A Real Merry Christmas

I used  to  hate the  Christmas  season .  It was so commercial  and crowded  stores  full of grouchy people were never very appealing to me.  Money  was always tight, but more  so in the last  few years, and buying gifts for family you rarely  ever see was difficult at best.  Most gifts were not really appreciated  and some felt that money gifts were too impersonal .
A couple  of  years  ago ,  I  suggested  everyone  draw names and then  offer 2 or 3 suggestions  about what they  would  like to have .   That  way everyone  would  only  have  to  buy one gift and everyone  would get something  they really wanted.  Not  everyone  would  agree to  that . So…I   decided  to start a new tradition of no giving  or receiving  gifts  among  ourselves .  After all, everybody  was having  financial  trouble as well and could  use less stress on their  checkbooks .
I guess that  decision didn’t  set too well with many because instead  of visits  I  got texts instead.
I understood  that  as they were  used to snacks and games  and  presents  all the years prior and  the  change made them feel sort  of  rejected  while it made me feel sort of used.
But through it all a wonderful  Christmas  miracle  happened!   With the huge stress and worry gone ,  I  actually found  myself enjoying  the  season  with  the  bright  lights  and beautiful  decorations  and the wonderful  music.  I even enjoyed the crowds  and smiling   at people  and having  them smile back.  At church  on Christmas  Eve, the true meaning of the season rang through loud and clear  for  me. This Baby was born to save us all  and there never  was. ….nor  will  there ever be a greater gift than  that!
I plan to  continue  this new tradition. 
Try it…..and feel the grace!

The Battle of Good vs Evil Has Already Been Won!

A lady writes that  she has  been upset daily by reports  everywhere about  the  evil that is currently  running  rampant  over our world.

“I found myself  depressed  often from all the  hatred and violence and the lies  being told and all the insanity .  I  went to Christmas  shop to lift my spirits with the lights  and decorations . As I  wandered  through  the store it seemed I  was drawn to a life  size Nativity  display .  As I  stared down at the baby Jesus a warm feeling of calmness came over me. I  felt   as though  everything  will be all right  as I  realized  Jesus came to us to save  us from all the sin and evil. I  became aware  that He will shine a light on all the  evil happening  and expose the lies and evil  deeds. I prayed ‘Lord . ..thank You.  You’ve  got  this !’
I left feeling relaxed and I   smiled with my spirits definitely  lifted.”

Thank you Mrs. JT of Lavonia  for sharing that beautiful story.

Another Divine Hug

A lady  who attends a nearby church recently lost  her husband .  This  grieving widow, sobbing and clutching her husband’s  picture, cried out to God ” I  just  want him to come home!”.  She instantly felt a warm peace fill her  heart and she heard these words inside her head  :  “He is home”.  Wow! What a comforting hug!


We were told we had to evacuate  our home which was surrounded with rapidly rising and turbulent  water . Rescuers  were  waiting  in a boat  in my front  yard but I  couldn’t  find my cat, Major.  He would  normally  come to my call but he was afraid  of the howling  wind  and I  looked everywhere for him to no avail.   Finally, the rescuers  could  wait  no longer and  we  had to leave my precious  cat abandoned . I was devastated ! . Two days after the storm, we were allowed back in our homes to assess the damage.  With terror in my heart I  searched  for my kitty and found him  huddled in the attic rafters, very  much alive, hungry and very happy to see me!  A major “hug” for Major and me!!

Lila…from Houston

God’s Perfect Timing

The other day I  was sort of sad and felt out of sorts.  I  felt kind of ignored  and unloved by certain members  of my family and I  am not one  to feel sorry  for myself ever. But there it was and , of course, God came to my rescue  yet again.  I  got a call  and a surprise visit from my most dearly – loved  cousin  and a warm hug from both him and also from God. Just what  I needed.


Timeless Message

I came across this hymn that was written in 1995 and someone posted it on the internet. It is so fitting for these present times, and it is somehow comforting. I consider finding a “hug”.

“Till all the jails are empty
and all the bellies filled;
till no one hurts or steals or lies,
and no more blood is spilled;
till age and race and gender
no longer separate;
till pulpit, press, and politics
are free of greed and hate:
God has work for us to do.

In tenement and mansion,
in factory, farm, and mill,
in boardroom and in billiard-hall,
in wards where time stands still
in classroom, church, and office,
in shops or on the street;
in every place where people thrive
or starve or hide or meet:
God has work for us to do.

By sitting at a bedside
to hold pale trembling hands,
by speaking for the powerless
against unjust demands,
by praying through our doing
and singing though we fear,
by trusting that the seed we sow
will bring God’s harvest near:
God has work for us to do.”

Carl P. Daw, Jr.

Mechanical Miracle

For several days my washer has been in freak mode and doing crazy thing. Dreading the upcoming major expense, I prayed about that washer last night. Today I thought I’d give it one more chance and it worked perfectly through several loads . 😄. Many would speculate about that but I have no doubt where that “hug” came from and I am so grateful.

Perfect Day

I woke  up  this  morning  to the  cheerful  songs of the birds .   The sky was a cloudless, brilliant blue and a background  for tall and lush green trees.  A gentle breeze kissed my cheeks  as I  watched  a couple squirrels  frolicking  in my yard.  Thank You , God,  for these hugs and good morning.

Linda from Sylvania writes…..

“I get hugs from above every day.

I sometimes feel them in my heart as they say.

I am a sinner undeserving of this.

I am trying to change it and not just dismiss.

Though I know in my heart, and without any doubt,

that while I’m still earthbound

I’ll keep getting hugs and feel safe ‘n’ sound and,

those hugs keep coming from all around

because GOD loves me and he gave His Son

His name is Jesus, and my only way out.”