Archive for the Holidays Category

Valentine’s Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Valentine's Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Today is Valentine’s Day, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is hard. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective makes a big difference.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Where has 2018 gone? This year flew by, and 2019 will be here in just a few hours! I always like to take some time at the end of each year to journal about the previous year—the highlights as well as things that were tough. This year has been a good year but also challenging. As each year passes, I realize just how much I need God—His direction, His wisdom, His strength. This morning I

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What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many are preparing to travel to be with families over the holiday. I love this time of year as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But, sometimes I can get so busy with doing and running around that I don’t slow down and reflect on

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Tears at Thanksgiving

Tears at Thanksgiving

As I write this blog post this morning, I’m wiping away tears. I just received word that a dear friend of mine here in Memphis lost both her parents last night in a tragic train accident. How does one handle this kind of grief? My heart goes out to the families who are still in shock that this has happened so suddenly. It’s the day before Thanksgiving—a time we focus on giving thanks. How do

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Five Spiritual Principles Gleaned from the Christmas Hallmark Movies

Five Spiritual Principles Gleaned from the Christmas Hallmark Movies

I’ve been watching the Hallmark Christmas movies over the past few weeks for the first time ever. A friend told me about one she thought I’d enjoy. And once I started, I was hooked. Yes, they’re predictable. We know how they’re going to end. We even know the twists that are coming. But, I still enjoy them. They make me smile, and there are a few that have made me cry. I’m a little sad

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Reflections on a Stay-at-Home Thanksgiving

Reflections on a Stay-at-Home Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Many of you are enjoying a fun-filled day with family and friends in the kitchen and around the table, watching a good movie or football game, or playing your favorite board games. Some of you have chosen to make this a low-key day, not spending the day in the kitchen, but picking up food somewhere or even going out to eat. I purposely chose to take this week as a “Stay-cation.” I took

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Mother’s Day: Joyful or Difficult?

Mother's Day: Joyful or Difficult?

This weekend we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. (We should be honoring them every day of the year, but this is the day set aside on the calendar to honor them.) My mom is no longer on this earth, but I can still honor her by giving thanks to God for her. I will always be grateful for my mom. I remember several times as a child when I wanted to trade her in

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Why the Resurrection Matters

Why the Resurrection Matters

I remember very vividly the moment my mom took her last breath on this earth. I was overwhelmed by mixed emotions – joy that she was finally free from this earthly body and seeing her beloved Savior face to face, but sad that she would no longer physically be with us. At that moment, in the midst of grief, I was comforted by the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and how that impacts

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Valentine’s Day: Delightful or Discouraging?

Valentine's Day: Delightful or Discouraging?

We just celebrated Valentine’s Day this past Tuesday. Many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is a tough day. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit that I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but

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Celebrating the Coming of the “Sonrise”

Celebrating the Coming of the "Sonrise"

  As Christmas is quickly approaching, let’s reflect on what Christmas is truly about. It’s not about the decorations, food, family gatherings, and Christmas music, although we enjoy those things at this time of year. But we wouldn’t even have Christmas if Jesus hadn’t come to this earth as a baby born in Bethlehem. Because He came, we have hope in this life and eternal life. A few months ago, I witnessed the sunrise over

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