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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Beaten. Shamed. Killed. Seven lives fallen into the hands of abusers.

Mark writes about a vineyard owner who hires farmhands to tend his grapes. When harvest time arrives, this winepress CEO sends a servant to collect fruit. The farmers beat his innocent employee. The owner then contracted five other servants to gather harvest. The farmhands terminated each laborer without reason.

After these five employee losses, the CEO reviewed his list of qualified candidates. He hired his son, hoping these disgruntled workers would respect the boss’s son enough to send him his father’s cash crop. Despite this bonus incentive, the owner’s son was killed at the fists of farmhands.

God hired us to care for His creation. I relate to this vineyard owner. I’ve experienced personal hurt and disappointment from others. Like the winepress owner, I sometimes feel beaten down or suffer shots to my spirit.

In Mark 12:9, the vineyard CEO finally took the farmhands into his own hands and killed them. The field owner removed his crop killers and gave his field of dreams to loyal farmers.  I sometimes need to clear my heartland, to weed out crop killers. When I plant kindness and thoughtfulness instead of resentment and discouragement, I receive God’s rate of return.

I use this vineyard owner’s pursuit to remind myself that when I eagerly work for my Creator, He will get the last word. His firmly planted word won’t return void or end in death.

Reinforcing a cornerstone lesson around the FROG Blog’s lily pad of life,

Christina

“He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others…the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous” (Mark 12:6, 9-11 NIV).

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DILIGENCE

Peaceful waters from the lily pad!

For this week’s FROG Blog, I share a treasure I have posted in my Martha & Mary Writing Studio. It’s been years since I found this and wish the source had credited its author. His or her literary gift reminds me that words written (or spoken) today impact tomorrow (and the next day and the next day and…)

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Thank you to this unknown-to-me author!

One day a friend of Chuck Swindoll’s stopped by his study to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:25). The man said, “I don’t think you’ll fall morally or ethically. What does worry me is that you could be tempted to let your time with God and your time in study of the Scriptures become less and less important to you. I want to urge you, do not let that happen.

Swindoll took his words to heart and wrote down these five promises to himself.

  1. “I promise to keep doing original and hard work in my study. Those to whom I am called deserve my best efforts.
  2. I promise to maintain a heart for God. That means I will pray frequently and fervently, and stay devoted to Him and to my calling.
  3. I promise to remain accountable. Living the life of a lone ranger is not only unbiblical, it’s dangerous.
  4. I promise to stay faithful to my family. My wife deserves my time, affection and undivided attention. Our now-grown children deserve the same.
  5. I promise to be who I am, just me. To keep laughing and saying things a little ‘off-the-wall.’ To be a friend and make a few mistakes each month.”

Being devoted to Christ doesn’t make you weird, judgmental, antisocial or isolated from the world. No, it makes you the best version of yourself you can be-and the one God wants you to be.”

Readers, thank you for investing time to use these words to develop who you are and who you are becoming.

Anticipating colorful light to surround the lily pad of the FROG blog, Christina

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ABUNDANCE

I announce my 2021 Word of the Year! ABUNDANCE.

Last year, I chose DECIPHER to practice inner growth. The decipher premise stemmed from a need to check motive: my use of time, personal connections, spending and saving money, energy output etc. What motive manifested my habits?

This year’s word is ABUNDANCE. I’m challenging myself to become more open to giving and receiving abundance. To offer abundant forgiveness, abundant gentleness, abundant kindness. Giving comes naturally to me.

However, receiving has always been extraordinarily difficult. I have sometimes been teased or labeled as somewhat of a simpleton. I become giddy over what some people consider ordinary (a voice mail, a handwritten note, a food-for-thought question, a spirit-led conversation).  When I receive gifts, I feel indebted.

I embrace minimalism. Fortunately, not living simplicity out of a need, but from wanting to show up for life with less “stuff.” Thankfully, my close circle respects this guideline by giving consumable or usable gifts: anything to keep me warm (wool-blend socks, fleece, thick sweaters, flannel pj’s). I appreciate candles, outings, trips, fun print stationery, colorful envelopes, and stamps. Basically, gifts that don’t require shelves, dusting, hanging or hanging.

I’m heading into this day, this year eagerly offering and learning to receive abundance. I anticipate lessons and blessin’s on the lily pad of life.

Readers! Your turn. Have you chosen a word for the year? How will you practice your word?

With abundance,

Christina

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LIBRARY CHALLENGE

I’m working on next week’s FROG blog about my 2021 Word of the Year to Practice: Abundance.

The next 3 books in the FROG Blog series are in various pieces, with intent to publish them this year: Knee Deep, Tadpoles and Poetry Pod.

I ask for your help in one of my challenges this year! Ask friends, family and others from different states, cities, countries to call their closest library to request a copy of my published books so far. I’ve listed the link below so you can see the covers and titles.

Books by Christina M. Eder – G.U.E.S.T. Star Life Coaching (gueststarcoaching.com)

Thank you for joining me in this 2021 library adventure! I’m excited to see the abundance of locations around the world carry my books.

Anticipating an abundance of lessons and blessin’s on the lily pad of life,

Christina

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UNIVERSAL TRANQUILITY

Joyful Christmas to all! Believing in new birth for your upcoming days and year!

In reading Psalms 15, I believe if we continually responded this way, our world would look much different. (Even when I practice any one of the guidelines from Ps. 15:2-5 that becomes my daily challenge)!

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 

2 The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; 

3 whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; 

4 who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the LORD; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; 

5 who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!

Celebrating fresh birth on the lily pad of life,

Christina

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3 Wise Gifts

As you are doing your Christmas shopping, I suggest this trinity of gifts.

Just as the Magi brought 3 gifts, I hope these will be your earthly gold, frankincense and myrrh for people’s literary collection.

Books by Christina M. Eder

Life’s Too Short for Dull Razors, Cheap Pens, and Worn Out Underwear

Christina’s first book Life’s Too Short for Dull Razors, Cheap Pens, and Worn Out Underwear is her response to a double-dog dare to write a book about what she thinks about while she runs. Written with courage, humor, inspiration, and unashamed personality, she requested her book’s publishing date to be (appropriately) April 1st. Available on Amazon and Kindle.

FROG Blog, Life on a Lily Pad

FROG Blog, Life on a Lily Pad is the first of the FROG blog anthology series. This book includes 77 one page stories from Christina plus 23 authors’ stories who uniquely describe their delicate slice-of-life experiences. Available on Amazon and Kindle

Unthawed: Lessons from a Frozen Lily Pad

Just published! Unthawed: Lessons from a Frozen Lily Pad is the latest release in the FROG Blog series. It is a book of stand alone chapters that include courageously unique perspectives about personal experiences in 500 words or less. Full of honesty, variety and adventure!
12 authors join me on this lily pad of life lessons and blessin’s to share their (sometimes raw) insights from what they’ve gained through “creative adaptation.” We openly (sometimes painfully), tell how we’ve been invited to change course and recover from our original expectations. Available on Amazon, Kindle, and through Barnes and Noble

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GIFT GIVING IDEAS FOR A MINIMALIST

I approach life with a “less is more and even less is even more” practice. I prefer gifting someone with generosity, kindness, gentleness, time, listening-to-understand…

Christmas and birthdays can become difficult for my circle who love gifting with material tokens of love. People ask, “If you don’t like extra material possessions, what am I supposed to get you?” My answer? Consumables and outings!

A friend challenged me to publicly post an idea list to help her understand my appreciation for minimal inventory. I rise to the challenge!

My favorite things

*Donations to inner-city schools and youth centers

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*Donations to animal rescues and humane societies

*Gift certificates to retreat centers

*Tickets to live theatre

*Cabin/Bed & Breakfast stays

*A dream chasing/travel partner. I have at least 200 places and experiences I want to explore. So far, I’ve gotten 67 of those dreams realized.

*Workshops, classes, seminars to satisfy my insatiable curiosity to learn

*One-on-one walks and phone dates with an occasional coffee or lunch date.

There ARE some material gifts I do enjoy:

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*Candles with citrus or bakery scents (no rose, lavender or patchouli!)

*Any flavor of Dunkin Donut coffee

*Wal-Mart and JC Penney gift cards (the only two places I shop for clothes and essentials)

*Grocery gift cards (I love to cook and bake)

*Turtlenecks in every color (the kind that go all the way up the neck)

*Thick white or black socks

*Double-sized bed flannel sheets (I can never be too warm!)

*Fun print postage stamps (the FROG ones from last year are still my favorite)

*Dark chocolate (bonus if it includes mint or nuts…so the chocolate doesn’t get lonely)

*Note and thank you cards that are blank inside

*FROG stickers and stationery (FROGS have animated fun expressions)

*Orchid, turquoise and lime green are my happy colors

Readers, your turn! What gifts do you give to a “non-materially driven minimalist”? What “less material” gifts do you love to receive?

Leaping into the holiday lily pad of life from the FROG Blog,

Christina