Hear the Words

Words matter. I try not to use them carelessly, and I’m aware of the weight they can carry. I especially notice words when I listen to music. Artists are usually trying to communicate something, whether it’s a melancholy feeling, anger, admiration, or straight up fun.

Christian music is no exception…and neither are the Christmas tunes that currently dominate the stations. Jingle Bells gets all 4 kids boppin, and Silent Night puts our youngest to sleep. The Little Drummer Boy takes us to the crib of Jesus, and has an amazing bass line!

However my top pick of the season has to be Mary Did You Know. I especially like this version. The lyrics draw to mind the power of the little manger baby. His birth is the culmination of thousands of years of prophecies, wrapped up in a tight little human bundle.

And Mary gets to touch him, kiss him, snuggle him, walk and talk with him.

As I listen, I’m reminded that someday I will too. I won’t change his diapers like Mary…but there will come a day that Jesus will be as real to me as my sweet baby.

Until that day comes the song calls to mind the character of God – healer, dominant over nature, Redeemer, deliverer, LORD, I AM. With each line, I insert my name and meditate on the acts of my King.

Brandy, did you know this baby boy would one day walk on water?

Brandy, did you know this baby boy would save our sons and daughters?

These lyrics help keep the gravity of His birth at the forefront of my Christmas days. As the holiday worries creep in, it’s a gift to focus on the One who quells the anxiety. And this song does just the trick!

Try putting your name in the song – because He came for you too!

Happily linked with:
Raising Homemakers
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Grace & Truth
A Little R & R
3-D Lessons for Life
Pat and Candy

 

The End of Suffering

This week I’ve had the opportunity to interact with different groups of teens. I love this age of young people. They’re funny, thoughtful, and usually painfully honest. These are my kind of people.

Oddly enough, each encounter I had involved discussion of suffering. One teen shared how she was bullied her freshman and sophomore year of high school. These rough years shaped her personality and perception of friendships.

Another group of teens discussed with me the pains of this world: addiction, blindness, ebola, car accidents, etc. We talked through who is to blame for suffering.

Lastly I watched a video of a young woman bravely sharing her story. With tears and courage, she revealed that she was raped as an 11-year-old. She has only recently begun talking about it in hopes to let others know they are not alone in their pain. Continue reading

7 Ways to Cope with Holiday Worry

December. The word evokes lots of warm fuzzy feelings. I mean it’s CHRISTMAS this month! And I love me some Christmas. It’s the pinnacle holiday for Christians AND I am a total gift giver. In addition to the Lord’s birthday, we also celebrate 2 very special births in our family – my sweet girls. All in all, December winds up to be an exhilarating, yet stressful month.

It’s ironic that the most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most worrisome times of the year. We have high hopes of how the season will go…and accomplishing holiday goals is usually wrapped in worry.

Will I have enough money for gifts?

What’s the perfect picture to use for our Christmas card?

Should I say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

My in-laws are a terror; how will I spend a week with them?

How will I get everything done that I need to get done?

What’s the best way to avoid all of the crowds?

How do I avoid feeling lonely when I have no where to go?

Rather than be a victim of worry this December, I plan to be intentional and face worry head on with prayer and tactics. Here’s a few I’m planning to use: Continue reading