One Extra Stocking

We have five family members- but six stockings. Find out why!

The closer we get to Christmas, the more wired and high spun our children can get about Christmas. Yet, this weekend, we get to do one of my all time favorite Christmas traditions. We get to take down the extra stocking that has, to be honest, driven my slightly OCD self crazy. You see, we have five people in our home. We have six stockings. Five red. One gold. Five … Continue reading

Joseph: The Adopted Father of Jeus (With Link Up)

Jesus - God's Son. Yet, Joseph adopted him as own. How can you show adoption love this Christmas

When we think of the Christmas story, we are often mesmerized by the virgin birth. We should be. It was a miracle. We find young Mary, who was probably no older than 14, engaged to be married, when she finds out she is with child. Not just any child. God’s child. We often don’t think about the young man – Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus, and what the Christmas … Continue reading

A Peaceful Family Christmas?

Havinga peaceful family Christmas is possible.

It is very important to me to have a peaceful family Christmas. Yet, while this is my intent each year, it isn’t always what presents itself on December 25th. After several years of watching my children tear through presents and not even take time to look at them or thank the gifter, the day being focused on what they did and didn’t get, the food took priority over focus being … Continue reading

Follow The Star

In our home our kids know the truth about Santa Claus, but once many of my friends started the Elf on the Shelf tradition I knew I wanted to something similar for my own kids. I searched Pinterest for alternatives, but nothing quite fit what I was looking for. Then I got the idea for Follow The Star based off the Wisemen’s journey to find the Messiah. Every few days … Continue reading

Rejoice! (With Link Up!)

"Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, for the Lord has done great things." Joel 2:21

“Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, for the Lord has done great things.” Joel 2:21 Affliction, trial and difficulty follow us wherever we go, and when we are hurting, stressed and overwhelmed God has our attention. In these times we seek the Lord more than at any other time. He is the only one who can bring us hope, change the circumstances and show mercy. He alone … Continue reading

Dealing With Difficult Relatives During the Holidays

Got a difficult relative? We all do! Here are some ways you can deal with your difficult loved ones in the RIGHT way !

Back in October, I had the privilege of meeting a new friend. I think we ended up at the same table for a meal at Allume one day – and then, we found out our rooms were next door to each other in the hotel! I met a great, godly FRIEND that day – and I am excited to introduce my friend Davonne to you today! She has a passion … Continue reading

Presence not Presents

People need more then our presents- they need our presence

With the holidays approaching I am always reminded of this well known saying: People need our presence not our presents. This statement is so true! I believe that giving of our time during this season is a great way to share Christ’s love. Jesus was giving and loving and we need to exhibit those qualities. We need to remember that our presence in someone’s life can mean more to them … Continue reading

The Women of Christmas: Rahab

We all need saving Grace - and God began weaving His grace trough Christ lineage before He was born.

Life doesn’t always go the way we plan, does it? Thinking back to when I was a child, I thought I had life all planned out. I would grow up, and go to college. I would get married right after college and have 3.5 children, a house and a dog. Life would be quiet. My children would always be well behaved, and money would never be tight. Yet, than – … Continue reading

When Heaven Parties (With Link UP!)

It was while I was sorting through my Christmas box that I suddenly spotted it. A yellow chunk of hard plastic. So insignificant to anyone else, but as I plucked it from the imitation branches of our tree I smiled and whispered the simple prayer, “Thank you, Jesus!” Tucked safely in my pocket, I skipped back into the house and called my 4 1/2 year old to me. His eyes … Continue reading