Hope. What do you need hope for right now? I imagine we can each easily call something to mind for which we need hope. Or, we can anticipate the times that will come when finding hope will be a challenge. As I continue from Psalm 23 in Need Peace, this last part has given me … Continue reading Need Hope?
One thing I wish was a constant in life is peace. On a superficial level, I just wish it wasn’t so busy during this season (and every season) of the year. I have to fight for moments of stillness and reflection. That sounds peaceful, right? Fight for peace! On a deeper level I think we … Continue reading Need Peace?
Life is crazy. I just expect this time of year to be this way. There is the shopping, the decorating, the bombardment of emails, the hosting, the baking... Unfortunately, often the Christmas season equals busy. To sidestep this I have been turning Psalm 23 over in my mind. Yes it is familiar, but timeless and … Continue reading Need Rest?
Consumerism is consuming us. I know what you are thinking. It is the Christmas season. So of course, consumerism plagues us and steals moments that are meant for peace and joy. No, that is not what I am talking about. I confess I am doing my fair share of shopping online right now. We are all … Continue reading The Consumer Life Consuming Me
This is the first year I have taken full advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday for Christmas shopping. Sitting in the comfort of my home, saving up to fifty percent, and pairing it with free shipping, is my way to shop! It sure beats the traffic, dreary weather and waiting in long lines. I … Continue reading Giving the Unexpected at Christmas: Reflections on a Lavish Giver
Fudge reminds me of the Christmas season. I think my Grandma made it during the holidays, then my mom and now me. Some college women came over last week for a study break, (or maybe to just put off studying for exams) and we enjoyed talking, drinking cocoa and soaking in Christmas at the White … Continue reading Easy as Fudge!
The Christmas season isn't complete for me without the song, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." I know I have mentioned this before, but unlike some songs, I never tire of it during the holidays-- playing it over and over on the piano. As a child we usually made it to church during the weeks leading … Continue reading The Ultimate Christmas Gift: Something to be Merry About
I am sitting here eating my favorite kind of Christmas cookie, an iced sugar cookie in the shape of a gingerbread man. I wonder what gingerbread men have to do with Christmas. There are many Christmas symbols like this-- some having closer connections to Christmas than others. My sister recently posted a photo on Instagram … Continue reading What the Angels knew about Christmas
Don't you love recipes that are tried and true, delicious, loved by most, and simple to make? For all the above reasons, I love these bar cookies! They go by many names like, "Magic Bars," or "Hello Dollies." But since they are made up of seven layers of ingredients, I call them "7 Layer Bars." … Continue reading 7 Layer Bars: Great for anytime of the Year
Every Christmas story, play or nativity includes shepherds. When my kids were small, we dug through the closets to find costumes for our own Christmas story reenactment. Being the only girl, I was, of course, always Mary. The baby at the time was Jesus, and another kid would be a shepherd with a towel or … Continue reading Sharing the Extraordinary Christmas Story in Ordinary Places