Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season

Keeping Jesus at the Center of the Season I love Christmas but the weeks leading up to it are often the busiest and most demanding of the year. As a ministry wife, I can feel pressure to be involved in every church event. As a mom, I want to support my kids by...

Sadness and Hope in Christ Alone During Christmas

“I’m clinically depressed,” she said. One of my family members, who is a lifelong Christian, spoke these words to me one Christmas several years ago. I was surprised to hear her admission because she always seemed so joyful. She and I have been close since childhood....

Keeping Focused on Christ During the Holidays

“Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King; He the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity. In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come; look to Christ, who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.”[1] As we approach...

Good News of Great Joy

Luke 2:10, "And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy...

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

Hope, Peace, Joy, Love

It was a couple of days before Christmas, and I was on a scavenger hunt through Walmart looking for a bottle of bubble bath. That morning, my daughter commented that she was really looking forward to her Christmas Day bubble bath. This caught me off guard. I hadn’t...

Friendship to the Hurting During the Holidays

Friendship to the Hurting During the Holidays

I love this time of year. I love Thanksgiving. I love Christmas. I love everything about it. I love the change in season. I love the lights and decorations that go up. I love the music, the food, the cheesy movies, and family and friends coming together over...

Serving In the Background: Joseph, the Father of Jesus

Serving In the Background: Joseph, the Father of Jesus

As the story of the birth of Jesus is told and retold, there are many characters whom we frequently hear mentioned: the Virgin Mary, the Magi (wise men), the Shepherds in the field. But one person who is represented in every manger scene, but rarely even mentioned, is...

Introduction to Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays

Introduction to Discovering Joy in Christ During the Holidays

The Holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) are often tough times for a variety of people facing a variety of different circumstances. For my wife and I, we go up to Southern Idaho to visit our friends and family during Christmas, and I often visit my parents in Seattle...