Why I Sometimes Hate Christmas

Usually, I can’t wait to start playing Christmas music, stringing up lights, and doing my Christmas baking! I’m ready to go by Canadian Thanksgiving (beginning of October) and my husband has to reign me in a bit, but I just LOVE the holiday season…most of the time.

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A Jealous Woman

Have you ever stopped to consider how gracious God is to provide us with a Bible filled with imperfect humans just like you and me? He could have filled his Word with awe-inspiring men and women who selflessly gave their lives to Him without a single struggle or doubt. But that’s definitely not what he did. Why? Because He knows us and knows we need to hear about Eve’s struggle with telling the truth in the garden, Sarah’s struggle with doubt about having a child, and Lot’s wife’s struggle with having enough faith to not turn around.

He also wants us to learn from a woman named Michal, whose struggle with jealousy and bitterness severely impacted her marriage to David. Now, it’s quite possible that He just wants me to be the one to learn through Michal (turns out she and I have lots in common), but I’ll share just in case you need the lesson too. Read more

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Christmas Memories

Did you ever have a Christmas memory that stands out above the rest? One that brings you to feel those warm fuzzies, and it’s so powerful that it helped you establish the traditions that you have now? I do, and it’s one of the most simple memories you can have, but for me it was so important.

At eleven years old, my parents and I moved from Massachusetts to Wyoming that October. I had no friends there, and everything I had known before was left behind. It was a very lonesome time and I remember having difficulties adjusting. When Christmas rolled around it was going to be a lonely affair. Where we were used to being surrounded by family, (by what seemed the dozens), we were now alone for Christmas, just the three of us. Read more

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

There is nothing like a hot drink on a cold day!  I love sitting on my comfy couch with a blanket, book, and cup of hot chocolate while the wood stove creates a nice and toasty heat. Admittedly, I stopped drinking hot chocolate a few years ago because the powdered mix I used to buy was no longer being made (this brand had really good ingredients).  I am very selective when it comes to food and drinks because a lot of products have really bad ingredients.  My husband is actually very sensitive to additives, artificial colors/flavors, preservatives, and I have a soy sensitivity, so we have to read EVERY.SINGLE.LABEL.  After searching many different stores, I couldn’t find a hot chocolate mix that was both inexpensive and good quality.  I tried making my own from melted chocolate and milk but it never worked out for me.  It was either too clumpy, ended up burning, or it was too rich. Read more

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Delight Yourself in the Lord

In the dark days of widowhood, Ruth was faced with a choice: return to her kindred, or go to a strange land with her mother-in-law. Back in Moab was the likely chance of Ruth finding a man of her people to marry. For someone in her position, this would have seemed the logical choice, as it would spare her the hard labor of providing for herself. But something else drew Ruth’s attention.

As I read through Ruth recently, I saw a beautiful picture of Psalm 37:4 displayed: “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Ruth is four chapters long, and easy to read in one sitting. We get the whole picture: her bereavement, her move, her work, her betrothal, her marriage, her motherhood. And in seeing this whole picture, it is easy to see how God blessed her. Read more

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