The blessed gift of love at Christmas

The blessed gift of love at Christmas

The blessed gift of love at Christmas

I love Christmas! It truly is a wonderful time of the year. On any given night when I’m off from work, you’ll find me wrapped up in my blanket and nestled into the restful comfort of my sofa. The fireplace will be on and I will have my lovely cup of coffee in hand. Our television set will be streaming in the latest Christmas movie from the wonderful hallmark channel. You’re not laughing at me are you? Cause I have a feeling quite a few of you gals do the same. After all, its Christmas and there’s just something about

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Strong woman of God in the making

Strong woman of God in the making

“In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.” 1 Timothy 3:11 I can not count the number of times I have looked at a woman and think “Wow! She is such a strong woman!” Isn’t it true that we sometimes think that way when a woman exhibits a strong personality? Or when she comes across as having a tough, no-nonsense attitude or is overly confident in her independence? Wanting to be a strong woman I’ve referred to myself as a strong woman in the past, probably for

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Peace In The Midst Of The Storm

Peace In The Midst Of The Storm

My husband made a comment about the sadness on her face. I was unable to make my own observation as my view was obscured by the person to the right of her. As the morning service ended, I made my way over to my friend. A gentle tap on her shoulder drew her attention to me. As she turned, I silently agreed with my husband. Such sadness, indeed! With shoulders hunched forward, her eyes spoke what her lips did not. I saw and felt her fragility and I thought to myself, ‘she is walking through something heavy.’ I asked how

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Prayer – Pursuing intimacy with God

Prayer – Pursuing intimacy with God

Pursuing intimacy with God through prayer is not as difficult as some would want to believe. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 I have spoken to several people over the years, who view prayer as some complicated process. As if to pray is to speak a foreign language full of elaborate words and phrases. Fortunately for us, this is not the case. To describe prayer in my own words, I would say it is “direct communication and fellowship with God. A simple, yet purposeful and deliberate

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Are you fighting to be her

Are you fighting to be her

My Grandmother was a strong woman and she took every opportunity she could to empower me through spoken words. This particular day was no exception. “One day you are going to make a very good nurse.” Those words were the sweet reward she gave me for nursing a wound on her leg until it was healed. Words that has led me to a 29 year career in nursing, thus far. Even at the early age of six she saw my potential and, though the journey was often difficult, I am glad I did not give up fighting to accomplish. But

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Choosing Courage in the face of Fear

Choosing Courage in the face of Fear

Courage requires fear. “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 Everyone seems to have their own opinion of what they think courage is. Too often we are led to believe that in order to have courage we must be fearless to begin with. But that’s not true! Fear is something we all share but may not readily admit. Courage is the willingness to face those fears despite being afraid. Especially when we know God is with

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Trusting God when we want to know WHY?

Trusting God when we want to know WHY?

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 I remember sitting in the tub to have my bath. The pain was overwhelming and in a moment of deep anguish I found my self beating the warm, sudsy water with my fist. My heart felt as if it was not only broken but shattered into a million pieces. A million pieces that would never be able to be

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Let’s not be anxious, not even in August!

Anxious moment here! Are you as shocked as me?! It’s August already! Exactly where has the time gone. June and July has quickly slipped into the past as the year moves full steam ahead. Looking back, the crazy high temperatures in July created heat wave warnings across many regions of our country. I saw numerous lawns, including our own, go through several different shades of brown. I’ve seen melted ice-cream dripping through tiny fingers before eager mouths could enjoy the tasty treat. And listen, my husband and I just received the water bill that shows the high price of performing

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My Daughter, Rise from the Ashes

Those of you who know me and follow my blog might have noticed I have not posted over the last 4 months. The sudden loss of loved ones and coping with several physical injuries has led my family on a difficult and challenging journey this year. I found myself in an unwelcome and spiritually dry place. One where I felt I could neither give nor receive much of anything. I felt stuck! Deeply stuck! Honesty, I am not surprised to have found myself in this place. This rut. You see, during the last few months of 2017, I felt led

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Journal to mark the moments in your life

Journal to mark the moments in your life

Dear journal, On so many occasions you have been there for me. In the stillness of the night, with no one else around, you allow me to pour my heart out to you. Though a silent listener, you are a comforting companion….. What would you say to your journal? Or maybe the question should be ‘what would your journal say to you?’ For those of you who journal, I’m sure this unique method of self-expression has helped you to slow down and take a look at your life from a different perspective. You’ve probably discovered that keeping a journal has

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