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December 5, 2011

The little drummer boy gave his best – What will you give to Christ this Christmas?

An excited little boy standing in front of drums.

The Wise Men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the child Jesus (Matthew 2:11). These were costly gifts, but they were coming to see a King. These gifts were not just random, they were spiritual gifts recognizing the  Kingship of Jesus (gold), His priesthood (frankincense) and His eventual death (myrrh). God can show you just what you need to give, even if you don’t know exactly why you’re giving it. That’s why we should always seek God and prepare to give Him our very best.

One can learn a lot from the Christmas carol “Little Drummer Boy.” If you listen to the words, it lets you know that the little boy didn’t have the means to give a gift fit for a king, let alone the King of kings; however, that wasn’t an excuse for him. He came to see the new born King anyway, and he gave what he had. He had a drum and as the song says, “He played his best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum. (Continue reading the rest of this article on Examiner.com by clicking this link: The little drummer boy gave his best – What will you give to Christ this Christmas?.)

December 21, 2010

The Best Looking You on a Budget

Believe it...You can look your best on a budget!

In these times of economic challenges, there is still no excuse for not being the “best looking you” you can be. This is a message to me as much as it is a message for you because there are times when I reason and make excuses for not doing what I need to do to keep my appearance up. Now I don’t let it go to the extreme because as a woman, I can’t get too far out there…the girly girl kicks in really fast. However, I say this as an encouragement to those who have found themselves in the position of looking at their wardrobe and feeling  “the blahs!” Even if funds are not abundant, that’s not a reason for you not to put your best foot forward in your appearance. A very wise woman knows that even if she only has two blouses and two pants she should first thank the Lord for having what she has and then keep the two blouses and pants washed and neat.  Also in acknowledging Christ in all of your ways, God can show you how to accessorize and mix up your wardrobe.

It’s like those mothers who turned canned meat and instant potatoes into a meal fit for a king. You do the most with what you have. The Bible even tells us to be faithful in a few things and then God would make us ruler over many(Matthew 25:21) . It also tells us to humble ourselves before the Lord and He will exalt us (Luke 14:11). No you may not be able to get the designer names, but with a little work you could look just as good. And guess what? I have a friend who gets whatever designer names he wants at the thrift stores. He has staked them out and gets top-quality clothes with very little coinage.

There are lots of chic finds at affordable prices to be found at consignment shops, vintage stores and thrift stores.

So we have established that it takes work. You can’t just wish for it. Check out your local thrift stores, consignment shop, vintage shop or outlet store. True outlet stores have deep discounts, so investigate and find out where some of your thrifty friends do their shopping. You may find out that those fancy duds don’t cost as much as you think they do.

Check out your major department stores because clearance prices can be extreme.  Nordrstrom  Rack and Macy’s are fantastic with their clearance racks. You also should look at your Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Burlington and Ross stores as well.  I saw a woman the other day who looked so great I had to ask her where she got her whole outfit.  The boots she was wearing may have been $150 to $200 and she got them for around $35 dollars at Marshalls. Her whole outfit was from Marshalls and it was beautiful.  And look, let’s get out of this prima donna /diva status where we can’t rifle through the racks.  Yes, it can be a little frustrating if you really like to have things orderly, but treat it like a treasure hunt where the ends justify the means.

After Christmas is the perfect time to see the deep discounts. Remember that retail is always a season ahead, so if you buy off-season (as in a season behind), you will be able to stock up for the next year. Don’t be stuck on buying something because it’s the style right now. Buy smart!

Some say the best things in life are free. Will you be to proud to accept it? My church does a yearly giveaway and we are instructed to give things that we would want to receive. We are told that we should give that thing that we want to keep. See, when you give like that you are sure to be a blessing.  I’ll never forget a family that came to the giveaway and found a winter coat for their son. It was a big black, bubble-coat. It was quite stylish, so the little boy who was probably about eight or nine was happy to receive it. More than the look on the little boy’s face was the look on his father’s face.  I could have cried when seeing the relief it brought to that father who would not have to figure out how to adjust the family’s finances or neglect paying a bill to  get his little boy a coat. Look on listings like Craigslist and you will see a section that simply says FREE. You will find listing for giveaways, people simply wanting to give all kinds of articles from furniture to exercise equipment to clothes.

You can find things that represent you within your budget, but you have to be willing to do the work. Aren’t you a worthy cause?

December 15, 2010

And the Winner is!!!!

"Outspoken with Chocolate" gift basket featuring AVON's new fragrance by Fergie.

They came. They saw. They ordered. The winner of the “Outspoken with Chocolate” gift basket was drawn from the lot of customers who ordered from my AVON website, and Wanda from Baltimore was the winner!

I just want to say thank you to all who ordered and continue to check in with us here on the AVON Beautiful Blog and Twittter (@Avon_Beautiful) and Facebook Page (click here for Monica’s AVON Beautiful Page)  for more details about contests.

Feel free to check out my website  for some great AVON DEALS. There’s a lot going for a little…AVON is still one of the best buys in town. God bless, and be the Lord’s will I’ll be talking to you before the holidays. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Beautifully yours, AVON Representative, Monica Johnson

The Ultimate Gift!

Jesus was our gift at the manger and on the cross!

There’s something about the holidays! Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or  New Years,  the holidays bring out the extreme optimism or pessimism of human nature. I prefer to focus on the optimism. Christmas, for instance, is a time that people are thinking about someone other than themselves. Giving is a really big thing around Christmas, as well it should be. Christmas is about giving and it all stems from the greatest gift the world has ever received – the gift of Jesus Christ.

Imagine being in a nice comfy position sitting with God, the Father. Your home is heaven and every need is catered to. All the angels rejoice 24-7  because you are God, the Son. You are the only begotten Son and you love God, Your Father. There’s no place you’d rather be than with Him, after all you  are one with Him. Now, imagine giving that up because your creation, the ones you created in your image, have sinned against you. Not really a motivating factor, but it was for God. The Creator’s mind was in rescue mode to save His creation.

God knew mankind was on  a fast-track to Hell unless a Savior could get them out of their mess.  Sure, the Lord could have sat back and let us all go to Hell, but that’s not the kind of God we have. Our Father and our Savior, put their plan into action and Jesus gave up his throne on high, to do His Father’s will.  So as the Bible tells us, Jesus came to this world, being born of a virgin in Bethlehem and that little babe grew up to live a sinless life, which would be sacrificed to atone for the sins of the world.

 Jesus’ sinless life was given as a gift to the world; some would receive Him and others wouldn’t. Nonetheless, He continues to be our gift and His life and death makes  it possible for His children to receive eternal life with Him. That’s a reason to give God glory.

In our gift-giving this holiday season, let’s not forget about the Greatest Gift, Jesus Christ, who gave us the ultimate gift of salvation. He gave us a reason to be optimistic, don’t you think? It’s easy to get caught up in all the commercialism that Christmas time has come to symbolize, but if we keep the true Christmas spirit alive and well in our hearts and cherish the gift of Jesus Christ, we’ll be less likely to run after the false Christmas traditions! Beautifully yours, Avon Representative, Monica Johnson.

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