The Three Women of Christmas

Coming Soon!

Happy Wednesday!

I jut wrapped up the final edits on The Three Women of Christmas and sent it off for formatting. I am thrilled to be offering this ebook for Free! Think of it as my Christmas gift to you. ❤ If all goes as planned, it will be ready for download by Thanksgiving.

The book will walk us through the birth story of Christ through the stories of The Three, with a mixture of poetry and storytelling. Here is a glimpse of my final words on these three lovely ladies.

I have to say it is Anna who steals my heart each time I teach or write about her, such faithfulness in a time when things seemed so bleak and hopeless. That is my hope and prayer for this little book, that it will stir our hope and faith and fill us with the wonder of Christmas.

Here are the first words from Anna –

 
 
 
 
 Anna
 I stand dressed in black,
 mourning wails swirl round me.
 They scream no husband, no children, no hope.
  
 I dwell within a broken nation, awaiting redemption, 
 searching for freedom, sitting in darkness.
  
My eyes search, greedy for a flicker of light. 
My ears strain for his voice, only to be met with silence.
I fall into the deep dark.
  
My eyes flutter open, the day is new,  
my hope mingles with prayer. 
  
I walk to the sacred place,
bringing nothing, expecting everything.
The door that shuts behind me, will grow old in the waiting.
  
 Day and night, night and day, 
 praying and listening, bending low and lifting high.
 Asking and trusting, hoping, and longing, 
 the waiting and wondering begin. 

 

The Three, Women of Christmas

Upcoming Project

It’s going to be quiet here for a bit.

I’m half way through a project that is close to my heart. I have taught the Women of Christmas in a verbal storytelling form for several years.  

Now I’m taking all of my notes and research and writing their stories down in a Christmas devotional.

 

I’ll mix in a little poetry and a lot of prose as I tell the stories of these three special women – Anna, Elizabeth and Mary.

I love that Jesus loves women and I love that they are instrumental in His coming to Earth.

I hope to have this little chapbook ready to go by the first of November, Lord willing.

I have a lovely artist friend who is designing the cover and I hope to have print and ebook editions available.

Hold me in prayer when you think if me. 💗

Glory Over Everything

The Dance

Happy Monday!  It is crisp and clear here in Northwest PA and most of us are about to watch the glorious dance of letting go.

 

The air is crisp, as the dance begins

The dance of letting go,

ebbing into color,

a glorious sunset in the trees.

 

Glory, turns to fade,

they cling to the familiar,

a twisting, a turning, a wrangling to stay.

 

The winds of change will win,

bringing bittersweet release.

 

The wild finale

floating

twirling

a falling to the earth

 

The place where death, becomes new life.

 

 

Glory Over Everything

Morning Coffee

I have been on a treasure hunt these last few months, choosing to find God’s Glory in every small thing.  It truly is a choice, to choose praise over panic, delight over dejection.  I recommend it, it does a work in the heart that is slow and good.

One delight I wake to each morning is my morning cup of coffee.  I wakes me nice and slow and is truly a gift from God.

 

May you never drink your morning cup the same.  🙂

 

Morning Coffee

 

The glass pot is worn, golden

it sits waits each morning,

my faithful friend

 

I pour the water,

scoop beans, grown from trees,

picked by human hands

 

I grind the beans,

until they look like dirt, rich and brown

a planting, a growing of courage for the day

 

I watch as the hot water pours,

taking bits of the bean with it,

soaking in their taste, their flavor

 

As if magic has taken place,

steaming toffee colored liquid

drops into the pot,

 

drip

by

drip

 

I stand waiting, watching,

waking to the day,

a slow waking is what I like best

 

At last my cuppa is ready,

I curl up in my chair,

wrapped in my fuzzy robe

 

Holding it close to my chest,

a steaming cup of liquid gold

I breath it in, sip it slow

 

Its energy warms me,

wakes me, soothes me,

this simple comfort found in a cup.

 

 

Glory Over Everything

Selah

We are living in times where we feel discouraged and out of control on so many levels. This is a perfect opportunity to remind ourselves, to take moment, Selah, To Pause in His Presence. In those moments we recognize that He is our Shield, He is our Glory, He is the Lifter of Our Head.

But You, O Lord are a shield for me
My glory and the One who lifts up my head Psalm 3:3

 

Selah

I wake and press my feet onto the cool morning floor

What does the day hold?

 

Will I laugh with joy?

Will tears fall?

Will rage rise, or sorrow come?

 

Will I see the unjust,

unwanted and unaware?

 

Will I hear of suffering,

neglect, the cry of the forgotten?

 

Will I wade through lies,

twisted truths and propaganda?

Will sickness suddenly come?

 

The sun begins to rise, questions loom as fog,

I whisper a prayer.

 

I pause in His presence, Selah

 

The quiet purrs in my ears,

no words are spoken, no answer comes

 

A head bent low, must lift

I see the sun in all of its glory, a new day begins