Hope was born from Love on Christmas Day

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Hope was born from Love on Christmas Day

Hope was born from Love on Christmas Day

The Christmas season is in full swing for many of us. We have our trees decorated with festive lights and ornaments while bright-colored stockings have been hung from our fireplace mantles.  All in hopeful anticipation for a visit from the red-suite, round belly, jolly old man. (By the way, that’s for those who still believe in good old Santa Claus.) The malls are alive, crackling with the noise of animated shoppers busy looking for that perfect gift.  I personally try to avoid the malls, as best I can.   I figure I’m less likely to get trampled in a “buy one get one free” stampede

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The honorable role as his help meet

The honorable role as his help meet

When I first got married, I didn’t want to be my husband’s help meet. I was a strong and independent young woman. Sure, I had fallen in love. I also wanted to get married and spend the rest of my life with this wonderful gift of a man God had blessed me with. Still, after surviving the many incredulous events that life had thrown at me, including the death of my dad when I was nine and the responsibility of taking care of my three younger sisters years later, I wanted to feel secure and happy.  I wanted to just

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There is a cost to love like Jesus loves

There is a cost to love like Jesus loves

Have you ever prayed this prayer.. “Father, help me to love like you do” I have. In fact, it is a prayer that I utter quite frequently.  It is not only that I need help in this area of my daily living, but that, without this help, the potential for me to be a mean-spirited, ugly person becomes all too real. So, I find myself praying this very prayer whenever my flesh rises up and want to respond unkindly.  On the days when someone tries my patience a little too much or really wound my heart, I am tempted to respond in

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Self care – Me time for the weary mom

Self care – Me time for the weary mom

  Finally!! A free moment to sit and catch your breath. It has been a chaotic morning.  Actually, come to think of it, so has many of your mornings.  It didn’t help that you slept through the alarm today.  If  only you had made the kids’ lunch before going to bed like you wanted to.  But then if you had, you wouldn’t have had time to fold that extra load of laundry.  And you wouldn’t have been able to put the finishing touches on hubby’s shirt. No point crying over spilled milk, literally.  The clean up cost you the last few

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Celebrate your marriage 

Celebrate your marriage 

I have much to celebrate but among all the wonderful blessings God has bestowed on me, the one I’m most thrilled about right now is to be able to celebrate 23 years of marriage to my best friend!! My better half, however, is visiting his family several hundred miles away as family and friends come together to celebrate his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. One important fact you need to know before I continue is that my husband and I share the same wedding date as his parents. I remember the stunned look on his face and the tears in his eyes

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