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Blessings to all who visit here!

I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

December 21, 2014

HAPPY, HAPPY HOME

What sort of gifts are you giving to your children or grandchildren this year? Many people spend long hours shopping, during this season, for just the right gift to give loved ones. I used to think that reading was so important, that books were the best gift I could give to my grandchildren. I still like the idea of books just because it’s a family tradition, from my Aunt Grace giving me books, to sitting with Grandpa to read Dutch books. I love books and want to share that love with my little ones.

It’s nice to carry on traditions during the holidays, but an easier gift than even books, yet most valuable gift, is right at our fingertips! Teaching the love of Jesus is a gift that lasts for eternity! The Bible tells us: “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 KJV). So teaching the children the words of God is so important that He instructed the Israelites, specifically, to do this. It was not to be an afterthought!

Jesus even made the point to His disciples, the importance of children. “but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14 ESV). He wasn’t saying that the Kingdom of Heaven would only consist of children, but that we needed to have simple faith, like children do, in order to completely accept Him.

Today, my <3 song is a simple children’s song that my children learned in Sabbath School. We used to sing it in the car driving to and from church every Sabbath, long with several others. It mad the time go faster, but singing those songs also helped reinforce the Christian values and teachings that I wanted to pass on to them.

“With Mommy in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
With Mommy in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home!

With Daddy in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
With Daddy in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home!

With … in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
With … in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home!

With Jesus in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home.
With Jesus in the family.
Happy, happy home.
Happy, happy home!”

Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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