Set Your Intentions

Today is the first of the month, and not just any month. Today is the first day of December. During this time of year, most people settle into a frenzy of shopping, house hoping, and going from one activity to the next. Not me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this time of year! I enjoy all the bright Christmas lights. I love the simple reminder about the miraculous baby who came as Savior of the world. I love Christmas songs, children roasting s’mores over the fire pit, lighting the fire place for the first time, eating well, and wearing warm fuzzy socks as I watch classic Christmas movies.

However, I do not enjoy all the noise, and the hustle and bustle we have made of things. When the rest of America goes into a frenzy, I take December to be still—pause, reflect, and pray.

December is the time to reflect on the goodness of God, and thank Him for who He is, what he has done for our salvation, and all the blessings he has bestowed over the year. It is also a time to set my intentions for the next year.

Notice: I set my intentions. I do not make New Year’s Resolutions.

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A Leader’s Gift of Hospitality

One evening I was hosting leadership training. For several of the women on the mentoring team, this was their first time visiting my home. Upon arrival, one of the ladies said, “Your home is exactly as I thought it would be.” I smiled.

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Hope for the Holidays

For various reasons, the holidays can be a difficult time for many people. Because she knows about surviving hardships and difficulties, fellow Redbud, Elisabeth Klein, has offered encouragement for all those who are hurting for the holidays. Here is her message of hope.
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excerpt from Elisabeth Klein’s Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal

Hope is a tricky concept. If, in the middle of your difficult season, you are pinning your hopes on your circumstances turning around, I would gently caution you.

There are no guarantees in this life.

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