Stop & Think: December 31, 2019

New Year’s Eve Someone asked me when is my birthday? The poet inside me replied, “My birthday is on the last day of the year, It’s 31st December my dear!” (Anamika Mishra, author from India) That’s an interesting way to look at New...

Stop & Think: December 30, 2019

Looking Back What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. (Zig Ziglar, late motivational speaker) We’re approaching the end of the year, and some of us are beginning to think of our...

Stop & Think: December 29, 2019

Friendship A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist) How many “friends” do you have on Social Media? Are they really friends? Would you feel free to share...

Stop & Think: December 28, 2019

Priceless Gifts Life, love, and laughter—what priceless gifts to give our children. (Phyllis Campbell) The gifts we gave our kids a few days ago may be broken or forgotten by now, but as Campbell points out there are those “priceless gifts” that...

Stop & Think: December 27, 2019

Christmas Joy Dear God, Though Christmas Day passed, the reason we celebrate Christmas continues every day. (Source unknown) The prayer continues: “Your gift of love, grace, and mercy to us is never ending. Thank you that we count on that every...

Stop & Think: December 26, 2019

The Day After Three phrases that sum up Christmas: Peace on Earth, Good will to Men, and Batteries Not Included. (English proverb, from a Norman Rockwell calendar) We may laugh at it, but if you don’t have the right batteries on Christmas...

Stop & Think: December 25, 2019

Christmas I heard the bells on Christmas Day / Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet / The word repeat / Of peace on earth, good-will to men! (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) In many parts of the western world, steeple bells will ring...

Stop & Think: December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness . . .  (George F. McDougall, 19th century seaman in the Royal Navy) McDougall continues, “. ...

Stop & Think: December 23, 2019

Christmas Eve Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. (George W. Truett, late Baptist pastor) Truett continues, “He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all...

Stop & Think: December 22, 2019

Worship Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts. (Max Lucado, pastor and author) As we begin this Christmas week, our thoughts often go to that...

Stop & Think: December 21, 2019

Giving You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. (Amy Carmichael, late missionary to India) It’s the giving season, and our mailboxes are full of pleas for financial help for innumerable worthy causes. Jesus said, “It’s...

Stop & Think: December 20, 2019

Happiness [Happiness] is not determined by our circumstances but by our responses to them. (Source unknown) America’s first “First Lady,” Martha Washington put it this way, “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our...

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