Holiday Greetings … and a Christmas Story Audio

I love this season, with all the celebrations that lend meaning to our lives!

So here’s a quick note to wish you a most blessed holiday season:

  • A Hannukah full of new light that continues to illuminate your world …
  • A Christmas overflowing with the gifts only the Savior can give …
  • A new year blessed with all the things that make your heart sing …

And if you haven’t listened to one of my favorite Christmas stories from Abundant Gifts yet, I invite you to do so now.

How Joy Breaks In (Despite Pain)

Joy to the World-1For some of us, the holidays are anything but joyful.

Losses of all kinds stab at unexpected moments. Loss of loved ones, loss of job or security, loss of health.

Anxiety-over finances, children, the future-can hang like a cloud and obscure the light.

Misunderstandings can suddenly blight relationships that seemed to be in full bloom.

But I’m finding that despite all these things–which are real, which need to be acknowledged–joy can break in.

Joy can break in for two reasons.

One, we have a God who does not mind our pain.

A God who, in fact, left the joys of heaven to face our pain-wracked world-firsthand. That’s what the Incarnation is all about.

Jesus, Son of God, came to share our pain, and ultimately, to bear the pain of the whole world in his sacrifice on the cross.

And he invites us to give him our pain. Give it all to him. Cry out to him!

Only he can fully bear it. He wants to. He doesn’t want us to struggle under the weight. That’s why he came.

Second reason joy can break in is: We always have a choice.

We can choose to return unkindness for unkindness, tit for tat.

Or we can choose to return love and forgiveness for unkindnesses and wrongs done to us.

We can choose to reach out from our own loneliness, and ease the loneliness of someone else.

In other words, we can choose love.

When we choose love, something wonderful happens.

Joy breaks in.

Joy despite the pain.

May you know joy this Christmas … and may it spread and flow throughout the coming year.

 

Easy and Meaningful Gift Idea

Abundant Gifts coverSomeone just sent me an idea for giving a very meaningful gift.

She said one of her favorite gifts was sent to her by a friend who had just moved away. The gift was a devotional book that the friend was also planning to read in the coming year. The accompanying note said, “Even though we’re apart, we can always be ‘on the same page’.”

Isn’t that a wonderful idea?

Do you have any friends or family who live apart from you? Why not give them a copy of Abundant Gifts, and let your loved ones know that you will be reading it every day along with them. It’s a wonderful way to stay connected on both an emotional and spiritual level.

To make it even more special, you may order a signed, personalized copy from me. I’ll even gift wrap it! Find the details here.Подаръци

Make Your Gift-Giving Easier …

Are you looking for a unique and inexpensive gift to give?

I may have just the solution.

If you act now (tine is running short!), you can get a personalized, signed copy of Abundant Gifts for a loved one on your Christmas list.

People LOVE to get personalized copies of a book from an author.

I will even wrap it for you!

When you order Abundant Gifts, I will immediately send out your copy for only $12.97 plus shipping/handling).

When you order, you have the option of shipping to a different address. If this is a gift, and you want me send a wrapped, personalized copy of the book directly to your loved one, please check “ship to a different address.”

Then, in the “Comments/Special Delivery” box, type in the recipient’s name and perhaps a note about them.

Or, I can send it to you so that you can wrap and give them the gift yourself.

If you get your order in by December 17, the book will get there by Christmas.

I hope I just made your Christmas shopping a little easier !

Oh, you can also get a taste of what’s inside first–it’s a cool Digital Web Book you can use to read five sample stories.