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Devotional thoughts written on or around various holidays.

God called Mary and reassured Joseph.

THAT’S God’s Plan for Me?

Merry Christmas! I am taking a break the next two weeks to enjoy my family and the holiday season. In lieu of a new post, I invite you to read this one from last year. It’s one of my most popular holiday posts. Merry Christmas!

Many of us look for God’s plan for our lives. We seek doors that open easily and peace-filled hearts as we take steps forward. But is that what it always looks like?

God called Mary and reassured Joseph.I’m not saying those are bad things. I, too, delight when God’s instructions are clear. I like open doors and people in the right places with the right answers to help me move down the right path.

But if we think it always looks like that, we may have a problem.

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Where in the Christmas is Jesus?

Where in the Christmas is Jesus?

It's the season for ... fighting. Seriously. I'm not talking about siblings arguing over who has more presents under the tree or navigating the pressure of how to fit in family visits throughout the holiday season. I'm talking about Christians making a HUGE deal about Jesus.

Romance God’s Way

I wrote this post two years ago for another website just before Romancing Melody: A Crossing Journey released. Yet its truth about romance hasn’t changed. Romance is bigger than most of us consider it to be.

Romance is lavishing love on anotherTis the season for romance: long-stemmed roses and fancy dinners, boxes of chocolate and nights on the town. Truth be told, I’ve always been a simple girl. 

To me, one rose of the right color is even more perfect than a dozen roses in an expensive vase because one rose conveys three things: 1) my husband thought of me and took time to stop to buy something for me, 2) he cares enough to remember and look for a rose in my favorite color, and 3) he knows me well enough to comprehend that while I’ll enjoy the rose immensely, I will also be thinking of the financial cost to our checkbook.Want to read more?

Resolutions and Goals

A new year, a fresh start. Time to refocus, dream big, and hope for a great year. Right? Or maybe more is required.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.A famous quote widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin is this: If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

But do we simply need to plan better?

Henry David Thoreau said: Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

Hmmmm. That one makes me stop and think about the core of what I want to accomplish over the next year. After all, I can easily list a dozen things I’d like to do in 2015, and I have learned some skills and have stockpiled some books to teach me how to do it all.

What to Do at Christmastime

Last year at this time, I encouraged you to declutter your calendar and extra decorations and enjoy Christmas. And if you need a little help, you can go back to read it here. Now, I'm wondering if maybe you have a wonderful Christmas tradition that I'm missing out on doing!

Nothing to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is over and you breathe a sigh of relief. One holiday down, one to go. This season brings out the worst in you: anger, depression, loneliness, bitterness. Your mind fills with the thoughts of what could have been, what should have been. If only . . .

The 4th of July

The 4th of July. A day for picnics and fireworks. A day for family and friends. A day to rest and relax. Right? Well, yes, of course. But it is much more than that.