Simple {Meaningful} Ways to Celebrate CHRISTmas…Day 4

by Cathy Baker

{ Day 4 }

Today, before the first week of December fades away, let’s draw a line in the proverbial sand. 

Grab your phone/calendar, and decide where your time, energy, and money will be spent this month—and then stick to it. Taking a pro-active stance will empower us to experience the Christmas season we desire rather than allowing our circumstances to decide it for us.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Sharing Life Together: Retire Your Regrets

Can you believe we’re almost in August? 
I heard my entire life, and perhaps you did too, that the older you get the quicker time seems to pass.
A recent run-in with one of Brian’s past co-workers who retired several years ago painted the picture of time in a whole new light for us. Brian commented that he still had fifteen years to go before retirement. Without hesitation, the man solemnly looked at Brian and said, “I’d rather be fifteen years younger and working.” 
One, looking forward to not having to work 40+ hours a week, and the other, ready to trade that benefit in an instant to be Brian’s age again. It was obvious the retiree had given much thought to his declaration.
I don’t know about you, but too often I find myself waiting for that next benchmark in life to do, feel, or say something but none of us are promised that next reference point.  

Today is the day to do, feel, and say.


Heavenly Father,
Your Word tells us to number our days,
for when we do, we grow in wisdom.
Thank You for those who unexpectedly cross our path,
reminding us to take hold of life where we are today—
to enjoy it, and to thank You for it. 


Father, will you steep Your Word deeply into our soul?

What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14 

you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a
vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. – See more



Is there one particular word from the above scripture you feel 

led to “sip” on, meditate on, throughout this week?


I choose the word appears. It reminds me that I’m simply a sojourner, a mere dot on the line of eternity. Life is like a blink of the eye regardless of the years lived.


we bring our time to a close, you may want to consider one tangible way to “pour”
out His truth in response to the word(s) chosen above.

Thanks for stopping by today at Sharing Life Together…One Sip At A Time. Would
you consider joining in the conversation by leaving your “word” in the comment box? Blessings!
does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take
pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those
who wait for His lovingkindness. – See more at:

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

(A special thanks to Lori Roeleveld for her help on today’s title.  Visit her insightful blog @ Lori Roeleveld.)

10 Questions to Ask on Your Birthday

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

When the time changes each year we’re reminded to change the batteries in our smoke detectors. After all, stats prove it’s the wise thing to do. (Next one is coming up November 3rd)

In much the same way, I try to use my birthday and New Year’s Eve as cues to disconnect from the chaos and re-charge my spiritual battery. 

Today, I will use Don Whitney’s 10 Questions for the New Year to celebrate my b-day. I hope to share some of the answers in the near future, as God leads.

How about you? When is your big day? If it’s already passed, there’s always New Year’s Eve! In fact, every single day offers a fresh covering of God’s compassion because of His great love for us. (Lamentations 3:22,23) Why wait? 

If you decide to give these questions a try, I’d love to hear from you.

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

To God be the glory!

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