Merry Christmas

As I reflect on my day I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas…Every Christmas I am blessed to have a family that takes time out of their busy schedules that get together to exchange gifts and eat breakfast with one another. This year the hostess with the mostess was my very own Bigmama. Today we read Luke 2:1-21

Jesus-Christ-Birth-163-640x480The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

And then we were reminded of all the gifts that Jesus Christ gave to us Peace, Joy, Love and Hope.

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A Little More

Morning Inspiration…. giving a little more is a GREAT THING!!! When asked to help I all was strive to give a little more than the expected when bringing smiles to others faces or just letting others know that you are there when they really needed you will always give you a sense of fulfillment

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Ina Garten’s Baked Virginia Ham

Baked Virginia HamIngredients
  • 1 (14- to 16-Pound) Fully Cooked Spiral-Cut Smoked Ham
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 8 1/2 ounces Mango Chutney
  • 1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 zest of Orange
  • 1/4 cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar (packed)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the ham in a heavy roasting pan

  • Mince the garlic in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the chutney, mustard, brown sugar, orange zest, and orange juice and process until smooth. Pour the glaze over the ham and bake for 1 hour, until the ham is fully heated and the glaze is well browned. Serve hot or at room temperature.

    Helpful Tip:
    1. You can also use orange marmalade for the glaze

Recipe Courtesy of The Chew and Ina Garten

PLANK

plank1What is the best ab exercise? What’s the best way to tone every angle of your stomach, including your obliques?

It’s called…a plank. What is a plank? Quite simply, it’s an isometric exercise for the abs (where you perform one action, holding still for the entire duration of the move). You may be learning the plank exercise for the first time or you may already use it regularly in your workouts. But guess what? Most trainers consider the plank to be one of the most effective abs exercises.

Not only does it strengthen and firm your abs, but also works all the core muscles — the back, hips, etc

Article courtesy of: http://blackdoctor.org/3494/the-best-ab-exercise/2/

First Step

Morning Inspiration…Sometimes its so hard to start when you don’t see the full staircase. Taking the first step in setting a plan for yourself is always the hardest when you always find comfort in helping other people but after you look back and notice that nobody finds comfort in helping you then…Taking the first step is inevitable!!!! Don’t be afraid to put yourself first!!!!

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