Archive for the Holidays Category

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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Celebrating Christmas in the Midst of Grief

Celebrating Christmas in the Midst of Grief

I have several friends who have lost loved ones over the past few months. With Christmas just a few days away, they’re wondering what this Christmas will be like without their loved one. I understand their feelings – my mom went home to be with the Lord on December 19 two years ago. My aunt (her sister) died a few hours later. We had two funerals a day apart just a few days before Christmas.

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Giving Thanks in All Things

Giving Thanks in All Things

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day we slow down to give thanks. Yet, I was reminded this morning that I should be giving thanks every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving. And I try to. I have a Thank You journal by my chair to write down what I’m thankful for each morning. It’s easy to thank God when things are going great — when my football team wins, when He answers my

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Another Independence Day

Another Independence Day

I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring and a voice on the other end tell me that my loved one back home in Louisiana passed away. She has been on hospice for several months and stopped eating and drinking 10 days ago. The doctor didn’t think she’d make it this long, so we’ve been expecting that phone call all week. But, God alone knows the exact day our time on this earth will end.

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Thankful for Moms

Thankful for Moms

I remember several times as a child when I wanted to trade my mom in for a new one. But over the years, I have come to value my mom and the tough love she showed me at times when I needed it most. I wouldn’t trade her for any other mom in the world today. This weekend we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. (We should be honoring them every day of the year,

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