As the year ends…

“Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet...
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Holy Days of Christmas #7

December 21. Surrender. It’s hard. It’s not natural to us to surrender to a God we can not see. Yet people like us have been surrendering their wills and lives over to a God they can not see, for thousands of years. Faith. That is what it is called when we surrender...
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Holy Days of Christmas #6

December 20th. It’s getting closer and some people are getting merrier while others are getting sadder. Suicide hot-lines are lit up, counseling offices are open beyond normal hours and the most wonderful time of the year turns into the saddest time for those who are...
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Holy Days of Christmas #5

December 19th. Six days until Christmas. The goal of this countdown is to change our focus, making this a sacred journey toward this holy celebration. Focusing on Christ in the middle of Snowmen and Santa. Focusing on what is real, rather than what is perishing. Entering into the...
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Holy Days of Christmas #4

December 18, 2012. This day will not be repeated again. This day there is a gift held out to us. It’s a precious gift. A gift that will see us through hard times and difficult days. It is a gift that we can not find on our own for more than a few hours. It is a gift we...
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Holy Days of Christmas #3

December 17. Eight days until Christmas. As the holiday nears the memories of Christmas past floods me. Missing relatives, grieving over betrayals and losses, accepting that kids are grown and on their own. Things are not the same. Life changes. But there is one thing that never...
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Holy Days of Christmas #2

December 16. Yesterday I stopped many times during the day to turn over to Jesus the hurt in my heart over a situation. Each time I stopped to do this the Look UP component involved thanking Him that He came to be my wonderful counselor. I thanked Him that he would advise me,...
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Holy Days of Christmas #1

December 15th. Ten Day Countdown Begins. This blog challenge is to encourage us to PREPARE room for Him in our hearts this Christmas. The purpose is to encourage us all to OPEN THE GIFT that is right before us! We get so busy with so many other things, that we will have to be...
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The Holy Days of Christmas

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa. la. la. la.la. I love Christmas music, but I have been around long enough to know that the happy lyrics often don’t match the place we find ourselves in. While we are trying to cram an old fashioned Christmas into our crooked...
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Give thanks in all things…bitter and sweet.

It’s November. Once again women are raising the standard of gratitude by keeping daily account of the many things they are thankful for. There are reports of being thankful for the small things, like cherry lip balm…to the larger things, like negative reports on a...
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