Partnering With Peace // Glimpses Link Up

We are in the final week before Christmas. It’s been a busy few weeks and appears to get busier for me as the days go on. No matter how much I try to rest and allow God’s peace to overwhelm me, I find myself exhausted, worried and stressed out.

Not a good way to welcome the birth of our Lord and Savior, huh?

I could give you every excuse as to why I’m feeling the way I do, but really, the only person I have to blame for not remaining in a state of rest and peace is myself. Jesus, He is the Prince of Peace. And the Good Shepherd, He promised to make me lie down in green pastures.

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Reflecting On His Love // Glimpses Link Up

candles, postal and christmas decoration

This week I am reflecting on God’s love, His deep, abiding, unfailing and beautiful love.

All of my life I grew up with a craving to be loved. I know my parents loved me the best they could without having a personal relationship with Jesus. Growing up I always felt overlooked, misunderstood and unloved. I went looking for love in all of the wrong places and have had to spend years healing from past hurts.

It’s hard for me to grasp God’s love. To think that the God of the universe came for me, that He did it all for love, just blows my mind. Who am I that a Holy and loving

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Looking Toward Hope // Glimpses Link Up

Thanksgiving came and along with it precious time with family. We gathered at my mother’s home, although not all of the siblings, or all of my children, were in attendance. This happens as families grow and become part of other families. You learn to share each other, taking turns with family and resolving to see some others next year.

And as Monday morning is looming I realize that it is the beginning of Advent — the weeks leading up to Christmas where we reflect on Christ’s birth, His coming, and what it all means.

I never celebrated Advent as a child. And growing up in a home

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Advent 02 – He Comes Slowly

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I didn’t know what all to expect as I purposed in my heart to study Advent this year. Would I simply be going through the motions, as in past years? What is the point of reading and hanging ornaments on a tree if I don’t encounter the Living Christ?

My heart needed this, like water on a dry and parched land. But as I cried out in desperation to be encountered by Him, I feared I would come to the end of the story, which is really the beginning, with my heart still in the same place, the ritual of Advent having passed me by, leaving me unchanged.

Sunday morning I got up and readied

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