Posted by: Anne | January 13, 2018

manageable chunks

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Posted by: Anne | January 6, 2018

stop… and start where you are

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~ Walt Disney

Posted by: Anne | December 30, 2017

My Book of Life

(Author Unknown)

I closed another chapter in my book of life today,
And paused for meditation as I laid the book away.

I thought of smudgy pages where the record was not clear,
And dreary lines of trouble clouded o’er by doubt and fear.

It’s now too late to alter any script that’s dried and set;
The story’s far from perfect, but it’s vain to stew and fret.

I asked the Lord to pardon the mistakes that mar the book,
And give me grace and courage by a hopeful, Christ-ward look.

So now there lies before me a new chapter clean and white.
And I hope to write its pages so the plot will turn out right.

I trust the final chapters will the Master’s plan reveal,
And weave the many fragments to depict a life that’s real.

Posted by: Anne | December 23, 2017

lessons learned from Linus

The most popular Christmas special of all time next to “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It has been shown every year and often twice a year since 1965. It is the only Christmas special to clearly present the true reason for Christmas and point us to God.

Facts about “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

1. The show was developed in less than 7 weeks on an extremely small budget.

2. The show almost never aired. CBS executives originally didn’t like it for reasons ranging from not having a laugh track to the Biblical passage recited by Linus.

The inclusion of the passage from Luke chapter 2 reminds us that the perfect answer to the question “Who is God?” is found in the Christmas story.

Truths About God that Linus’ quote from the Bible teaches us about God… and what practical significance that has for our lives.

* God wants to be known. The entire Bible is filled with hundreds of accounts and stories of God revealing himself to people and communicating with them. Many people wrongly believe that God is distant and inactive in the world or in our lives.

* Through Jesus, God reveals his character. Throughout the Gospels, we see God’s character made vividly clear in the person of Jesus. The Old Testament gives us a taste of God’s character and heart – but Jesus is the perfect and complete picture of God’s character. Sometimes it can be difficult to read through books like Leviticus and Numbers…. But even these laws, along with the entire rest of the Bible, give us a glimpse into the character and heart of God. But Jesus himself is the ultimate revealing of God’s character. In Jesus, we find the heart of God. We find him caring for people, loving people, rebuking the hypocritical religious people, healing the sick… and much more.

Christmas reminds us in ways that few other things can, about the true identity, character, purpose, and love of God. Only in the person of Jesus can we see all these things in their full and complete form. During this Advent season, as we approach Christmas Day, there will be nothing more spiritually meaningful than to reflect on and grow in our understanding of who our God is and what he has done for us.

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Posted by: Anne | December 16, 2017

The King Who Missed Christmas

The King Who Missed Christmas
by Andy Cook

Matthew 2:1-23

So consider the king who missed Christmas. Consider how difficult it was for him to miss it! International scholars traveled a great distance to tell Herod of the event. His in-house advisors confirmed that the prophets promised the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the same Bethlehem near the Herodium [Herod’s palace]. In short, Herod knew as much as anyone could have known about the very first Christmas – and yet he missed it.

There were those in the same region who found Christmas. None were quicker to the manger than the shepherds, who got the message from angels. They heard an announcement worthy of royalty… and they rushed to the place where a baby lay in a manger, attended by a young couple from Nazareth. The shepherds worshipped the child there, and left as radically changed people.

Why is it important? Because our Christmas holiday season is surrounded, immersed and even defined by Herodian-like wealth and luxury, and a schedule that gives us almost no time to wait like shepherds on news God Himself might want us to hear. It can happen to the countless numbers of people who know the information about the Christmas story without knowing the Christ of the story. And it can happen to committed believers, trapped in a schedule too full, blinded by a gift list too long and expensive.

The only way to “find Christmas” is to find the Christ child. Of all the gifts surrounding this holiday, this is the only gift that can make a lasting difference in any life.

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Posted by: Anne | December 9, 2017

Christmas, the harvest time of love

“Christmas is the harvest time of love. Souls are drawn to other souls. All that we have read and thought and hoped comes to fruition at this happy time. Our spirits are astir. We feel within us a strong desire to serve. A strange, subtle force, a new kindness, animates man and child. A new spirit is growing in us. No longer are we content to relieve pain, to sweeten sorrow, to give the crust of charity. We dare to give friendship, service, the equal loaf of bread and love.” ~ Helen Keller

Found here:

Posted by: Anne | December 2, 2017

Come On, Christmas

Come On, Christmas
by Matthew West (from the album The Heart Of Christmas (2011))

It’s almost Christmas time, everybody
And I can’t wait

I left the lights up all year ’round
I just couldn’t bear the thought of takin’ ’em down
I’ve been singing “Jingle Bell Rock” since July
All the neighbors look at me like
I’m crazy but I
I, got a feeling that I just can’t shake
You see it’s lasted three hundred sixty four days
And now I’m too excited, I can’t sleep a wink and
I stare at the snow outside my window just thinkin’

Come on, Christmas
I don’t know why you’re taking so long, Christmas
Well, I’ve been waiting all year for you to get here
And I can’t take another second, can’t you hear me beggin’
Hurry up, Santa Claus
Here’s my number just in case your reindeer get lost
I sure wouldn’t mind, if you’re early this time
So, come on, come on, come on, Christmas
Come on, Christmas

Well, there’s just something about this time of year
You can feel the excitement in the air
Everyone’s hangin’ with family and friends
And it’s making you feel like a kid once again

Steal a kiss under the mistletoe
While old Bing sings, “Let It Snow, Let It Snow”
The only thing that’s left on my Christmas list is
I’m hopin’ to catch a peek of old’ St. Nick

Come on, Christmas
I don’t know why you’re taking so long, Christmas
Well, I’ve been waiting all year for you to get here
And I can’t take another second, can’t you hear me beggin’
Hurry up, Santa Claus
Here’s my number just in case your reindeer get lost
I sure wouldn’t mind, if you’re early this time
So, come on, come on, come on, Christmas

Hearts are racing all around the world
Smiling faces on the boys and girls
Waiting just to hear those sleigh bells ring
Singing, come on, Christmas do your thing

Come on, Christmas
I don’t know why you’re taking so long, Christmas
Well, I’ve been waiting all year for you to get here
And I can’t take another second, can’t you hear me beggin’
Hurry up, Santa Claus
Here’s my number just in case old Rudolph gets lost
I sure wouldn’t mind, if you’re early this time
So, come on, come on, come on, Christmas

Hear the song:

Read the full lyrics here:,_Christmas

Matthew West’s official website:

Posted by: Anne | November 24, 2017

The Star, movie reviews

About The Movie

In Sony Pictures Animation’s “The Star,” a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams.

See the trailer:


With a great voice cast and cute character animation, this religious tale is just funny and entertaining enough to amuse most families who celebrate Christmas, not just devout church-goers.
Sandie Angulo Chen, of Common Sense Media

“The Star” offers a playful retelling of Jesus’ nativity, as seen from the animals’ point of view, while keeping the necessary irreverence that entails to a benign minimum.
Peter Debruge, of Variety


Posted by: Anne | November 18, 2017

supernatural responses

“When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses, and they can lift you above your circumstances. If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism. Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral, by darkening your perspective and mind-set. With this attitude controlling you, complaints flow more and more readily from your mouth. Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral. The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes… Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. Thank Me for everything though this seems unnatural — even irrational. Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering your lost ground…”

(from “Jesus Calling” by Sara Young, a book written as if Jesus is talking directly to you)

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Posted by: Anne | November 11, 2017

give thanks in

“God says to give thanks in everything. That doesn’t mean you need to give thanks FOR everything. You don’t need to give thanks FOR that bad day. Or FOR that bad relationship. Or being passed over at work. Financial hardship. Whatever it is – you are not to give thanks FOR the difficulties, but rather IN the difficulties. That is a very important distinction, and one I think we often miss. Giving thanks IN everything shows a heart of faith that God is bigger than the difficulties and that He can use them, if you approach Him with the right heart and spirit, for your good and His glory.” – Tony Evans


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