A Christmas gift and a break

A Christmas gift and a break

Dear reader,

Christmas is almost upon us. I'm looking forward to celebrating and resting with my girls, Joel and with our families. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement this year.

I am thankful for each one of you. I write for the help and hope of you individually. Thank you for reading, sharing and for your comments online and in person. Without engaged readers, every interaction a little piece of encouragement, I would not be able to continue.

I'll be taking a break until the new year when my kids go back to school the second week of January. I'll be sharing my new posting schedule.

My gift to you is the photo in the post/email. It is a printable that you can save and print. It's an excerpt from one of my Christmas poems, its full version is below.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you experience His peace this season!

Love, Rachel

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Lord, plant me here,
Where hope star of Bethlehem
Soaks the dark all year round.

Lord, plant me here,
In the light of Your courts
In love of a different sort.

Lord, plant me here,
Let me live all my days
Fully know your ways.

Lord, plant me here,
Beside the still waters
Filled with what matters.

Lord, plant me here,
With all that I need,
With gratitude a seed.

Lord, plant me here,
Sown in soils of lack,
To harvest hundredfold back.

Lord, plant me here,
Where even sparrows are home,
Where I never need roam.

Lord, plant me here,
And teach me to love
All you’ve given, enough.

Lord, plant me here,
For I’d rather hold the door
For others much more,
Than hold all the treasures
Of the world and its pleasures.
For You can’t be measured!

Lord, plant me here.

For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84:1-12).