Happy New Year!

As the shepherds and wise men left the manger scene to head back to their work and lives, I pray we all can face our new year with expectant, inconceivable Joy in all things.  God sent His Son Jesus at Christmas to give us life abundantly in all seasons of life.  I want to feel…

FASTING

January 1, Wednesday, marks a world-wide fast in many churches around the world.  The purpose of a fast is for us to decrease so He can increase.  We position ourselves to draw close to God and worship Him.  The fast lasts for 21 days. The pastor encouraged each person to seek God about what type…

Cessationism or Sensationalism

In Christian theology, Cessationism is the view that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased being practiced early in Christian Church history.  Sensationalists believe  that the whole point of belief is miracles.  Jesus spoke to each extreme by saying those without faith to believe in miracles are an” unbelieving and perverse generation” (Luke 9:41)….

A Puzzle Piece

My 8-year-old was reading the Christmas Story.  I closed my eyes and imagined myself there.  With tears in my eyes I rejoiced at the solitude of the moment and the stillness of the morning. Slowing down you notice things like the sun ray shinning through the window, and Santa’s red hat on your coffee mug….

A Reader’s Response – REJOICE!

DEFINITION OF REJOICE:  : to give joy to Even though…… (fill in the blank with your situation(s) I will give joy to Jesus for all He had done….. It is so funny you posted this for after last Friday and the tragedy that was in Newtown, CT so close to Christmas I too was thinking about…

The Nativity

My 8-year-old loves the move The Nativity from 2006.  I highly recommend the DVD.  We’ve watched this movie every night this week.  How long have you heard the nativity story?  For me, it’s been years.  My children have been in Christmas pageants and we’ve re-enacting the story line through the years through scripture and dressing…

Jesus desires so much more for His children. Are we missing it?

The Garden of Gethsemane –the night before Jesus was to face the cross was discussed in a sermon that I listened to by John Piper. I laid in bed with Iphone on my chest listening to this pastor ask what we would do the night before a tortured, cruel death?  Jesus prayed and spoke to…

Silent Night

Valentina singing Silent Night at 4 years old.  Daddy on guitar.  Director was sweet Kaye Vickers.

Growth = Change

I’m not sure why some days seem to add up in moments of the surprising in the ordinary of the day.  It’s the smallest of things that stops you in your tracks — a word spoken by a stranger, a phrase that captures your search, a surprise encounter. One of my classes hosted by the…

Reducing Stress During the Holidays

After writing that last post, I remembered I had volunteered to write an article for my job about holiday stress.  I thought I would share  with you! Tis the season to be jolly and STRESSED!  Managing our finances, health, schedule, and family creates an overwhelming schedule.  We have a tendency to not eat as healthy,…

Let Your Heart Be Light

I love Christmas music, and I am blessed that my family loves it too!  We had it going during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Some years I’ll treat myself to a new Christmas Album CD.  Guess which one I bought?!  Rod Stewart, Merry Christmas, Baby.  The first song on the CD is “Have Yourself a Merry Little…