This Time Of Year

Merriment for some

Foul traffic for others

Pessimism and Optimism

Sister and brother

Poor people richer than

Beggars behind pulpits

We all simply need

The Prince of Peace

Saving us from hurting

Loving us

To our knees

Bringing His fair clarity

Reaching us in our deceit

SAVIOR

Send healing

Desperate relief

Blessed One

Teach us

To BELIEVE

Not only in you

Lord but in

Each other

So we mirror you

Not ourselves

Your Faithful Love

For us

This Time of Year

Emanuel

God with Us

Forever

Amen

❤~ Krystal Lynne

The Ghosts Of Christmas Past

I am no longer haunted by the Ghosts of Christmas past….

Perfection…… pfffst – SO OVERRATED!

I don’t need the best decorated – best made – best placed – best bought anything, anymore.

No crazy buying all year and wrapping for days for this girl. No attics and closets full of decorations.

I simplified – downscaled – and started enjoying my Christmas’s again.

No more materialism run amuck.

It’s simple and satisfying.

Presents are limited and His Presence is abundant.

Being present with friends and family and ultimately with Christ is what it’s all about.

Don’t let others expectations steal your joy.

Give yourself a break this year and give your family the greatest gift of a happy and healthy Mom, Wife, Aunt, Sister, and Friend.

Start a new tradition!

Dare to do something different this year and every year.

Trade all the tinsel and lights for more time with those you love.

Say goodbye to those Ole’ Ghosts Of Christmas Past and make some new memories that are sure to last well into the New Year and many years to come.

~XXOO Michelle Bollom

A Christmas Eve Reminder 


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook…….

 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy anothers home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

                1 CORINTHIANS 13~

             CHRISTMAS VERSION

                        ~Sharon Jaynes

Pause- grab a nice cup of cocoa – sit down – rest & reflect. 

         It doesn’t have to all be perfect.  

Be sure to not get so wrapped up in all the lights and shiny paper that you forget to focus on what really matters.    

        The Light of the Word has come! 

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Restoring Hope (even now) 

   
 
I loved this blog! I know you will enjoy.  

Every year is a year of Restoration!

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

I firmly believe this is a year of restoration… I may not understand everything (and probably won’t) but Papa is a restoring God. Those hopes that have been differed in my own life and yours have been heard. Those sleepless nights where it seems everyone else is having their desires met have not gone unnoticed. […]

https://gottaworship2005.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/restoring-hope-even-now/

Woman in Gold

  

A great blog post I read today! Enjoy! 

First off: I want to give a big thank you for 4000 subscribers! I am truly humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love and support in this little community. I appreciate each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. 🙂 Alright, onto tonight’s post. I’m writing this from my old bedroom in my childhood […]

http://beautybeyondbones.com/2015/12/26/woman-in-gold-2/

Christ As 

  
Bright lights twinkling

Ornaments aglow.

Candy canes hanging

O’er the gifts below.

 

Bright-eyed little ones

Running to the tree.

The excitement, the wonder

Of all it could be!

 

Bright, sparkly ribbons pulled

And wrappings torn.

The joy, the laughter

Being born!

 

Bright, shiny new toys

For little hands to explore,

Not yet knowing

The need for so much more.

 

For the…

 

Bright morning light first came

To fulfill the promise of

Relief from darkness

And a proof of love.

 

 

Bright light twinkling

High in the sky,

Signaling the birth

Of The Son of The Most High.

 

Bright-eyed little ones

And big ones, too,

Take hold of the gift

That’s for me and for you!

 

Bright, sparkly ribbons

Come and they go,

And the wrappings

Are simply all for show.

 

Bright, shiny, and new

Are His mercies every day.

Open this gift

And receive today…

 

Christ as

Your Bright Morning Star!

 

“I, Jesus, sent my angel to testify these things for the churches. I’m the Root and Branch of David,

The Bright Morning Star.”

~Revelation 22:16

 

Stephanie Gable 2015

Merry Christmas from Restored Ministries