I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Friday, November 30, 2012

Choose to Celebrate Your Life!


Merry Christmas! 

I know it’s not here yet, but it’s oh so close. 

All the things that bring Christmas closer are beginning to happen.  The leaves are changing color, it’s a little bit chilly, and the stores are playing Christmas music.

Oh, and I bought my first Peppermint Mocha today.  Yumm. Yumm!

As you start decorating the tree, baking and shopping for the perfect gift for your loved ones, remember to celebrate this life you’ve been blessed with. Celebrate life. Every Day.

Seriously.  Sometimes my husband has to remind me to be positive.  Being the number cruncher in the family as well as for the family business, often I get the unhappy task of communicating what finances actually are available.  That can be especially hard at Christmas time.

But you know what?  There is always something to celebrate when I choose to.

Choose to celebrate your life. 

  • I got up this morning on my own, in a warm house with healthy kids.
  • I took my daughter to the eye doctor and with glasses she’ll be able to see clearer.
  • I am able to write using a laptop not pen and paper or a typewriter.
  • I have loads of laundry to wash and I can use a washing machine not a scrubbing board with a barrel of water (Yeah…think about that one).
  • I have the most fantastic family around even when we argue till we are blue in the face.   Hey, we are passionate people!
  • We have an extremely busy Christmas season which means I’m blessed with people that want to spend time with me.

How about your characters?  We as writers, can take our characters through serious turmoil but oh’ when they get the happy ending, isn’t it great?

What awesome thing can you write about your life today?

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:8-14 KJV
Alena T.


  1. I have a no good, terrible, very bad morning. But I have a family who loves me, a house where we're safe and warm. My husband has a job that provides for more than our basic needs, so we have choices in how to spend some of our money, and I'm a daughter of a King. So I expect that tomorrow may not be a no good, terrible, very bad morning. I have hope for a new day.

    1. Sorry, Roxanne. I'm getting a head-start now on praying for you Sunday.

    2. Roxanne, I've had many of those recently, and they are usually triggered by two very active kids. :) I find every night though, as I plant a kiss on their sleeping heads, that I'd do it all again tomorrow because I love them so much. :) I'm praying for you.

  2. Beautiful, Alena. (And you are). So glad for your fantastic, loving, passionate family that loves being together, and I know you do so much to make it that way. I like picturing you together (& maybe have you all visiting Minnesota some day--not that far from Michigan). Thanks for sharing.

    1. That sounds fantastic to me. We can come and help can or do repairs. The boys built a new dock for Clyde's aunt last summer. :-)

  3. Oh Roxanne, let's pray for a fantastic afternoon!

  4. Such a great reminder, Alena. Especially during a time when the true meaning of the holiday is drowned out by commercialism. I'm so thankful for all God has given me. I'm so incredibly blessed to be married to a great man. We have wonderful boys. We live in a warm home. God gives us so much. We have to remember to say thanks and appreciate all we do have.

    This morning I did some praying for the persecuted church, and I'm so so grateful I can worship openly and without fear. I celebrate having numerous Bibles on my bookshelf. I celebrate having a God-based church led by a Godly couple.

  5. Oh, true enough especially since as Christians we face so much persecution because we live our faith. Praise God we have the freedom of choice and speech!

  6. Love this, Alena! And yay for you trying your first peppermint mocha. Mmmm...

    Something I can write that's awesome about my life today: my parents. They stopped by my office this morning (drove an hour to get here) and brought me and my coworkers homemade caramel rolls, egg quiche, juice, cocoa, etc. They are amazing and I love them so much (and not just because they brought me breakfast today!)...so, that's what I'm thankful for this morning and always.

    1. So very true Mtagg. I miss my mother so very much. Hug yours twice for me okay?

  7. This was beuatiful, Alena. It is so important to choose to celebrate. We never know how many days we have. After some things that have happened to a friend's family this week, it makes me refocus on what's really important.

    I'm grateful for my amazing husband and two rambunctious, but great-hug-giving kids. I'm thankful for a nice home, for scented candles and most of all that God is faithful, good and He loves me passionately!

    BTW, I love that your described your family as "we are passionate people."

    1. Oh Jeanne, take all the hugs you can get and bottle them up. Those little boys grow up so quick!

      Yes, I wondered who would catch that. You know what that translates too don't you? L-O-U-D, Vocal, opinionated. But I really do love 'em. Funny thing I'm 40 y and my older siblings still treat me like I'm 10. LOL