All is Calm, All is Bright: Miracles

miracle
/ˈmɪrək(ə)l/
noun
plural noun: miracles
  1. an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.
    “the miracle of rising from the grave”
    synonyms: supernatural phenomenon, mysteryprodigysign

    “his first miracle was to turn water into wine”
    • a remarkable event or development that brings very welcome consequences.
      “it was a miracle that more people hadn’t been killed”
    • an exceptional product or achievement, or an outstanding example of something.
      “a machine which was a miracle of design”

     

Do we still believe in miracles? My son is an engineer, and spends a lot of his time asking for empirical evidence of things, especially anything religious. He doesn’t believe, and he doesn’t go to Church, except on a Christmas Eve, and only then to please me. Yet he still believes in miracles, all be it of a more pedestrian, every day sort.

Finding a car parking space outside the supermarket right where we need it is a miracle. The wifi working for a whole night uninterrupted is a miracle. Going out to town without a coat and never getting wet when it rains on and off all day is a miracle.

My daily miracles are just as humdrum. Coming home to a warm house and children ready to make me a warm cup of tea. Having a roof over my head in the storm of life. Being loved, even when I’m a selfish, mean, horrible person in my own mind. These are all miracles.

And they are every bit as remarkable as believing that God sent his Son down to be a powerless baby, or that if we could follow the advice of that baby as an adult… to love your neighbour…. the world would be a better place. Who is your neighbour? Look around, we all are.

All is Calm All is Bright 24 words of Christmas Square

I have a massive favour to ask….

I don’t monetise my blog. I don’t run adverts, take sponsorship for writing posts or use affiliate links. I want everything I do on this blog and in my hygge life outside to be truthful. If I promote a book it’s because I’ve read it and like it, if I  point out an item it’s because it’s impressed me on its own merits and not because the publicist has talked me into it. It does mean I don’t run giveaways and I’m not chasing followers, but the drawback is that I need to find a way to support myself.

That’s why I write books. My thoughts are that if I ask you to buy a book not only does it support me, and let me keep writing as an independent writer, but you get something back for your bucks. I’ve written several books, some on hygge, some on Christmas. If you like what you read here, or in the Hygge Nook, and you’d like to support a struggling writer, would you please consider buying a book? Ebooks give you the best value, since for 2 or 3 pounds you get the content of the book, but I’d be a pretty poor writer if I didn’t appreciate the beauty of a real book in the hand. If you buy just one book, it all adds up in the end to support me, and I’d be so grateful.

I have three Christmas books,

Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas was released in September 2017 and is available again in paperback and ebook version. It looks at keeping the Christmas season warm and cosy, with ideas for activities and routines to keep Christmas happy.

A (Hygge) Christmas Carol is my look at Dickens’ immortal classic and the many lessons we still learn from it today. It contains the full text of the book as well as hyggely thoughts on the story.

Enjoying a Self Care Christmas is only available in ebook version. It’s about keeping Christmas simple enough and healthy enough to keep you sane in the process.

My other books are hygge related, 50 Ways to Hygge the British Way  was my first book, and is available in Paperback and Kindle version. It’s a simple look at ways to feel more hyggely in life and at home even though we’re not Danish and don’t have it in our DNA.

How to Hygge Your Summer, in Paperback and Kindle form, has lots of good ideas for the summer months. I strongly believe that hygge is so much more than throws and warm drinks.

Happier is my fourth book. It’s about how I boost my own happiness levels. It’s full of hints, tips and ideas for you to use and adapt to suit your own situation. It is available in ebook and paperback version from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

If you buy any of the books through the links on this page, I get a couple of extra pence per copy, in Amazon vouchers which go towards buying more books to review for the blog. I’d really love it if you’d support me monetarily, but I quite understand that cash is tight for many people, and I just love having your support via reading and commenting as well.

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