Fresh Reflection - 01/02/14

    I love the New Year.  It's a time of reflection and simultaneous dream building.   We wrap each year at my house by writing out our dreams and prayers for the new year.  We get one sheet of paper and draw a line across the middle horizontally and down the middle vertically.  This leaves 4 squares, one spot for each family member.  We've been doing this for the last five years.  Even before the kids were old enough to write sentences, we would have them articulate their prayers and dreams and we would write it for them in their little square.  We then place the paper in a little metal tube (almost like a time capsule.)  It's packed away with the Christmas decorations.   Each year, when it's time to pull out the lights and ornaments, we get to look in the rear view mirror of life as we read each entry aloud.   In some shape, form or fashion... God has addressed everything on all of our lists. 

    For our family, this is such an important act of gratitude.  We've found that by writing down our hopes and prayers, we're better able to see God's miraculous ways in black and white.  Each and every year, this exercise leaves us amazed at how He uses us to help others, to spread light and love, how He answers requests, fixes issues, heals broken bodies, opens doors and blesses our little family well beyond anything that money could buy.

    This weekend, as we take down the tree, we'll once again sit down and write out our prayers and dreams for 2014.  Not for God's sake, but for our own.  Without this visual accounting on paper of our blessings, we'd be hard pressed to remember them all.  

 

 

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UPS-HOLIDAY HIRING

ATLANTA (AP) -- What can brown do for you? Perhaps put some holiday cash in your pocket. UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help during the holiday rush. The Atlanta-based company says the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers. Last year, a last-minute surge in holiday shipments drove up the shipper's costs and hurt its bottom line. UPS notes seasonal jobs have long served as a path to a permanent gig.

HASH OIL EXPLOSIONS

DENVER (AP) -- Leave it to the pros -- when making hash oil. That's the issue facing the Denver City Council. Pot is legal in Colorado, which has given rise to homemade cannabis extracts. There have been a number of explosion caused by amateurs using butane or other gases to make the potent pot concentrates. The Denver Post reports a council committee will take up the issue again next week. Under the proposal, some homemade hash oil production would still be allowed using safer methods.

TELLTALE TATTOO

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- It's probably not a good idea to rip-off the tattoo parlor where you got your ink. Police in Frederick, Maryland, report the owner of Classic Electric Tattoo recognized a suspect caught on security video. The tattoo shop was broken into and two guns and a several cellphones and other electronics were stolen. The News-Post of Frederick reports the tattoo artist recognized his work on the suspect's forearm. The man was busted last week and is charged with burglary and theft.

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CANDY STOLEN

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) -- A sweet tooth and a full bladder are now legal issues for a Pennsylvania man. Police in Altoona say a couple saw a man with his pants down peeing outside their home. The couple was leaving their house so the husband could drive his wife to work. When he returned 20 minutes later, he found an open window. The man told officers only Chick-O-Sticks were missing from their candy bowl. Police say 29-year-old Earl Munoz is the man who was relieving himself. According to officers, Munoz had a Chick-O-Stick wrapper in his pocket and two small bags of cocaine. The Altoona Mirror reports Munoz now faces a hearing later this month on a burglary charge.

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