Christmas, Encouragement, Enjoying God's Presence

Firstborn :: First Love {Advent ~ Week 3}

I woke up one morning last week remembering a weird dream I had during the night.  There were two dreams with different people involved but the same thread running through both ...I was looking for love in all the wrong places and flirting with other men ...thankfully, men I didn't know in dream world or… Continue reading Firstborn :: First Love {Advent ~ Week 3}

Christmas, Encouragement, Life, New Year

When It’s Time to Put Away the Christmas Decorations

In our house, here's how it happens just about every year ... Christmas decorations and Christmas music have full approval the minute the Thanksgiving turkey has been gobbled up and appropriate naps have taken place.  After that, the house is officially in "Christmas Mode" inside and out without any questions or pondering.   Every room… Continue reading When It’s Time to Put Away the Christmas Decorations

Christmas, Family

The Mamas of the Christmas Story

As the Christmas story is unpacked again this season, the characters seem to tumble out of the box with  resurrected life.  It's like bringing  a freshly cut Christmas tree into the living room -- the scent of pine filling the entire house, awaking something inside you -- bringing up the child-like enthusiasm all over again!… Continue reading The Mamas of the Christmas Story

Christmas, Following Jesus, Life

Making Room for Christmas

I've found that decorating smaller spaces gets pretty interesting, especially when everything  pretty much fits like a puzzle to begin with ! But here's the deal our house, we LOVE Christmas -- the whole nine yards of it -- and we like to decorate and light up spaces all around the house with the… Continue reading Making Room for Christmas

Christmas, Following Jesus

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

When you read the title to this post, did you start singing it? ... right about  the time you read the word  "heart"? Joy to the World ! The Lord is come ! Let earth receive her King! Let e-e-v'ry-y  hear-r-rt, prepa-re Him roo-oo-oom! (I know you're singing now for sure !) It's the Christmas… Continue reading Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Christmas, Thanksgiving

Saying Thanks Before the Gift

It just occurred to me that Thanksgiving comes before Christmas and,  no -- the turkey hasn't gobbled up my brain !  Obviously, I've known ,  as far as our American calendar goes, Thanksgiving is securely holding a spot on the fourth Thursday of every November with Christmas following closely behind -- a flip of the… Continue reading Saying Thanks Before the Gift