

So I hold my bride, who has rejuvenated my soul, and I smell her scalp as she leans against my forehead. I feel her warmth as it penetrates from the fire below. My mind shifts into warp drive, light years away from childhood now. The gray filters in, as the birthdates and cholesterol are on the rise.

Nonetheless, I miss my mother. I think she would have just adored you! I hope now, she’s staring down, watching us. She would smile while you run to grab something boiling on the stove. The holidays are filled with such fond memories…. of growing up, then the voids of disappointments. But that’s over now. It’s just me and you, as we start anew. I love you – you know?

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Editor’s Note:

Dear Lord,

On this Thanksgiving, I want to thank you for bringing my husband, Dana Bicks, to me.  Thank you for giving us the courage to commit to marriage!  I learn from him every day and I love seeking new adventures with him.  I pray for his heart, especially today.  May your Holy Spirit draw him ever closer to you, transform him, lead him as he leads myself and all our readers.  Make him strong and wise to your likeness, Lord.  Let him rise from the mistakes of the past and soar above all other broken wings.  I believe he is a gift that you have graciously given us all!  

God bless my wonderful husband and all his good deeds!  Thank you….

Amen

   ~~~~Anne Bicks

The Frozen Flowers

This wonderful God we serve, has planted a garden in us all.

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The warmth of the mornings sitting outside are over. The flowers that brought us such joy, is now frozen in time. But a candle continues to burn as my love for you will never die. Cuddled in the house, sipping my warm brew, I thank God for our new life. He made our dreams come true. The holidays, fast approaching, will be like none other! My spirit fills the room as I anxiously await for the holidays to begin. Being accompanied by you, is the greatest gift God could send me….my heart just smiles as I look out at the frozen flowers.

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As most grow older and settle for a habitual routine, you and I are about to dance on the roulette Wheel of Fortune. Our lives, so full of joy and blessings, God has anointed our love for one another. Together, our mission is to give that, which only comes from the Holy Spirit, to every last person on Earth. Washing away the demons of yesterday, I look at you across the room. As the sun’s rays filter on your face, I realize, now, that the hell we went through was worth it all. God has honored us for being faithful to Him. He has ignited our hearts into the greatest love story ever written!

Dreams – the impossible thoughts – do come true! Some, you would never believe possible. But through prayer, I confirm that all things are obtainable through our Heavenly Father. And when you talk about riches, it’s not money. It’s the immense security of God depositing His grace into the voids of the disheartened.

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Keeping the faith, knowing God gives you unconditional love, stay in prayer and let Him control. We are not powerful enough to move the world although we can all paddle to help it turn. Grab an oar! Lend your soul to where God guides you conscience!

My heart is so content as the sun burns away the pain of long ago. And though our frozen flowers may wilt in the coming days, our hearts will still blossom like a summer shower. Love only grows if you water it.

My dear friends, allow my love for our friendships to spill over into your holidays! I pray for our Father to anoint everyone’s soul with the spirit of love and not contain our hearts’ determination. This wonderful God we serve, has planted a garden in us all. We discover, later in life, how to nurture the spirit that keeps our flowers from freezing.

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God Shines!

…and Physical Body Signs of Glowing In God’s Light. Do You Have The Light??


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On a bright, sunny day, I see so many things that remind me God is not very far away. From the sparkling blue sky where you can see forever the galaxies, to ripples on the water; makes me think God has cast a handful of diamonds across the surface of the seas. The brush strokes of cumulus clouds shed light too and could only be by God himself. If there was a heaven here on Earth, it’s at the edge of tranquility. There is nothing more picturesque than a meandering shoreline that God has created.

So you cast your lines. The dock doesn’t look so big for the seas are calling. The gentle swells and a pod of porpoise follow close to your destination. Anchoring at the first buoy, you inspect the dive gear before you hit the water. Now good to go, you make a splash into the water. The porpoise think you want to play. Off into the deep you glide…..

The reflections of multi-colored coral and even the sand in the salt water are breathtaking. All fish shine in God’s light of day. Diving downward you notice lurking in the shadows, a moray eel hiding in a crevice. The deeper you swim, life changes from happy schools of sergeant majors to the gloom of stingrays and sharks lurking on the bottom of the ocean floor.

As I swam, a thought occurred to me….where God shines, there is peace and joy but in the darkness, evil swarms. Carrying that thought back to the surface, the same applies to people as God shines in the light of day.

Those of unscrupulous values – the Jeffery Dahmer’s and Stephen Paddock’s – they are the thieves of life. Within the absence of God and His light, they lived like Piranhas, attacking with such ferocity.

But God does shine in most – from the flowers and trees to the exquisite sea fans and coral. Love abounds where God reigns. Striving to live as He commands, our hearts become compassionate for our fellowman. You kindly hold the door for the elderly or help a friend that’s in distress. Our consciousness is filled with God’s presence.

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There’s a simple test of God shining his light inside humans. Have you ever watched the faces of those you know, the faces that glow? They are full of God’s eternal glory! In contrast, others that exude that look of hatred….well, let us just pray hard for them since they know not what they are missing! God’s love and grace is a peaceful, glorious place to reside!

 

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Physical body signs of glowing in God’s light:

Shiny, healthy hair
Bright, clear eyes
The skin has a physical glow of health due to increased blood flow and circulation.
Clear, shiny nails
Always smiling and little frowning
Relaxed and confident posture
Lips remain soft and supple

 

Physical body signs of a lack of God’s light:

Jaws remain clenched together, sometimes gritting of teeth
Red neck – sign of enragement
Increase of sweating, particularly on the forehead
Constant smirk or frowning
Stiff posture and lurching as walking.
One visible vein, usually in the neck, that throbs.
Stares at others, quite often with a blank expression
The eyes show very little emotion. Tend to be bloodshot.
Clenched fists or hands

 

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The Color Of Love

….and The Biblical Meaning Of Colors. Enjoy The Music Of Billy Ocean’s The Colour of Love

 


Though love is thought of in many shades, no one can depict the actual color. From the beginning of time, dawn awakes; I watch in awe of its spectacular wonder. Is that the color of love?

The day progresses and I look at the shades of blue in the sky. Oddly, no one has ever painted that same hue but do we love the color. Is that, in fact, the color of love?

In the culmination of day, the lazy sun sets over the pristine waters. Humbly we sit and watch the shades, different though from dawn’s early light. Holding hands on a park bench, reverently we kiss goodnight, and there the sun slips off into another horizon. Is this the color of love?

It’s a beautiful thought to depict a color that resembles love…perhaps in the peace of a forest as a mother feeds her fawn or an orchid of flowers living in harmony. Or is it that soulmate that finds their way back? And moreover, what if it’s a gift from God you hold in your hands that fills your heart as you share it with thousands?

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Love…an indescribable flavor, an aphrodisiac to your spirit that only God controls. But to come up with a color, is it the hint you receive from another’s world as they let you in? Does the color come from the tints of earth? Or the oceans resting on its sandy shores? Or from the heavens high above, now coming to a close as they too are resting in shades of pastels? That moment when life below and above greets the present. If it’s only for a minute or so in time, the color of love is unequal.

Saying a prayer, it’s only our Father in heaven that could bring this all together; the romance of the sun and the moon that dance together. A million miles apart, they restore our faith for tomorrow looks promising from where I stand. I pray your color of love outweighs the world and all its foes for nothing could compare to God’s gracious color of love……

 


Biblical Meaning of Colors

 

Red:  Wisdom and energy

Orange:  Creativity and the ability to enjoy oneself

Yellow:  Brilliance of wisdom and thoughts

Green:  The ability to give and receive love

Blue:  Ability to communicate with purity

Indigo:  Ability to see the unseen on the spiritual level

Violet:  Human consciousness connects with the Divine or spiritual consciousness

 


 

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A Place Of Peace, Thank God

Ecclesiastes 5:19 – “It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God”.


 

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