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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012


That may not be a big deal in many areas of the country/world - but, here in North Texas, this is a BIG deal!!! Seeing as we didn't even get a snowflake last winter, to have "stickable" snow on CHRISTMAS DAY is the epitome of a christmas miracle!! Lol! We were all so excited as the freezing rain of the morning started changing to fat, white snowflakes.... that combined with the twinkling lights of our christmas decor and enjoying being in our new home - today was God's special gift to me! (:
We had a lovely, quieter family Christmas this year - just us - and it was nice. Feel like I'm "starting" to get a bit of a foothold on new traditions and routines that I want to put in place for my family. Love the quiet evenings once the kids go to bed - been able to have a few moments (tagged together!!) for reflection and peace. I am so thankful for these times.

I feel like the over-riding theme of what God has been speaking into my heart/life has been "HOPE".
Not just the way we throw around the word lightly in everyday use - "I hope we can do this...", "I hope we can see you soon...", we lose the importance or weight of the word.
Right before the one year anniversary of Cj's death, a friend gave me a card and in the note she shared that God had been giving her this word for me - - "HOPE".
It was awesome because it just confirmed what God had been doing in my life already... I knew that the word was not as simple as we are used to, so I looked it up to see what the actual definition was.


1. to cherish a desire with anticipation
2. to desire with expectation of obtainment
3. to expect with confidence

"desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment or success"

I love the definition of hope - it is so much more than I tend to think of when I just throw the word around... The promises that God has given me, the words He has spoken into my life - I can "expect with confidence, desire with anticipation... expect to obtain..." Wow!! God is SO good and I am looking forward to the amazing plans that He has written for me.

Jeremiah 29:11
'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'

Merry Christmas my friends and loved ones... we hope and pray that your Christmas was filled with sweet moments of fellowship and joy as we celebrated the birth of our Saviour. Merry Christmas from Texas!!


  1. My heart goes out to you and your family. I just found your blog while searching for spiritual support for widows.

    I just became a widow on the 9th of Dec. We had been married for 43 years. I miss him terribly is an understatement as you well know.

    I felt blessed reading your Christmas post. May the love, peace and strength of God continue to surround and flow through you each and every day.

    FlowerLady Lorraine

  2. Thank you for your kind words... I am so very sorry for your loss - my heart truly goes out to you! I pray the same for you - peace, wisdom, strength and that you will know the comfort of God's presence and love for you each day. It is not a journey we would have chosen, but there is grace for the moments. Much love to you!