It’s the most wonderful time of the year. So they say. For those caught up in the American Christmas culture, it’s the most stressful. Some years are better. Some years are worse. I’m happy to report I’m having a joyful Christmas season. 

You see, I broke my ankle 2 weeks ago. What!? Yup. Slipped on a perfectly smooth and nearly level granite boulder while doing my favorite thing with my favorite people, hiking. Oh, I confess I was initially panick stricken. Filled with hows and whys and what ifs. 

But God. 

God got me off the mountain by helicopter free of charge. Yes I said helicopter and free. God made sure I had the best surgeon. Yes there was surgery. God made sure I could have the facility I work in cover their fee as a benefit for being their employee.  God made sure all the people I owe money were filled with compassion and understanding to accept my bills would be paid late. God has been providing meals for me from my church family. God is making sure my company will hold my job until I’m mobile again. He’s been in every detail. Speaking love to me. Saying, “You only need to sit back and watch while I take of everything Michelle.”

So yeah. JOY! This Christmas is going down in my history as one of the best. I’m so humbled and thankful and in awe of my Father! 

Joy to the world 🌎 the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King 👑 


Happy FiveMinuteFriday!



“Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NCV‬‬

The joy set before him. Do you know you are the joy? I am the joy. We are the joy!

I don’t think I ever realized that until the other day. I was listening to Tim Keller’s podcast on the way to work. He was teaching from this passage of scripture. 

Oh how I love my Jesus. 

Everything I do now is out of my love for Jesus. He is the joy set before me. I am his and he is mine. 

Do you know this kind of joy? I sure hope you do. 

Happy Saturday!

Joining Barbie.


I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right?

Plus! In the month of October, we are doing things with a twist by participating in write 31 days. But wait! That’s not all! I’m also writing around my life as a nurse! Good times!

This week, the word is joy.


As a nurse, nothing gives me greater joy than when I find out that a patient, not only survived the surgery, but went on to make a complete recovery. Or when a patient who doesn’t know the Lord survives to have another chance to know the Lord.

The thing about surgery is I only see one little part of a person’s story. I usually don’t get much before or after the surgery. I have on occasion gone to see a person afterwards, but mostly I try to keep up with them by asking the surgeon how things are going.

Sometimes, the ones I think may die, show back up looking better than I ever dreamed. God is good like that. And that really gives me joy!


Happy Friday!

This is day 23 of 31 days of five minute free writes. Be sure to head over to Kate’s blog to participate or read along or both.