love can come in STRANGE disguises

it’s monday…but no giggles today (well, maybe just a few.)

Hugs & blessings has been quiet as of late.

But, I do hope to be more present very soon.

Recovering from an auto-accident I’ve spent this Advent Season

healing,

grieving,

and

appreciating all the grace I’ve received during this period of convalescing.

“You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers, the night is far gone, the day is near.” Romans 13: 11-12

During Advent we hear the secret of God’s love within us. We have long felt the stirrings of the Life within – the kicks and leaps of God in us yearning to be born. And God will come – poor and hungry, a child wrapped in swaddling cloths.

Will we make room for Him?

Each of us is an Innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus.

See Luke 2:7

There is undoubtedly a Christmas tree in our home, our lights are strung and glowing, our pantries are full, and we are ready to entertain family and friends – but have we made room to feed and welcome the Stranger who comes unannounced?

These STRANGE-ones came unannounced.

But I am so very glad they did!

Giggles.

Bearing great joy they arrived one by one, to set up my home with Christmas glee when I was unable. God filled them (and those whose were not captured in these photos) with good things, who reigned down compassion upon me this Advent Season.

It is not easy to relinquish control.

But I am so grateful to have let go and let Love in.

I hope to be back more regularly again very soon!

But until then I continue to send you my hugs n’ my blessings….may you too welcome the Stranger in this Christmas Season – and be grateful each time that you do!

merry and bright

I’m sitting here looking at a magazine that is already saturated with Christmas festive-ness.

Mind you Halloween has not yet even arrived….

Surprisingly, and unlike previous years, I’m not overly bothered by the pre-emptive marketing schemes.

I think it’s because today, for me, feels a bit like Christmas morning!

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don’t be tempted!

it’s the monday giggles…

“No! Not just yet!”
Photo courtesy Pinterest

Christmas Day has come and gone but don’t be tempted to take your Christmas decorations down too quickly because tradition stipulates it should stay up for a little while longer!

However, that won’t stop some people who have most likely already stripped their homes of all things red & green and packed them tightly away for next Season.

Have you ever noticed the people who RUSH to take down their decorations are usually also the ones who have all their Christmas shopping completed by Halloween? Giggles.
Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

However, Christian tradition, dating back to the 4th century, marks the Eve of the Epiphany (or 12 nights after Christmas) as the time to take down your tree and pack away your decorations again. 

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