Putting Christ In Christmas

Blessed Mother and Jesus Child

“When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives.” ― Ezra Taft Benson

Our worries about finding the right gifts, cards and decorations are all just vanity. Give from the heart and if they don’t like it, they can “regift” it. We are supposed to be preparing the arrival of Jesus and that should be at the top of our wish list.

“6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Repentance At the Shore

“The heavens will not be filled with those who never made mistakes but with those who recognized that they were off course and who corrected their ways to get back in the light of gospel truth.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

At sunset, my weary body rests on the ground.

Fingers stretched gripping sand.

Bronzed skin glistens under the citrus sun.

As the sun mingles with the horizon, anguish sets in.

Inhaling salty air into my lungs.

Distracts my eyes from trailing tears to my lips.

“I am sorry,” are three words I am too proud to say.

Apologies echo throughout my dreams until night turns into day.

Guilt, sorrow, fear and confusion I leave at the shore.

Sea foam washes my crown and I emerge pure.

©2012 Jade Jarvis

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Confidence to Love

Mother Mary

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
― Siddhārtha Gautama

Self-love is accepting the positivity and negativity dwelling within and having the confidence to replace darkness with light.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

Measure Your Words

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ― Abraham Lincoln

An argumentative person is reduced to a raging ego. Before venting, carefully measure your words before they exit your mouth. You may save yourself from arguing with someone who actually agrees with you.

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” (Proverbs 14:29)

Empty Wallet, Full Heart

Lie Still In Peace

“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
― Lao Tzu

An empty wallet rests in my pocket.
No money to pay bills, but when the moon rises, soundly I lay my head to rest.

Don’t need couture makeup, clothes, purses and shoes.
Confidence and a luminous tan are my signature accessories.

I have the one thing money can’t buy it’s called happiness.
Filled with peace, my mind is impenetrable to stress.

Simplicity brings contentment.
For I already have all I want.

©2012 Jade Jarvis

“11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:11-12)

Birthday Epiphany: Vol. 30

Birthday Cake

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

Love is the dominant force in my life. Each year God brings awesome people in my life, to give me the essential support to confidently hike the narrow path. Obstacles may sprout in my trail, but also will roses.

“4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Farewell Twenties, Welcome Thirties

Birthday Cake

Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty. ― Robert Frost

30
Farewell twenties.
Welcome thirties.

No longer green behind the ears.
Ripe with wisdom gained throughout the years.

Willfully living through purpose.
I am joyfully living my best life.

©2012 Jade Jarvis

“Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.” (Psalm 71:6)

Our True Image

The Face of Jesus

“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.“
― Thomas Merton

Mirrors and eyes only provide reflections. If we ever were able to view our true image, we would see Jesus Christ.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Face Prayer
Heavenly Father, I embrace your grace this day,
So that I might not:
Think of another,
Speak to another or
Touch another,
without first looking for
Your Face in the other.
I ask all this through
Jesus Christ:
God Incarnate,
God with Skin,
God made Poor,
God with a Face. Amen!
― Jim Pinto, Jr.

The Voice Inside

The Holy Spirit

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.”
― Florence Scovel Shinn

The inaudible voice within navigating you through right and wrong is the Holy Spirit speaking from the heart; preparing your transition from mortal to eternal life.

“But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.” (Job 32:8)

Destination Heaven

Rippling Ocean

“The Simple Path
Silence is Prayer
Prayer is Faith
Faith is Love
Love is Service
The Fruit of Service is Peace”
― Mother Teresa

Each path God carves for every human life is unique; intersects with other pathways at specific points and concludes at the same destination. Heaven.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)