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Hi, I’m Carey -- a speaker, author, and life coach honest about my life and faith, stumbles, fumbles, and all.

My ministry focuses on helping women untangle their self-worth from the world and secure it in Jesus. And when we do, we’re free to live authentic lives… not perfect ones.

Without THIS, you’re missing the point.

Christmas-LoveIf I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at a soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity; but do not how love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return; but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust; but giving the gift of love will endure.

(Christmas version of 1 Corinthians, chapter 13 – Author Unknown)

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©2014 Carey Scott

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Twas the Month of December…

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Twas The Month of December

Twas the month of December and all through my house,
The kids were annoying, and so was my spouse.
 
 There were parties to attend and a tree to adorn,
In an effort to celebrate the babe who was born.
 
 The kids were excited at the prospect of toys,
Which I reminded were only for “good” girls and boys.
 
 The crowds were frustrating but the sales were great.
And with so much to do, I was always running late.
 
No one was helping me, and I was falling behind.
So naturally, I decided to complain and whine.
 
 The gift list was long and our money was tight.
So I used a credit card… my shopping goal was in sight.
 
“Everyone’s happiness is important, you see,”
I said, trying to justify my shopping spree.
 
Next came the baking, many treats to create.
Again in a hurry, and still running late.
 
Baking into the night and up early the next morn.
Just how was this celebrating the babe who was born?
 
Next was my house that needed Christmas lights,
But getting my husband to help was causing many fights.
 
 “The house has to look good. We have to compete!
Now get off your backside and onto your feet!”
 
 Well… tension was filling the rooms in our house.
And no one was quiet, not even the mouse.
 
We were fighting and yelling, and I led the way.
How was this helping to celebrate the day?
 
Between family and crowds, baking and bows,
I was a wreck. But a Venti Peppermint Mocha Latte… helped my woes.
 
 “Next year will be different,” I said to myself.
And then kept on going, just like a little elf.
 
No matter how I tried, the season wasn’t fun.
I was just ready for Christmas to be done!
 
 And my standard reply was, “I’m tired and cranky,”
When my husband suggested some good ole’ hanky-panky.
 
“How in the world do you enjoy this season?”
I asked a friend, looking for her reason.
 
Her decorating was modest and her calendar uncluttered.
“It’s starting to make sense,” I smiled and muttered.
 
She’d made a decision to celebrate with her heart.
And then it became obvious… THAT was my missing part!
 
I’d been busy and frazzled and completely off-base,
And certainly not modeling Christ’s love and grace.
 
If my heart wasn’t right, my kids would miss out.
And the reason for this season, they’d certainly doubt.
 
So I loved and I celebrated and even stranger,
This time I did so remembering the importance of the manger.
 

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Why we say THIS… and a FREE way to do it.

Sometimes…

… a kind word can change the course of your day.

… being recognized for helping out a friend can fill your heart.

… knowing someone sees value in you being part of their life can lift your spirits.

But too often, we don’t take the time to let others know we are THANKFUL for them.

Let’s change that.

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Here’s what I’m challenging you to do:

1) Download and print this FREE “Thankful” printable (card stock will make it sturdier!).

2) Identify 6 different people who have blessed your life, and then choose the perfect card for each of them.

3) Write a short note on back, sharing why you’re thankful for them.

4) Make sure you “gift it” between now and December 1st (that gives you 11 days!)

And you know what? When you intentionally decide to show your appreciation for someone through your words, you’re making a great choice.

Why?

Listen to this…

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” (Proverbs 18:21)

So friends… let your words breathe life.

Let the words you share be as sweet as fruit.

Because a kind word can fill a weary heart in a moment.

And honestly, don’t we all need that?

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