This is about aromatherapy to curb anxiety (and maybe a last-minute Christmas gift idea!)…………………

Unfortunately, in today’s fast paced, highly technical world … stress, worry and anxiety are facts of life and we have become accustomed to feeling stressed 24/7! We are a ‘Stressed-out Nation’ and are dealing with our stress in unhealthy ways! More than half of working adults are NOW concerned with the amount of stress in…

via Stress – How Aromatherapy can combat its Effects — Stress Management 1 dot GA

THIS is the reason for the season!  If we truly understood the meaning of the Incarnation, we would understand a little better the love God has for us (He loved us first!).  From Farewell to Shadowlands……………..

I can understand why some people are atheists. First, there is the hurdle of believing that God actually exists in spite of naturalistic explanations that say otherwise. Second, is the hurdle of believing that God is good in spite of the fact that he allows terrible tragedies and awful evil to unfold. But third is […]

via Unbelievable Love — Farewell to Shadowlands

Hopefully, this article from Counseling One Another will be of help to someone who is struggling at this time of year…………..

Loss comes in many forms: loss through the death of a spouse, child, or other loved one; loss of relationships through conflict, betrayal, estrangement, divorce, or a move across the country; loss of financial security due to business failure, foreclosure, or long-term unemployment; loss of health or personal dreams because of disability or terminal illness.…

via Missing Someone at Christmas — Counseling One Another

OK, time to start binge-watching!  And these are family-friendly (no Bad Santas here!)………………

This article is part of a feed from Top 15 Christmas Movies, it is best to read it in its full there. Top 15 Christmas Movies. This is a list of my favorite Christmas movies that I would recommend you watching. Did your favorite Christmas movie make my list? Top 15 Christmas Movies Mickey’s Christmas…

via Top 15 Christmas Movies — Courageous Christian Father

Through some of my own devotions and other things I am reading, I am being reminded of how damaging and self-defeating is an attitude of comparison — whether you lament what you don’t have that others do, or you take prideful pleasure in what you do have that others don’t.  A good article here along those lines from Theology Along the Way………………….

Are there phrases that make you cringe? When you hear them, you get that tingle down your spine as if someone is running nails over a chalkboard. As a parent, few things make me crazier than when I am giving a command to one of my children or having to discipline another, and my child […]

via What Is That To You? You Follow Me — Theology Along the Way

A beautifully written article on the importance of “changing our surroundings” for refreshment, and perhaps a new perspective on God.  From Gentle Reformation……………

I stand alone in the quietness of the pine grove. The hills around this valley setting bring a welcome halt to the noisiness of life from the ridges above. Any sound that manages to find its way down here is muffled by the pine needles above and the bubbling of the small creek beside me.…

via The Wood’s Umbrageous Calm — Gentle Reformation

Click through to get to the full article!  From Dr. Michelle Bengston…………..

Don’t we all desire a more peaceful Christmas? Our peace begins to dwindle from November 1st until the decorations come down sometime in January. Then, continues as the credit card bills start coming in. At the same time our peace evaporates, stress and anxiety rise. What a shame when the reason for the holiday is…

via Ways to Create a More Peaceful Christmas — Dr. Michelle Bengtson