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Joy to the World

Twelfth Day of Advent 2013

“…He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” (Acts 14:16b NIV)

Day 6 arrangementChristmas is a time of reflection…a time to look back and see all that God has done for us. He has provided rain for crops so we have food. He has provided jobs, shelter, family, and friends. He has provided the very air we breathe. Even if you lack some or most of these things, God can fill your heart with joy.

Recently, I’ve read testimonies from people who have plenty of sorrow. They have lost their jobs, their homes, and their families. They suffer from cancer. They are paraplegic or quadriplegic, blind, deaf. Yet they are happier and have accomplished more than most who have both health and wealth. What enables the misfortunate to sing God’s praises and capable of achieving their goals?

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas as you prepare for Jesus’ second coming.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Finding Contentment in a Broken Economy

Soul Detox Part 31

 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12 NIV)

???????????????????????????????Last Saturday, my daughters and I got together to celebrate the younger daughter’s birthday. Melinda and I wanted to do something special for Rachel, but because of today’s economy, we’re all pinching pennies. So we decided to have a beauty spa in Rachel’s house. With a wave of a comb and scissors, I turned her kitchen into a hair parlor. I twirled in a circle until I transformed into a stylist. An hour or so later, my daughters felt like princesses with their new layered look.

Next, Melinda converted the living room into a Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks