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Posts Categorized: Inspirational

12 Pearls of Christmas: Home

COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Virelle Kidder My mother had remarkable zeal for Christmas. Weeks in advance, she would come home from teaching school and bake late into the night. I helped clean the house and decorate the tree while my older brother Roger wired the house with Christmas lights, transforming our humble red house… Read more »

12 Pearls of Christmas: God With Us

LISTENING FOR CHRISTMAS by Deb Kalmbach I used to be the queen of over-commitment, and December brought out the worst in this malady. It was as if I were poised at an imaginary starting line, and when I flipped the calendar page, I was off and running–the December dash! You could hardly see any white… Read more »

12 Pearls of Christmas: Life Beautiful

Continuing the 12 Pearls of Christmas – today’s Pearl Girls post from Margaret McSweeney. Life Beautiful by Margaret McSweeney During a quiet moment after Thanksgiving, I started reading my parents’ stack of love letters that I recently found in a storage box. As a Christmas gift to you, I would like to share my father’s… Read more »

12 Pearls of Christmas – Gifts of Purpose

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas. For the Christmas season, the PearlGirls blog has graciously included me. I’ll be sharing content with their blogs with posts from fourteen writers. Leave a comment on my blog, the PearlGirls blog (see link below), or any of the participating blogs, and you’ll be entered in a drawing… Read more »

The Best Gift Ever

The gifts that touch us most involve sacrifice by the giver or meet a deep need. At Christmastime, we fixate on finding perfect gifts for our loved ones. We say this tradition arises from the joy of the season and our love for others, or that it reflects the Gift the Father gave us on… Read more »

I Killed a Cutie

I did it. I killed a Cutie. Not premeditated, but murder nonetheless. Today I drove a carpool for my son’s high school choir as they performed at elementary schools and assisted living facilities. Since it was supposed to be an all-day event, I packed a lunch – a sandwich, diet cola – and a Cutie… Read more »

The Dangers of Hot Sauce

In our family, Tabasco sauce has its own punch line. Many years ago, when our son Stephen was in kindergarten, Anna was two, and Matthew was expanding my waistline, I served gumbo for dinner. Nothing’s ever hot enough for my husband, Dave, so he poured on the Tabasco. “What’s that, Dad?” Stephen asked. “Tabasco sauce.”… Read more »

Thoughts on This Veteran’s Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the First World War came to an end. The Armistice was signed for the War to End All Wars, but peace was built on a shoddy foundation, and war returned, nastier than ever. The end of the Second World War brought… Read more »

Stuffed

Christmas is coming! Did that fill you with the warm fuzzies or make you want to scream? I’m afraid I now fall in the screaming group. Don’t get me wrong—Christmas is a joyous time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, but the month of December brings a crush of expectations. Decorating and baking and… Read more »

Got Idols?

In ancient times, people worshipped idols. They bowed down to chunks of wood or metal fashioned to look like cows or people or birds, trusted in them, and devoted themselves to them. We laugh at that. We know better. Or do we? Do we bow down over our computer keyboards, investing our time in celebrity… Read more »