Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Family ties. They can bind, all right. Strangulate in some cases. With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, family members aren’t far from our thoughts.

For myself, I’m grateful for a rich family heritage. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy writing about various family dynamics. I find them strange and fascinating. Some family dynamics are painful, others annoying. Nonetheless, it begs the question: What constitutes a family?

Families don’t have to be solely blood relation. Many of us have “church families,” and “work families.” The latter is not surprising, as we spend so much time at our jobs and with our coworkers.

But I think what’s important at Christmastime is the aspect of giving. Times are tough and everyone’s wallet seems emptier this year—mine included. However, consider giving a gift of your time, like two hours, perhaps, to a harried mom in your church family who would thankfully take a little time away from the kids. Or spend an afternoon with an elderly person in your life who could use a bit of help around the house—or just good company.

In our busy world each minute seems already claimed before it even ticks by. However, reprioritizing could free up those precious moments that would cheer another person or make an unforgettable and happy memory. Christmas is, after all, about giving. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NASB).

What a precious gift!

How about you? What about the dynamics within your family, whether or not you family is blood relation? What can you give those you love this year that won’t cost a fortune but might improve someone else’s life? These questions are so very relevant as Christmas draws near.

Merry Christmas!

Look for my latest releases online or at your favorite bookstore. Books make fabulous Christmas gifts.

(Historical fiction with romance)
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