Day 358: Nativity Story

Matthew 1: 18-25

“This was how Jesus, God’s Anointed One, was born. His mother, Mary, had promised Joseph to be his wife, but while she was still a virgin she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Her fiancé, Joseph, was a righteous man full of integrity and he didn’t want to disgrace her, but when he learned of her pregnancy he secretly planned to break the engagement. While he was still debating with himself about what to do, he fell asleep and had a supernatural dream. An angel from the Lord appeared to him in clear light and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t hesitate to take Mary into your home as your wife, because the power of the Holy Spirit has conceived a child in her womb. She will give birth to a son and you are to name him ‘Savior,’ for he is destined to give his life to save his people from their sins.” This happened so that what the Lord spoke through his prophet would come true: Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to a Son, and he will be known as “Emmanuel,” which means in Hebrew, “God became one of us.” When Joseph awoke from his dream, he did all that the angel of the Lord instructed him to do. He took Mary to be his wife, but they refrained from having sex until she gave birth to her son, whom they named “Jesus.””


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Day 357: Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve!!!!!

I keep telling people that I’m not a big Christmas fan as everyday is special, however my excitement begs to differ. I have already opened all my gifts and started using them, because why not. I’m spending Christmas Day with family members who either live with me or live down the road from me, so nothing special and yet I’m so excited. I can’t wait to wake up on Jesus’s birthday, to dress up, to play games that my family take far too seriously. To eat until I can’t stand, to listen to Christmas songs, to see all the gifts I’ve wrapped unwrapped and to binge watch Netflix. I cannot wait for Christmas.


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Day 356: Eleanor Roosevelt

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Eleanor Roosevelt quotes. I lived on her quotes, I reacted them in my head over and over again, each time I faced adversity. So today I just wanted to share some of my favourite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.

We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault; if they betray you twice, it’s your fault.

Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.”

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.


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Day 355: Speech of the Day

One of my favourite speeches is the one given by Queen Elizabeth I at Tilbury. The Spanish Armada was making its way to England and the English troops were taking up arms. Most of them fearful as the Spanish were known for their naval prowess. In line with British Royalty, Queen Elizabeth went to meet the troops to encourage and inspire them.

This is a snippet of the speech and my favourite part because she chose strength and bravery when she could have simply surrendered as that was the advice given to her.

“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm: to which rather than any dishonour shall grow by me, I myself will take up arms, I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.”


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Day 354: The Lion King

Last night I was able to watch the theatre production of The Lion King and it was amazing. The cast and crew were just magnificent. The music was wonderful, the plot was true to the original story, and each scene brought both excitement and nostalgia.

I dislike the fact that there was a no pictures allowed (although I do understand the purpose of the rule), as I would love to go back through my photo album and see the wonderful memories from the show. However, the colours were so vivid, and the scenes so brilliant that the memories are stuck in my head forever.

If anyone is debating whether or not to watch The Lion King in theatres, I think you should go for it. It is worth the time and money.


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