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Christmas Blessings December 24, 2010

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For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6


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Priceless Filler December 23, 2010

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 4:56 pm
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If we are honest with ourselves somewhere inside of us is a vacancy.  Knowingly or unknowingly, we search for filler.

 

At Christmas time that vacancy can scream louder.  Even amongst the busyness there is a gnawing that makes us ache.  Feels heavy in our being and makes cheerfulness an effort and we ask why.  What is wrong with me; why can’t I return a smile without effort?

The joy in others can be grating. Deafening almost.


Check your filler.  Is it cheap filler that is fleeting?

This is one of those times I recommend going with the more costly remedy.  Leave the generic on the shelf and go for what is priceless.

How can I explain this without sounding cliché; without having you click away at the first mention of what this filler is.  The thing is…the thing is…at the time when I chose the priceless filler, it was me who smiled a fake smile; the one that felt trapped in a dark spot in life.  Yet when I allowed the vacancy be filled differently that time, I breathed hope.  I inhaled a whiff of joy that I knew would become a breeze if I allowed it.  Refreshing, like one of those springtime breezes that breathes life into a creaky soul, yet with permanence.

 

 

It’s the Christ in Christmas that is my permanent filler.  Going to Him; admitting to Him. Yes, being vulnerable to Him (who are we fooling, really, beyond ourselves).  Asking Him into our Christmas.  Inviting Him to dinner at His own celebration.  And asking Him to stay for eternity.

Christ is waiting for you like a parent waits to catch a wee-one taking the first step.  Arms outstretched, waiting for you to trust.  Waiting because He won’t make you.  It is your call; your control.

But the reward of asking.  The reward of repentance.

 

Vacancy filled.

Joy initiated.

Hope secured.

Peace a certainty.

 

The priceless is Christ; God who condescended as a baby.  Born in a barn to live to be killed.  All according to His plan to erase what we, ourselves, have put in the way of us personally knowing God.

 

All ours for the taking, if we believe, if we repent, and if we ask.

 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

May God bless you this Christmas.

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Salt and Paper December 18, 2010

Filed under: Fanciful and Fun — Jane Weber, RD @ 5:05 pm
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To me, a gift I give has to be wrapped in the intangible.

 

If you have ever given a homemade Christmas gift, you have wrapped it in more than paper.

 

Homemade gifts usually take more time.  Worth it though, because inherent in the making, is a gift of self; practically speaking – of time, of care.  The result is a package that is a package deal.  A tangible gift wrapped in an intangible that can’t be regifted.

 

Maybe that is why I involve the hat-trick in making gifts for others.  To teach giving of them selves.  A Christ characteristic.

 

Homemade gifts do not have to take a lot of time.  Here is an idea for a gift that mixes up quickly, you can involve the kids and girlfriends and teachers love –  Lavender Bath Salts.  Even if they use them to pretty their bathroom instead of fragrancing their bath, it’s the thought of you wishing them relaxation that touches the heart.  This is a gift to give to the female boss who has everything or family members when you are not expected to spend much.

 

A trip to the dollar store will get the supplies – glass jars and ribbon.  A trip to a bulk food store or health food store will get you the salts.  The latter also has the essential oil you will need.  There are many online bath products supply stores as well.  To jazz it up a bit, hit an antique store and buy a mismatched silver spoon to tie on with ribbon.

 

And here is the cool connect.  Lavender is not only a beautiful, relaxing scent, it is an ancient treasure.  Remember the expensive oil Mary poured on Jesus’ feet?  It was spikenard also known as pure nard.   Lavender is also a type of ‘nard’.  A botanist would explain this better than I am… but consider spikenard and lavender close relatives in the plant world.  I loved that when I found it out (on the back of a greeting card!).  You also find nard in the books of Matthew and Mark; Jesus’ head  was anointed with it by an unnamed woman.

 

Maybe you should do a little anointing by sprinkling the lavender leftovers in your bath.

 

Now doesn’t the thought of it make you feel wrapped in the intangible?

 

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

John 12:3

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

Lavender Bath Salts

2 cups extra coarse sea salt

2 cups coarse sea salt

1 cup Epsom salt

8 – 10 drops of lavender essential oil

6 – 8 drops of pure vitamin A or E (pierce a supplement capsule)

Purple food colouring, optional

Mix thoroughly in a non-plastic bowl (I throw it all in my paddle mixer).  Package in small jars or small, clear cellophane bags. Decorate with a label and ribbon.

 

Nutrition Nibbles December 16, 2010

Filed under: Nutrition Nibbles — Jane Weber, RD @ 2:19 pm
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I love it when I get a great tip from a friend; something that works for her and will now work for me.  Like a couple of weeks ago, I found out that  peanut butter is allowed in high school.   That made my day!  You would think that a Dietitian would know that but I didn’t.  Pb and J is in my sons’ educational  future and easy lunch prep in mine.

Some things you learn best when you live it in reality rather than learn it in theory.

Nutrition Nibbles are how to live it in reality.  Little tips that I do all the time, mostly without thinking.  Think of them as good girlfriend gossip that inject nutrition into your day.  These will appear on days when life gets in the way of  sharing a longer post with you (Christmas might have something to do with me coming up with this idea now).

Today’s Nutrition Nibble:

Nutrient-pack your baking.  Replace half your white flour with whole wheat.  They likely won’t even notice.

 

Making Something December 11, 2010

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Soul — Jane Weber, RD @ 10:34 pm
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His 5 year old hand on my shoulder, me crouched down, he whispers in my ear and then draws back to see my reaction.  I smile and nod, and he ventures a little louder to his big brothers, “We’ll make something for God.”

It’s the youngest’ turn to decide what we will give for our Giving Advent Calendar.

He pulled out his picture to “demonstrate”.

Such a big word for a little, yet bursting with giving, heart.  How, I, pray, he never loses his love of giving; that the greed of the world never turns his focus to himself.  He looks for, even invents, reasons for giving.  Yet I know, his people-pleasing heart will get burned and it will be easy to coil inside himself where it feels safe.

Isn’t that what many of us do?  Start out with the faith of a child then the world burns?  Or maybe we start with the intimidation of a youngest child, learning early to keep quiet.   There’s less hurt potential to keep to our self.  How do we work our way back to that faith without barriers?  Faith that’s not just circumstantial?

 

Might  I say (trying hard to uncoil), one baby step at a time?  For me, it continues to be one scary, risky, clinging-to-God, step at a time.

 

But; once you’ve said yes to God, to something you know you can’t carry out on your own, and then experience what God does, beyond what you could ever predict, you want more.


Which pushes you to the next baby step.

It’s a flexing not just to His leading, but a surrender to His will for your next lag of the journey.  Trust deepens and the steps get bigger.

Maybe a toddler step the next time.

 

Right where you are; what next step is God asking of you?

Allow God to prove Himself to you.  But the clincher is, you have to take the risk to experience the growth.

Peter didn’t know he could walk on water until he took his first step.  He sank only when he doubted.  And Jesus’ hand was there.  When Peter called to Jesus in fear, Jesus immediately reached out his hand in love.  But again, Peter had to take His hand.  We are offered help but will not fully experience it unless we embrace  it by faith.   A step of faith.

 

With each of these faith-filled steps we are making something for God.

You; me.

We are created by and for Him.  And we are a gift for Him.

 

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Matthew 14:31

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Need a little Wordle? December 10, 2010

Filed under: Fanciful and Fun — Jane Weber, RD @ 3:05 pm
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Warning: this is so fun you will come up with many ways to make use of it…

Have you tried out Wordle?  I had a Wordle cloud on my first Nourishment for Your Body post.  This is such a blast for anyone.  Little ones will come stammering and wondering how to do it.

“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.”

See how “Away in a Manger” looks like?  Isn’t that fun?  It took about a minute to search lyrics, copy and paste them to Wordle’s ‘create’ page and press ‘go’.  You can change the fonts and colours to how you like.

I am going to make one for each of the hat-trick for Christmas using words that describe their unique self.  An easy way to give a gift that is only for each of them.

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

 

Christmas Card Bless Back December 4, 2010

Filed under: Fanciful Friday — Jane Weber, RD @ 3:42 pm
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Isn’t real mail a treasure?  Real email warms my heart but when I get real snail mail, I get down right excited.  That is why I love snooping in the mail box in December.  There is always a chance that a Christmas card is waiting.

But what do you do with Christmas cards once read?  They are too special to toss right away.  Someone had given of their time and thought about our reaction.  How can we show and teach appreciation?

I have tried hanging them on string with mini clothes pins or displaying them as decorations but what has become a tradition for us is to simply put them in a basket on the kitchen table.  Whoever’s turn it is to say grace, gets to randomly pick out a card and then includes those people in their prayer.  Sometimes it’s a class mate, a relative or even the orthodontist’s staff gets chosen.

It’s a simple way to bless back.

And prayer is the best way to give to get joy.

Prayers can also be tucked into any Christmas cards we send.  Instead of me writing lip service to prayers, this year I am going to go beyond sending a card.  I’ll plan to say a prayer as I fill out the address, then seal it in and send it on its way.

This year we will be sending photo Christmas cards.  Not a new concept, I know, but this time I found the inspirational templates at Dayspring.  I haven’t received them yet to show you, but I wanted to tell you about them early enough in case you are also interested.  You can find the funky designs mixed with scripture here.  The ordering is easy and I saved time searching for Christian Christmas cards and developing the picture to insert in it (my usual approach).

Whether you receive or send Christmas cards this year, I pray you are blessed back.

 

…praying always with all prayer and supplication for all the saints –

Ephesians 6:18

Hugs and Blessings,

Jane