December Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy.

-Ezra Taft Benson

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

God doesn’t just want us to memorize the Word; He wants us to become the very word that we’re are reading.

-Todd White

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full… be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it…

-Unknown

If you’re suffering right now, you don’t have to pretend it’s all good. You don’t have to add “But praise God.” When Jesus was hours from crucifixion, he didn’t sing in the garden or act hyperspiritual. He was sweating blood. He asked the father for a way out. But Jesus ultimately went to that cross with joy: not a shallow consolation that knows no pain, but a joy deepened by sorrow and recognizing the hurt of humanity.

God is always trying to make you more human and not less. You can cry out in agony. In that honesty, God is establishing great character in you. Such a Christian is both happier and sadder at the same time, because they long for a better home and already have one.

-J. S. Park

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.

-Tony Robbins

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

-Andrea Dykstra

Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late

-God’s Not Dead

I find joy in everyday, not because life is always good, but because God is.

-Unknown

We are not to look or act like other people; rather we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

-A.W. Tozer

Twenty Seventeen

2017 was a different kind of year for me. Instead at looking at the negative things that have happened this year, I look at the positive things that happened this year.

This year I went to Cuba with the University of Regina Choirs. The top 5 things of the trip for me in no specific order was, since it was a choir trip we could sing anywhere, and we ended up singing in the airport. There was also one day where supper was half an hour late in opening so we sang while we waited for supper, and people came out of their rooms just to listen to us. That was a supper cool experience. Another top 5 was visiting a music school that had a developed choral program. As well, 6 of us rented a paddle boat when we went to the ocean one day. We also made a day trip to Vinales. The last top 5 was when we were able to perform at the end of the week with the Cuban choirs we had worked with.

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During the day trip to Vinales we went to a orchid Garden with almost 700 different types of orchids.

This one smelled like chocolate. (It really did)

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In Cuba we also went to the beach one day, amd 6 of us rented this paddle boat.

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The concert at the end of the week.

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I also attended the very first Rider game at the new Mosaic Stadium. Even though it ended in a tie.

I later attended my very first Rider game where they won. (July 7)

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My neighbour’s cat had kittens.

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I got my license.

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We also went to Hodgeville to see a display of 900+ nativity sets. Here are my top 10 in no specific order.

Every room told a different part of the Christmas story.

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The boy is playing a flute.

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Made out of popsicle sticks.

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Protected by the angel wings.

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No room at the Inn.

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Good reminder that we are always in God’s hands.

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Veggie Tales!!

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Marshmallows.

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Carved from glass.

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Older baby Jesus.

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This year I also got a fish.

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Thanks to everyone who was willing to be a part of my 2017!

The Christmas Shoes

Christmas is very fast approaching. 10 days to be exact. The time of year decorations get put up, stores get busy, the radio changes songs to Christmas carols, Christmas baking happens, and the time of year where everyone is looking forward to Christmas.

But none of those things is really what Christmas is all about.

Something I have learned this Christmas season is that you don’t need all the decorations for Christmas. We have 3 different sets of Christmas lights that we normally put up outside, and this year because of all of the circumstances that have gone on, we didn’t put up any lights. Now just because we don’t have our lights up doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate Christmas. Two days ago all we had on our Christmas tree was 3 decorations(There are more on now), but just because we haven’t done all the decorating and the baking, that doesn’t mean that we still can’t celebrate Christmas.

Christmas will still be celebrated the same if you have your Christmas tree up, or if you don’t,  if you bought lots of presents for family, or if you didn’t, if you got your hair to look like a Christmas tree, or if you didn’t, even if you didn’t bake Christmas cookies, Christmas will still be celebrated the same. Because Christmas is about Jesus Christ, not about the tree or presents, or cooking, or decorating, or shopping. I personally don’t think that when Jesus was born Mary and Joseph put up a tree in the stable.

Now I’m not saying that you can’t put up decorations, or bake cookies, or go Christmas shopping. I’m saying, don’t make that the centre of the Christmas season. Since we didn’t have a lot of decorations on our tree, or put a tree up until a few days ago, it was starting to bother me, not because we didn’t have a tree up, but because people were making it out to seem like you couldn’t celebrate Christmas without any of the things I have mentioned. Which is entirely not true, Christmas can still be celebrated because all that you need at Christmas is Jesus and the hope He brings.

I quote I have recently seen says “it’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” -anonymous. We can even take the word “give” out and put in other words, such as bake, shop… you can fill in the blank.

Yesterday as I was playing some Christmas songs on the piano I came across this song called “The Christmas Shoes” By Leonard Ahlstron and Eddie Farewell. I hope the words encourage you, and remind you the Christmas season is not all about yourself.


It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out 
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight