And the greatest of these is Love ...

And the greatest of these is Love ...
1 Corinthians 13:13

Love Song - Third Day

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What CHRISTmas Means To Me

As I was watching the parade tonight, I couldn’t help but notice the electricity in the air … the excitement and anticipation. My mind drifted to John 12:12-13 … the crowds gathered in anticipation there, too.  But not to see a Jolly Man in Red or Floats, Bands, Flashing Lights and Dancing. No, they gathered and they waited and they praised THE MAN:  Jesus. I AM. THE MESSIAH. JEHOVAH. The list goes on and on, but, to me, He is my Creator, my Savior, my rock & my fortress … HE IS my foundation.

Christmas is a lot of different things to people.
 I’m not being judgmental; this is what Christmas means to me! 
When I think of Christmas, this is what I think of …


“Christmas is for the children” ~ well, yes, if you consider each of us children of the Heavenly Father. It’s not just for children of a chronological age; however. CHRIST is for everyone, everywhere, of every age.

“Christmas is about seeing Santa and getting gifts” ~ now that one, I have a difficult time with. It actually upsets me to hear someone say this. If a ‘child’ is old enough to understand the concept of “SANTA” and believe in his magic, that ‘child’ is old enough to be introduced to the gospels of Jesus. After all, the ONLY reason for Christmas, IS JESUS!

If you use symbolisms and comparisons, in my mind, it goes something like this:

Santa is the giver of gifts: you ask; you believe; he delivers.
Well, that’s ok, I suppose … but I’d rather ask God because HE REALLY DELIVERS!

First, the gift HE gave to us, we didn’t ask for … HE GAVE freely. 
That ‘gift’ is His son that came to Earth in flesh, lived a sinless life, and died a horrific death for no other reason that for you and me to have everlasting life eternally in His kingdom. 
What do we have to do receive this gift? BELIEVE! (John 3:16)
That is THE GIFT … the only one that matters.

When I hear people talking about gifts, I think of presence and not presents
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus and it is His presence that gives us love, hope, life! 
By no other name shall we be saved than by HIS name! (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:13)

To me, it’s not about buying gifts and stressing and parties … CHRISTMAS is sacred.
I don’t need anything; all of my needs are met. I don’t even want for anything. I have more than a lot of people, less than a lot of people, and certainly more than I need! I am blessed in my life with exactly what I have! (Philippians 4:11)

Christmas … CHRIST’s Mass

Christmas … Jesus is the ONLY reason for this holiday, whether it’s observed on December 25th or January 7th or anytime thereabout, in between, or at all. 
You simply cannot truly celebrate it without first acknowledging its meaning and believing in Jesus because it is the celebration of HIS birth
I think we need to refocus our gratitude and praise and celebrations of this glorious event back to where they belong. It’s not a secular holiday; it is a religious celebration that, over the years, has become a secular holiday.

Another gathering that I thought of as I watched tonight wasn’t as festive for those that believe. (Matthew 27:27-55) And I asked myself: ‘If this were a parade for Jesus, I wonder how many of these same people would be here ... standing out in the freezing weather, babies wrapped up, kids watching, parents waiting … for glimpse of Him?”

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I know this ...

 ...we can then pray wholeheartedly for our friend's happiness, secure in the knowledge that God is going to fulfill all our needs (not necessarily all our wants), and we don't have to depend on a person to do it. We can say with our whole being, "I love you, and there are no strings. I just want to be around to support you in whatever way you and the Lord want me to. I want to pray for you, share your burdens and be involved in your life because I love you, but I'm not expecting anything from you. I simply and truly want to see you happy and fulfilled." That is the pursuit of agape love. That is serving rather than being served, and loving rather than being loved...

I believe that I may be one of a rare few, but I know this type of love. It is unconditional and sacrificial. It can't be controlled and it's not something you 'do' ... it's a part of who you are. 

I was once told that 'unconditional love' doesn't exist; I am here to say that it does! 

It is beautiful ... pure and raw and passionate and absolutely complete. 
It is selfless.
I believe that is where my friend sees a boundary ... it's not easy to give up your own personal agenda and selfish ways for someone else. But, it does happen!
When it 'is' ~ you can't control it ... it simply 'is'

I never thought this type of love was real; I thought it was only in movies: Gus & Clara in 'Lonesome Dove' or Captain & Lucia in 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' ...  but I was proven incorrect in the time it takes for an elevator to ding!
and I thank God every day for that wonderful, unexpected, priceless gift!! 

I know that no matter the number of days I grace this marvelous planet, I have experienced what few ever do~and I am humbled by it, blessed, and eternally grateful!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tori is a SENIOR!!!

Tori Shannon Turk
Cass High School 
Class of 2014'

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I turned 45 on 3/21 ~ and I told my daughter that this was may last 'upward' birthday ... see, next year I'm going to start the reverse process: I'm going to go backwards and try to reach '0' again!
Yessss ~ I hope to be a teenager again and then my daughter, who's now 17, can take care of me!!
I love birthdays! Thanks to Breast Cancer, I celebrate each one with pride and gratitude! I made it another year ... It's a VICTORY celebration!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Bright Side

Live Today ~ tomorrow will never get here!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity." -Soren Kierkegaard