Bring on the Merry this Christmas

Bring on the Merry this Christmas

Christmas is just a week away and I’ve already been given the perfect gift. My salvation, of course. Along with God’s forgiveness, presence, comfort, wisdom, and so on. But I’m also talking about my restored health. Glimpses of creativity after such a long drought. A light at the end of the reconstruction tunnel and knowledge this estate-business marathon is (finally!!!) reaching the finish line.  And a renewed purpose because I know what i was created

The Perfect Gift is Closer Than You Think

The Perfect Gift is Closer Than You Think

The countdown is on with three weeks to go until Christmas. Which makes this my personal “crunch” week to make sure my decorating, initial baking, and shopping is done. Of course, as a perpetual planner, I’d rather check everything off my list ahead of time so I’m able to simply soak in the season as the days go by. (Not to mention, the college boy only gets eight days off before having to report back

Christmas Came Early This Year

Christmas Came Early This Year

Every year, I find myself struggling to get my to-do list accomplished so I can finally sit down, relax, and enjoy the season. In the scramble to finish this year’s projects and brave the stores for those remaining perfect gift ideas, it’s sometimes hard to remember the blessings. But Christmas came early for me this year and I’m excited to share the highlights. (In other good news, my house is already decorated, the traditional cheese

Given Much

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48b NIV) Jesus often taught his disciples using stories as illustrations. One day He told them about a master who came home in the middle of the night to discover his servants waiting to open the door for him … and then rewarded them for their faithfulness. Jesus then contrasted

Like A Tree – The Three Trees Revisited

In honor of the Christmas season and my theme this year to “Be Like a Tree in 2012,” I bring you a version of a traditional folktale about three trees with big dreams. (For those who follow my blog regularly, you may recall this post from Easter, but it bears repeating!) Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to be when they grew up. The first little

Like A Tree – Christmas Trees Part 1

It’s beginning to look like Christmas both inside my house and in the community. Our artificial tree and boxes of decorations have made their annual trip out of storage while Christmas tree lots are popping up all over town. What’s so special about putting a evergreen trees inside your house? Does it mean anything? With this year’s emphasis on being like a tree, I thought it was worth a closer look. The roots of our

Looking To Bethlehem

“Wish that I was there, on that silent night, when your tiny heart started beating for mine.” And so begins my favorite Christmas song this season. Josh Wilson’s “Jesus is Alive” gives the familiar story a fresh twist. (Take a few minutes and listen to the powerful lyrics.) As the angels sang the good news and told the shepherds to spread the word that Jesus was born, the message they delivered carried a deeper meaning. Because Jesus was