Christmas Charity, Susan’s novella, is out!

Hi friends! I’m thrilled to let you know that my newest book has just come out. Here’s a little more about it. Anne Greene, multi-published, award-winning author, said, “This truly delightful novella goes straight to the reader’s heart. I love the Irish traditions and the family interactions. Susan Hawkins’ difficulties as a stepmother are real […]

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

In just a few days it’s Christmas. You are likely getting ready for Christmas morning, finishing all the last-minute details of wrapping, cooking, and maybe even still shopping. Your house is probably decorated and the music you are playing is likely Christmas songs. You have to admit, this time of year is truly magical. One of […]

A Baby Changes Everything

It’s been a fun week with a two year old, a four year old, and an eight month old in the house. Our home is happy and busy, loud and cheery, and definitely full of life. Those three babies have changed everything in our house! We’ve moved furniture and knickknacks. We baby proofed and put […]

Face-to-Face

In just a few days, my three adorable granddaughters will be coming for Christmas. It’s been over six months since I’ve held them and giggled with them and seen them face-to-face. And although Skype and texting keep us connected, the personal, skin-to-skin, eye-to-eye connection has no comparison. As I anticipate their coming and get ready […]

Love Came for Me

As I’ve been decorating and baby proofing my home in eager expectation of my daughter, son-in-law, and three sweet granddaughters coming all the way from South Africa, I crank the Christmas music and enjoy the season. But more than the touching and cheery tunes, I hear some profound lyrics in many of the songs of the […]

The Twelve Prayers of Christmas

Merry Christmas! Here’s a twist on the “12 Days of Christmas” song as my gift to you. For the first prayer of Christmas my good Lord gave to me: A prayer of peace for all of God’s world. For the second prayer of Christmas my good Lord gave to me: Two eyes to see Him […]

10 Commandments for Christmas (Part Five)

How can we apply the 9th and 10th Commandments to our busy American Christmas season? Let’s see. Commandment 9: Don’t lie This is a hard one because it involves, among other things, humility. Often we are expected to buy and exchange gifts that we can’t afford, or we are invited to a multitude of parties […]

10 Commandments for Christmas (Part Four)

How can we apply the 7th and 8th Commandments to our busy American Christmas season? Let’s see. Commandment 7: Don’t commit adultery Really? At first, it was a mystery for me to know how to apply this commandment to Christmas. Of course I’m not going to commit adultery! So how could I fit this into […]

10 Commandments for Christmas (Part Three)

How can we apply the 5th and 6th Commandments to our busy American Christmas season? Let’s see. Commandment 5: Honor your mother and father In a culture that often dishonors parents, how can we teach honor to our children, and how does it apply to Christmas? I had to think long and hard about how […]

10 Commandments for Christmas (Part Two)

How can we apply the 3rd and 4th Commandments to our busy American Christmas season? Let’s see. Commandment 3: Don’t misuse God’s name It’s easy to sing Christmas carols and not even notice what we are singing. The meaning of many of our carols is so full of the truth of God’s amazing gift to […]