Turning the Page

Wow. I can’t believe we’re already at this point. 2016 is a day away. This year has been a whirlwind. Great surprises, deep dives, epic escalades and such. 2015 has been one of the most challenging, traumatic, amazing, risky, exciting years I have ever experienced. I have a lot of new memories in this year. New experiences. New challenges. Real discoveries. What a wonderful year. I have cried, hollered, laughed, screamed, danced, smiled, and created so much stuff. Trying out for American Idol and The Voice was a great accomplishment. Stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting so many people has been wonderful. I have realized so much. God has been my anchor. He has kept me grounded. I won’t make a New Year’s Resolution but my goal is always to thrive, learn, and excel in all that God blesses me with. Have a prosperous new year everyone!
From: Shantel

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‘Tis the Season

We know that it’s that time of year.
Smiles on their faces.
Hearts filled with cheer.
A new dawn has come.
Laugh everyone.
It’s time to celebrate.
Extinguish the hate.

‘Tis the season to be jolly.
Fall on your knees.
Worship the King.
Pursue Him like the three wise men.
Love and joy will He extend.

When younger we thought all about the gifts.
And boy, would we laugh at all the myths.
Like, “Santa came down our chimney so fast.”
Yeah right, the chimney we never had.
But hearts were set free.
A family were we.
Had ups and downs.
Even dressed like clowns.

The peaking through doors to spot a big gift.
The wrestle of wrapping a pogo stick.
The reruns of holiday movies and shows.
The chill down my spine when hit with snow.

The smiles on the faces.
The warm, sweet embraces.
The joy in our souls.
The heat when it’s cold.
These are the moments I cherish so dear.
Tis the season for love everywhere.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
-Matthew 2:10,11 NLT

β™‘Happy Birthday Cadenβ™’

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Invisible Wounds

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. (NLT) -Psalm 147:3

Wounds are no longer visible to others when they heal. However, the memories and emotions remain. Without knowing, our words can sting vulnerable spots where wounds have previously healed. We should always try hard to be mindful and encouraging. In other words, master the art of exhortation. Encourage others today, and remember that God heals your wounds if you so accept.

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