A Little Bit More

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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All Along the Common Road

“I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Remember at this season… every one of us is in a battle. So give each other grace.

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I am not sure how I got ahead of my friend Nicole at Just Live It, but somehow I am about 20 days up on her!

Maybe I just got going so fast in life I managed to cram a couple of days at a time into 24 hour periods. 

Anyway today I am making up for lost time and am showing all my happiness for the last four days.

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I am happy for the relaxed contented attitude the Lord has been helping me to maintain this summer.

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I am happy for all the good work The Winchendon Enhancement Committee has been able to accomplish this summer from this building.

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I am happy to live in a picturesque community.

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Praise HandsRemember happiness and contentment are found on the inside not the outside.  All clouds have silver-linings and gold stands out best on a black background

 

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Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Henri Nouwen

Little Daisies

 

#100happydays &C.cada Days 51-60

 

I have been trailing a week behind my happiness  for about two weeks now.  That isn’t  a bad thing. Breathing in happiness fumes is good for the soul! Still I thought I would catch up today by sharing some of the really good news coming out of C.cada (our artist’s collaborative).

“Wonders happen either way. With you or without you.”
Sergey Vedenyo

Because that is true I have chosen to be part of the wonder that God is creatingthrough this incredible group of people called C.cada

 

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Our artists recently lent their aid to Special Touch REACH New England’s disability awareness day. A number of our prayer shawlers and crafters came together to help our guests create a “paper quilt”

 

Clayton Phelps lent his guitar to the Special Touch cause as well!

Clayton Phelps lent his guitar to the Special Touch cause as well!

“Happy is what I feel; Joy is what I experience.”
Todd Stocker, Refined: Turning Pain Into Purpose

 

This is Lisa Johnson, one of our artists. At our most recent gathering she got a little stuck. It happens. Joy comes in working through the sticking points however big or small they might be. Some call this suffering for your art. I call it creative discipline.

This is Lisa Johnson, one of our artists. At our most recent gathering she got a little stuck. It happens.
Joy comes in working through the sticking points however big or small they might be. Some call this suffering for your art. I call it creative discipline.

One of the reasons C.cada exists is so that we can encourage one another in our giftings and spur one another on to love and good works. To that end we all work on projects together throughout the year. Our monthly gatherings are about pushing each other through the dry spots so that we actually get artwork done and then together we get that artwork out into the community.

C.cada in conjunction with Winchendon's 250th Anniversary Committee recently held its first annual summer art show.

C.cada in conjunction with Winchendon’s 250th Anniversary Committee recently held its first annual summer art show.

“Joy is a gift given not an emotion earned.”
Todd Stocker, Refined: Turning Pain Into Purpose

One of God's gifts to me is having children who use their gifts for the Lord. Here is my daughter Melanie at our recent C,cada gathering.

One of God’s gifts to me is having children who use their gifts for the Lord. Here is my daughter Melanie at our recent C,cada gathering.

 

And here is my other daughter, Amanda, helping Melanie with her current art project.

And here is my other daughter, Amanda, helping Melanie with her current art project.

“Don’t look to others to give you happiness. Grow it within yourself and share it with the world around you. Bets are, if you give a bit of your happiness to the world, it will begin a ripple effect, and who knows how many other people you can help. It’s never too late to decide that your happiness (or whatever it is that you want) is yours to create and not the other way around.”
Leigh Hershkovich

C.cada is about sharing the joy God has to given us with the world!

To that end we have started a testimonial newsletter of how God is working in people's lives

To that end we have started a testimonial newsletter of how God is working in people’s lives

 

One Desire has cut its first album of all opriginal worship music and is preparing to share that in a night of worship at a local auditorium.

One Desire has cut its first album of all original worship music and is preparing to share that in a night of worship at a local auditorium.

Our artists just began their splatter painting which will be used to promote the Cloverton concert coming to our church this fall.

Our artists just began their splatter painting which will be used to promote the Cloverton concert coming to our church this fall.

 

For all these kingdom advances coming through our artist’s collaborative I am extremely grateful and happy!

The prayer shawl ministry has created over forty new shawls to be given as gifts to those in need of healing.

The prayer shawl ministry has created over forty new shawls to be given as gifts to those in need of healing.

 

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Praise HandsThe more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings,
    the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more
    we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.
                                                                            – Ezra Taft Benson
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When you finally allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it,
    you will find you dance with everything.
                                                                                        – Emanuel

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So happy to be in a family with a good sense of humor!

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The paper quilt project. led by artists from Special Touch, C.cada and Cornerstone Prayer Shawl ministry.

“Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, –will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, –or to diminish something of their pains.” 
― Jeremy Bentham

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I am so happy my friends from C.cada chose to come with me and help with the Special Touch REACH NE event last Saturday.