Betsy Ore Glass: Blog en-us (C) Betsy Ore Glass (Betsy Ore Glass) Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:40:00 GMT Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:40:00 GMT Betsy Ore Glass: Blog 99 120 Spring SpringSpring


And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.

Genesis 1:14 NIV

The official start of spring was just a few days ago. The spring season will last about three months and is a season that most people look forward to.  It is the tilt of the Earth that causes the rising change in temperature and also the longer days of daylight. This time of year represents a renewal in many ways. Lawns appear to come back to life, flowers and bulbs bloom in a kaleidoscope of color and the foliage of trees and branches spring forth in greenery. God has given us beauty beyond words on this Earth. It is the natural scenery that surrounds us that is so captivating. The bold yellow of daffodils, the majestic purple hyacinths and wiry forsythia branches all contribute to the colors of Spring.  For some blooms, it means “a coming back to life, a “rebirth,” and for others, it is a “new beginning, a brand new start.”


With winter almost behind us we can spring to life too. It’s the season for sprucing things up like painting the house, bringing out the lawn furniture, or getting our hands in the flowerbeds to work the soil. But these are all material things. So what about our lives? What lies deep inside of us just waiting to be born? That is a question to take to prayer. Real change takes place in the depths of ones soul. For a person to seek a new beginning, it may take getting rid of old mindsets and adapting to different ideas or thoughts.  To some, it may mean seizing the opportunity to learn something fresh and exciting through a book or taking a class that stirs a passion. Or it could be that it is time to give back, by volunteering time and God-given talents, to help others in need.  Making positive changes in daily living has its rewards that are reflected in our mind, body and soul.  But in making adjustments, it is important also to stay in balance to be sure there is ample time for prayer, work, rest and play. Spring is a good time to launch into action and accomplish a goal or a dream. But we should not forget that God has given us life and we are His. Prayerfully taking our lives to God, and asking for His lead on what to do in the next season of our life is a starting point. He will bring us direction if we earnestly seek it. The hibernation of winter is nearly past and it is time to awaken our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. Search Him for guidance to a “fresh start” this Spring and delight in the joy that awaits. 

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FiltersFilters For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them] -.Philippians 4:8 AMP

My camera has been a friend to me for many years. I don’t know of a better way to capture a moment, a sunrise or sunset or that perfect wave than with a snapshot. When the moment is gone, it is gone forever, only to live on in our minds. But if we capture it with a camera, the moment can live on for years.

My picture taking wouldn’t be complete with the use of filters on my camera lens. There are books on the subject of filters because there are so many to choose from. The definition of a filter is this: “Camera filters are optical elements that alter the properties of light entering the lens for the purpose of improving the image being recorded.” My favorite is the polarizing filter. Many types of filters absorb light, but what I like so much about the polarizing filter is that it absorbs unwanted reflections, which reduces the glare. It is a “must-have” filter when photographing the water.

The camera lens is not the only place a filter could be applied. With the world today and the choices we are exposed and have access to, it is almost necessary to put a filter on what gets into our heart, mind and spirit. A filter can reduce and eliminate negative and unwanted things. As I get closer to God, I find myself being more careful about what I read, view or listen to, especially in my own home where it is the most important. If we don’t exercise caution about this, there is the chance we can become deceived about what is good or not. That is what becoming “desensitized” means.  I will behave myself wisely and give heed to the blameless way--O when will you come to me? I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart. I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me. Psalm 101:2-3 Amplified Bible. We start by resisting anything we are not sure of.  Our scripture today in Philippians shows us what things to think on.

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Pressing Through  

Pressing ThroughPressing Through What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

-Roman 8:31 NIV


When I was a little girl playing at the ocean’s edge during our many vacations to the Outer Banks, the big waves would knock me down and I would get back up in time for the next wave to tumble me once more. I wasn’t out far, maybe just up to my knees but the swiftness and force of the water knocked my legs out from under me each time.  Many times I’d repeat this over and over until exhaustion set in and I would come ashore and rest before going back out again.


Life is like that at times, one wave after another can come against us. We can hardly stand up straight before we get knocked down again with trials, problems, conflicts and demands that won’t go away. If this has happened in your life, you know that the only way to get past these times is to press through. Giving up, “washing our hands of it” or running away won’t give us the victory we seek. Pressing through means to stay with it and never give up. Find another way around the situation. Patience, persistence and determination are all we need to press through to our destiny. God is for us and He is greater than any obstacle or problem we face. Possess a “never give up” attitude. We can reach up to take hold of God’s hand and strength during these times. Having an “overcomer” mentality will keep us on the road to our destiny instead of getting sidetracked by the difficulties we stumble upon on our journey. When the waves of life rise up against us, we must rise up even higher.  

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Planting Seeds  


Planting SeedsPlanting Seeds Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. Matthew 13:32 NIV

I have been waking up in the morning to beautiful melodies outside my window. The birds and their chirping is really music to my ears. A bright red cardinal perched on my back porch table just this week. He was looking at me and I was looking at him. It seemed like forever that we held that gaze but then he flew up to a nearby tree branch. Recently I spent an afternoon strolling the aisles of a beautiful greenhouse and garden center.  It was a true experience in whetting my appetite for spring. Everything was so green, colorful, with blooms everywhere, rows of houseplants, herbs and vegetable seedlings. Even tables of orchids in hues of lavender, yellow and green in great abundance. And then, one area was completely devoted to the birds. I found seeds of all kinds that were packaged in little cartons and large fifty pound bags to attract all types of backyard feathered friends. Gorgeous feeders in all sizes, shapes and colors in materials like metal, plastic and wood hung from the trellised ceiling. Birdhouses were lined up on shelves, too. Big ones and little ones, hanging ones and the types you nail to a post or eaves.

The great thing about a winter day is planning for spring! The vegetable and flower seed catalogs have been arriving since the first week in January. I love looking at them and planning for a new season. What more could a backyard have but vegetables, flowers, birds and butterflies! But first, I think I will start with the birds. A little seed should go a long way in establishing a sanctuary and a building a good relationship with the songbirds to last more than a season.

It all starts with a seed. God plants seeds within us, too. Those seeds become the foundation for ideas that can lead to life changing decisions or ideas to make our everyday life a bit better. He is always refining us. Filling us with ideas and thoughts to make us rise up. We can plant seeds too…but not only in the ground. We can plant seeds in the lives, minds and hearts of people that cross our path. An insecure person will thrive on a compliment. A sick person will grab on to hope. A troubled person could use a prayer of encouragement. In our daily journey through life, at the post office, convenience store, at work or the line at the grocery store we can plant seeds. Simply holding the door open for someone will remind them that there is kindness still in this world. Planting a seed is not just a spring endeavor.  We can plant encouraging and uplifting seeds all the time and everywhere we go with our simple actions and words. We never know what a single seed of love, kindness, encouragement or hope can produce but God knows. All it takes is the planting of a single seed, a single act, to set the process in motion.

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The Fishermen  

The FishermenThe Fishermen

The Fishermen 

Oil Painting 24 x 36

$595 inc. free shipping in US


This oil painting of "The Fishermen" is from a photograph I saw on Facebook featuring Daniel Pullen's photography. With their generous permission, they allowed me to paint this spectacular and familiar scene from the Outer Banks. This painting is 24 x 36, on gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted blue/gray.  It will come with hardware for hanging. No framing needed. 

To view more of Daniel Pullen 's work, please visit the site at 

For more information or to purchase, contact me at 

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Celebrate Life The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!

-Lamentations 3:22-24 (NASB)

It is so much fun to sit on the dunes with my long zoom camera lens and watch the birds walking along the water’s edge. Watching the pelicans in the distance as they dive into the sea. Noticing the clouds overhead that take the shape of things as they move slowly by. I love being a spectator from my perch nearby. Seeing everything up close, yet not being an active part of it.

The opposite of spectator is being a participant. It is equally fun to play with kids in the water, build sandcastles, collect shells and enjoy a picnic together. Being in the moment and enjoying life to the fullest with someone is truly the act of participating.

It occurs to me that we have a choice in life. We can choose to be a spectator or a participator of life. We can become fully engaged in our life and the lives of those around us or stand back, in the shadows, living life through other people, watching their celebrations and milestones.  My husband and I made the choice years ago to be a family that celebrates. We make the birthdays, anniversaries and holidays special. Even the dogs get birthday presents! Carrying around a camera for most of my life, I have been able to catch big moments and little ones too, so the memories of our celebrations have not been lost or forgotten.

Occasionally, I hear folks describe their days with the words, “didn’t do much today” or “we’re not planning anything special”. I used to be one of those people long ago. We stood at the front door many times and watched a neighbor family pile in their old car and drive off to enjoy life by going to ballgames, the beach, picnics and camping. Even backyard barbecues were special to them. I learned an important lesson from that family. Seize the moment.  When the day is over, it is lost. The young mother of this family passed in a car accident when her children were small. No time for goodbyes, one more picnic or one last moment. But I can say that family had far more memories to carry forward than some people have in a lifetime. And it wasn’t because they had unlimited resources or an abundance of time. No, they simply made an effort and chose to celebrate their life.  To make something of each day. They learned that ever important balance of working, playing and praying. They made time for it all.

Part of being a participator in life is a way to honor oneself and the family and friends that surround. It honors God showing Him we treasure the life He breathed in us and the gifts He surrounds us with. It is true that health, finances and obstacles can keep us from doing the things we want to do sometimes or it can limit us greatly, but we can choose our attitude about our life and what we do with it. For example, a budget meal of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich can be presented like a feast. Celebrating the first cucumber from the garden can bring a big smile. The dog bringing back the ball in a game of fetch can be cause for praise, kisses and hugs. Everyday things can be a series of small celebrations and before long we begin to realize that joy resides within. It is taking hold on the inside. It starts with having an attitude that promotes joy and happiness combined with the act of “doing” instead of “watching” that keeps many people celebrating daily life to a ripe old age.

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Love ‚Äč

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
         His faithful love endures forever. –Psalm 136:1 NLT

There are so many things that I love about the beach. This season of winter is actually a beautiful time of year. There is a quiet solitude that envelopes the beach and its surroundings. Great peace and a time of reflection can be captured by a pier, a bench by the sound or from a seaside beach access. If there is a need to warm the soul, to be close to God, to feel His Peace and see the beauty He created, this is the place and the time of year to do it. The sky is so blue and often cloudless. The stars and moon at night sparkle with such clarity.  Where else can one go and see dolphins feeding in the distance, seagulls flying overhead, waves rushing through a pier’s pilings and feel peace at the same time! God’s Love is present everywhere here. What a gift it is!


The Bible has much to say about love, but the two most important instructions are these from March 12:28-31 NIV which is “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and “Love your neighbor as yourself”.  


Perhaps today is the time to put the past aside and begin anew with Jesus’ instructions as our guide, to make each day one where love is given and love is received. I heard it said once that the beauty of life is while we cannot undo the past, we can learn from it and change. So that every new moment is spent not in regret or guilt, but in wisdom, understanding and love. The lyrics from an old hymn dated back to 1912 have been drifting in and out of my thoughts today. “Love lifted me…Love lifted me…When nothing else could help…Love lifted me.” God’s Love for us will lift us up and over our own problems and circumstances so that in turn we can be a blessing to others.

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Charting A Course  

Charting A CourseCharting A Course Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
 or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. –Psalm 1: 1-3

We all have times where we know what we want and we think we know how to get there. Disappointments and setbacks pave the road, a few long stretches of smooth sailing and then more struggles litter our path. When we are our own captain, we only can rely on things in the natural. Things like what we know, what we have heard others say, relying on our own wisdom. Sure, some people struggle more than others but some take the long way around when the straight road would have been so much easier.

What prevents us from tapping into God’s Word for strength and guidance? Is it our own pride, or our independence? Do we really think our way is better? Yes, often times we do and we get ahead of ourselves, things go wrong and we are back to God, asking Him to fix our messes!  Seems everywhere I searched this week for God’s Wisdom, all roads led to this scripture:  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. -Joshua 1:8   Does it mean if I read the Bible, my life will be perfect? No. It does mean that our obedience and our relationship with God will prosper as He prospers us.  Will we be successful in the world’s eyes? Maybe.  Maybe not. But we will be a success in the eyes of the One that matters. 

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WinterWinter …for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. –Hebrews 4:10 NIV


Winter is definitely here.  Cold fronts come through with strong winds that ruffle the water, bend the sea oats and cause the gulls to tuck their heads down into their chest.  Summer clothes get pushed to the far side of the closet and long sleeves shirts and bulky sweaters replace them. There are some people that even leave the beach during winter for warmer climates in the south. Seems everything takes a break. Grasses and flowers go dormant, birds hunker down in their nests, and blowing sand covers steps and walkways to the beach. At first glance, it can be considered a dreary time, but I don’t see it that way at all. Especially when the basil seeds sprouted this week in my makeshift greenhouse in the kitchen window. It is great to see new life spring forth.


Winter is a time to replenish, renew and rest. It is a time to appreciate the beach, too. While nature takes a nap, we can still walk the beach or walk to the end of a pier and feel the wind at sunrise. A hot cup of coffee or cocoa warms the spirit anytime. Reading a book by the fire wrapped in a warm throw can keep the mind active. Seafood chowder and buttery cornbread tastes like a feast for dinner on a cold evening.  There is something to do each day.


Winter can be a solitary time and that is good for our spirit to be by ourselves with little distraction. God is always there and in the quiet moments of life, we tend to hear Him more clearly. He drops in ideas and thoughts to our minds and hearts. We have all winter for them to take root on the inside of us.  Winter is the time to plan the garden of our life, for spring will be here soon enough and we must cultivate our hopes and dreams so they can grow into full harvest. These cold days are times to actively seek God’s Presence and His Voice for our life. He is our Counselor in all things. Entering into God’s Rest prepares us to receive what He has for us next.

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FingerprintsFingerprints You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 ESV

Today my grandson came for a visit. We had a great time reading and playing. But after he left, I had to take out the glass cleaner and paper towels to clean up his sweet fingerprints!! Oh yes, I left a few in my studio to keep me company until he returns again.  And oh how he seemed to leave his fingerprints everywhere!! How sweet and how treasured he is and anything that he leaves behind at Gigi’s.

On a bigger scale I wonder what we will leave behind. Spiritually, of course. Yes, there is talk of what will our legacy will be…our words, our wisdom, our works. But what is more important is what we leave behind spiritually. Our spiritual fingerprint. Have we shown a good Christian example to our friends and family? Have we helped those in need and have we prayed fervently? Did we offer spiritual mentorship when we could? I believe God wants us to be His hands and to touch as many hearts and minds as we can with the gospel either by word or by example of our Christian life. Billy Graham said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.

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JanuaryJanuary He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

- Proverbs 15:32 NIV


Dropping temperatures have produced a winter chill this past week that seems will stay around for a while. For some it might be the excuse to sit inside and do nothing, but for others, the weather means very little when it comes to getting started with new ideas and new goals for the New Year.


January marks the beginning of the year, but for many of us, it means so much more. Like being able to close the door to the events of the past year and look forward in the New Year with hope and expectation. January represents a fresh start, new beginnings, and a new way to look at old things. New Year’s hopes and dreams are declared, diets are started and exercise classes are filled to capacity with those that want to be healthier. January is also a time when we can look at our own spiritual healthiness. Taking stock of our own spiritual growth is important. God wants to promote us and to shower His blessings on us. But we have to be in a relationship with Him where we can receive what He wants to give us. That takes knowing Him on a daily basis. We can’t just go to Him occasionally when we are sick or we are praying for a family member and expect to live in His fullness. He wants us to come to Him in the good times, too. He has wisdom to impart and guidance to give. Being a disciple of God takes daily discipline. He teaches us through His Word and then He uses us as a witness so that we can teach others. It is a good time of year to begin to set a schedule where we make time for God…everyday. To start off the New Year with a desire to grow in Him, and then take action to make our desire a reality, is the most important resolution on our list.  And He will honor our desire by being there when we reach out to Him.

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SnowSnow Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NLT


How exciting to wake up to find that overnight the snow fell and blanketed everything in white. Every leaf on every shrub acts as a small cup to hold the flakes. The tree braches look so intricate with a coating of snow as though an artist brushed fine strokes of white paint along the limbs. The view first thing in the morning is breathtaking. I love especially to take photographs of the snow before the dogs and children start to play and before footprints and shovels change the scenery and serenity.  For just a little while, everyone seems to stop what they are doing to look out the window at the pristine gift from nature. The birds and squirrels seem to take pause, too to witness the peacefulness of the moment. Extra coffee, hot cocoa, building a fire and a pot of warm soup are soon to follow such a beautiful morning.  Someone once said that when snow falls, nature listens. I believe it is nature’s way to show us what peace is all about.

When we see snow, it is pleasing not to see any footprints in the virgin snow. But in our faith, we definitely want to see evidence of God’s footprint in our lives. We are encouraged when we have divine appointments. When things happen that only God could have orchestrated.  The poem about footprints in the sand speaks of a person that only sees one set of footprints in the sand and assumes they are his The poem goes on to say those footprints were God’s not his. That God was carrying him during times of difficulty because he couldn’t walk himself.  We are simply never alone. There is evidence of God’s footprint everyday in our lives.  For example, finding the verse in the Bible that seems to leap out and was written just for us for the trial we are facing. And how do we know that God is present? It is in the feeling, knowledge and awareness of His Peace that envelopes everything inside and outside of us. We breathe better. We don’t carry a hardened heart and we have emptied out bitterness. Think of that snowy day. How a smile comes so easy. Problems seem so insignificant if for only a moment and joy rises from deep within. That overwhelming feeling and joy that fills us to overflowing is peace. Seek His Peace in every choice, every decision, and every moment. Staying in peace is the best barometer for a good life. 

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The New Year  

The New YearThe New Year …but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. –Isaiah 40:31 NIV

Expectant hope is the term that I want to keep close to me in this coming year. Just like the calendar year transition from one year to the next, we often go through cycles of transition ourselves. One thing for sure, we are never standing still. We are either going forward or backward. Sometimes the choice is up to us.

While the sun has set on the last days of this year, we are hopeful about what 2018 will bring to each of us. There may be good times and bad times. Happy times and sad times. In-between times. Busy times and quiet times. Like the tide that comes and goes, our life ebbs and flows, too. But this much we do know. We can face anything that comes our way as long as we have a strong, steady relationship with God. A daily relationship. It doesn’t have to be a long-drawn out session….just start off by talking with Him a few minutes each day. Tell Him your concerns and surrender them over to Him. Then Trust Him. Wait on Him. Lean to listen for Him to speak wisdom into your heart. But most of all, while you grow in the Lord, hold on to expectant hope. Believe that God has wonderful things He wants to bless you with. I believe that 2018 has something wonderful for each of us if we choose to live in expectant hope while trusting Him.




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Christmas Eve  



Christmas EveChristmas Eve

As the sun goes down on a last minute, hectic sort of day in preparation and anticipation of Christmas, the stillness of Christmas Eve can be mesmerizing. Lighted decorations flicker on through the neighborhood at dusk. The grand music from Handel’s “Messiah” replaces “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” on the radio. The reverence of this night begins to envelope us and the peace that follows comforts us. As the night sky unfolds, one by one, the stars above begin to twinkle overhead with an extra brilliance. I find myself looking to the east for that special star and wondering what it was like the night Jesus was born.


The real meaning of Christmas can be found, not in the decorations, the expectation of Santa’s arrival or the presents under the tree. God’s gift to us was His Son, Jesus, who came to this world so that we may live, that through His sacrifice on the cross, we should have everlasting life. There is so much about Jesus to learn.  So much He wants to teach us. For years we read the poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas “ to our children on Christmas Eve. How I look back now and wish that we had focused more on the Birth of Jesus than we did the arrival of Santa Claus. Perhaps it is not too late to start a new tradition by adding the story of the Birth of Jesus to our Christmas Eve ritual.


Just to remind us again how it all began, here is the story of the birth of Jesus, as told by Luke.


 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 "Glory to God in the highest,
      and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. –Luke 2:1-20 NIV

Merry Christmas to each of you and God’s Blessings to all

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The Season of Love  

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

It is the Season of Love. Celebrating the birth of Jesus, God’s gift to us. My favorite time of year and perhaps yours as well. But it is important to note that not everyone is celebrating the holiday season right now. Instead, some are coping with illnesses, loss of loved ones and more. Just in my little circle of love, loss and illness are dominating the lives of several families I know.

While rejoicing in the birth of our Savior, our thoughts at this time of year are often festive and in preparation of family gatherings, church services, bountiful meals, even Santa visits for the little ones. In all of our cheer and celebrating, the decorations, and lights we must not lose sight of those that need our prayers and or help.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

Remembering my childhood, lavish with dolls, books, bikes and games, I realize there are children that will be forgotten unless we step up as a community to help. Then those that are sick cling onto hope and in a season of miracles, it is what is wished for most, a healthy body. A phone call of encouragement, an invitation to a meal, a box of wrapped toys or homemade cookies left at the front door. Big or small, we can make a difference and shine God’s Light in the darkness.

I recall many years ago a dear friend was in his last days. I dropped off a CD of Christmas music wrapped in gold at the front door. His wife said when she saw it she cried because she knew someone was thinking of them at a time when they felt forgotten. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit would lead and move us to do for someone which illuminates Christ’s love.  And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

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Christmas Wreath  


Christmas WreathChristmas Wreath Gives thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

-Psalm 118:29 NIV


It is said that in ancient times, the Christmas Wreath, made of evergreens, symbolized the strength of life overcoming the forces of nature. The Romans hung wreaths as a sign of celebration and victory. But the Christians believed that the circular wreath represented immortality, making the Christmas Wreath very symbolic and meaningful. The colors of Christmas are green and red. Green represents the continuance of life through winter and the belief of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Red is representative of Jesus’ blood at crucifixion. Today, evergreen wreaths with red ribbons are found on doors and windows, both inside and out at the holidays. The Advent Wreath has its own importance that originates back to the 16th century in Germany. Four candles nestled in an evergreen wreath are lit, one at a time each week leading up to Christmas. A fifth candle in the center of the wreath represents Jesus’ birth and is lit on Christmas Eve. It is a symbol of hope and light. The custom of lighting the Advent Wreath is still practiced today in many homes and churches.


The season is here. The wreaths are hung and the tree is adorned. It is a busy time. There are menus to plan and family to prepare for. Jingle Bells are ringing and Christmas Carols are hummed out of tune while scurrying from errand to errand.  In the frenzy of getting ready for Christmas, I am reminded that we shouldn’t lose sight of the deeper meaning of it. Festivities, parties, presents and Santa are a part of the Yule time and it may be easy to get absorbed in little things and miss the whole point of Christmas.


Like the holiday wreath, the circle of unbroken love that God surrounds us with each day is something that we can rely on anytime. He won’t let us go too far out before he pulls us back in where we belong. He is there for us in any situation or circumstance. He carries us when we are weak and he walks along side of us when we are strong. He leads often and asks us to follow. Asking God in prayer how He wants us to honor Him in our homes and hearts this holiday and the New Year ahead is the beginning of shining the light back on Him and His Son this Christmas. Setting up a tabletop nativity scene, blessing the holiday meal, reading about the birth of Jesus to young and old are all things we can start with. Making it a more meaningful, spiritual Christmas will cause us to come closer to Him and He will come closer to us.

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Early Christmas  


Early ChristmasEarly Christmas For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

.-John 3:16 NIV


My fondest childhood memories of Christmas were when I would visit my grandmother’s cozy cottage by the water’s edge. The smoky air from a fireplace that didn’t draft well was the gathering place. When someone would open the back door, the ocean breeze would fill the room with a chill. The Christmas tree was cut from the woods next to her cottage. It was always a cedar tree. Some years it would be short and squatty and other years, lean and upright. The large colored old- fashioned Christmas lights were strung on the tree beside carefully placed silver tinsel. If we could find a candy cane on the tree, it was ours to keep. Hot chocolate and marshmallows warmed our spirits as we enjoyed my grandmother’s baking. Reflecting on such a long time ago, these memories are indelibly etched in my mind. Now, I am a grandmother and I look forward to seeing granbchildren at Christmas.  Old traditions continue, new ones are introduced and some are updated for the modern times we live in, but the love of family and togetherness remains strong and present. I thank Him for the gift of grandmothers, for their example and role they have played in our lives.


The gift of Christmas is love. God’s gift to us was His Son. There is no greater gift that exists. Eternal life and forgiveness of our sins are ours not just at Christmas but every day. There is no wrapped gift under the tree that could come close. If God loved us that much that He would save us through His Son, what can we do to keep his love alive today? Christmas can be more than just a season of love.  It can also last the whole year long. Showing love doesn’t have to be about money or extravagance either. Cherished memories and time spent together is what is really remembered in the end. Young children love to have a grownup play a game with them. To be pushed on a swing, to make cookies or take a walk together. The elderly are so appreciative of someone spending time with them. Their eyes twinkle and they feel youthful again as they recall the same stories from long ago. And they are grateful that everyone acts as though they are hearing those stories for the first time. Making memories of love and togetherness that brings the generations closer are the ones that will be long remembered and treasured in the years to come…like a squatty tree, hot chocolate and especially the memory of a grandmother’s hug.


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A Thanksgiving Prayer  

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. A Thanksgiving  PrayerA Thanksgiving Prayer

-Colossians 3:15 NIV


As we begin the week of Thanksgiving, we have gratitude and joy in each of us as we say thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed on us this past year.


Our hearts are warmed with the beauty that surrounds us: the ocean, blue sky, golden sea oats and the white clouds above. The salt air breezes that refresh us and the sunrises and sunsets that captivate us. We are grateful for the chance to see all of God’s natural gifts in such abundance.


The beauty that envelopes us eases any pain, sorrow or disappointment that we may have. God’s love and warmth flows through us. His hand is on us at all times. We are secure that we have family and friends that care for us. Even if it is not possible to be together this Thanksgiving, our hearts are united. We close our eyes and feel their touch and know distance can’t keep us apart.


We offer praise and thanksgiving to God for all good things. Prayerfully we ask that our troops that are serving and protecting us are blessed and that their every need be met. We pray for peace and ask for God to give our leaders wisdom towards peace.


We are thankful for so much as we reach for one another in friendship, fellowship and faith. We thank God for our merry hearts and laughter. We thank God for strengthening us where we are weak and being our beacon of hope and light each day. We are thankful for the gift of life and the ability to give and receive love.

 -author unknown

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Family Gatherings Family GatheringFamily Gathering

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone – Romans 12:18 NIV

The holidays are fast approaching. How is it that they are coming so fast now! Thanksgiving is at the end of this month and I believe I heard that it is the biggest time of year for family gatherings, even over Christmas. If that is true, then in a few weeks families will come to the Thanksgiving table in one of three ways: they will come in love with peace; or discord, carrying old emotional baggage; or worse yet, come simply in indifference for the day, believing anything more would seem unachievable and too hard to approach. 

When family members reunite at the holidays, or weddings and funerals for that matter, it can be comforting to be together unless the work has not been done to keep the relationships within the family healthy. In that case, old hurts and offenses that have been swept under the carpet and never resolved, can make it barely possible to come together just to “make nice” for a day.

There is a difference between the words “reunite” and “reconcile”.  Reunite means just coming together. But reconcile means to bring into agreement or harmony; to make compatible. Those words and actions often get mistakened for meaning the same thing. A reuniting of family that comes together and exchanges pleasantries are often lulled into believing everything has been restored again and the family is back on track. How nice but it is only fleeting! It doesn’t take any time at all for things to fall back into the ditch once everyone has returned back home again because the work to reconcile was not done. Differences were not ironed out and lovingly dealt with. God was not sought for wisdom and peace; instead rejection roots deeper and hurts grow stronger year after year.

Each person can make a case for their side of things and past disagreements or offenses and all too often, these hard-hearted emotions are sadly taken to the grave. These emotions lead to possessing an “un-loving” spirit and the possibility that over time a person can become cold and turn away from God.

Family discord isn’t part of God’s plan for us. He honors the family and we should too. Like the photo today of the pumpkins, they are part of the same family but they are each individual and different, one of a kind, yet they can sit side by side to one another in harmony. That is simplifying it but that is the idea. But you may be thinking by now, our family is a mess and no one is talking to each other and even if I tried, I don’t think it could work to have love and peace. The good news is God gives us prayer. It is the only tool for situations like these. God can change hearts. He can cause divine appointments. He can simply, most magnificently do anything He wants. Our job is to do a temperature check on our hearts. Meaning, are we pure in thought. Do we forgive from the heart? Have we repented for our part of any discord? Sometimes, a relationship may never be restored to what we hope it could be and maybe it simply can’t be restored at all because the person on the other side is not willing. But that is out of our control. All we can do is make sure we have a receptive and pure heart. That we wish no malice. And any justice is God’s business, not ours. If wrongs need to be righted, He is the avenger. Our prayers can make a difference.

And if your family is emotionally healthy, praise Him. Be a light to other families because you are blessed and have done the work to maintain compatibility. Are there perfect families out there? Certainly not. We are all human. There are problems and misunderstandings that come from time to time but if dealt with early and not allowed to fester, there is no potential for problems to be magnified into huge rifts. The families that I have observed that are beacons of God’s Light are the ones that give Him honor and first place.

Now back to Thanksgiving. For anyone for whatever reason that has to be alone for the holidays, lean on God.  He says He will never depart from us. I have been in your shoes and it isn’t easy but it gives you the whole day to spend with God. And if it is standing room only at your table, don’t take it for granted. God has placed you all together to love each other and to count your blessings together. For those that are showing up to dinner just because of obligation, there is time to ask God to soften the situation all the way around so it can be the best family holiday you have ever enjoyed. God’s blessings on each one of you.

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NovemberNovember Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

–Colossians 3:16 NIV


This is the best time of year to be at the beach! I like when I can have it all to myself. The quiet walks, the dampness of the salt air enveloping me, the warmth of the sun despite the wind makes up a typical November day. There is nothing better than hot coffee and a big breakfast before stepping outside. It seems that only the real “tried and true” beach lovers remain in the final weeks of autumn before the winter chill chases us all indoors.  


Thanksgiving dinners, buffets and desserts are just weeks away. November is the perfect month to count our blessings. Oh yes, some people have more than others. But that is not the point to want what we don’t have or to envy those that do have. If financial problems or relationship issues plague us or even health concerns pop up, it can be hard to focus on what is right, instead of what is wrong. But the challenge is to be grateful for the place that we are in and to find the blessing in it. With feeling blessed comes the gift of peace. There is nothing greater than to live in God’s Peace. We are taught to trust Him and give Him our concerns. To live in expectant hope for the future, to know we are forgiven of the past and to live in the present, with His Word close to our heart.  While the calendar says that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, the spirit of it can live much longer in our hearts, our spirits and our actions. Not only am I grateful to receive God’s blessings, Iwill ask today that God use me to be a blessing to someone He puts in my path. Maybe that can be your prayer too. 

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