Christmas Ideas – Chop Down a Real Christmas Tree

Chop Down a Christmas TreeIf you have never trekked out into the woods to chop down a Christmas tree, it is quite an experience. When Robert and  I got married, my son was fourteen years old. It was our first Christmas together as a family. None of us had chopped down a Christmas tree before, so this was a new experience and adventure to share together. There are several Christmas tree farms around the St. Louis area. We picked the closest one and… Continue reading

Christmas Ideas – Start a New Christmas Tradition

Start A New Christmas TraditionIf there is something that you and your family have thought about and talked about but have never done, make this Christmas season the time that you do it! Start a new Christmas tradition.

Robert, and I started dating nine years ago. He told me about a friend he had met while living in Kansas City named Tom Jacobs. Tom had a dream of building a retreat center, where people could participate in yoga, prayer, and other meditative practices… Continue reading

Christmas Ideas Volunteer to Help Others This Christmas

Volunteer this ChristmasThe need is always great within our communities, but the holidays seem to magnify the need.  While Christmas is a time for celebration, many will have a not so Merry Christmas.

This is an especially hard time for people who have experienced loss – the loss of a spouse, child, loved one, or even a treasured pet.  Our church has a service each December called the Service of Comfort. It is a time to remember and come together… Continue reading

Christmas Ideas – Idea Number 2 – Ask someone you admire for a recipe

There is no other time of the year where there is such a variety of food. Chances are that you have a friend, family member or loved one that has been cooking the same dish for decades. Maybe that recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. With that much of a heritage, it has to be good! It could be a recipe for Christmas cookies, casseroles, cakes or pies.

I just asked my mother for her recipe for… Continue reading

Christmas Ideas Don’t let the Christmas Season Steal Your Joy

Don't Let the Hustle and Bustle of Christmas Steal Your Joy

 

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season steal your joy.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” What is there not to be joyful about? December is the month that we celebrate the birth of Jesus, Emanuel, God with us.

But I have a confession to make. Almost every year I have been a joyless Christian. I have allowed the hustle and bustle to steal my joy. Almost every December work was crazy and the… Continue reading

Facelift Without Plastic Surgery

Face Lift Without Surgery - Smile Be HappyNext month I will be acknowledging another birthday. As time marches on, the years begin to show on lots of areas on my face and body. Each day brings a new sag or wrinkle as the law of gravity does its magic. I can be sad about this. I can take drastic action, like getting plastic surgery. Or, I can accept the natural aging process and take the cheap and safer route by creating an instant facelift without plastic surgery… Continue reading

Live Every Day With Thanksgiving

Chicago Skyline with John Hancock Tower

I hope that this blog post will inspire you to live every day with Thanksgiving.

It was approaching Thanksgiving when my husband had a conference to attend in the great city of Chicago. I got to tag along. It had been a while since I had been there and I was excited to check out all of the new places along Michigan Avenue.

The sidewalks were a literal sea of people. Maneuvering through this mass of fashion conscious shoppers, surrounded… Continue reading

Get Angry at God – He Can Take It

In seeking a life guided by God, I have experienced the most profound understanding of God’s love for me after venting raw emotions. Whether you are experiencing great frustration, grief or anger, when you express these feelings to God, God seems to listen and answer right away. My pastor always tells me, “Get angry at God. He can take it.” This was my experience from late summer going into the fall.

I had to have some surgery done on an… Continue reading

Prayer for Being Overwhelmed

Find Peace A Prayer for Being Overwhelmed

In our busy and demanding world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Take a moment and read the following prayer. In this moment, know that God is here.

Dear God,

Thank you for being the God who never sleeps.

Thank you for always being here for me, even when I’m not always here for you.

Thank you that you are Love and that you want the very best for me.

Thank you for your promises and that you never change.… Continue reading