“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

Can you imagine young, innocent Mary, confronted with the question that is posed to all of us – will you serve the Lord? Will you accept what He gives? Will you gladly submit to His will for you?

God calls each of us to something – to be a mother, an employee, a spouse, a single person, a writer, a baker, a musician, a lawyer, a plumber, a teacher, an accountant, and on and on. Sometimes he calls us to hard things – illness, job loss, a broken heart, sadness. Through all of it, He calls us to follow Him. What is He calling you to do today? Whatever it is, do it with all you have, because this is the task He has given you.

Recipes

You may have picked up on the fact that I love Christmas food (this may be an understatement). The stretch from Thanksgiving to New Years is a great excuse to pull out baking and candy-making skills. The great thing is there is something for everyone, whether you have a degree in Julia Childs or just in opening a cake mix. One of the easiest and most fool-proof things that I make is candy bark. Basically, you can pick your favorite chocolate and add in whatever combination of sweet and salty sounds good to you. One of my favorites is to melt three bags of white chocolate chips with a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and then combine with craisins and pistachios. Spread it out on a sheet pan and let it harden before you break it by hand into pieces. It’s that easy!

Traditions

I can’t get enough of Christmas music. We are very involved in our church’s music ministry, and this is my favorite time of the year for church music. There are so many beautiful and inspiring arrangements of new and familiar songs. But there are also some silly Christmas songs too. This is one of my favorites. Remember, folks, this is satire! Laugh and enjoy!

 

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