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3 Simple Steps to Holiday Miracles and Peace

This is Post #12 in the Miracles Series

If you are new to this blog I encourage you to go back and read the previous 11 posts in the Miracle Series so this one makes better sense. Here are links to each of them:

Post #1  How To Experience  Miracles in Your Life

Post #2  Who Wants Miracles In Their Life?

Post #3  What Happens When Miracles Don’t Look Pretty

Post #4  How Tragedy Can Create Miracles

Post #5  When Miracles Bring Transformation

 Post #6  What Do Miracles Look Like

Post #7  Are You In Need Of A Miracle?

Post #8  Where Can You Find A Miracle

Post #9  Miracles Keep Coming

Post # 10 How To Step Into The Miracle Zone 

Post #11   3 Simple Steps to Miracles in Your Life

 

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The Reason for the Season By Two Hearts Design.com

 

Miracle Peace

Do you agree that Christmas is a time of wonder and miracles?

It’s a wonderful time, full of family, love, and good cheer.

But it’s also a time of stress.

Why is that?

Why do we get so stressed at this time of year?

Because we take our eyes off the reason for the season and focus on the material aspect.

We get wrapped up in presents, holiday parties, cleaning for company,  rushing, rushing, rushing. . .

Well, I have a little story to share and then I would like to help you take a moment, refocus, and give you some tools to handle the holiday season maybe just a bit better.

Story Time

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because just like you I’ve been incredibly busy. Plus, as I’ve mentioned before, Christmas is a difficult time for me because of losing my Mom and Dad during the holidays.

Honestly, I lost my inspiration to write. I didn’t have anything joyful to say so I just didn’t write.

But today I had a reminder that even when we aren’t paying attention God is working.

Even when we are distracted by whatever, He is there. Working. Waiting to reveal another glimpse of Himself.

Miracle at 4:10 PM

I work in Human Services and since this is open enrollment we are SLAMMED!

I have been trying to get caught up so I could actually take the vacation days I’ve requested, Christmas Eve, and January 2nd.  So when the front desk girl came to my office at 4:10 PM and told me I had a client waiting to see me, I’ll admit, I was not happy.

I had a stack of work left and we close at 4:30. I didn’t want to take the time to see her. Especially when she wouldn’t tell the receptionist what she wanted.

I could have said no.

But I saw her.

After visiting with the woman for a few minutes I could feel the sadness and hurt in her life. She too had lost her parents and was struggling with decisions and choices.

My heart went out to her.

Before either of us knew what was going on we were talking about farming and I was sharing a little about my struggles over the past year. I shared with her that even in the darkest times, God is working.

He has a plan.

And His plans are to bless us far more than we can even dream for ourselves.

Before long we were praying.

Right there in my office.

And I was thanking God for this woman who had reminded me how God works in mysterious ways.

He is a God of miracles.

My miracle walked in the office at 4:10 today.

Re-Motivated

This woman with her questions and issues broke through my writers block.

She re-motivated me.

I wish I could thank her for breaking through the ice around my heart.

Thank her for being my Christmas Eve – Eve Miracle!

Steps for Peaceful Holidays

So now I have something else to share with you.

Three steps to help you make with through the rest of the holidays.

Step One:  Pause

I know you’re saying what? She wants me to pause? But I barely have time to read her silly blog, I don’t have time to pause.

I know

But do it anyway.

Pause wherever you are right now and . . . breathe . . . deeply.

Blow every bit of that breathe out all the way to your toes.

Now breathe in deeply and SLOWLY

Hold it. . .

Now let it out slowly

Do it again.  With your eyes closed if you aren’t driving.

If you’re driving

WHY ARE YOU READING!  STOP! Read this later!!

Step Two: Smile

What? Smile?

Yes!

I know your thinking, “Kristi, I don’t have time for this nonsense! I thought you were going to tell me about a Christmas Miracle and instead you’re having me Smile! Get on with it girl!”

Did you know that smiling causes the body to produce endorphins, the happiness hormone?

So now will you trust me?

Smile please!

Breath deep,

And SMILE again!

Step Three:  Practice gratitude

Think of something you are truly thankful for.

Your family, your home, your job

Now, say this out loud, “Thank for my _____________” (fill in the blank)

Okay, let’s do all three together!

Breathe deep, slowly let it out,  SMILE BIG, and say thank you while really feeling the gratitude.

There now, don’t you feel better?

Just that little exercise can refocus you, re-energize, and de-stress you!

Will you join me in doing these simple steps several times a day from now till the New Year?

I Promise you will experience more Miracles and a great deal more Peace!

Is 2015 YOUR Year Of Miracles?

If you are interested in learning more about Walking in the Miracle Zone I would like to invite you to join me  in Your Year Of Miracles, a training I have participated in that opened my eyes to the miracles in my life.  I hope you’ll check out this free event and consider joining me in the program in 2015!

God Bless!

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Why is Love Important & 7 Simple Love Steps

What Is Love?

Why is it Important?

Have you ever considered those questions? What really is love? And why do we all desire it?

This coming Grandchild has me contemplating these very questions.

Have you ever paused to really consider love? If Love is just an emotion, why is it important?

But it’s an emotion that we all yearn to have, to feel, and to share.

Living without it is empty.

But why?

Could it be because we are hard wired to need love to be complete?

I think so.

Love From the Beginning of Time

Since the beginning of written history spiritual texts have discussed how an individual is only complete when they love. Love of God, oneself, and others.

Every sacred text talks about how we were created to love and be loved.

The following are some of my favorite written words, and they are about love.

1st Corinthians 13:1-13   It says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

What Does Love Really Do?

Love fills in the holes the world knocks in us. Scientifically love can lower blood pressure(1). It draws more blood to our nerve endings making them more sensitive (2).

I love my horses. They bring me peace.

Love, horses, family, God

Love these horses

My dogs, they bring me joy.

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Deaf Brutus and Blind Pepper

My silly cats, they entertain me.

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Lover

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Irrigating Cat

 

But my heart belongs to my loved ones. Many times they are my reason for continuing on.  I am so thankful God moved me closer to them. No matter what the world throws at me I can handle it because I am near my loved ones.

Love, God, family, horses, dogs, cats

My family doing what they love

Love is a treasured gift

It breaks my heart to see couples or families fighting, bickering of trivial things. We need to remember love bares all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

That is an incredibly powerful emotion. It can incite powerful emotions. We must cling to it no matter what.

I’m afraid love is often taken for granted. Therefore, I would like to start a list of simple, but important ways to keep love growing. I encourage your participation in this project. Let’s see how many we can come up with!

7 Simple Steps to Keep Love Alive and Growing

  • Tell your loved one(s) you love them. We need to hear it.
  • Show them you love them by doing simple kindnesses. Men, hold the door for you lady, open the car door for her, bring her flowers or a small gift, take out the garbage, keep the car filled up for her, and make sure it’s in good running condition.
  • Ladies, appreciate your man. Tell him how much you appreciate the little things he does for you like putting gas in the car, cleaning the gutters, mowing the grass, taking out the trash.
  • APPRECIATE EACH OTHER
  • Realize how lucky you are to have someone that loves you and that you love.
  • Be sure to smile at each other and practice a 30 second kiss every day. No peck as you pass kisses. But a real kiss. You never know when it may be the last kiss you give that person.
  • Even if you don’t think you are a hugger, you can become one. And there is nothing more wonderful than a real, loving hug from your loved one, because it’s usually followed by a great kiss!

So, that’s my starter list.  Can you all add to these?  I hope so!

Let’s see how many loving ideas we can come up with! Simply click in the comments section below. Don’t worry about giving me your email address, I will never sell it or give it to any one!

I love YOU!

I am blessed to have you here and in my life!

Thank you!

References:

(1) Gump, B.,State University of New York. Retrieved 8/28/14 from http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117439
(2) Ortigue, S. http://www.syr.edu/news/articles/2010/ortigue-neuroimaging-of-love-10-10.html

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6 Simple Steps Say I Miss You!

How to say I miss you

Oh my goodness I can hardly believe I’m finally able to talk to you! I miss you something terrible! I finally have internet at my new place and am able to communicate! If you would have asked me 10 months ago if I would miss blogging I would have told you you were crazy! That’s right, just 10 short months ago I had no idea what a blog was let alone how to do it! But now, having to miss a couple months of talking with you has been killing me!

What is missing someone like?

I love this quote, and it is so fitting, “It feels intense and the worst part is that you feel completely out of control because there isn’t a whole lot that you can do about it” Nitika Chopra. That describes how I felt during this absence.

Where Have You Been?

So much has happened in two short months that I have wanted to share with you but with no internet, it was impossible. A month ago I went to town and used the free internet at a coffee shop but then was warned about how vulnerable that made my computer so I didn’t do that again. Instead I waited . . . and waited . . .  and waited! And I MISS YOU! I look forward to sharing all the amazing things that have happened with you. And even more, I look forward to your comments. Your comments make my day! To know you are out there reading my thoughts and are moved enough to talk with me about them is the most amazing thing. We may not be talking face to face, but I still feel like I’m talking with you when you comment back to me! I love your take on life. Your input on my thoughts. Even the times when you call me on something. What a wonderful means of communication and I value you and what you share with me. Thank you for honoring me with that. I have really missed interacting with you.

Six Simple Steps to Say I Miss You

So how do you show or tell someone you miss them? There are far too many ideas to cover all of them but here is the list I put together to tell YOU how much I Miss You!

  1. Tell them! Tell them you miss them and mean it.  So . . . I miss you. I have really, really missed you!
  2. Show them you miss them. Bring a gift the next time you see them or talk to them. So here is my gift to you! They represent what I would like to give each one of you! My roses for you! how to tell someone I miss you, joy, happiness, excited, God, love, family, communication, Colorado, mountains, cowboy, cowgirl, horses, cattle, roses
  3. Write them something to show you miss them – – I think you’re reading my example
  4. Work hard to show them you value them – – I hope I’m doing that right now as well.
  5. Thank them for being the kind of person, or people that makes you value them and miss them – – Thank you, each one of you for being that kind of person. I treasure you and I miss you when I can’t communicate with you.
  6. Show them your heart.  Honestly, I hope I am able to convey through these words had deeply I care about you. I feel like you are my extended family.

Treasure

I treasure each one of you. Thank you for honoring me with your time, friendship, and readership. Thank you for sticking with me during my move and long absence!

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You have my heart!

I am already looking forward to my next post! I’ll be missing you till then!

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