Saturday, February 10, 2018

Scripture for Valentine's Day



Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

~ 1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)


May the presence of God and His everlasting love embrace you this Valentine's Day!











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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Eight Things that Add Sparkle to Winter

I love this time of year, and I’m not going to apologize for it. J My family’s favorite months are December, January, and February.

But I know it’s a tough time for a lot of people who thrive on warmth and sunshine. My Facebook newsfeed is filled with friends who are longing for spring.

Part of the reason we enjoy winter is that there are certain things we do to add a little extra sparkle in these months.


Twinkle lights. We aren’t people who take down Christmas decorations on December 26 or even January 2. We leave them up until mid- or sometimes late-January. Even then, we leave white twinkle lights and greenery about. I’m increasingly sensitive to odor, which means we’ve stopped burning candles. But the twinkle lights add warmth and a festive feel with only a flip of the switch.

LED candle. I still like some kind of a centerpiece on the table, and it’s traditionally been a candle. But with the odor from candles now giving me headaches, I’ve purchased my first flameless candle. It’s not something I would want all over the house, but I like it on the table in my candle wreath. It gives a warm flicker without the mess and odor of a candle.

Pizza and a movie on a long winter’s night. It’s family time, even in front of the screen, because we talk more than we watch. J

Planning a vacation. A lot is still up in the air, but we’re planning a trip for later this year. I love this brainstorming stage, researching and listing all the possibilities of what to do in our intended destination. Gradually, an itinerary is coming together. Half the fun of travel is the anticipation.

Winter clearance sales. I don’t understand why stores mark down coats and sweaters and boots as soon as Christmas is over. In my part of the world, that’s about when the winter weather really begins. But I’m not going to complain! Instead, I think ahead to next year’s sizes and needs and look for the biggest discounts I can find.

Plotting a new book. I’m starting a new story, and I love this brainstorming stage. It’s not that different from reading, except that when I escape into a story I’m writing, I get to decide who the characters are and what they do.

Memorizing Scripture. Through these winter months, the children are still memorizing Scripture, and we’re planning a couple of get-togethers with another family from the Bible Bee to play Scripture memory games and, of course, eat.

A new mug. Whether it’s coffee, hot cocoa, or tea, it’s fun to have a new mug, especially one that recognizes my truth. Cold hands, warm heart








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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!



Let's kneel at the manger this Christmas in quiet contemplation. May God richly bless you with His everlasting love, His overwhelming presence, and His abundant mercy.

Merry Christmas!











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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Scripture for Saturday ~ #7

{Trying something new.... Sharing a little bit of the Word of God on the weekend, put into a pretty image by my daughter.}













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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Nativity ~ A Christmas Eve Tradition

Traditions, for our family, are part of what make Christmastime special, especially traditions of faith.

We started something new a few years back that we picked up from another family, and it's been a terrific hands-on way for us to concentrate our minds and hearts on the Savior. With young ones still in the family (and maybe, someday, grandchildren), keeping little hands busy not only makes for a better time together for all of us but also helps them to understand and remember better.


Every Christmas Eve, we put the pieces of a small nativity in a bag. I like the idea of a pretty cloth bag that those pieces can then be stored in, but for now, we use a red lunch sack. Our little nativity is quite durable, but we always have to be careful not to let the Littles shake it. We sit together in a loose circle, some on the sofa, some in a chair, some on the floor. 

Then, we take turns as each draws one piece out, beginning with the youngest child. As each one pulls out his piece, he tells the name and role of that person or animal. For example, if I draw the shepherd, I tell that this is the shepherd who was watching the flocks by night when the angels appeared to announce the good news that Jesus was born.

In this way, we rebuild the scene, ending with the complete nativity.

Want bonus points? 😊 Quote the appropriate Scripture, such as Luke 2:8-12 for the shepherd.

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.'”

Alternatively, you could sing an appropriate Christmas carol such as “Away in a Manger” or “Angels We Have Heard on High.” It doesn’t matter if you sing well or can’t carry a tune (like most of our family), God is praised!

Merry Christmas!







What is your favorite Christmas tradition?



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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Scripture for Saturday ~ #6

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Scripture for Saturday ~ #5

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