Category Archives: Holidays

A Mother’s Love

Happy Mother’s Day

Here’s a little thought for all mothers and grandmothers.

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

images.jpg       Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  You see being a mother is so much more than genetic makeup.  And although conceiving a child and all that it entails is truly one of God’s greatest miracles, the journey of being a mother takes much commitment, strength, and LOVE!

It is said that a mother’s love is a reflection of God’s love. A mother’s love is eternal, pure, and unconditional.  She rejoices with her child’s happiness and cries with their disappointments.

A mother’s love never fails or falters. It is deeper than the ocean’s depth and infinitely wider. She is her child’s first friend, and more importantly the most genuine. She instinctively knows when her child feels sad or burdened by struggles, without ever having to exchange a single word.

A mother is the constant and the rock on which her children stand.

When feeling…

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Merry Christmas

Wishing Everyone a Merry and Blessed Christmas

Lately, I’ve been on an Immanuel journey of sorts (Matthew 1:21–23; Isaiah 7:14–16). According to Matthew, Immanuel refers to Jesus Christ. The Hebrew, עִמָּנוּאֵל‎, means God with us.

The O Come, O Come Emmanuel music video below is from Anna Hawkins’ latest album, Divine, filmed in the deserts of Israel and the streets of Jerusalem.

Anna Hawkins' Oh Come EmmanuelThis version is solemn, breathtaking, reflective.

Click on the picture to listen and enjoy.

Holiday Greetings to All

Yea, I know, I’ve blogged this message before, but it’s still applicable. Happy holidays to everyone.

Charles Earl Harrel

Merry Christmas

All of us are writers in one way or another. As such, we understand the importance of rewriting and tightening our drafts. We always look for ways to eliminate unnecessary adverbs or adjectives, phrases, and other redundant words in sentences. With this thought in mind, here is my special and somewhat witty holiday greeting for you.

Rough draft:

Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

First rewrite:

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Second rewrite:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Third rewrite:

Merry Christmas and more.

Fourth rewrite:

Happy Holidays.

Final draft:

Hi!

—Charles and Laura

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Christian Book Browser – Winter/Christmas 2016

Christian Book Browser Catalog: Winter/Christmas 2016

My book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, is one of the books being featured.

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For more information concerning the book, to read the back cover, or find out where you can purchase a copy, click on the book icon below.

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It would make a great Christmas gift.

Available in paperback and e-book formats for Kindle, NOOK, Apple, and compatible devices.

Finding the Fullness of God

Read Ephesians 3:3–5; 14–20.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14–19 NKJV).

Dad and MeMy father, Raymond Harrel, enjoyed life because no matter where he traveled, he always envisioned some hidden treasure to find. He didn’t care if he stumbled across an old bottle, a strand of barbed wire, an ancient fossil, a curious-looking rock, or a gold nugget. They were all treasures to him. Searching out the unexpected, the unplanned, the unaccounted, and the undisclosed gave meaning to his life. My father never stopped searching for the unsearchable, and I’m told that a few days before he died, he found the greatest treasure of all—Jesus Christ—the fullness of God.         Picture shows Dad and me

There are many reasons people consider something as unsearchable. Many conclude that unsearchable means unattainable—so they never try. Some believe certain things are rarities—so they underestimate their chances of finding them. Others think the demand is too great, the location too vast, or the equipment too limited—so they quit. Whatever the reasons, don’t let their rationale stop you, or you might miss a rare find or opportunity.

Apostle Paul did not let any reason hinder his search, nor should you. If you are looking for the unsearchable riches of Christ, then keep probing, studying God’s Word. And when you pray, listen for the Spirit’s reply. All the fullness of God awaits . . . and it will not disappoint. In fact, the possibilities are endless in Christ. Paul was never the same after God revealed the riches of Christ in him (see Galatians 1:16). The same will be true for you. Great discoveries influence lives, and so do spiritual finds. But where does one start searching? I suggest higher ground.

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height,
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Higher Ground by Johnson Oatman Jr. (public domain)

Prayer Suggestion: Prayerfully ask God to fill you with all the fullness of His Son, “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV).

—Charles Earl Harrel

Happy Father’s Day!

Broken Together

Happy New Year

I heard the Casting Crowns’ song, “Broken Together,” on the radio yesterday. And loved it. Apparently, it has been out for a while. Still, if you haven’t heard their simple tune and thoughtful lyrics, it’s worth giving a listen.

Inspiration comes from many sources, even brokenness.  Casting Crowns-Broken Together

The Repairer

Dad at ChristmasRead Isaiah 58:1 through 60:22; Philippians 4:1–23

Every Christmas Eve, Raymond [my dad] slipped out of the house to do some last-minute shopping. He browsed the stores for broken items—something he could repair. Before the days of full refunds and in-store credits, most shop owners were happy to make a few dollars on defective products, worn-out demos, dismembered toys, and such. Raymond, always a good negotiator, whittled the prices down to almost nothing.

He hid these soon-to-be Christmas gifts in the garage. After his children went to bed, he would sneak out to his workshop, often staying up all night to restore them to mint condition.

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (Isaiah 58:12).

Isaiah’s prophecy applies to Christians as well. When we yield to God, He will use us to help repair torn lives, fix splintered families, and rebuild shattered hopes. God desires to restore His people to their original purpose and glory.

Prayer Suggestion:  Lord, help me minister to others in the same way You’ve ministered to me.

Quicklook: Isaiah 58:11–14

—Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2011 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission)

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