The One Word

Last week a couple things happened that made me do a double take. The first was on a day that it was bitter cold. It was so cold that the Sound had a layer of ice forming across it. It was beautiful. I was taking a walk at the beach, because regardless of the cold, the sunset was breathtaking. I met a woman on the beach who was glad that there was someone as insane as her to admire the beauty of the setting sun. We walked on the pier to see the formation of the frozen water, as we saw two birds flying by. We were amazed to notice that they were swans! We watched in awe because normally by nature swans head to warmer weather during the cold, but they gracefully flew…

When Passion Invades Your Heart

What are you willing to risk to follow Me? I was driving home from work, and it was raining pretty hard. I had an emotionally hard day as I found out an old friend had passed away. She left behind a 3-year old son. She wasn’t a believer. The news hit me like a ton of bricks pounding on my heart, and the drive was sobering, as I rolled my window down and let the heavy rain just fall on my arm that I allowed to hang out the window. What are you willing to risk to follow Me? Wow, God.  This is an interesting time to ask me this question. Yet, I felt like the enemy had taken too much, and so I responded by saying Everything. The future is as clear as it…

If I Was The Enemy

It was Christmas time maybe 10 years ago or so, during my retail management days. I was counting down the registers while my employee stood next to me. You can imagine my shock when I realized that we had a considerable cash shortage after a busy day. After the long Christmas season day, I hated calling my boss to tell her. It didn’t take long to figure out what had happened. A little research showed that my employee had stolen my passcodes and processed cash returns. Because I was there when the shortage was found, I had to be interviewed by loss prevention. Let’s just say that by the end of the interview I felt like I had just been caught robbing a bank. He was not my friend, he was not there to…

The Story Of The Christmas Tree

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is having a Christmas tree. When I lived in California, the only thing that I asked for Christmas was Christmas ornaments so I could decorate a small tree (I actually ended up getting a brand new car that Christmas too, but that’s another story). I still have the ornaments that were given to me that year, and remember them fondly as I decorate our tree each year. There are many other ornaments that have sentimental value, like the moose ornament my old boss got me because I love moose, and the Pocahontas and John Smith ornaments that I have from the neighbors that lived behind us growing up (each Christmas my brother and I were allowed to go choose an ornament and those were ours one year). Then there…

The Fulfillment Of Promise

Every year at Christmas time I get excited to decorate. Christmas 2011 was extra special because it was the first time to decorate my own home. I went to the store to buy stockings for my husband and me. Then I purchased some hooks to hang on the mantle. One said Noel, one joy, and the other was an angel hook. That first Christmas, I put the angel hook at the center of the mantle without a stocking quite yet. It would be for our baby someday.   Thus began a time of waiting expectantly for our family to grow.   We added two furry babies to our family in our first two years of marriage…still waiting for a human little one. A few Christmas seasons came and went, and that hook was still…

The Place He Entered On Christmas

I am not sure why, but when we were trying to figure out what to get Olivia for Christmas this year, we had a really hard time deciding. Between her just having a birthday, and Charlie’s old baby stuff she really had more than enough. But we wanted to get her something, even if sometimes she would rather play with things that we wouldn’t label as toys. This leads me to think of the different places in the house where I don’t want Olivia to play. One of those places is the toilet bowl (we have to be mindful of shutting the bathroom doors), and another one of those places is our dog’s food dish. When she tries to play with it, she will somehow end up eating the dog’s food along with scattering…