Phyllis' Blog

Moments and experiences come and go so quickly, and often we fail to see them for their value in our lives. We don’t take time to ponder them and take a second look at them. I believe to find the wonder in the world, we should be taking a second look at simple things. That’s what I like to blog about – those plain, every-day, nondescript moments that can delight us if we but look.

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS! YOUR LAST CHRISTMAS?

Advent is about waiting, and waiting comes with so much anticipation. But Christmas is that time when God rewards our waiting and our anticipation with THE VERY BEST GIFT—HIMSELF! He is always more than we could have anticipated. We have only to look at Christmas cards and nativity scenes to know that somewhere along the…

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The Sacred and Profane

Christmas is here again, and I’m so enjoying it. Getting out my time-worn, favorite decorations, setting the table with Christmas dishes, and the greenery on the mantle all have great appeal to me. And besides all that, when else do men wear socks that make me giggle or women wear red sweaters that jingle when…

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WHAT ARE YOU GETTING JESUS FOR HIS BIRTHDAY?

When we’re children, we get some interesting notions as we’re learning how to live in this world. Sometimes, those notions stick with us even as we become adults. I had such a notion. When I was taught that Christmas was Jesus’ birthday, my first thought was that Jesus must get a heaping pile of birthday…

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Heaven? A Never-ending November

We’ve barely heard the last Fourth of July firecracker before the stores are putting out plastic pumpkins and Halloween costumes and lining the aisles with Christmas tinsel and silk greenery. I have to fight the urge to stand at the Customer Service desk, and in a paint-peeling scream yell, “What in the name of these…

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STEPS AND STORIES

Since moving to the Texas Hill Country, only two things keep me from seeing the sunrise – I’m either not at home, or there is a cloud curtain of gray hiding the gold and coral shimmer of daybreak. And not many things keep me from a daily walk through these hills either. Our summertime early…

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TO EVERYTHING, THERE IS A SEASON . . .

In my last blog, I wrote about September and the anticipation of autumn it brings. Today, I write about what comes with October—not just any October, but this October. You see, I’ve been waiting on this particular October for many months now. This October brings the reward for several years of diligent, passionate, hard work.…

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