Friday, December 13, 2013

Blessings Come in Little Packages

When I accepted a position working for the preschool at our church this September, never did I realize how this would change my life.

Imagine 18 children between the ages of 3 and 5, gathered around tables in a small room to eat lunch and have "quiet time." Can you hear it? The loud voices, the laughter?

The children bring their lunches and boy is that fun. So many containers to open amid calls of "Miss Carol, Miss Carol! Can you open this?"

After lunch, the task is to convince the children to lay down on their individual cots for "quiet time." Yeah, right! It's taken a while, but most times we are successful. Since some of the children do not take naps at home, we have started showing a short movie, mostly Veggie Tales. This is a good way to get them to rest for a half-hour (as required by state regulations).

By the time they line up to go back to class, I'm a little tired myself.

The blessing I have received is in learning each child's individual personality and needs. When I see their beautiful smiles, feel their hugs, and hear them call my name excitedly as they come to lunch, or wave goodbye as they go to class in the afternoon, my heart is filled to overflowing.

Today we had a surprise visit from Santa. He was in the Narthex waiting for the preschoolers to arrive, as was I, when a little girl saw him and ran up to give him a hug. I just had to snap the picture. God led me to this job when I was lost in grief, not knowing what to do with my empty days after my husband's death. I had prayed for comfort and healing. I've received that and so much more from spending a couple hours a day in the midst of these wonderful children.

"Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.' " Matthew 19:13-14

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127:3

Thank you for visiting and reading my devotions! You are a blessing to me.
I love writing about children. If you love children, you might be interested in reading "Lighting the Tree", a Christmas story about a woman who puts a package under her unlit tree every year, hoping to be reunited with her daughter.

Brenda Davis is resigned to climbing into bed and shutting out thoughts of happy family gatherings. Twenty-four years ago she gave her baby up for adoption. Every year since, she’s placed a present under an unlit Christmas tree, waiting until the time they can be reunited. It’s Christmas Eve, and Brenda’s heart is heavy for she’s going to spend it alone—again.
But her friend, Dave Kingsdale, has other plans. He convinces Brenda to go to dinner with him. What he doesn’t tell her is that dinner will be at his parents’ home. For a long time, the widower has been longing to tell Brenda he wants more than friendship from her. What he doesn’t know is that she has the same feelings for him. And what neither of them know is a Christmas miracle is about to happen—delivered by an unlikely Santa.

Friday, December 6, 2013

To Everything There is a Season

We are expecting a storm with rain changing to snow with a threat of 4-6 inches to accumulate over the next day and a half. Immediately I began mentally taking stock of food which would see me through if I should get snowed in. I'll have to put away the garden wagon and get out the snow shovel. This snow may be very wet, which means the leaf blower will not clear the walk and drive. It'll take muscle power.

I really don't mind the snow. I'm from an area where snowfall would exceed 12 inches any time between November and March. I love the white stuff. This morning I saw a beautiful cardinal sitting on a barren tree branch. The red color appeared vibrant against the gray background and sky. One of the most gorgeous sights in winter is a cardinal perched on a snow-laden tree.

Yes, winter is closing in. I'm anticipating longer days and nights spent indoors with my fingers on the keyboard. This month I'm finalizing edits on JOSHUA'S HOPE, which will be available soon on Amazon and Smashwords. The second book in the HAVENS CREEK series is well underway, but has been put on hold until after the first of the year. Stories require immersing our minds and souls into the words to create a world where our characters come to life and readers are whisked away to join them. Sometimes grief still grabs me and I lose the momentum needed to create. Thus, to do justice to my writing, I have to allow myself the necessary down-time for healing.

God reminds us there is a season and a time for every purpose in this time we spend on earth.

Ecclesiastes 3:4-8 "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Thank you for taking time to read my devotions and posts here on Story and Logic from Christian Authors. I have two Christmas shorter reads available on Amazon and other ereader sites for only $.99 LIGHTING THE TREE and COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS. Read more about these and my other books and get links by visiting my website and clicking the "Books" tab. God bless you and keep you!