Christmas Presence

I was getting edgy. The world’s noise, coupled with the quick changes, created anxiety. For six weeks I attempted to up my patience game. Many changes had been just temporary; a few permanent like this one. So many calls to make, things to do, and I had dear friends to help (thank you!).

Waiting to move-waiting for the R.V. to sell-waiting to decide what was needed; and what was not. Worried about getting gifts bought and mailed off in time-praying for the physical strength to accomplish goals. And mentally, I was just struggling with achieving any balance. And then talking to so many people to make the necessary changes (does anyone else wonder if society has lost the ability to just listen rather than voice opinions or thoughts?).

My Heavenly Father always listens. He only interrupts me when I need it (I’m no longer interrupting him). It’s becoming quieter. And in the quiet I can hear exactly the voice I need to hear-no judgement, criticism, and opinion. Just three days before Christmas I have landed in a space of peaceful existence-my new home.

With incredible happiness, and complete exhaustion, I watched as the R.V. drove away. It was bittersweet. This last week has definitely been a challenge. But dare I utter this when so many have battles? I’m hyperaware of the needs of those around me (and the globe for that matter). I’m thankful for a roof over my head, furniture to sit on, food in the refrigerator, and the list goes on. I started unwrapping in my last post. And I’ve found the most amazing gifts of all.

The Christmas presence I’m holding propels me to want to pay everything forward. I want to shout it from a mountain top. For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that HE is able. 🎵 And this gift of grace began with the humble birth of our Savior over 2,000 years ago. His presence is the most special gift of all.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2: 11-14

To my WP family and friends: I’ve missed you.❤ I’m goal-setting through prayer and excited about a new year (aren’t we all?). To my friend Kate: Yes, I will be making a vision board too. Merry Christmas everyone! May miracles find you. I pray you’re able to spend time with family and friends and that the real reason for your celebration is solidified through the presence of something much greater than us all-the presence of God’s peace, love, and promise. 💚

Have faith ❣

Some of you have asked about my new home and wanted updates. Here you go. ❤


54 thoughts on “Christmas Presence

  1. Vicki

    What a beautiful home! Your blog has really hit home (no pun intended!) I need to practice listening & keeping my opinion to myself! Have a peaceful Christmas 🎅🎄💝

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  2. Beautiful organic share from the heart! So know all of what you wrote!

    Gorgeous home, and God is so faithful in all we do! Merry Christmas beautiful daughter of Christ. So much to be grateful for. I just had Lord willing my last breast cancer surgery yesterday. I can’t sleep since. I just wrote about it, and Lord willing it made sense.

    Merry Christmas, May God fill you with His love! May your heart, and home be overwhelming with God’s peace. Blessings Lisa 🎄❣️🙏🏻💐

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    1. Lisa, you’re an inspiration for us all. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the miracle of life you’ve been granted. God sure uses you my friend. And thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate them so. Peace and love ❤️💚♥️

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  3. I have always found this time of year to be challenging. The right gift, the right meal, the right songs… I can understand you feeling edgy. And with everything else that’s going on in the world I think we are all feeling a little edgy. To toss a move in to the mix is even more challenging. I applaud you for making it work so well! May your Christmas be peaceful and may the New Year be kind to us all. God’s blessing on you.

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  4. Love the knowing that you have settled into the Holy Spirit’s calming embrace. The Advent is the time of preparation and then the pause and held breath for that one spectacular moment. I hope the glory of God among us bursts upon you and you continue in that glow through the new year!

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    1. Thank you so much. Your response is so eloquently written and I will hold them for that “one spectacular moment” that guides my heart daily. I want to keep glowing and growing. And I know you will too! God bless you ❤️


  5. YAY!!! It is a fabulous place— rooted down!!
    We’ve closed out both houses but are still in ours as we wait—so I so understand the hurry up and wait game— as well as having ones world upside down and in and out of boxes!!!!
    Merry Christmas my friend— you have a wonderful new gift!!!!

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    1. Julie, I thought of you as I was moving and wondering how yours was going. Mine was the smallest move I’ve made! I’ve had large homes and then I was shocked at what one can have even in an RV. But I know I have just what I need. And that is a huge blessing I’ll never take for granted. When do you think you’ll get to move? And to another state correct? I’ll be praying for you my friend! ❤️💚♥️

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  6. Well done Karla! I can feel the peace surrounding you this blessed Christmas season. Thanks for sharing your wonderful transition and photos. May your new surroundings bring your numerous opportunities to just pause and listen.

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    1. Thank you so much, Richard. I can’t believe it’s been a week since I closed on it. And already I feel the peace of home. I hope you both have a peaceful and healthy Christmas and New Year. God bless you ❤️💚♥️


    1. Eddie, thank you! I’ve always embraced change. And now my physical home does not to change. I think I’ll grow even more now. Your words are comforting! God bless you both this season and I’m looking ahead to a brighter year. 💚

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    1. Michele, your writing inspires me my friend so your words made my heart giggle. I’ll think of the Rabbit Patch as I sit in my larger tiny home. And prayers as Christmas season brings precious memories of your Dad and for your whole family. Hod bless you. Xoxo ❤️💚♥️

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    1. Martha, I thought you’d love it! It’s Karla and Finn size to a tee! We love our space. She’s so comfy and cozy. You have a beautiful Christmas. All of you. Love to you, Bear, and Teddy too. 🎄🎄🐶🐶❤️💚

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  7. Karla, I love your new home. I am with you sister in planning trips to the mountains. Perhaps one day we will hike together and talk all things about Jesus! In the meantime, I will keep your writing in prayer. Your physical space is uncluttered, and I pray your heart and mind remain so too. You are a good and faithful servant to hear His call and go! Love in Christ, Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I’m keeping you, your journey, your son’s new mission, and all you’re doing to propel your mission this year, in my prayers. I look forward to a future hike. And the uncluttered environment is already giving me so much peace! Love you my friend.

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