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  • The Ugly Christmas Sweater

    It was a Christmas morning in the early 80’s. Together as a family, we were sitting around the tree as my mom opened a gift from my dad that he had wrapped himself. She pulled away the tissue paper and pulled out a sweater. It was the most beautiful sweater I had ever seen! This sweater was unlike any sweater before it.This sweater was a Christmas sweater. Covered with red dots and Christmas wreaths, it gathered at the waist and had the puffiest sleeves available at that time. Around the neckline was a red and white checkered bandanna with a cream colored lace border that tied in a bow at the front. All I could think was, ‘Someday, I hope that I will wear that beautiful sweater!’ A few years later, my mom was going through her clothes, cleaning out her closet, and I saw the beautiful Christmas sweater in the give-away
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    Miracle on Your Street

    Miracle on 34th Street is an irresistible fable that has, for many years, become synonymous with celebrating Christmas. What draws people to this heartfelt movie during the Christmas season is the yearning we all have to see dreams fulfilled and hopes come true. Everyone is encouraged and inspired when they hear an account of a single mom and her daughter finding what they are longing for – the hope that good, kind, and generous people still exist today, the extraordinary happens and genuine love is possible. This Christmas we have experienced a MIRACLE ON OUR STREET. Just days after the Women of Purpose Conference, my husband, John, was scheduled for a heart catheterization. We were expecting a simple procedure with the possibility of a stint installed for greater blood flow. It would result in one overnight at the hospital and all would be good. This procedure was not scheduled due
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    The Unexpected Delivery

    It’s Christmas time! That sweet, heavenly time of the year when we celebrate the birth of our King by making ourselves servants to a thousand endless tasks. There’s the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping, the work place parties, and children’s Christmas concerts. The travel plans and house guests. And let’s not forget the task of capturing the family’s beauty in the perfect Christmas photo for the annual Christmas cards. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love every one of these things . . . but sometimes I just get way too wrapped up in all of the ACTIVITY of Christmas that I miss the significance of the NATIVITY. Several years ago I was swinging in the full force of the festivities when my littlest girl found her way into my stash of postage stamps. I was preparing to send out the massive mailer of our family’s Christmas cards when I most
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    Thanks-Living: Cultivating a Spirit of Thankfulness

    It is that time of year again, and I cannot believe how quickly it came! I love how when November hits, my Facebook newsfeed is often filled with posts from my friends counting their blessings, and sharing the things for which they are thankful. Such posts seem to spark a chain reaction, and many will hop on the thankful wagon, but usually, it is only just a few weeks later and those posts fade. That time spent of Thanksgiving appears to be nothing more than a short-lived season. As Christians, Thanksgiving should be much more than a day, a week, or even a month – we should carry a spirit of Thanksgiving always. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) , it says to: “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Cultivating a spirit of thankfulness is
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    She Serves

    She went to the river that Sabbath morning. It was the place where she connected, the place where she prayed, it was the place where she worshiped. Those who worshiped at the river were usually women, but this morning by the river, she noticed some men. You see, while Lydia was making her way to the river, God was orchestrating the steps of the apostle Paul to do the same. Their paths would cross in this place of worship and her life from here on out would never be the same. God’s Word tells us that Lydia was a God worshiper. She worshiped the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but the Good News that God had come in the flesh in Jesus Christ had not yet come her way. As Lydia listened to Paul share the Truth, her heart was opened. She heard the Truth,
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    What to Wear: Dress for Success According to Whom?

    Knowing what to wear can be challenging and costly, to say the least. This is not only true in our culture of fashion and peer pressure, but no matter where we travel in the world, what line of work we do, and who we are with, what we wear matters. If we want to fit in, feel good about ourselves or be successful, we often consider how we are going to dress.  To complicate the decision of what we wear, styles are constantly changing, we are influenced by the area we live in and possibly the convictions of those we are with. Sometimes, there can be an expectation for us to match the colors, theme or style being featured at an event we are attending, a place we are visiting, or where we work.You know what that means…a careful perusal of your closet for any appropriate clothing and jewelry pieces
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    90’s Karaoke and Time With Jesus

    Jesus said to them, `Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.’ Mark 6:31-33 (WE) I was in the middle of baking four dozen chocolate cupcakes. Both my daughters have birthdays the same week and I was knocking out this task while they were at school one morning. I decided I would blast some of my favorite musical hits from my younger years while they weren’t around since I wouldn’t receive any flack or questions like, “what is this stuff?” or “how could you listen to this?” I was a few songs in to my personal karaoke session (fully equipped with wooden spoon-mic) when I started to feel this little nudge on my heart. It felt similar to the way God will correct me at times, so I responded with, “but there’s nothing wrong with the lyrics.” I was just having
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