Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Double Portion Inspiration pray you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We've enjoyed sharing our life journey with you over the past nine months.  We are taking time away from the blog, until the first of the year, to enjoy family and the true spirit of the season, Jesus Christ!

Each day over the next few weeks we will spend quiet moments reflecting on our vision for the upcoming year. 

As you move into 2012, begin to focus on the goals for your life, career, and relationships.  Here are just few questions to get you started:

  1. What is your passion?
  2. Who are you?
  3. Where are you headed (life, career, & relationships)?
  4. How will you get there?
"The greatest tragedies in life are people who have sight, but not vision."                 
                                                                                                          ~Hellen Keller~

From our families to yours, Merry Christmas and blessings toward a prosperous New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lessons Learned From a Virgin

I absolutely love the Christmas story and what it means for mankind everywhere.  This year I've found myself  drawn to Mary and the role she played in the greatest display of obedience.  Just think about the reality of the virgin birth.  A young woman, engaged to be married, receives a visit from an angel.  I imagine she woke up on that day like any other day in her life. 

Little did she know, her life was going to change forever in an instant!

The angel shared that she was highly favored and that she would give birth to a son.  I can already envision the questions I would have for the angel.  I would have probably held the angel up for the rest of the day with questions.  "Exactly what am I supposed to tell my fiancee", would be the start of the questioning along with the need to know when and where I would deliver.  The most important question of all......."Are pain killers involved in this scenario?"

When I focused on Mary's reaction to the angel's proclamation, I realized she only had one question, "How will this be, since I'm a virgin?"  The angel responded with some brief comments on how the birth would take place and confidently declared that God's will would not fail to confirm that she would give birth to our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Without hesitation, she made a simple statement found in Luke 1:38 (MSG), "And Mary said, yes, I see it all now: I'm the Lord's maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say. Then the angel left her."

That was all she needed. 

Mary only required a profound declaration from the angel.  She didn't need to interrogate the angel like I would have done.  She said yes, in advance of knowing about her travel on a donkey (while in her third trimester) to give birth in a manger.  Most doctors won't even want you flying on a plane in your last trimester and here she was traveling on the backside of a donkey to fulfill God's will.  Even more compelling to me is that Mary said yes, even before she knew that she would have to endure the pain of seeing her son crucified at the tender age of 33.

The next time you hear the gentle whisper in your ear, pushing you toward destiny, listen and obey!  It's just that simple. (Posted by Renee)

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Countdown to Christmas

Merry Christmas
This is my favorite time of year.  I enjoy seeing the lights, Christmas trees and smelling the aroma in the house as we bake cookies.  December should be filled with joy and delight.  Anticipation builds as we get ready to celebrate the reason for this holiday season-the birth of Jesus Christ.

Normally, what I see in people is completely

Think about it. God sent His very own Son to be the Savior of the world.  Jesus' birth was a little different.  His mother was a virgin and he was born in a manager which is a feeding trough for animals. Even in that, He was the anticipated Messiah the world had been waiting for.  He was called Emanuel which means God is with us

The very presence of Jesus indicated new life. A miracle was performed.

Fast forward to the reality of today, and you will find that most people struggle to find any happiness.  We seem to be more stressed with longer to do lists, gifts to buy, and houses to decorate.  Our delight can easily turn into depression if we don't intentionally choose to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

Here are a few ways I try to bring the spirit of Christmas into my home:

-bake Christmas cookies
-make goodie bags for homeless
-read the Christmas story weekly (Luke 1,2)
-smile when faced with a Scrooge
-attend a candlelight Christmas Eve service
-play Christmas music at work/home
-decorate with lights, ornaments and wreaths
-send out Christmas cards
-pray for those who received one of my cards
-speak the words Merry Christmas to others around me

Whatever it takes, find a way to remember the true spirit of Christmas.  Give to those who are needy.  It doesn't take money to give a gift.  It is amazing how a simple hello or a smile can change the mood of another person.

Stress and anxiety can turn into joy if we receive the Baby in Bethlehem as the King of our hearts! (Posted by Roslyn)