Togetherness

Togetherness

Merry Christmas! From the very beginning of the world, God said it was not good for man to be alone. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.””  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ So after Adam came Eve and a family […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace     there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne     and […]

Christmas Time Hustle and Bustle

Christmas Time Hustle and Bustle

The hustle and bustle is in full swing. I’m sure y’all have noticed. We went out today and oh my goodness. The city streets are packed. Where I live there was a mile at least of traffic to just get near Walmart. Oh man! Once we got there parking was way out there. I didn’t […]

This Gift is For You

This Gift is For You

This Gift is for You Real peace, Real joy, Real forgiveness, Real hope, Real truth, Real love, Real life. All of God’s promises in one infinitely incredible gift … Jesus!   Joyous, Joyous Christmas To You! “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward me.” Luke 2:14 [KJV] Peg

Where’s Jesus?

Where’s Jesus?

Every year at this time I remember a story a lady at my church told about her grandson. When he was young, he would visit her house at Christmas time and go directly for the nativity. He might stand and play with the characters for a while, but inevitably he would carry baby Jesus around […]

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

10 Things Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer Taught Me about Following God’s Path

I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that […]

Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14 Hurry and peace must surely be antonyms. They aren’t listed in my hefty antonym book for writers, but I suspect it is just an omission. John Ortberg shares in his book Soul Keeping that his […]

Making room for Christmas

Making room for Christmas

We cleared a space by the window, pushing aside all the toys and games and accumulated stuff. The tree stands tall in the window, white lights shining forth into the dark night. The star touches the ceiling as if reaching for its brothers in the sky above. This is the tree that was cut from […]

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   James 1:17 (NIV) Christmas is just around the corner and many of you are busy buying gifts and making preparations for holiday dinners and parties.   Let us not forget the reason […]

Self on the Shelf

Self on the Shelf

No, it’s not a typo. My husband and I are blessed to be part of a group of six couples studying Love & Respect, a book and video series by Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs. This week, one of the statements that jumped out at us was, “It’s not about my spouse, it’s about Christ […]

A Christmas Gift for Everyone

A Christmas Gift for Everyone

Make blessing your superpower. Whatever you do today, do it with the intent to bless those who will be touched by your work. Make all you do your gift to others.

A Date with God

A Date with God

Dates are on my mind. Quite a few of them. At this time of year, attitudes around dates make significant differences. Today is my father’s birthday. He was called home to our Lord eight years ago. I tell myself I should celebrate the date of his passing instead, August 28th, as his new birthday to […]

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Not caring is a trend in today’s culture. It’s just not “in” to feel something or express those feelings. It’s easy to go around saying “yeah, whatever”, never getting too deep, and hoping that you don’t have to share something that actually affects you because that would be very un-cool (and potentially offensive). Or maybe […]

The Element of Surprise

The Element of Surprise

My husband watches the sky. Even when he’s driving, which sometimes is a little bit concerning. He watches large birds as they soar overhead. “I know they’re probably turkey vultures,” he says. “But maybe one time they’ll be hawks. Or eagles.” He looks up with a sense of anticipation. That maybe this time, the expected will […]

King of Kings

King of Kings

Merry Christmas! On this day we celebrate the historical birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Prince of peace, Emmanuel~God with us. No other world religion has a god that came to his people other than the one true God that Christians worship. God became flesh through the person of Jesus […]

Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

[ Christ Born of Mary ] And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was […]

Are You Ready for Bethlehem?

Are You Ready for Bethlehem?

I read somewhere that rolls of papyrus were sometimes up to 33 feet long. Mary could have made some pretty looong lists for her trip to Bethlehem, but I’m guessing hers was pretty simple: Water Bread Olives Cheese lentils Dried fruit Flour Olive oil Lamp Extra tunic Sleeping mats Swaddling bands Square cloth Salt (Two […]

Shaking the Holiday Blues

Shaking the Holiday Blues

CHRISTMAS! We all have expectations of what Christmas ought to be. For some of us, the very thought of breaking out decorations, and gathering with family to share in the story of Christ’s birth makes us shimmer with excitement. While others cower at the thought of traipsing through crowded stores and crawling along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I tend […]