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God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily.

– unknown

Last night, after a packed weekend, I dropped into bed tired but happy. It had been almost non-stop for a couple of days: housework (including moving several pieces of furniture with the help of a friend) and cooking for eight on Saturday, and then church on Sunday followed by having my parents over for lunch and then my niece and niece-in-law coming over for Christmas crafts in the afternoon. I've been saying over and over to myself for days now: "My cup overflows."

(The image on the right is from one of my old art journals. I doodled that on December 13, 2012. . . my eldest niece's birthday who is, coincidentally, expecting her first baby in about six days! My cup overflows.)

But just as I was drifting off to sleep, my eyes flew open. Uh oh. I hadn't set up today's Whimsy & Wisdom! I debated getting up and working on it or leaving it to the morning. I decided to trust that I could do it this morning and, if I had to get it out a little late, you'd all understand. So I'm writing this paragraph at 7:10 a.m. and, despite a slight headache and the snow piling up outside (and the realization that we're all going to start our Canadian winter work-outs of shovelling snow for the next three months). . . my cup overflows. :)


BOOKS: I just started reading Stories That Bind Us by Susie Finkbeiner. One thing I love about Finkbeiner's writing is how simple it is, yet rich and deep and warm at the same time. 

It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time to announce the winner of November's Question of the Month giveaway. This time it goes to Konstantina Tsoukalas, possibly the youngest person on this mailing list! She wins a designed-by-me graphic of her favourite Bible verse (Isaiah 43:1-3a). Tina, I'll be in touch to discuss options. Congratulations!

We'll do one more Question of the Month to end the year, and then I think I'll retire this feature for a while. As I mentioned above, my word for 2021 was TIME. The year before it was PURPOSE. While it's certainly not necessary to choose a word to focus on for a year, these two themes really grounded me during a transitional, transformation time in my life. For 2022, I just want to keep focusing on the truth that "my cup overflows," so that's my phrase for the year. I want it to remind me to (a) be grateful for my blessings and (b) share with others the overflow.

Do you have a word you want to focus on in 2022?
Share it with me HERE by December 31, and I'll choose a winner at the end of December. I'll make a hand-lettered bookmark with that person's word choice to keep handy throughout the year. As usual, if you share this newsletter with friends, you get your name entered twice.

whimsy & wisdom from the world wide web

Looking for some creative Christmas crafts, recipes, decorating ideas, etc.? Here's a link to my collection of Pinterest pins that may spark some ideas. 

Here's one of my Christmas borders that you can colour in, with three options: the words of Luke 2:4, a Dickens quote, or blank so that you can add your own words or images. Have fun! 

Speaking of special words, when we celebrate Christmas, I love "Immanuel." Click through to read my short meditation on the significance of this name.

ADAMANTINE

(adj) having the hardness or lustre of a diamond

(In Armenian, "diamond" is "atamant," but I'd never made the connection to the meaning of "adamant" before. It totally makes sense!)

Generosity starts in the heart, not in the pocketbook. That’s why God loves a cheerful giver. Better to give a little because you want to than a lot because you have to.

– Ray Pritchard

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