Too many people live their lives with the burden of guilt.  But "Restoring the Joy" reminds us to drop this guilt where it belongs... at the foot of the cross. My hope is that my blog provides a one-stop place to find a message that will speak to your heart.

                                                                                         -Christine          

February 2, 2020

There he goes again. Must be hungry. Wake up, Mom.

But by the time I sat up and reached over to scoop up our newborn son, the little fellow was sound asleep. Over the next five hours his rustlings and squeaks and grunts kept me alert to his possible needs. Except for on...

January 25, 2020

“Mom, I’m gonna really miss you!”

How many times have I heard that phrase? Usually it was when one of my children was stretching our connecting cord… off to college or to another part of the world. But this time I was the one leaving. I was the moving end of the cord. I...

January 19, 2020

“I’m sorry, but we don’t have the size of car you reserved. I only have cars three grade levels higher. We do have some nice SUVs on the lot.”

“But we got such a good deal online. And we really don’t want to pay the cost of that bigger car. After all we need it for thre...

January 12, 2020

“I need to ask you something, Mrs. V.” Tears threatened to brim over as his eyes searched mine.

“My goodness! What’s wrong, Felix?”

This was a young man I had had in eighth grade two years before and who was now one of my high school students. We had always had a good re...

January 5, 2020

“I don’t think we should move her. Let’s call the doctor and see if he’ll come to the house.”

My parents were obviously very worried about the severe abdominal pain I was having and how sick I was. Even in the early 1960’s it was unusual for doctors to make house calls....

December 28, 2019

Finally everything was quiet. The guests for Carrie Anne’s baptism had gone home, and we could get that much needed rest.

And then that baby cried.

Another night walking the floor with our little girl who couldn’t be readily comforted except when she was rocked and held...

December 24, 2019

The brilliant light from the angels is gone.

The shepherds make haste on their way

The Savior is born, to the stable they run

To find the child who is Christ the Lord.

A young shepherd boy who hurries along

Wonders aloud and his father he asks:

“Who is this baby and what wil...

December 22, 2019

“What’s she doing with that camel?” We all were wondering silently about our friend’s choice to put the camel in the stable right where the Baby Jesus would eventually go.

It’s our family’s tradition, when all of our adult children are finally gathered together for our...

December 15, 2019

“Mom, what do we DO with all of this?”

My young children whispered their overwhelmed anxiety as they took in the array of china, silver, and crystal in front of each of them. Our family had been invited to a fancy wedding reception, children included. I knew they would...

December 8, 2019

“That person certainly has been in that bathroom for a long time. I don’t know how much longer I can wait!”

“Are you sure there’s someone in there?”

“Well, the sign above the handle said ‘OCCUPIED’ when I went over there a few minutes ago. And I haven’t seen anyone come...

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