Christmas is speeding toward us. Suddenly the focus is on the long list of things that we need to do. It’s on baking and wrapping and trying to find a bargain. It’s trying to be in five places at once. This year I had an idea. Every day, as Christmas approaches, I’m going to start my day by giving a gift.
The women walk in from the cold to swap hugs and share hellos. We place Christmas treats on the counters and presents under the tree. Before we officially begin the evening, we pause to pray. And my beautiful friend Kelli includes these words, "God, please receive the joyful praises of our laughter. " Those words ring in my ears like sweet bells all night as I listen to giggles, chuckles and outright fits of giddiness. These women, the Apples group at my church, know how to have a good time. And as I reflect on it later I realize that, yes, their laughter sure sounded a lot like praise.
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This morning as I drove into work, I dropped by husband off at work (he is a Rogers postal carrier) and drove into my office. As usual, I turned on the radio to KLRC. Within moments, "Before the Morning" by Josh Wilson came on. This song touched my heart and really connected with me. My mother was diagnosed with cancer just weeks before my wedding this past Labor Day, and since we first learned how serious her condition was in August, we've seen her really struggle with chemo and health conditions that have just plagued her body. Through it all, we've been able to keep our faith in our Lord. Even when I think about all that she's gone through, and all that is to come, I don't know how my mother stays faithful and hasn't become bitter. She has a long, long way to go, and we've had one setback after another. She was originally diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and the doctor refused to remove it for seven weeks. He had no idea that the appendix was full of a rare cancer and during those seven brutal weeks of drain tubes, the cancer was seeding in her colon and lymph nodes.
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WE DID IT!!! Harp Elementary School parents, staff, and the community provided gifts for 174 Angels with 42 of those families getting food boxes. THANK YOU so much for all of your prayers & support. This can not be been done without them. Amazing!! GOD IS GOOD!!!
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G. , of Siloam Springs, and his girlfriend recently got married and are attending church, wanting to get their lives on the right track. They have 6 children between them. His girlfriend had surgery this Fall and missed a lot of work, so they are needing help this year to provide gifts for the kids for Christmas. Please pray for them.
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