Wishing You a Merry and Blessed Christmas

I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Merry and Blessed Christmas. Things have been chaotic over here for the past several months, so you might have noticed that I’ve been a little quieter than usual. After a long battle with cancer, my mom passed away on November 1st. We were told way back in the Spring that she was nearing the end, but she bounced back again and again until the Lord was finally ready to welcome her home.

Just before she passed away, I got sick. It’s been over three weeks now and I’m still not sure what’s causing my pain. Most days it’s excruciating. The doctors have run some tests, but no one seems to have any answers quite yet, so I’m taking a bit of a sabbatical I guess you could say. I pray it’s nothing more than a flu that’s lingering on.

Looking forward to the new year, I got to thinking about the book of Hebrews and what an interesting study that book would be. I think there’s a lot to unpack in that book, and so I’m excited to start digging in. As soon as I get more details on that, I’ll definitely share there with you. 🙂

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I also wanted to share this…

A few weeks ago an amazing book found its way to my desk, and shortly thereafter this book found its way to my heart. It’s written by Brenda Jacobson, a name that might be familiar to you, as her sister-in-law Lisa Jacobson was a regular contributor on this blog just a few years ago.

Like Lisa, Brenda enjoys a good cup of coffee, and just like Lisa, she has the unique ability to capture my heart with her words.

Brenda’s book, Something to Stand on is like a family meeting between you and the Lord. It’s a place where you meditate on God’s Word, reflect on your fears and concerns as a parent, and seek answers according to His will.

This workbook is jam-packed with encouragement, parenting tips, and fuel for personal growth. One of my favorite parts is what Brenda refers to as “Rocket Prayers.” These one-line prayers, sprinkled throughout the book, help to keep us in constant communication with God.

Prayers like, “Lord, I give you control of my mind,” and “Lord, give me self-control so I can live an honest life,”  Remind us how important it is to carefully choose and exercise our thoughts.

Regardless of how old your children might be, this book is the perfect companion for anyone who desires to parent with purpose.

Pick up a copy today at Amazon.com


• Cultivate self-awareness and improve self-control
• Learn to hear from God and surrender to his will
• Deal with pain from your past
• Teach your children healthy obedience
• Empower your children to thrive as adults


• Personal reflection questions
• Attainable action steps
• Brief, easy-to-remember prayers
• Detailed tips for teaching the principles to your children

Find out more about Something to Stand on at Amazon.com.

Visit Brenda Jacobson’s blog at Somethingtostandon.com
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  • Athena Seaberry-Isaac

    Merry Christmas, Darlene!

    I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well. I pray God’s healing power upon your life, and that you have a speedy recovery.

    God bless you!


  • Dacie

    Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas as well! I pray God’s healing over you. By His stripes you WERE healed. Peace be upon your body in Jesus’ name. Sending love your way. ❤️

  • Kathy

    Oh Darlene, praying for your heart’s comfort after the passing of your dear mom. Did you know she passed away on All Saints Day? May that bring you comfort too. Also praying for your health, may your doctors realize just what you need so you can be strong and active again. Blessed Christmas to you, Darlene!

  • Shirley

    I’m so sorry to read all of what your going through. I’m also sad to learn of your mom’s passing. My prayers are with you for healing.
    You have helped get through some anxious times and I thank you for it.
    Take all the time you need to get healthy and I will be here for your return,,
    God Bless you

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