Tuesday, December 17, 2013


The world was full of magic.

It would begin after Thanksgiving, the Christmas carols, browsing my grandmother's fat newspaper, full of toy specials, picking just the right items to request to Santa Claus. I believed he would receive my letter. Elementary class Christmas projects, ornaments for the tree, Christmas parties, family parties, popcorn balls, smells of cinnamon, choir specials, nativity reenactments. The fervid devotion to the belief in Santa Claus.

I had to be good to get presents. I'm sure it was my parent's favorite holiday for that very reason. Lights adorning the rooftops of neighbors houses. No, we had no snow, but the excitement still resonated in my childish heart. Up until the final night we would set out a plate of cookies on Christmas Eve night, as an offering for this amazing man's cause. I hoped. I believed. It brought me joy, and it was magical. The feeling of joy knowing the following morning presents would appear from no where. I was with those I loved. I was safe.

And then you grow up,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What can I give Him?

"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, 
 earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; 
 snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, 
 in the bleak midwinter, long ago."
 "What can I give him, poor as I am? 
 If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; 
 if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part; 
 yet what I can I give him:  

give my heart."

What a beautiful time of year it is.
A time of reflection,

A time to believe.
I believe in Jesus Christ.
I know He is real, and for me, this time of year is to celebrate his Birth.

In our chaotic world, and fast paced lives. 
We can choose to allow this message to work in our lives.

I am able to continually change my heart.
My hurt. My sorrows. My fears,
dissipate like the clouds parting as the sun breaks through.

Receiving divine strength to push through my challenges, and difficulties.

I testify, He is real.
Maybe you've always believed in Him.
Perhaps your faith is wavering,
or you are indifferent towards Him.

I invite you to learn of Him, and let Him in.
More than the beautiful lights, and perfectly wrapped presents,
is a message of this season.

That brings lasting joy, 

He. Lives.

Click HERE for a beautiful Christmas Hymn, and free download.

And watch this beautiful presentation.
Who do you know that would benefit from this message?
What role has the Savior played in your life?