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I saw her at the stop light today.  She reached up and took the Bluetooth headset off from her ear as she turned toward the neighborhood.  She looked tired from a day at the office and ready to be home.  Home!  I began to wonder about her home.  Would there be little children running to meet her, “Mommy! Mommy!”  Would they jump into her arms and smother her with kisses and give her their little bear hugs?  Or would home be a place where a teenager lived and needed his mother to comfort him from something that happened at the High School today?  Would she walk into the loving arms of a husband and friend?  Would she smell the fragrance of the beef stew she had put into the crock-pot this morning before she left for work?  Or, did she not have time and had to stop by the chicken or pizza place on the way home to have a meal for the family dinner tonight?   Did she know Jesus?  I wondered.  I hoped all these things for her.  I hoped that she found a peaceful place when she walked into her home this evening.  I hoped she had little children that came running to greet her.  I hoped she even had a teenager that needed her.  I hoped she had a loving relationship with her husband.  And I sure hoped she knew Jesus, the best friend of all.  There is no place like home, especially if you have these things and if Jesus is welcomed there. 

Be thankful for your home.  Make it the best place it can possibly be.  Pray that peace and joy reign there.  Make sure that laughter is heard more often than not by the walls of your home.  And, when tears must be shed, make sure that love surrounds the one that is shedding them.  Make sure your home is a sanctuary where the members of your family can come and lay down all the cares from today and feel safe and loved. 

May God bless each of your homes this evening with His presence. 

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A few days ago the “ghost” of Christmas Past came through my house and this is what it found.  Oh my!  We always have a good time at Christmas.  Since these pictures were taken, Keith, Mother and Daddy have gone on to their reward.  I am so happy that I enjoyed these times with them and that I have the memories.  It helps them to live on.  It’s also hard to believe that Nathaniel and Danelle have grown up so fast.  Yes, that really is true to all of you young mothers and fathers out there.  You really do say, “Where did the time go? It seem like just yesterday they were kids”.  I pray you have a blessed Christmas and that you make some wonderful memories with your family and friends.

 p.s. The Hurst side will come later.  The “ghost” hasn’t found all of those pictures yet.

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Charles Swindoll wrote this in “Growing Wise in Family Life” and I think it is well worth repeating here.  This is so true!

What’s the atmosphere like in your home these days?…Are you in danger of raising a “hurried child?”  Capture some time this week and take an honest look at the quality of childhood your family lifstyle is providing for your little ones.  What will be memorable to your kids when they, as adults, look back on the early years?  Will it all seem like a marathon?  Have you allowed television to snatch up much of your children’s unscheduled minutes…and hours?

Seeking God’s wisdom, ask yourselves, “What can we do as mom and dad to encourage our kids to enjoy being kids.”  Are you creating an atmosphere of relaxation and flexibility…or do the words hurry and rigidity better characterize your home?  Any plans for a relaxed family vacation in the works?…As you plan, remember that childhood is an infinitely precious commodity.  Your children will only grow up once. 

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