Friday morning I was too distracted baking cookies for my kids’ school events that I wasn’t aware right away of the horrific and tragic shootings that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. I had sent my own children off to school without any sort of fear that something might happen to them. After all, I was covered in flour on their behalf.
When I saw the news, my heart broke. Shattered. A thousand thoughts went thru my head of the terror that occurred that morning, and the grief that followed for the shocked families, never expecting to send their children to school without having them safely return at the end of the day. And praise for the teachers who heroically shielded their kids and tried to usher them to safety.
It’s hard to wrap my mind around this tragedy, especially knowing so many of the victims were so young and vulnerable. And the only thing I can do for comfort is turn to God. Because I know this for certain: God loves the children. And even though we mourn and we feel pain, anger, sorrow and confusion, those little spirits have been lifted up to a place more glorious than my mind can even fathom. Those children will never feel fear or terror or pain or sorrow ever again. And when I begin to consider their joy, it helps to ease my aching heart.
A lot of people want to know what they can do. We want to do something or say something that can help with the healing. And here is what I would say to that: Pray for healing and comfort for the victims’ families, friends and community, first and foremost. You can also make a donation to support the families and you can find that information by clicking here.
Something else you can do in light of this tragedy: Make amends that need to be made in your own circle. Don’t go another day without saying I’m sorry or saying I love you if those words have been neglected. And show kindness in your community. Even one single, small act of kindness can have a ripple effect to others. Let the memory of those who perished in Newtown be the reason you spread some much-needed love in a broken world. God bless you.
Every year during the Christmas season my family and I tune into your show. The stories you share inspire us, fill us with joy, and remind us just what Christmas is truly about. This year we decided it was time to share our Christmas with you and your audience.
We live nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where there is an abundance of wildlife. One Christmas I was reminded that it's often the pure magic of Christmas that makes life long memories- not the size of the gifts, or the opulence of decorating. After a long day of wrapping, baking and last minute errands, we stumbled in from a Christmas Eve church service. We finally quieted the children and tucked them into bed. As was a ritual, we cracked their windows so they could hear Santa's sleigh bells as he arrived. Santa's helper would venture outside and ring sleigh bells. Always to their delight, my children would spring from their beds to see if they could catch a glimpse of the jolly ol' man. This particular year, we threw open the blinds, "and what to our wondering eyes should appear?" There on a hill behind the house silhouetted against the Christmas sky were 8 male deer with large antlers. They had conveniently lined up in a row as if they had been pulling Santa's sleigh. My children just stood there slack jawed and wide-eyed, this holiday image imprinted on their minds forever. The memories of gifts received are soon forgotten, however this story is always revisited year after year rekindling our Christmas spirit.
What's the holiday story you tell over and over again? Is it a story of the wonder of hearing "Santa's" jingling bells outside your window as a child? Is it a story of the perfect holiday gift that came in the form of your child or grandchild? Is it a story of comedy, the night Christmas dinner was burnt to a crisp? Is it a story of giving, and surprising a needy family with Christmas gifts? Or is it a story of tradition, and hiking two days into the mountains every year to find the perfect Christmas tree?
I love your stories! I use your stories and I share them to spread the Christmas spirit and the magic that makes this time of year so very special. I hope to keep sharing more wonderful stories like Nancy's, so call me at 1-888-633-5452 or email me at D@Delilah.com and tell me yours today.
I’m rummaging through the box thinking, what is this? Then I found a note from my friend Susan and her husband who had visited me the week before. It turns out, they were so excited to hear about my organization, Point Hope, and a particular event we host to spoil teenage foster girls during the holidays, they sent a box of goodies to donate to our event.
The “Teenista” (combining Teen and Fashionista) is a full day event just before Christmas where we invite local foster girls to come and get pampered for a day. The girls can opt to get their hair, makeup and nails done. They get to pick out new clothes and jewelry and makeup and then we take professional photos of them for a keepsake. It’s such a fun event and so rewarding to see the girls’ faces light up as the day goes on.
My friend Susan and her husband really blessed us with this great big box of jewelry for the girls. It’s not that a watch or necklace is going to change a teenager’s life, but hopefully knowing they’re thought of and loved and events were planned in their honor -- could be life changing.
When you give a gift, it’s not really the gift that has value. It’s the thought that goes into it. It’s the love that goes into it. It’s the desire to make someone’s day a little brighter. It doesn’t have to be a wrapped gift, either. You can give groceries to someone in a brown bag and help stock their cupboard. You can read to someone or volunteer to babysit for a single mom. When you give your time to someone, you’re giving your heart. Just a thought.
Snuggle up. Preferably with someone you love.
Drink some hot tea or hot cocoa. Embrace the chill in the air with something warm in your hand!
Send a note or email to someone telling them why you’re thankful for them.
Watch a holiday movie like the Grinch or Polar Express!
Start a “Gratitude List” of all the things you have to be thankful for.
Dig out old jackets, boots and gloves and donate them to the needy.
Try a new soup or stew recipe in the slow cooker.
Go bowling. The holidays are a time for family but it’s also the busiest time of year, so make time with each other now.
Get ahead. Whether it’s greeting cards or gift shopping, start early to avoid getting overwhelmed.
Listen to Christmas songs on the radio!
What’s on your holiday to-do list? How do you portion out the fun so you don’t get overwhelmed? I would love to get (and share) your best holiday tips, so send them to me at D@Delilah.com today!
The election is coming up if you hadn’t noticed by all the additional flyers in your mailbox and political ads during commercial break. It’s election season and people are starting to get very passionate about their views, even on my non-political Facebook page.
I’ve been trying to delete as many of the negative political comments as I can find on my Facebook page, because what I’ve come to learn is negative, mean-spirited remarks will not change anyone’s mind, and it doesn’t do anyone any good. Instead of stirring up angry debate, I have a better idea: let’s pray for our country and for our leaders to make wise choices and that whoever wins will lead our country to peace and prosperity.
I certainly believe in standing up for what you believe in and healthy debate and exercising your right to vote. But I don’t believe in getting angry and mean and insulting each other in the process. What’s the point? What change will that bring about? What good will it do?
If you are tired of the heated debates and political ads, take a break and join me on the airwaves tonight. The only issues I’ll be talking about are issues of the heart. You can find some respite from the stormy arguments and ads in the songs and stories on my show. I promise to soothe off the rough edges from your day and bring a note of peace to your night.