Silent Night

Originally posted on ARRESTED BY GRACE:
Valentina singing Silent Night at 4 years old.  Daddy on guitar.  Director was sweet Kaye Vickers.

The Perfect Christmas Gift

It’s Christmas Eve and all the shopping is done. The stores are closing early, and you can’t express order at this point.  Then it comes, that gnawing feeling of “Did I do enough?” If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father…

Imagine more than enough: Simple Grace

When I was around 12 years old, I fell in love with the music and artist Olivia Newton John.  I had all her albums, and I knew, not only the songs that hit the charts, but also the obscure songs no one really listened to.  One of the songs I enjoyed singing was “Never Enough”…

Misfits find an Open Door

Belonging. The simplest of clubs have a set of qualifications or bylaws in which you follow to belong. If you don’t have the qualifications then you don’t belong. Most of our lives we either belong, or feel out-of-place–“misfits”. We don’t fit the mold or expectations.  In some cases, we are okay with the lack of…

God’s Love Wins

1 Corinthians 13:7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Christmas is a time of remembering.  We reflect back on the years as we engage in traditions and in the making of new traditions. I am watching my oldest navigate and enjoy her first Christmas in marriage, and…

In My Daughter’s Eyes

Mother: Looking into the manger of baby Jesus, It makes me wonder about Mary as a mother. When Jesus searched His earthly mother’s eyes for the first time, did Mary weep? Did she, like all mothers in that bonding moment, cry tears of joy? Mothers, go back in your mind to that moment in the…

Bankrupt without love

2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned…