Waiting for Treasure

Waiting for Treasure

December 3 marks the beginning of Advent this year on the Christian Church calendar. Advent. The season of anticipation, of expectation. Christians take time to remember how Mary and Joseph awaited the birth of Jesus. This chosen couple knew their son was special, but they could not comprehend everything God had planned. When I think […]

Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

Peace on Earth and Hurry Up

by Danetta Kellar @DanettaKellar Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14 Hurry and peace must surely be antonyms. They aren’t listed in my hefty antonym book for writers, but I suspect it is just an omission. John Ortberg shares in his book […]

Christmas Controversy

Christmas Controversy

I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes (Romans 1:16a NIV.) Seems as though Advent should be about celebrating miracles … the greatest of these the birth of Christ. Yet, every year we become embroiled in a controversy of one kind or another. […]

Don’t Eat the Gift Wrap

Don’t Eat the Gift Wrap

I was rushing around, trying to get everything on my list before I went home to prepare for the Church Christmas party we’d be hosting in a few hours.  I’d snapped up pretty much everything on my list, but as I started up my car to leave the parking lot, sudden hunger pangs hit me. […]

25th Year of Commitment

25th Year of Commitment

Tomorrow I leave for the north woods of Wisconsin to my son’s home to ‘kid watch’ seven kids while he and his dear wife fly to Cancun to celebrate twenty-five years of love as man and wife. Once he laughingly told me he didn’t know how they had made it! I just smiled. Surely he […]

Making room for Christmas

Making room for Christmas

We cleared a space by the window, pushing aside all the toys and games and accumulated stuff. The tree stands tall in the window, white lights shining forth into the dark night. The star touches the ceiling as if reaching for its brothers in the sky above. This is the tree that was cut from […]

A Sure Secret of Greatness

A Sure Secret of Greatness

Many of us crave greatness but the sad part is that those who want to be great are ignorant of the secret associated with achieving it. Many are of the wrong notion that “Greatness is a product of luck or chance.” But, the truth is that greatness is not a game of chance. There is […]

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Remember the Reason for the Christmas Celebrations

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   James 1:17 (NIV) Christmas is just around the corner and many of you are busy buying gifts and making preparations for holiday dinners and parties.   Let us not forget the reason […]

Self on the Shelf

Self on the Shelf

No, it’s not a typo. My husband and I are blessed to be part of a group of six couples studying Love & Respect, a book and video series by Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs. This week, one of the statements that jumped out at us was, “It’s not about my spouse, it’s about Christ […]

The Sweetest Craving

The Sweetest Craving

I’ve noticed lately that because there is so much candy around, I’ve begun to snack on tasty chocolate things.  I’ve always been able to resist sweets, but lately I’ve indulged when I see these treats.  I didn’t think much of it until a few weeks ago, early afternoon, I felt this sudden craving for chocolate. […]

The First Christmas Card

The First Christmas Card

Mailboxes are full during December as friends and families send cards, pictures and well wishes for a blessed holiday season and greetings for the New Year. Many send letters with updates on past activities and achievements. The stationery industry thrives on holidays and Christmas is one of the busiest for sales. From fancy to plain, […]

A Christmas Gift for Everyone

A Christmas Gift for Everyone

Make blessing your superpower. Whatever you do today, do it with the intent to bless those who will be touched by your work. Make all you do your gift to others.

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” -John 14:26 Sometimes I feel alone. Like no one understands the dreams I have, the stresses of my reality, and how I struggle […]

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

I recently saw a news report about a teenager in Florida who started a club at school called, “We Dine Together”. The purpose of this club is to enure that no student eats alone during lunch time. This story moved me to tears. My heart went out to the young man who said he knew […]

A Date with God

A Date with God

Dates are on my mind. Quite a few of them. At this time of year, attitudes around dates make significant differences. Today is my father’s birthday. He was called home to our Lord eight years ago. I tell myself I should celebrate the date of his passing instead, August 28th, as his new birthday to […]

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

Why This Spiritual Attack Is Not Against Your Finances, Your Health, or Your Car

  The year I started writing words for the world to read, things started falling to pieces all around us. We encountered three bouts with the stomach bug in four months.  The kids were constantly rundown with various viruses.  There were financial strains, serious health scares, and much more. We were about ten months into […]

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

How Thanksgiving Became A Verb For Me

For ten years we were blessed to have our extended family living nearby. We all looked forward to holidays with a houseful of people we loved. Prior to the day, my sister-in-law and I would plan menus and look for new recipes. She is a fabulous cook, so inevitably all the food turned out to […]

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Feeling Something at the Holidays

Not caring is a trend in today’s culture. It’s just not “in” to feel something or express those feelings. It’s easy to go around saying “yeah, whatever”, never getting too deep, and hoping that you don’t have to share something that actually affects you because that would be very un-cool (and potentially offensive). Or maybe […]