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Grace Delivered in the Birth of Christ (Merry Christmas!)

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”  Luke 2:11 The Good News! Grace has been delivered in the Babe. The Prince of Peace. The Lamb of God.  The

Posted in Christmas, Hope, Jesus Christ

Jesus Reigns in Our Mess (A Christmas Confession) #AdventReflections

I expected this Christmas to be different. I planned for this Christmas to be different. To be quieter … simpler … slower.  And then life kicked in with a vengeance. The busyness of the holidays — no, my own ideas

Posted in Advent Reflections, Christmas, Daily Living, Jesus Christ

Messy Is Real, but One Day Only Beauty Will Remain #AdventReflections

It’s all messy, but one day only beauty will remain. This is the week serene images of the first Christmas will be displayed everywhere. They will feature Mary, the mother of Jesus, Joseph the Christ-child’s adoptive father, shepherd and wise

Posted in Advent Reflections, Christmas, Jesus Christ, One Thousand (or more) Gifts, Redemption

The Joy of Christmas (yours year-round, even when circumstances are anything but joyful)

It’s not about us. Not really. We like to think it is. We like to think being happy and content is about us and how things are playing out in our lives. If-Only Lies If only our neighbor would quit …

Posted in Christmas, Hope, Jesus Christ, joy

There Is Always Room For You (Merry Christmas!)

“there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 NASB For me, Christmas is filled with family, laughter and love. No matter how many are coming, we are always welcome. That may not be the case for you.

Posted in Blessings, Christmas, Salvation

You Can Rest; Your Best has Already Been Secured

A special welcome to all the “Living at My Best” listeners! What a thrill to be on Donna Woolam’s radio show! (Click on the link above to listen.) Equally thrilling is to have you pop over to my site for a visit. 

Posted in Christmas, giveaway, Grace, Jesus Christ, One Thousand (or more) Gifts

O Holy Night – the Greatest Story: Merry Christmas!

The Christmas Story by Virginia Blanck Moore Such common things of everyday Like lowing cattle, fragrant hay Stars flung across a velvet sky, And shepherds watching night go by. Such common things, and yet they hold The greatest story ever

Posted in Christmas, Hope, Worship

That Silent Night: Perhaps It Was Not So Silent (song of joy) #shortburstsofencouragement

Perhaps it is the opening stanzas of “Silent Night”: Silent night, Holy night, All is calm, all is bright; maybe it is merely tradition. Whatever it is, we usually think of the Savior’s birth as one of peace and calm and relative

Posted in Christmas, joy, Short Bursts of Encouragement, Worship

When You Wonder If God Tires of Listening: Promise of Christmas

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11 My weary body screamed for rest, but here in front of me sat my son, recently back from

Posted in Christmas, God, God's attributes, Prayer, Relationship

Messy and Noisy Christmases Are Beautiful Too #shortburstsofencouragement

I love images and displays of the nativity: the peaceful manger scene of mom, dad, and baby. A bright star shining down on a stable where cattle lay softly lowing, a donkey nibbling hay, and sheep baaing their welcome—a picture of warmth and

Posted in Christmas, Perspective

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Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's BLESSINGS to get lost in its HAPPENINGS. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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