The Gift of Peace

Christmas isn’t all about gifts but, in our culture, few escape gift giving. While I write lists and shop throughout the year, more talented individuals make what they give. They say it’s a way of giving themselves. I admire those who sew, paint, sculpt, photograph . . . their gifts, but I’m not among them. My hands tend to get in the way. However, among my most memorable gifts are ones that were handmade for me. While learning ceramics, my {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

Go Into Peace

Have you ever gone up to a stranger and taken hold of part of his clothing? Mark 5:25–34 recounts the story of a woman who did. She had bled continuously for twelve years. In the South, we’d say she had “female problems.” If she lived today, she probably could be cured with a hysterectomy, but her doctors couldn’t help her. Her condition meant she was weak, unable to bear children, couldn’t enter the temple area to worship, and was poor {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

Nativity Alive: Joseph’s Obedience

I often make mistakes as a parent and wish my kids had a more perfect mom. But can you imagine what it would feel like to be Joseph, chosen to raise the Son of God? What a profound honor and what a great responsibility! What qualities was God looking for in an earthly father for baby Jesus? Perhaps patience, gentleness, and kindness. We know Joseph’s “Christmas experience” was challenging. It must have been a nightmare to think his betrothed had {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Nativity Alive: Simple Lessons from the Manger

Fill in the blank about how you’d like to describe Christmas 2015 “This year was the most meaningful Christmas because…. ___________” I don’t think you wrote: Presents Parties Recipes Perfect Christmas photo Decorations Perhaps you hoped for: Wonderful Memories Family Faith Peace How can we have that kind of Christmas? Perhaps we can all learn some simple lessons from the Nativity characters. Years ago I wrote a Christmas pageant, inspired by my childhood imagination as I played with Nativity figures. {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

“To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.”      E. B. White I first noticed Christmas merchandise as I entered an air-conditioned store from the sweltering heat outside. Obviously retailers were signaling, “Have Yourself a Merry Big Christmas.” Their seasonal long jump contrasts with the historic “12 Days of Christmas” when the holidays began December 25 and the Christmas tree went up Christmas Eve (sometimes appearing overnight to the wonder of children). “Christmastide” was a time of {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

A Peaceful Christmas

We have a tradition here at Mentoring Moments. Each year following our 12 Days of Christmas series we go offline until December 26th to celebrate Christmas. This year our 12 Days theme was A Simple Christmas–taking a rest now fits perfectly. The world rushes, bustles, strives and becomes overwhelmed trying to keep up with the madness of the season. Money runs short, popular toys run out, and there are just not enough hours in the day.  All for one day, {Read More}

About Kellie Renfroe

Kellie and her husband Greg have been married 27 years and have four children ranging in age from 12 to 22. She co-founded Mentoring Moments for Christian Women in 2005. Kellie is a homeschooling mom who enjoys reading and studying the Bible, writing, photography, and learning how to cook.

A Special Gift

Because my father was in the Air Force and often away, sometimes our family had to reschedule Christmas. The most memorable rescheduling happened when I was a teenager. Although Dad was home, that year Christmas came a day early. Dad was a B47 bomber pilot in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) during the Cold War. Known for its readiness, SAC kept flight crews on constant alert status living in barracks on the flight line. Within minutes of the wail of {Read More}

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

My After-Christmas Surprise

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17 NIV). Shortly after Christmas, my father called. “Mom needs new shoes. Would you take her shopping?” I agreed, and we set a date. Mom, now in her mid-eighties, wasn’t spry, so shopping with her would be slow. Since she didn’t relish shopping or spending money, I knew this trip was more of a necessity than a fun mother-daughter outing. Yet throughout {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Make Your Own Twelve Teas of Christmas Card

Do your friends and family enjoy sipping tea? If so, make your own twelve teas of Christmas card–it’s a quick and easy gift to delight any tea-lover. And you can make it in duplicate. Gather twelve different flavors of tea that come individually wrapped in pretty foil packages. Include teas with and without caffeine. It’s easy to get a nice variety by buying boxes that include assorted herbal blends and ones with assorted regular teas. Buy as many boxes as {Read More}

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

Fun Ways to Give Money for Christmas

One of the most difficult things about Christmas for many of us is the gift list.  You may be frustrated because you really don’t know what the person needs.  You would like to give money but it just seems impersonal.  Here are some fun ways to give money for Christmas and still have a personal touch. Take one dollar bills, roll them individually and tie them with a red ribbon.  Use a fun container to hold them.  I have used {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.