Yesterday, I saw a challenge given my Emily to list 15 things you learned in December.  I scrolled past the challenge ignoring it.  But in the night when thoughts are free to have their way, and God speaks to the spirit of a woman without the soul trying to translate its meaning, I heard the Lord extend the challenge.


Here is my list of 15 Things I Have Learned in December, and I’m so glad that I accepted!


1.  The money spent to attend conferences pays for itself in growing and making new friendships.


2. The world is more menacing and more wonderful the more I explore it from the point of view of an Urban Anthropologist.


3. An imperfectly decorated tree does not the have any bearing on the joy of Christmas.


4. Saying nothing can be the smartest thing to say when family is around for the holidays.


5.  There is a place for tucking away old family recipes and trying a new dessert!


6.  It is not my responsibility to make everyone happy.  They must choose their own happiness.


7.  Happiness is something you collect in a basket during the day, and share like a picnic with your family at night.


8.  Everyone has an amazing story inside of them, one that includes hurt, many tears and rejoicing.


9.  Pray works…even if it takes twenty years to see the slightest clue that God has heard your prayers. (Thank you Father, for what I have seen this Christmas!)


10.  I have yet to see a Christmas where there was not a loaves and fishes story when it came to finding the money to give to others.


11. At some point you must say, “WE HAVE ENOUGH!”


12.  At some point we usually need to say, “Ok, let’s just go with the flow!”


13. Snuggling on the soft couch with little ones, beneath a threadbare quilt and reading stories never gets old.


14. At some point in December, if I am listening, God will challenge something I thought was a solid fact of life.


15.  And the most important for me is this year, I have tried to write what will get hits, get more followers, and get more attention.  The thing I have learned is, I need to write what is in my heart.  And, if it never pleases anyone but the one who placed it in my heart, then it needs to be the standard to which I invest all of my writing.


For 2014, I am going back to writing as myself; or at least I’m going to try.  I have feared writing about God or my thoughts about how this Christian walk really works because I am no theologian! And, because there is Warfare when I do.


But I know God has given me a measure of wisdom, and as James suggests, I am asking for more.  My adventure walk with Christ began when I was too young to understand doxology, theology, or speak the first word of Christian-eese.  But I knew Christ.  I was aware of His presence beside my bed, and I still am aware of His presence in my everyday life.


In the Mundane, I see His hand in small things we call Miracles.  But really, the miracles I see are only God walking in the midst of His people.  He is just being Himself.


I am going to try, beginning today, to write about Seeing Christ in Everyday life; God Walking in the Midst of His People. (Pray for me?)


I’m over at Emily’s today, if you would like to jump over and see other lessons by other amazing writers!


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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