Category: Christmas

Category: Christmas Keep A Settled Heart

I don’t know of a time of year that has more potential to be more oppressive, more directive, or more influential regarding thoughts and emotions than this time of year — this “holiday season.”  I’m compelled to write today to affirm or to warn myself (and you) to keep a settled heart — to be thoroughly rooted and grounded in God’s Word, to be wise with our eyes, careful in our conversation, guarded with our desires, daily feeding on the fresh bread and drinking from the rich well of God’s Word.  For the onslaught will come, at the least anticipated continue reading

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Category: Christmas cookies! cookies! cookies!

Each year at Christmastime, I look forward to making plates of cookies for our family and friends.  And for the last twenty-some-odd years, I’ve enjoyed using special recipes in my cookbooks written by Susan Branch.  While I still love my old cookbooks and recipe cards the most, with the advent of the internet and the ease of gathering and printing out recipes, our cookie recipe sources and variety have increased greatly! Many years ago I began posting links to Susan Branch’s recipes and, more specifically, her beautiful and artistic cookie link page.  So, here you go… again this year, the continue reading

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Category: Christmas The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas    by – Carroll Roberson On the first day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: salvation full and free.  On the second day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: everlasting life, and salvation full and free.  On the third day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: Peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.  On the fourth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: love for all men, Peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.  On the fifth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me:  joy for my continue reading

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Category: Christmas Gifts from your ♥ home

Each year, about this time, I refer to a “Christmas” page I created on our website and though it’s probably been up (and rarely updated) for the last ten or twelve years, it remains a great resource for me — and I hope it will be for you, too.  Regardless how you spend the holidays or Christmastime, there are, no doubt, special things you like to incorporate into your days and evenings with your family.  These special things might be traditions or celebrations, family recipes or gifts you prepare and send. Whatever the case, as always, we mothers need to continue reading

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Category: Christmas Martha, Martha…

O, Martha, Martha, where is your Mary heart?  O, Martha, Martha, would you seek to have a Mary heart?  My husband has whispered to me at different times in different seasons. I reflect on years gone by and all the many Christmases through the years.  And quickly my mind is brought to the thought that it’s all going to be an avalanche of emotion for any number of us… all the Christmas wouldda, couldda, shouldda’s will bury us in anxiousness, disappointment, frustration, regret and, if we’re not careful, resentment — unless we determine to be rested in the fact that continue reading

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