This was the year I restarted a blog, and this time I took it seriously. At the end of this post, I've linked to the pieces that seemed to generate the most traffic, but I really can't do a "My Top Posts of 2015" since I didn't start #thereyougothinkingagain until July. So, I thought I'd share with you some of the articles that I read this year that resonated with me, that stuck with me and made me keep thinking about the topic and the author's words for a few days.
In the course of the past few weeks, while determining what to post each day on the Christmas blog, entitled From Thanks 2 Giving, I've gathered several quotes, memories and poems about Christmas. I'm sharing them here on the regular blog page as overflow to the Christmas blog, to help you prepare for the hours ahead. May mine be full of Christ and less of me. Merry Christmas Eve, friends!
The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world. – Stuart Briscoe
I am thinking of my friend Denise Sproul today, four years now in glory with her Redeemer — while her family and friends are torn between being joyful for her and grateful for the years the Lord gave them together, and the sadness that comes with loss.
Remember that a lot of my writing this month is showing up over at the Christmas blog page, titled "From Thanks 2 Giving"
Go check it out now to read a Thanksgiving-to-Christmas dubsmash of musings, quotes, stories, devotions and praise. Follow the link above or come back any time and click on the titles in the sidebar to the right ----->
Here are the posts so far:
November 30 -- Introducing From Thanks 2 Giving
December 1 -- Being a Pilgrim for Christmas
December 2 -- Craving Christmas, Desiring Christ
December 3 -- Strangers on Christmas Day
December 4 -- Hail Redemption's Happy Dawn!
December 5 -- Eureka!
December 6 -- O Henry, the Magi, and the Gift
December 7 -- Christmas Impersonators
December 8 -- This Year's Best Christmas Ad?
December 9 -- Why So Much Joy?
December 10 -- Where is the Method in the Madness?
December 11 -- Waiting for Redemption
December 12 -- Winter for a Reason
December 13 -- A Special Little Christmas
December 14 -- Mary and Holy Merriment
December 15 -- The Christmas Eve Truce
December 16 -- His Name Shall Be Jesus
and 9 more to come!
It ached my heart to see her try to process what she'd heard. I remember being in the same position when I was weeks away from my wedding day and visiting the home of a newly married Christian couple. I sat on the floor on the wall side of a bed in the guest room, in the farthest corner of the house, and talked to my husband-to-be on the phone, letting the conversation wander into absurd and irrelevant directions just to keep it going, in order to distract me from the raised voices and the bitter words.
Last year, during bitter cold days that seemed no longer to call for school cancellations or delays, I attended a funeral for a man I’d never met. It’s a little unusual, but it’s not unheard of. The deceased was the husband of someone I am acquainted with. His children are generally the same ages as my younger three, and they know one another, though they are really just aquaintances as well.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
Looking for a list of articles published around the web?
Looking for posts written in response to 5-Minute Friday prompts? Click here:
Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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