When Christmas is Hard: Cobwebs and Christmas Trees

Our family has always enjoyed having a real Christmas tree in our home.  There is just something about the fresh smell of pine that draws each of us in.  We typically frequent a local garden center to select our tree.  But one year we ventured out to a tree farm to cut down our own.  … Continue reading When Christmas is Hard: Cobwebs and Christmas Trees

A Tale of Two Christmases

It happened every year.  Two Christmases.  Two days that were as stark a contrast as could be.  Two Christmases  - one meager, one abundant.  One Christmas, simple, sacrificial, full of significance and hope.  The other, extravagant, a balm to soothe the guilty soul, void of meaning. If growing up in a divorced home had one … Continue reading A Tale of Two Christmases

God Wastes Nothing

During our church's Christmas cantata, I was struck with one small phrase:  "God wastes nothing."  The words on the screen seemed to penetrate my heart.  I kept repeating them and repeating them in my mind;  I didn't want to forget those three small words. In all honesty, there have been times when I have asked … Continue reading God Wastes Nothing

Being Still

Several weeks ago our family was blessed with a much needed vacation.  Our destination was, what I called, "The Middle of Nowhere," Tennessee.  It was a glorious place, a place where cell phones, WiFi, and GPS were obsolete and unavailable.  I imagine for some, that may seem like a frightening place, but for my husband … Continue reading Being Still