You don’t have to box it up

The Christmas tree lights sparkle in the early morning dark. The candle flame dances. The smell of pine and cinnamon fill my home. I sit snuggled under a red Christmas blanket, piping hot coffee in my mug, my Bible in my lap. Sweet moments to savor. Christmas is almost here. Once again, it has comeContinue reading “You don’t have to box it up”

Prophecy foretells His Return even more than His Birth!

Do you know these words from the prophet Isaiah were written 700 years before Jesus was born?? Isaiah 9:2The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light;on those living in the land of the shadow of deatha light has dawned.Isaiah 9:6-7For to us a child is born,to us a son is given,and the government willContinue reading “Prophecy foretells His Return even more than His Birth!”

When you don’t FEEL it…

It’s seems wrong to mention it now, at Christmas-time, but, surely, I’m not the only one who feels it sometimes. Well, I guess the better description would be “doesn’t feel it sometimes”. I have days I feel spiritually numb, and I believe the Lord has led me to share this during a time when weContinue reading “When you don’t FEEL it…”

Jesus is the Reason…for more than you think.

Jesus is the reason.And not just for the season. Jesus is the reason. He is the ABSOLUTE guarantee for those who call Him Lord. The Apostle Paul said, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for hisContinue reading “Jesus is the Reason…for more than you think.”

Have you celebrated THIS about Christmas?

So many, who so powerfully and effectively preach and teach the Word, actually have to live it while walking really hard roads. This seems inherently unfair. Couldn’t they be immune from problems and pain? Why do they get cancer, and rebellious kids, and unfaithful spouses? Why wouldn’t a Mighty God protect those who seek Him,Continue reading “Have you celebrated THIS about Christmas?”

When you need HOPE!

Honestly , I thought, by this point in these hard days of these two hard years, I’d be able to explain what God is doing and tie everything up in a really good devotional. But things are still hard, and no end is in sight. And it’s Christmastime. I’ve struggled. Have you? I’ve shook myContinue reading “When you need HOPE!”

I like Christmas, but what about when God does stuff I don’t like?

It’s Christmas-time! We all love reading of the miraculous virgin birth. We like the miracles and power of the Savior. We think it’s so cool that the King of Kings hung out with sinners and find it heart-warming that the He wept with Mary and Martha when Lazarus died. We love that the little childrenContinue reading “I like Christmas, but what about when God does stuff I don’t like?”

Better than Hallmark. And more KISSING!

I’d love to go to Biltmore to see the Christmas decorations next weekend, but my husband is planning on duck hunting. I’m kind of upset about that. He’s downstairs watching a football game in the room full of deer heads that don’t go with the rest of the house decor, at all. I’m upstairs lookingContinue reading “Better than Hallmark. And more KISSING!”

Mary’s Song of Praise

My mother’s heart is full this morning after my daughter’s wedding this weekend (there are a few pics on my page). This morning, I thought about another mother’s heart. Mary. Mary, the teenage mother of Jesus. She came from such humble means. The poor pregnant virgin, had heard the words of the angel, and respondedContinue reading “Mary’s Song of Praise”

Oh my heart …and a Christmas wedding!

I burst into tears at the sight of my daughter’s messy room. Clothes were everywhere as she had been packing for her honeymoon. Her honeymoon! I realized she would soon clean up her room for the last time. And the tears about choked me. I thought back to a few years ago, when one ofContinue reading “Oh my heart …and a Christmas wedding!”

I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.

The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall from the ceiling as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to HimselfContinue reading “I’d like to just stay in my Christmas pajamas and not think about it too sometimes.”

No longer just words on a page…

I sit thinking of friend after friend.Story after story.Every one of them.Not one of them came another way. Those I know well, who love God so deeply, whose trust is rock-solid, who possess the sweetest peace and unshakable hope…they each have this in common—they came the way of suffering. I bet you know them too.Continue reading “No longer just words on a page…”

This is really hard… can I be honest?

Can I be honest? Sometimes, Christmas-time is often one of the hardest times to be Christ-like and joy-filled. Add in wedding stress (we are having a wedding in less than a week!) and you’ve got some joy-stealing opportunities galore! These circumstances can cause situations with family, and others, with whom we may be the recipientsContinue reading “This is really hard… can I be honest?”

Is God really with us?

Our hearts were made to long for God to be with us. Perhaps, that’s why even unbelievers find themselves drawn to the wonders of Christmas-time. But this world has a way of telling us all that God is not with us. The evil one tries to convince us He doesn’t exist or just doesn’t care.Continue reading “Is God really with us?”

I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did.

I think of this story every Christmas. I guess I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did. I am forever thankful. How I wish I knew their names. I’m sure they are walking the streets of glory now with the Savior, but I wonder if they know how very much theyContinue reading “I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did.”

Jesus is the Reason… and that’s no small thing

Jesus is the reason. And not just for the season. Jesus is the reason. He is the ABSOLUTE guarantee for those who call Him Lord. The Apostle Paul said, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God forContinue reading “Jesus is the Reason… and that’s no small thing”

Keeping Christ in Christmas – a challenge and a guide

A Christ-Filled Christmas Really Enjoying the Holidays  Dear Friend- What a Savior we have to celebrate!  He has come to give us life and life to the full (John 10:10)!   This time of year, may we seek His presence in many ways.  May we slow down and soak in His goodness.  May this Christmas bringContinue reading “Keeping Christ in Christmas – a challenge and a guide”