What Do a Clingy Elf and a Praying Mom Have In Common?

48 years and still”clinging”. May we do likewise! 

 This lovely and encouraging note was shared with Moms In Touch
group leaders- through New England’s Regional Director, 
Sharon Gamble, one of the loveliest ladies 
I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. 
           
Hidden away at the very back of my Christmas tree, hangs a little elf, his pipe cleaner hand clinging to a tree branch. He is a scruffy fellow made of pipe cleaners and felt and he is not in tip-top condition poor guy. You see, I made him myself 48 years ago in kindergarten! I know…why on earth has this guy not been thrown out? My mother admired my work of art years ago and faithfully displayed him each year. When I married, I brought him with me and he has graced each Christmas tree in our home since. He has become a family joke of sorts, but the tree would not be the same without him. ☺
      There are times in my life when I feel a lot like that elf. I am not in tip top condition and I am a bit wobbly, but I know my job and it is to cling faithfully, not to a tree branch, but to my heavenly Father’s hand. At a time of deep distress in my life, I found this verse in my Bible –“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand…” Isaiah 42:6. These words are spoken to the Messiah, Jesus, if you read the verse in context, but at that moment in my life, the Lord told me He would take hold of my hand, too, if I would cling to Him!!
     I am the blessed recipient of a mother’s prayers. All my life, the mother who saved my elf prayed for me. She is currently in a Moms In Touch grandmother group and she continues to pray for me and my children! Oh! The prayers that have been answered over time as she and I have held on to the Father’s hand…
     This Christmas and into the New Year, dear mom, be faithful to pray for your precious children. Attend your weekly group meetings and cling together to the Father’s hand. There is no better place to go…especially when you feel a bit undone – like my little Christmas elf.
Have a Very Merry Christmas!!
You are loved! 
Sharon
I loved this piece so much, it is so reflective of the faithfulness handed down through God to His praying Moms! And that is what a Clingy Elf and a Praying Mom have in common: A faithful God, answered prayer and a legacy of love remembered in a sweet reminder each Christmas! 
Thank you, Sharon- for allowing me to share your wonderfulness- here on my blog! Can’t wait until your next “special” visit! hint, hint… “Inspiring Women Series”! 




Sharon Gamble 

USA Regional Director-New England 

Moms In Touch International 





Have Yourself A Merry Little Monday



A local neighbor’s yard. I am a hard core, stalking picture taker.
If you display it – I will photograph it. Unless you call the police!
There is no hiding from me and my Canon Elph 300 HS.
If you are within range, you could wind up on my blog, and your little dog, too. 



It is Miscellany Monday! The last Monday before Christmas. Hooray! Guess who is going Christmas shopping this week. And writing out Christmas cards. Guess! Yes, it is I. Am I stressed? No, no. Not at all. The fact is I love writing out and sometimes making Christmas cards. Usually. When I am on my game. But my game, is definitely off! One year I ended up skipping cards. Maybe we should start a Happy New Year card tradition this year. Or heck, if I keep procrastinating, everyone could receive a Happy Valentines Day from our Home to Yours. Inside it could read: Hope you had a Merry Christmas. Due to Procrastination issues we will be sending out our holiday cards at the most convenient time for US. Thanks, Have a great…whatever. Oh, yeah. That would be awkward. I like it. 




Look, my dear daughter adjusted the Christmas countdown thingy that hangs in our living room. Thanks, Sweetie! 
No pressure, right?



A random scrapbook page (picture-less!) inspired from the bag that Panera sent me home with which is the cardinals sharing peace. It’s actually on my Fridge. I am linking up with Jamie at her sweet Blog space  for Make Yourself Monday. Check out her adorably, cute little Cupcake: 




I started to read Be Joyful – Even When Things Go Wrong, You Can Have Joy
 by Warren Wiersbe
I had the book, but someone mentioned it in a blog post and I felt that was my sign to pick it up and actually read it. It was a good sign! Perfect for this week for me!






My hubby has been bringing me home little gifts all week. One of which was this winter themed shower curtain. Working at Lowes when they want to “clear out” items is a bargain lovers blessing. I love it, and winter! My dear daughter hates it. She has a thing about shower curtains and snowmen. Sigh. Can’t please everyone!



 Apparently this Bee did not get the memo that it is December and he needs to just do whatever Bees do for Winter. Well, it has been too warm, and the dandelion did not mind. I got these pics on one of my walks this week, with the dogs.



The High Point of my week came when I attended a Writer’s Group at my very favorite library in the state of Rhode Island in rural, beautiful West Greenwich.  It is called Write Connections and I was blessed, encouraged and inspired to be there this Saturday! The last time I  attended a writing group was probably before I had my daughter! I used to live in Providence, near Brown University and RISD where there was a plethora of opportunities to gather with aspiring writers and creative artists! 




My latest Blog news concerning the Inspiring Women Series is that I have 7 wonderful women lined up waiting to serve up inspiration of all kinds in the upcoming months! I have a few I am waiting to hear back from, but I am overwhelmed by the positive responses I have received! Last but not least, with the understanding that it is better to give than receive, I have an announcement to make about my next Giveaway. Remember, a few Monday’s ago, I was so excited to get the Jesus Calling Devotional Bible through Thomas Nelson? Well, although I love it for a number of reasons I really felt I wanted to give something back to my lovely readers and followers to celebrate Christmas and New Years! So this week I will be posting a review. I have been gently looking it over to share some details, but will be posting Giveaway details with the review. So, if you are interested in this Bible for yourself or a special friend, check back later this week!



My last link up is with Java over at “Never Growing Old”



Questions:
1.Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both. Whatever we have in the closet works.
2.Real or artificial tree? Real!
3.When do you put your tree up? As soon as I can get my hubby to make it so! “Make it so Number 1” Preferably weekend after Thanksgiving.
4.When do you take your tree down? Varies. By the time the needles fall off, for sure. 
5.Do you like eggnog? Yum! 
6.Do you have a nativity scene? Yes.  I also collect Nativity tree ornaments
7.Favorite Christmas Movie? Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Elf
8.Favorite Christmas cookie? My hubby makes all kinds of Italian cookies. I just eat them all.
9.Where will you eat Christmas dinner? Brother -In -Laws
10.Angel, bow or star on top of your tree? Star
11.Most annoying thing about this time of the year? 
12.Do you like Fruitcake? Gag.
13.What are you most excited about the holidays? 
14.Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? Both
15.Will you still be wrapping presents on Christmas Eve? Strong possibility, I’d say. HA! If I finish the shopping by then! 




Well, I feel a  like a little Blogosphere floozy, tramping around and linking up to so many sites! But I like it! Thanks to all my gracious new friends in the blogosphere and for the new ones I will meet in the coming weeks and year! Have a wonderful week, friends. May you be blessed with love, joy, peace, and hope as you make your way through your days this week. 






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