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New Year’s Goals

New Year’s Goals

It's a scenario I've seen hundreds of times. One of my children sitting amidst a sea of toys they have just been tasked to clean up. Occasionally with tears or a scowl, they sit simply not doing the job. "What are you doing? Pick up your toys!" is my initial response,...

Grieving Holiday Traditions

Grieving Holiday Traditions

When you think of Christmas, what are some of your favorite things that come to mind? Cookie baking with loved ones, watching Christmas movies that we all love to quote, and sitting around the tree in the dark together are some of my favorites. But I won’t be doing...

Make 2020 a Christmas You Want to Remember

Make 2020 a Christmas You Want to Remember

At this point in 2020, many of us are ready to go to bed and wake up when COVID is over. As Christmas gets closer, you may be mourning the fact that you can’t get together with other family members this year. And, if you’re anything like me, you may have thought to...

St.Lucia

St.Lucia

Last year, on Sunday, December 8, I did something I had never done before during the Christmas season. I attended a service for St. Lucia Day. It was held before sunrise so the path to the old church building was lit with candles to guide the participants. This small...

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

I’ll be home for Christmas! What excitement there is in that thought . . . home! What, exactly, makes home the place we long to return to, the place we dream of? I remember when my husband and I made a move to a different house after over twenty years in a home we had...

One Little Thing

One Little Thing

Last summer, I was sitting on the screen porch working on my Bible Study lesson, and a minuscule bug crawled across the page. I’m incredibly brave when it comes to small bugs, so I squished it. (Please don't report me to PETA.) What I discovered was this: little tiny...

Praying Friends

Praying Friends

As I was settling into my Monday morning work routine, a friend approached me and announced, “I prayed for you on my way to work today.” I’m always grateful for prayer and told her so. It was a great start to the workweek. Her church had been given a challenge the...

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