Here we are again… time for Five Minute Friday! It’s one of my favorite things to do each week. Many of us free-write on a one-word prompt, we gather at Kate Motaung’s place to share and encourage, and we invite you to join us. It’s freeing to let your mind go on one word and see where it takes you! Feel free to try it… on your own blog, in the comments below, or on a piece of paper at your kitchen table. I’d love for you to join the fun!

This week’s word:




“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

“Have yourself a merry little Christmas.”

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

“Walking in a winter wonderland.”

“Silent night, holy night.”

I love the Christmas season.

But I recognize there’s some of us who do not. I understand that full well. Nine years ago instead of celebrating the season five days before Christmas, we were burying my mother. The last thing I felt like doing was having myself “a merry little Christmas.”

That year, however, the reason to celebrate the Christmas season became very real to me. That year, even through my grief and heartache, Jesus’ birth, His life, His death, and His resurrection became the sweetest gifts to me. Because Mom accepted the gift of life Jesus offered, I knew she wasn’t dead. She was alive and home with Him in heaven.

And I’ll get to see her again someday.

Christmas became a season of hope.

Season of hopeGone were the frivolous and materialistic parts of Christmas, and what took center stage was the true meaning of the holiday.

I may not know your situation, and I certainly don’t want to come off as being insensitive. I’m praying Jesus meets you right where you’re at this season. If you’re celebrating, I’m celebrating with you. If you’re struggling, I’m right there with you. Friend, Jesus is with you too.

I pray this Christmas season is one full of hope for us all.



I wish you and yours a hope-filled Christmas!

Much love,


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