December 2007


I am officially announcing the 2007 Christmas to Meaghan Watch is Over!!!  Not because I finished the book!  But because I’m going to focus on the book itself and not the deadline.  (Read my prior post Black-eyed Peas and Collard Greens to get a clue).

I will, of course, post it whenever I do finish Christmas to Meaghan.

Happy New Year!

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Well, it’s time for a new year, yet many old traditions seem to hang on.  I was speaking with my 23 yr. old niece, Tameika,  who told me she had called her mom who was feverishly scrubbing her house from top to bottom at the time because,  “If your house isn’t clean at the beginning of the year, it won’t be clean for the rest of the year.”  She obviously has to be done by the stroke of midnight on December 31st or her house will be in dire need of a deep cleaning the entire year of 2008- no matter how much cleaning she does the rest of the year.  The supposition being,  “Whatever you’re doing on the first day of the year, you’ll be doing all year long.”  Of course, this made us think about other New Years traditions/superstitions that have been handed down from generation to generation.  Like, the first visitor of the New Year had to be a man (a female would bring bad luck).  Upon entering, he would pitch his hat in the middle of the floor.  Then, he was to walk through every room of your house.  After that, the residents of the house would offer him either a few dollars or some other kind of reward like a “little snort” (my dad’s pet-name for an  alcoholic beverage).   Now, why all of this was to bring good luck, I have no clue.  I was just a kid, I let my daddy handle that. 

Of course, a New Year’s tradition/superstition that is probably the most well known is the one of black-eyed peas and collard greens.  One must eat black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day if you want to have money for the upcoming year.  The collard greens represent green money or bills of money.  The black-eyed peas represent your pennies or coins.  For a year that’s full of money, eat yourself full of greens and black-eyed peas on News Year Day! …. Now let’s suppose for a moment that all of these superstitions were true… Who would want to eat collards and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, when that would mean you would be eating them all year long?  But, I suppose, eating them all year long would mean more and more money in your pocket.  Of course, you would be eating these collards and peas in a fabulously clean home, IF you were able to get it cleaned by New Year’s Day!  I suppose, if you were still scrubbing on New Year’s you would be scrubbing furiously for the rest of the year as well.  “Oh, sit down and take a break why don’t you!  Your collards and peas are ready!” 

As for the 1st guest to your home (who has to be a man, mind you), you better go ahead and plan who it’s going to be, because that joker’s going to be coming back all year long!  Getting a free snort and the hard-earned proceeds from your collards and peas… Hm! – Better make him eat some while he’s there!  Better yet, have him take a vacuum around with him as he tours each room of your house.  Who said you had to clean alone? Oh, and “Watch that hat, now!  Watch that hat!” 

Seriously, what many of us call New Year traditions are actually New Year superstitions.  Superstition is defined as a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.  All superstition is based in fear.  Think of someone furiously scrubbing their house from top to bottom- baseboards and all in a feverish heat to have it done by the stroke of midnight on December 31st.  Why should this be so?  The person’s afraid of not having the task completed by the New Year.  They actually believe if it’s not done by New Years, they will have a dirty house the rest of the year.  How many of you know it’s not what you do one day that keeps the house clean the rest of the year- it’s what you do everyday.  A habit is not developed in one day’s time.  It’s what you do over and over again that will affect your home’s cleanliness.   There’s absolutely no need to go around in a mad rush over the first day of the year.  No doubt, this is probably why so many New Year’s resolutions are broken so quickly.  People place too much focus on the time of the year and the “fresh start” of it all.  You can have a fresh start whenever you would like it.  You name the day of your fresh start!  It’s up to you!  Focus more attention on what you’re resolving to do instead of on the date or the deadline you’ve scheduled to begin or end these resolutions.  If the task is important enough to your life to resolve to do it, then it’s important enough to take the time and develop the right habits in order to sustain it. 

Do you want more money in your pocket?  God has a plan for that and it’s called seedtime and harvest- sowing and reaping.  You don’t have to wait for the first day of the year to roll around in order to begin.  God has already provided everything you need.  It’s up to you how far you go in His economy.  You choose by your giving.  Pay your tithes and plant financial “seeds” into good ground.  Find a ministry that God is really moving in and sow some money into it.  Then believe God’s word that he wants to bless you and that He will bless you.  He’s already said it, all you have to do is sow it, believe it, thank him for it, and continue to speak words of belief over that seed instead of negativity.  God’s word will work for you, if you’ll work it!

Now, as for the male visitor who has to be the first person to walk in your house…. Oh, PLEASE!  God’s no respecter of persons nor should you be!  Don’t have a cow if a woman tries to walk into your house and you haven’t had a male visitor!  Invite her in if you like her company.  You don’t need luck!  You need to be blessed!  Let the woman in the house…let the man keep his hat on his head…keep the privacy of your home and sow those dollars into some good ground…Can I get an amen? 

Black-eyed Peas and Collard Greens, anyone? 

Not in my house!

O.K.  I really need some prayer y’all!  I have been battling procrastination all of my life (well, actually giving in to it rather easily most of my life) and here we go again!  I set a goal of Dec. 31st around midnight…I wanted this story finished by the New Year.  I still want it finished by the New Year!  How have I progressed thus far?  Well, I have many ideas in my head- but the proof is in the pudding- I must get it down and let it flow.  Also, after speaking with my 16 yr. old neice, yesterday on the phone, I have another pretty good idea of where to go with my story.  She gave me some insight on targeting my audience which I hadn’t thought of before.  Actually, I may be able to weave it into my storyline.  Thanks, Mariah- you’re a peach

So, all I can say right now is pray y’all!  Christmas to Meaghan is on its way!  On New Year’s Day, I will be posting an “It’s Finished!” banner across this site! 

🙂  Blessings to all!

There is nothing so wonderful as the love of God working through us to touch others.  What a difference we can make in a person’s life just by being obedient to the Love commandment.  When we make it a practice to meditate on the character of Love, we will find that Love flows through us more freely.  We will also be more apt to act on this love that is yearning to bless others.  Love is that thing that makes us seek to bless others from the heart (not because we feel obligated, or are trying to manipulate that person through our actions, or are trying to make ourselves look good to others). It’s that thing that makes us give our best even when others would tell us not to bother because that person certainly does not deserve our efforts.  Love is that thing that reminds us that person is worth it- that every person is worth it.  Love is that thing that urges us to forgive-  others and even ourselves.  Love is that thing that enables us to forgive.  Love is the essential element of Life.  It is the most powerful and wonderful force in existence… and it’s up to us whether we will develop it in our lives and let it work through us- changing us all the while or whether we will put it on the shelf and just take it down three or maybe 4 times a year and try to let it work a little before we put it back in its place on that dusty shelf…

What a difference we could make in the year 2008 if we would only meditate on the character of Love and allow Love to have its way in our lives. 

1Corinthians 13 is often referred to as the Love Chapter…it reveals the character and traits of Love:

Love endures long and is patient and kind

Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy

Love is not boastful or vainglorious

Love does not display itself haughtily

Love is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride)

Love is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.

Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking;

Love takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]

Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes,

Love is ever ready to believe the best of every person

Love’s hopes are fadeless under all circumstances

Love endures everything [without weakening]

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]

Now, take a moment and place your name in every instance of the word Love listed above.  What kind of year do you think you would have if you were patient and kind…never envious or boiling over with jealousy…never boastful or vainglorious…never displaying yourself haughtily…never conceited…never rude or acting unbecomingly…never insisting on your own rights or way…paying no attention to a suffered wrong…never rejoicing at injustice and unrighteousness but always rejoicing when right and truth prevailed…bearing up under anything and everything that comes…ever ready to believe the best of every person…your hopes being fadeless under all circumstances…you enduring everything without weakening…you never fading out or becoming obsolete?  Now, what kind of year would you have?  What kind of year will you have?  This day and every day, the choice is up to you.  

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I was blessed to experience the glorious multi-media theatrical production Imagine Christmas this morning.  It was breath-taking, beautiful, and awe-inspiring all at once.  It was more than a theatrical treat-  it was a glorious account of the birth of Jesus, Lord and Savior.  If you’re anywhere close to Wilmington, NC and didn’t make it this morning, you still have an awesome opportunity to do so at 6:00 p.m. tonight!  Don’t miss it!  In less than two hours, you will be able to take part in this awesome event!  Now, imagine that!

Wow!  Less than 14 hours until Imagine Christmas at The Rock of Wilmington!  I am soooo excited!  If you’re anywhere in the area of Wilmington, NC on Sunday, December 16th, please join us at The Rock for a Christmas Extravaganza the likes this area has never seen!  We hope to see YOU there at either 10:00 a.m or 6:00 p.m.  Arrive early- you’ll want to get just the right seat!    We’ll see you soon!

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