Merry Christmas Everyone!! I’ve been enjoying my holiday away from the computer, but I just couldn’t help but share this story of Christmas as told through the eyes of a child. So precious and so necessary to share with our children at this time of year.
Thank you Stephanie, wishing you & yours all the best this holiday season! Wish I could reach out and hug you right now.
I stumbled across this inspiring prayer from Illuminata: A Return to Prayer and thought you might find it as … uplifting, relevant, and sublime as I do.
Dear God, I give this day to You.
May my mind stay centered on the things of spirit.
May I not be tempted to stray from love.
As I begin this day, I open to receive You.
Please enter where You already abide.
May my mind and heart be pure and true, and may I not deviate
from the things of goodness.
May I see the love and innocence in all mankind, behnd the masks
we all wear and the illusion of this worldly plane.
I surrender to You my doings this day.
I ask only that they serve You and the healing of the world.
May I bring Yourlove and goodness with me, to give unto others
wherever I go.
Make me the person You would have me to be.
Direct my footsteps, and show me what You would have me to do.
Make the world a safer, more beautiful place.
Bless all Your creatures.
Heal us all, and use me, dear Lord, that I might know the joy of being
used by You. Amen.
I hope it helps you, as it has helped me, to fill your days with love, patience, compassion and understanding ~ not only with your children, but with all of whom you come in contact. I’ve been stealing away a few quiet moments for myself each morning to think on this prayer an what it means to me. I’ve had extraordinary results in my home and believe sometimes all it takes to get the day moving in the right direction is a gentle reminder of all that we can achieve if we can just focus and concentrate on the moment we’re in Now.
“It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are thieves who rob us of today.”
“So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less.”
“Life must be lived as we go along.”
What a perfect motivation for Spring 2009, I’ll have no problem keeping up the eating ice cream and going barefoot part of the deal. I’m even looking forward to swimming in more rivers (although mine might be swimming pools) and laughing ALOT more, The part I’ll be working on this season, letting go of dread and regret. How about you? Ready to take a leap of faith and enjoy your life?
A brief moment for reflection and praise in honor of springtime- courtesy of all these wonderful folks on Flickr