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  • Writer's pictureLinda Thomson

Gather! "They Weren't Prepared But God Was..." and This Christmas Make Listening the Gift

-Encouragement for Every Reason & Season-


As God orchestrated every footstep that took Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem author Bonnie Gray ponders, "Mary and Joseph didn't have family and friends to help them with their new baby. No warm meals brought in or grandparents to lend a helping hand...


"They weren't prepared but God was."


Whatever today or tomorrow may surprise us with or whatever holiday emergency or heartbreak awaits us God is prepared and He will meet us there, carry us, comfort us and orchestrate our steps too.


Oh, weary heart rejoice and celebrate this season of joy!


Click here to come home to Christmas with this simple gift - "Make Listening the Gift!"


"Listening is a generous gift; it is an act of love."


In A Home to Keep: DIY! I share with you 3 great Christmas gift ideas. The first being a Christmas Stocking Full of Hope. "A few years back things looked a little bleak, said my girlfriend Lynn. "I’d had some medical emergencies that landed me in a rehab place for over a year. As Christmas approached I longed for the comforts of my own home. And then a Christmas Stocking Full of Hope arrived... Click here for the rest of the story and the directions to make a darling miniature easel with a personalized picture canvas and an easy framing idea - see what I did with a vintage linen!


Consider it Done: Christmas!



Creating precious and lasting memories is the best gift of all. Gift a “Christmas Mystery Trip IOU” inside a vintage suitcase. It can be for your kids- small or grown up, or for your grand darlings. It would be a great couple's gift! Click here for the details along with directions to make this cute Christmas postcard, perfect for a quick thank you!





"Mary's life was interrupted and forever changed by her interaction with the angel Gabriel, and her words forever changed our lives as well: “May it be to me as you have said." Dayspring


May you be surprised by the joy He brings in unexpected places and may you be filled with hope, joy and renewed faith.


From my home to yours, Linda





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Harriet Boonisar
Harriet Boonisar
Dec 05, 2023

Thank you for the encouraging words and reminder to "listen" with ears and heart!

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Ed Dianna Lakjer
Ed Dianna Lakjer
Nov 30, 2023

Thank your posting this my wonderful friend. Your writing always comes at the perfect time for all of us......especially me.

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Nov 30, 2023
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I'm so glad we could have tea this morning! I think we both did a lot of listening :)

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Sheri Torelli
Sheri Torelli
Nov 29, 2023

As usual, a beautiful reminder of the purpose of our celebration. You have reminded me that a great gift to give is the gift of listening with my heart. Thank you sweet friend!

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Nov 30, 2023
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Listening with the heart is a gift that will be long remembered! Have a joyous Christmas!

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merrihew
merrihew
Nov 25, 2023

Love this and perfect to enter this beautiful season . Love the stocking of Hope

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Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson
Nov 26, 2023
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Such a beautiful season of hope and joy!

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