The Christmas Tree

To many people, Christmas time is a season that is cold, busy, and demanding. One they would rather forget than embrace. Between parties, spending, and uncomfortable family gatherings, their joy is overshadowed by anxiety. Thank God for the Christmas Tree! Its decorated beauty can illuminate our path to Merry and Bright. The Christmas Tree is:… [Read More]

THE CHRISTMAS TREE

For many people, Christmastime is a season that is cold, busy, and demanding. One they would rather forget than embrace. Between parties, spending, and uncomfortable family gatherings, their joy is overshadowed by grief. Thank God for the Christmas Tree! Its decorated beauty can illuminate our path to Merry and Bright. The Christmas Tree is: ~A… [Read More]

A Heart Filled With Joy

As I write this morning, I’m seated in the hospital for the second time in eight days. I’m awaiting the doctor’s call that my husband is out of surgery, all went well, and I can rejoin him in recovery. Instead of anguish, these past few weeks my heart is filled with joy. God’s perfect timing… [Read More]

Not Everyone is Merry and Bright – 7 Steps To Holiday Peace

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will race by as usual. And as usual, we’ll wonder how they passed so fast. Later, as we assess the financial and emotional outcome, we’re left to consider the value it had. Rather than allow the days to escape unchecked, let’s slow things down… [Read More]

He Shall Reign Forever – A Christmas Story

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light… Isaiah 9:2 (ESV) To fully understand the story of Christmas, we have to understand the historical setting depicted in Isaiah 9. It was a time of deep darkness. An age of violence, domination and oppression. A time referred to as Pax Romana–the peace of… [Read More]

Have a Mary Christmas

Whispers of the season stir some curious thoughts. Chatter ranges from hectic schedules, to parties, shopping, and finally exhaustion. It’s joy mixed with the nuisance of doing. Holidays are a busy time, but what month of the year is not? We are a fast paced society, our tasks are not limited to seasonal celebrations. Festivities… [Read More]

The Christmas Cactus

Must we tolerate deception even in our houseplants? Christmas Cacti  bloom in October or February, not December as the name suggests. Research shows they can produce flowers at Christmastime, if trained under the correct conditions. Left alone, flowers occur at a more appropriate time, a perfect time. It reminds me God is never late, nor is He… [Read More]

And He Shall Reign Forever

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light… Isaiah 9:2 (ESV) To fully understand the story of Christmas, we have to understand the historical setting depicted in Isaiah 9. It was a time of deep darkness, a time of violence, domination and oppression; a time referred to as Pax Romana–the peace of… [Read More]

STRENGTH IN SOLITUDE

Christmas is upon us. A time to stop and savor every moment.  Cherished family, faithful friends, good food and the gift of Christ. For many people, December ends a year of fast paced activities, and Christmas Day becomes a time of stressful endurance. Although Christ was not actually born on December 25th, we choose to… [Read More]