St. Nicholas – a.k.a. Santa Claus

Greetings everyone! It’s almost Christmas, and I’d like to share a wonderful article from Kenneth Copeland’s site about St. Nicolas, a.k.a.Santa Claus. I hope it inspires you for this most wonderful time of the year.

Each December, images of Santa Claus are everywhere. We see visions of a large man in a red suit with a long white beard and rosy cheeks. But the real Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas as he is known, was not some marketing invention. He was a godly man whose giving spirit became an example of Christ’s love.

From what is known about St. Nicholas, he lived during the third century in Turkey. He was from a loving Christian family who taught him the importance of loving God and honoring the Lord with his giving spirit. At 19, he joined the priesthood. His uncle, a bishop, prophesied that Nicholas would lead and encourage people. He also prophesied that Nicholas would become a bishop and lead a spiritually fulfilling and devout life. In fact, Nicholas did help the poor, became a bishop and lived with a desire to honor God in everything he did.

He was known to spend entire nights tirelessly studying God’s Word just so he could bring fresh insight and revelation to the people in his congregation. He was known for reaching out to those in need, praying, fasting and relying on God’s Word completely.

The true story of St. Nicholas is a beautiful picture of the giving that Christmas is all about. The greatest gift that anyone can ever receive is the gift of Jesus Christ. He was given 2,000 years ago to all mankind by our Heavenly Father so that we could have a relationship with God. Jesus is our hope, redemption and victory. He’s the reason we can experience the Blessing in our lives. He is our advocate with the Father, our blood-covenant friend who will never leave us nor forsake us and continually works to bring to pass the New Covenant. In Him we have the joy of living a heavenly life on earth.

St. Nicholas, the real Santa Claus, exemplified the real meaning of Christmas. Christ mass means “anointing celebration.” It’s the celebration of “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power.” It’s the celebration of how the anointed Jesus “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil” (Acts 10:38). It’s the story of our triumphant Savior, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of lords and King of kings! Merry Christmas!

Thank you for visiting today. See you soon, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: The above article is from The Real Santa Claus/Kenneth Copeland Ministries

 

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Snowy Christmas Card

Good day everyone! I hope you are well and enjoying this happy Friday.

Back in the day, I sent out handmade Christmas cards – that was about thirty years ago. I haven’t done it since and last year a friend who lives in El Paso told me in an email he always looked forward to my homemade Christmas cards. So, this year I decided to do one – and who knows, maybe two or three. But one will definitely go to him.

My apologies for the dark photos – we’ve had dreary weather most recently.

I finished a card last night (shown at top of post), though I’m still working on little paintings. It’s a snowy watercolor, with a background of odds and ends I had on hand which are glued to a piece of card stock tied with a raffia bow. I should paint more corrugated cardboard, as I’m running out of what’s in my stash. They’re always a nice touch to anything.

Thank you for stopping by Leisure Lane today and letting me share with you. Enjoy your visit, and feel free to stroll around the Lane.

Until next time, may happy days abound.

Marianne

Snowy Christmas Jar

Good day to all, and thank you for stopping by Leisure Lane for a visit. I am always happy to see and hear from you.

A friend requested a Christmas themed mason jar, as she liked her autumn jar so much. I thought this was a perfect day to do it – the sun was shining (we haven’t had too much of that lately), and the air is was cool and crisp. It felt more like early autumn in “normal” places, and the scene gave me hope for a white Christmas 😉 – one lives on hope in southeast Texas.

I had two crackled prepped jars left over from May, so I used one for this project. I used craft paint for the the snowy scene – a simple snow covered fir with a cardinal adding star to its top. It has a quiet and calm effect, I think. She asked that I add some wintery filler, so I chose berries and pine cones. I think I’d like one, myself, so I guess I know what I’ll be doing with the last prepped jar ;).

I hope this inspired you to craft some Christmas magic. I’d love to hear what you’re doing. Just leave a comment telling me all about any projects you’re working on, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

French Apple Cake from Pinterest

French Apple Cake (with Rum)! Was it me, or did I hear someone say “Yum?” Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane. Just a quick note to share a fantastic, simple, and yummy-licious cake recipe I found on Pinterest. It was my son’s birthday recently and after finding this recipe I decided this would be the perfect birthday cake for a young man. It’s so easy to make and comes out beautifully! I added a third teaspoon of rum and when the cake cooled a bit, I poked holes all around close to the edge and poured in a rum syrup – just a bit, mind you. But even if you don’t go that extra step, this cake stands wonderfully just as written. Light, moist and full of delicious apples. Perfect for Christmas, birthdays, or any occasion.

If you try out this recipe, let me know how it turns out. Also, you can see other yummy recipes from my Goodies and Desserts board. Thank you for visiting today, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: Recipe from https://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2015/07/french-apple-cake-recipe.html

It’s Almost Christmas Pin Time!

Reminds me of Emma’s first Christmas pin in The Christmas Pin Society novella.

Good day everyone and welcome to Leisure Lane! I’m excited because it’s almost Christmas pin time and you know how much I love Christmas Pins. I have a modest board on PInterest where I’ve been collecting some. So, if you’re also a Christmas Pin enthusiast, or you’re just curious, you can click here and take a look. You may see some that inspire you.

The candy cane pin above reminds me of The Christmas Pin Society novella and Emma’s first pin. For those of you who are new to Leisure Lane, The Christmas Pin Society is the perfect Christmas story with which to start off the season – full of traditions, family, friends, love, and miracles – everything Christmas.

Hear them ring!

There’s just something about Christmas pins. I remember them on my grandmother’s coat lapel. My mother and aunts wore theirs, as well, which always gave me a happy feeling inside. As a child, seeing them added to the warmth, excitement, and colors of the season. And to this day, whenever I see one, I envision a blanket of snow and a warm hug or two. Do you have any fond memories of Christmas pins? I’d love to hear.

Noel

The First Noel

This NOEL pin is such a beauty! An interesting tidbit – the word noel has its origin in the Latin natalis, meaning birth. It’s where we get the word natal. Oh, how fitting is the song, The First Noel – “the first birth, the angels did say…” – beautiful, indeed.

This coming season, get out your festive ornament. If you don’t have one then start your own tradition and get one for yourself and a friend. Pin it happily to your garment, and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face. Let it remind you of the time of year when a “Merry Christmas” and a warm smile just might be the thing that helps renew someone’s soul and give it the wings that will help carry them into the next year with joyful expectations of good things from above.

Thank you for strolling by the lane today. I always look forward to our visits, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: the above Pinterest images were from the following sites:
Candy Canes
Red Bells
Noel

A Little Faith

“It takes a whole lot of hope to wish that mountain would move…but only a little faith to move it.” [Marianne Coyne]

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leisure Lane blog today. I hope you are all well.

I chose to share one of my pins from my Pinterest Heart and Soul board. Come by and visit a bit on Pinterest – you might find something there that you may be looking for – soul inspirations, fabrics and lace, goodies and desserts, tea party inspirations, romantic chic, vintage Christmas, craft ideas, and much more.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Note: above photo from picturesoftheyearr.blogspot

Leisure Lane: a Thanksgiving Song

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends…

Here on Leisure Lane we are celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow. But truthfully, every day is an opportunity to be thankful for something, and I pray that there is something in your life that you can be thankful for and which can be a seed planted for many more good thankful things to come.

Among many things I am thankful for, one is this blog and the wonderful people who have visited here over its eight-year journey. So, thank you for making Leisure Lane a joy. I hope it has blessed you as much as you have blessed me. And in honor of all of this I would like to share this little song that popped into my head about 10 minutes ago. I hope it makes you smile…enjoy! (If I could sing, I’d make a video and sing it to you – but, yeah…that’s not going to happen 😉  )

L e i s u r e   L a n e

I’m skipping over to Leisure Lane,
Where happy thoughts are never in vain,
And the sun mostly shines without much rain…
I’m going to Leisure Lane.

My friends are coming to join me there,
We’ll breathe the cool, refreshing air,
And stroll the Lane without a care…
I’m going to Leisure Lane.

There are so many things to visit and see,
I wish you all could come with me
To share the sights and stop for tea…
I’m going to Leisure Lane.

I’m skipping over to Leisure Lane,
Where happy thoughts are never in vain,
I love to visit again and again…
I’m going to Leisure Lane….

Marianne Coyne
copyright 11/21/2018

Thank you for skipping over to Leisure Lane today. Have a joy in giving thanks where ever you are, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note: the above song is by Marianne Coyne. All rights reserved.

Your Purpose and Your Health

Good day to you all, and welcome to Leisure Lane. I hope you are experiencing well-being spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Well-being is determined by many factors, but an important one, I think, is the ability to not only know your purpose, but to be able to live it. In my October 30th post, I said, “life just needs a reset every so often – taking stock in what we’ve been eating, thinking, feeling, and filling our lives with. Are we fulfilling our purpose? If not, why not? What can we do to ensure we live our lives in the joyful and meaningful way we were designed for?” And we are meant to live life joyfully and meaningfully.

These are important questions to ask ourselves. Now, some of you may be living your life’s purpose, so you understand how much healthier and well-rounded you feel in doing so. Perhaps, you wake every morning with a smile on your face, knowing that you are about to embark on another day’s adventure of making a difference in your life and the lives’ of others. And at night when you get into bed, you fall asleep more easily with the contentment that comes from knowing you did what you are here to do – you used your talents and your resources to the best of your ability and made the world a better place. But, there are many people who are not experiencing the joy of fulfillment because they either don’t know their purpose (yet), or they do know their purpose, but are not able to live it out consistently. And I believe, consistency is key.

Not knowing ones purpose can be quite frustrating. I believe that the biggest clue to finding out what you are meant to do in life has to do with your talents: what comes most naturally to you? what is the thing, or things, you love doing so much that while you’re doing it you have to remind yourself to eat? What is the thing you feel so much joy in doing that it resembles prayer? These are clues to your talents – your passions – and they are very connected to your life’s purpose. If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then take some time with a pad and pen in hand and think about it. You have the answer in you – you only need to bring it to the surface. “Oh, well, Marianne, I don’t have any talents.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that from people over the years. Of course you do! Everyone has a talent in something. Talent is not defined by the arts alone. That’s a common misinterpretation of the word – one I’ve heard over and over. Let me give you an example most people would not associate with the word talent. Waitressing. Now before all of you waitresses out there send me comments with overtones of disdain, let me continue. Waitressing in a diner is a talent, if you love serving people in that capacity. I’ve heard waitresses say they love their work! Now, when I hear that, I’m thinking inside, “Really?!!” I mean, I’m happy they love their jobs, but I’m thinking that because I can’t imagine loving a job like that because that’s not what I’m wired to do (And I’ve done it, too, so I know!). But a waitress who loves her job loves it because that is the way she enjoys ministering to and communicating with others; she gets to affect people in a positive way with her smile, her positive attitude, her desire to serve them a cup of coffee, or a cold drink and a meal after a long journey – and she’s good at it – her talent! And, there are many other reasons she/he may love that profession.

Once, when I was waitressing, I had the early morning shift behind the counter. A man came in for a cup of coffee. I greeted him with a friendly smile and “good morning” and served him his order. When he was getting ready to leave, he told me his mood that morning was very bad, but after seeing my smile, it made him feel better. Now, that’s wonderful! Truly! And some may think that should be enough for me to stick it out as a waitress, but I’m not designed for a job like that long term, because it doesn’t fulfill me on any other level – it’s not my soul’s purpose. And that leads us to another misconception by many. Should our soul’s purpose fulfill us and bring us joy, as well? YES!!  Absolutely! No question about it! To think otherwise, is ignorant of life and certainly of God, but that’s another topic.

So, how do we get to where we are actually knowing, living, enjoying, and serving others with our life’s purpose. This leads us back to the statement I quoted earlier from a former post. “life just needs a reset every so often – taking stock in what we’ve been eating, thinking, feeling, and filling our lives with. Are we fulfilling our purpose? If not, why not? What can we do to ensure we live our lives in the joyful and meaningful way we were designed for?” If you aren’t sure what your life’s purpose is, or you do know, but are having a hard time figuring out the next step to living it out, then perhaps it’s time for a reset in your life. Eating right, moderate exercise, and a daily spiritual connection with God are important ingredients in determining how we think and feel about ourselves and others – about life, itself.  If we’re not putting nutritional things in our body, our mind, or our spirits an imbalance will definitely occur. Stress will increase, our thinking and decision making will become cloudy, confused, and unproductive. And if we’re already under a significant amount of stress that will lead to a breakdown in every area. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues (the flow) of life.” The original word for “heart” means the mind – thoughts, feelings, emotions. It’s your thoughts that determine your emotions and those determine your actions, as well as determining your health – both mentally and physically. Your thoughts are physical things and will physically change your brain in a negative or positive way – and that will, in turn, affect the well-being of your body.

The bottom line is this…if you love what you’re doing on a daily basis, then you will be happier, and those around you will be happier. You will make a more positive impact on the world immediately around you, which will cause an impact on the world farther from you. Let’s face it, you spend the majority of your week at work – whether it be a job outside of your home or inside your home – and if your job is literally sucking the life out of you with continual stress, anxiety, fear, or emotional numbness, you are not fulfilling your purpose, but rather taking a shortcut to a short life. It’s not what you do that matters, it’s what you love to do that matters. Are you waking up every morning with a smile and eager anticipation, or do you throw the covers over your head dreading the day ahead of you with a sick feeling all over? If the latter is the case, then you need a reset. It may be time to re-evaluate your situation and write down some steps that will put you back on the right track for you and into Life.

I’d love to hear what you think about this topic. Thank you for strolling by the Lane today. I hope you prosper in all good things, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

The Midnight Monster: a Children’s Mystery Short Story

Nine-year-old Ben and his twin sister Jen have an eerie mystery on their hands. This is the third night they have been lured from their beds by a hideous bellowing that seems to start at midnight, only to abruptly stop after a while. In their efforts to solve the noisy mystery they find many interesting things, but no monster. Tired, but not discouraged, Ben and Jen, with combined determination and bravery, set out the third night committed to finding the monster. Their efforts lead them to their parents’ room. What surprising turn of events do they find there?

Good day to everyone! Thank you for strolling by Leisure Lane today. I hope you all had a fun Halloween. The sweetest children with the cutest costumes came by for treats – so polite, too, I don’t think any of them would have truly had the heart to trick. AND!! I JUST had a V-8 moment…yes, how silly of me, but I could have printed out some copies of Little Jack’s Big Purpose and handed them out with the candy. It would have been a perfect Halloween extra for them to have long after the chocolate is gone. Maybe next year..eeeee!!! See, this is why I’m looking to get myself together. Oh, well, moving right along…..

Speaking of children, I just published a short story I wrote many years ago called, The Midnight Monster. You can find it on Amazon Kindle. I’m getting together some of my children’s stories I’ve written. I’ll keep you posted for what’s next.

Thank you again, for visiting. May God bless you today and always, and…

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

 

Little Jack’s Big Purpose: a Halloween Tale – New Release

Jack o' lantern idea kindle cover 300 pixelsIt’s a little pumpkin lantern’s first Halloween, and he’s got a big job to do. But when things aren’t turning out the way he expected, feelings of failure enter into Little Jack’s heart. Can Little Jack’s zest be renewed? Perhaps the stars have some wisdom for him…perhaps they have some wisdom for all of us. Find out in Little Jack’s Big Purpose.

Good day to all! I hope you are well and have been enjoying a lovely October. It’s been a very strange 2 months here. So, let it suffice to say, life just needs a reset every so often – taking stock in what we’ve been eating, thinking, feeling, and filling our lives with. Are we fulfilling our purpose? If not, why not? What can we do to ensure we live our lives in the joyful and meaningful way we were designed for? Things of that nature. Perhaps I’ll do a post about this.

Now for the good stuff!  This little story came to me one morning last week while praying before rising from bed. I was just now able to quickly get it up on Amazon Kindle in time for Halloween. I still enjoy Halloween, but the last few years, I’m not into all of that death oriented stuff. Death talk and negative images are not what I desire to fill my soul with anymore. I like to celebrate it with life giving thoughts and decor – pumpkins – happy Jack O ‘Lanterns, sweet black kittens, pretty colored leaves – you get the idea. Little Jack’s Big Purpose, is a sweet Halloween tale and sure to inspire all ages. I hope you like it.

Have a glorious day, a happy Halloween, and a life full of blessings.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

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