In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Little Things and Sunshine. My goal with this blog has always been to help people find joy in life’s little blessings, but I also need to be honest about the darkness. After all, if it never rained would we truly look forward to the sun?

The past few months have been a bit of a blurry jumble for me. If I’m to be truthful, I will  have to admit that I’ve had a lot of darkness over my mind and heart. When you’re in a “slump” or just feel down, it’s very hard to find motivation or inspiration. The world can  seem empty of new ideas. Maybe it’s part of the winter. Feeling down or even depressed is supposed to be a normal thing for people this time of year. Perhaps it’s the darkness and bleakness that wraps around this season like a coat. As humans, we tend to grasp onto this darkness so quickly. At least I know I do. This morning (Christmas Eve) I had to sing In the Bleak Mid-Winter for my church’s service, and it really opened my heart. The whole song just made me come to terms with how unbelievably broken we all are. Broken plans, broken words, broken friends, broken self, a broken world. It forced me to examine everything that I had let my heart settle into and become comfortable with. I had become stuck in the bleakness of winter.

Thankfully there is One who is not held by the winter, but instead holds it in the palms of His hands. God sent His son Jesus Christ to take on our sorrows that night so long ago. He didn’t send Him as a dignified ruler, but as a baby who would spend His first nights in a stable. There was no great ceremony acknowledging that He had finally arrived, but three wise men and a few lowly shepherds came to bow before His manger. I wonder if they knew what I’ve been avoiding this whole Christmas season – that Christ came, not to promise that we wouldn’t face troubles, but to be Our Rock in all seasons. He didn’t come so that we could open presents and curl up next to a warm fire. Things break and fires eventually burn out. Christ came in the middle of the bleak mid-winter to give us hope and peace that will not ever fade.

This Christmas, my prayer is that God will give me joy and peace when those two don’t seem possible. I pray that He continues to use the darkness to bring me closer to Him. I also pray that God would open my eyes and heart to know that His glory is in every situation.

I know that the storm is not over yet, but I also know that I don’t have to walk through it alone. Christ has given us salvation that we may go in peace.

Merry Christmas! I hope that you travel safely and take time to remember The Joy of the World.

Emerald

P.S. Take a moment to read the lyrics and listen to In the Bleak Mid-Winter…

“In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

CHORUS
Gloria, Gloria
Now my eyes have seen;
Soli Deo Gloria!
He, salvation brings
As the Lord has promised,
I may go in peace

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.”

— ORIG. MUSIC BY HOLST AND DVORAK. ORIG. WORDS BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI. ADDITIONAL WORDS, MUSIC, AND ARRANGEMENT BY KEITH GETTY AND KRISTYN GETTY

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I Have an Etsy Store!

Hey y’all! For today’s one-word prompt, I thought that I would share something that makes me very jolly. As you can see by the title, I have opened my own Etsy store! Earlier this month I decided to take a risk and order several hundred dollars worth of vintage clothing off of an online bulk wholesale store. Needless to say, it was kinda nerve-racking to order so much inventory from a place all the way in Philadelphia. Thankfully, pretty much everything that they sent me was amazing! I have piles of vintage denim, t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts, and so much more. As of last week, I officially opened my store on Etsy and have already had my first order! Want to know more? Just keep scrolling;)


 

  • What is your store called?

My Etsy store is called Vagary Vintage.

  • What all are you selling?

On Vagary Vintage, you’ll find an assortment of vintage apparel. There are hoodies, sweaters, mom-jeans, denim jackets, and t-shirts. Most of it is 80s and 90s vintage, but there are some great 70s pieces to come! I try to add several new items every weeks, so check in often. Here are a few pics of my current inventory…

  • How can I find Vagary Vintage?

To find my store, you can search VagaryVintage on Etsy. Either my store-front or my listings will pop up. You can also follow us on Pinterest by clicking here.


 

Well thanks for stopping by! I hope you are all having a very jolly Christmas season.

Emerald

P.S. Come by later this week for some holiday recipes!

via Daily Prompt: Jolly

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Hey y’all! It seems like the holiday season is just flying by! Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is only 17 days away. Most of us have probably purchased most of the gifts on our lists already, but what about those hard-to-please family members or last minute hostess gifts? Whatever the dilemma is, there is sure to be something on this gift guide to please everyone.

  • Casetify phone case – This company makes some of the cutest high-quality cases that I’ve seen. Not only are they adorable, but they’re also supposed to provide great protection. Casetify also makes Macbook sleeves, Apple Watch bands, and a variety of other tech items. With the wide selection of designs, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your last-minute list.
  • Redbox gift cards and promo codes – Need a little something to stick in stockings or add to cards? You can actually purchase movie/game rental promo codes and gift cards at redbox.com. This can also be a perfect addition to a movie-night hostess gift basket.
  • Classic Book Collections – For the bookworms, home decor junkies, or nameless others, a set of beautiful classic books, such as these, is the perfect gift. These types of sets are great for a variety of age ranges from your six year old niece, to your cranky great aunt;)
  • Hot-chocolate Kit – If you don’t mind a minor DIY, a kit like this makes for a quick and easy gift. All you need is a cute jar, hot chocolate mix, and any toppings, such as marshmallows or chocolate chips! (It’s also very budget friendly.)
  • Subscription boxes – These are literally the gifts that keep on giving. They come in a variety of themes, frequency, and prices so it’s easy to find something for everyone. For Her: Ipsy, POPSUGAR Must Have, EarFleek, The Bookish Box, CampusCube, or FabFitFun box. For Him: Birchbox Man, Geek Fuel, Say it with a Sock, CampusCube for Guys, Dollar Shave Club, or Boomtown Box.

I hope that this helps make your Christmas shopping a bit easier! If you have anything to add, please leave a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by,

Emerald