Behind the Christmas Hymn: Silent Night

Silent Night has become a favorite Christmas Carol around the world. The hymn was never meant to be the legend it’s become. Joseph Mohr was the assistant priest at the Church of St. Nicholas in the Tyrol Alps of Austria. Father Mohr and Franz Gruber, the village schoolmaster and church organist, were discussing the fact that they believed the perfect […]

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The Untold Story: Handel’s Messiah

I love to attend a performance of Handel’s Messiah each Christmas.  So where did it begin?  Actually, although the oratorio is most often performed at Christmas time, the premiere took place at Easter time. The oratorio was composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel.   An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, choir and soloists. Charles Jennens compiled the scriptural […]

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Behind the Christmas Song: Christmas Shoes

Christmas Shoes came out just a few months after Daddy died of cancer.  The song and story really resonated with me and continues to touch me even years later. The story first appeared in the book, Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul. In the book Helga Schmidt tells the story of a young brother and sister trying to buy their […]

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Wellness Tuesday: 9 Healthy Snack Options

I struggle with finding healthy snack options.  This is true both while at work when I need additional energy and at night. Some ideas of healthy snacks are: Hard boiled eggs—have a lot of protein Pumpkin seeds Trail Mix Grape and Cheese Sticks Greek Yogurt with Fruit Sweet Potato Fries Krispy Kale Chips Healthy Popcorn Nuts The biggest thing I […]

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Behind the Christmas Hymn: The First Noel

This is my mother’s favorite carol, so I wanted to learn more about the origin of the song for her. Noel is the French word for Christmas. The French word is from the Latin word natalis, meaning birthday. The song is a narrative of the birth of Christ. The First Nowell is a traditional classical English carol. Researchers believe the […]

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Behind the Christmas Hymn: Away in a Manger

This popular Christmas carol was originally thought to have been written by Martin Luther for his own children and later passed on to German mothers. That legend has since been disproven. The first two stanza’s of the song first appeared in the Little Children’s Book published in 1885 by the John Church Company in Philadelphia. In the hymnal compiled by […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series–3 Safety Precautions in leaving Domestic Violence Situation

Leaving an abusive situation is dangerous.  Often the abusive partner becomes enraged and the abuse is even more dangerous and at an all-time high. When leaving, take every precaution necessary. This includes: Leave when the abusive partner is not at home—if possible Set up a signal with a trusted neighbor or friend If spouse will be home—contact the police and […]

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Topic Monday: Domestic Violence Series–7 Benefits of Abuse Shelters

Abuse shelters are there to help women and children escaping an abusive relationship.  Unfortunately, many work on minuscule budgets and staff.  The shelters want to do more but are unable to due to financial concerns and lack of staff. However, shelters offer many wonderful resources.  These include:   Privacy—privacy is of the utmost urgency. A safe place– abuse shelters do […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Have Thine Own Way, Lord was written by Adelaide A. Pollard. Born in 1862 Iowa, she had a gift for writing prose, poetry, hymns and even articles. Her birth name was Sarah, but she strongly disliked the name and changed it to Adelaide. She spent her life in ministry, teaching at schools, working with evangelist and serving in missions overseas. […]

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