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Sunday Afternoon Pause: A Worshiping Heart

Your here! Grab something hot to drink, sink into a comfy chair and find a quiet place to be renewed and refreshed. Few things nourish us more than time set apart to follow the thoughts of our hearts and to spend time in His presence.



Mary's servants heart readied her for a plan she didn’t fully understand; she simply trusted God, and that trust made room for all His plans to unfold in and through her.

-Ruth Chow Simons

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God…” Luke 2:13


Ask yourself this question:


“Will our homes be more prepared for Christmas than our hearts will?”


Cooking, baking, decorating in and outside the home, shopping, wrapping presents, getting a family photo taken, sending out Christmas cards are really “trimmings” of the season. Those “trimmings” have a way of distracting us from the birth of God’s Son.


“I pray you long for something richer and more satisfying than good food, dear friends, and fulfilled wish lists this Christmas season. My hope is that, like me, you want to discover something in the season that will outlast the month of December.” By Ruth Chou Simons, “Emmanuel” An Invitation To Prepare Him Room at Christmas and Always.” Click here for "A Worshiping Heart" devotion.


A Home To Keep: DIY! Give A Cup of Joe



Make this thermos-style gift, filled with gourmet coffee or cocoa samples, chocolates and a gift card. Click here for the directions. It is a perfect Christmas, hostess, or teacher gift. Or wouldn't a neighbor love to have a cup of coffee with you!!


Mixing Bowl: Recipes! Greta's Red & Green Christmas Soup




This recipe is a beautiful and filling soup perfect for a cold day or Christmas Eve! It gets its name from the colors of the red tomatoes and the green spinach! Perfect for a potluck where others can bring a favorite bread and a dessert to share. Don’t forget to put the music on, have a fire going! Click here for the recipe I've also included for you a poem called Once Upon A Manger that you'll want to read over a hot bowl of soup. My lovely neighbor Dianna shared it with me. It would be perfect to share with those you love this Christmas.


May your Christmas be filled with His eternal peace.


Many years have now passed since that night long ago and now we have Santa and reindeer and snow but down in our hearts the true meaning we know, it is the birth of that child that makes Christmas so.

- Tom Krause


From my home to yours,


Blessings and hugs, Linda



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