Joy is a deep and holy mystery, an exquisite gift from God tucked into quiet corners and wholly unexpected places.

“Joy is a deep and holy mystery, an exquisite gift from God tucked into quiet corners and wholly unexpected places.” Cindee Snider Re

GIFTS OF JOY AND CARE AT CHRISTMAS 

 

This Christmas edition of Oasis of Hope is all about unwrapping the beautiful and even unexpected gifts of joy and care. In fact, some of these gifts may not, at first, seem like gifts at all. Yet as we lean into the Lord, then pray about our heart longings; and as we care for those who are hurting this season while others are celebrating, we might just discover God’s precious gift of joy where we least expected it. Sometimes it begins as a tiny seed of hope.

 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

 

Because often the gift of joy is a choice we discover at the other end of surrender.

 

GIFTS OF JOY AND CARE DISCOVERED IN POETRY AND RECIPES

 

As you peruse this issue, maybe you will discover your own gifts of joy. There’s a recipe for delicious dairy-free, cinnamon rolls. What a wonderful gift of joy for someone with dairy sensitivities! Then, in another post, you’ll discover a beautiful poem by Jill Briscoe about Jesus, our joy. And don’t miss the end-of-the-year newsletter with a free gift for you to download, so you can send a sweet gift of joy to others.

Step into poetry journaling with Megan Willome, who stirs your imagination and invites you to capture the moments you long to remember. In addition, there are also prayer prompts included to guide you in prayer.

You can think of this issue as a mini Chronic Joy Christmas Anthology to savor and share with words from co-founder and executive director, Pamela Piquette; guest and contributing writers, Jill Briscoe, Vaneetha Rendall Risner, Br. Curtis Almquist, and Marie Dittmer, poetry co-coordinator, Megan Willome, and prayer coordinator, Bettie Gilbert.

 

GIFTS OF JOY, CARE, AND BEAUTY ARE ALL AROUND US

 

Joy can be a deep and holy mystery that seldom arrives in the ways we think it should. Perhaps it is a gentle invitation to slow down and notice the beauty around us, beauty we often miss when we are struggling with pain on a daily basis. Could it be that even our suffering is a path to joy? That as we lean into God’s Presence, as we learn to seek His Face in every hard moment and on every difficult day, He reveals gifts of the most exquisite joy tucked into quiet corners and completely unexpected places?

 

You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures. Psalm 16:11 CSB 

 

IN THIS ISSUE 

 

As you peruse this issue of Oasis of Hope, you will explore heart longings, poetry, suffering, and beautiful ways to care for those who are hurting. In addition, you will find recipes, free printables, heartfelt stories, and God’s mysterious gift of joy.

 

  • Unexpected Gifts as the Holidays Approach by Bettie Gilbert
  • Greater Joy • An Invitation to Prayer by Pamela Piquette
  • Heart Longings at Christmas by Bettie Gilbert
  • Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas • Dairy Free by Marie T. Dittmer
  • Care for the Hurting Ones at Holiday Time by Vaneetha Rendall Risner
  • Rejoicing in God and His Gift of Joy by Br. Curtis Almquist
  • Joy is Jesus • Our Beautiful Savior and Lord by Jill Briscoe
  • Peace, Hope and Joy • Merry Christmas and Free Gift by Pamela Piquette
  • Poetry Journaling • A Way to Remember by Megan Willome
Unexpected Gifts as Holidays Approach

Unexpected Gifts as Holidays Approach

Even if our movements change and our tasks shift, the GIVING of our FATHER is always a constant. He has more to give us than just another way of coping. God is to be depended upon and will bless our days – painful or whole – with GIFTS of His choosing, always with GOOD in mind.

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You have given me greater joy...

Greater Joy • Invitation to Prayer

Finally, my journey led me to joy. To taste joy in the midst of what previously drove me to survival mode came through seeking beauty in small moments. These moments are the gifts right before my eyes, but they are also the ones I can easily miss. And they lead to greater joy.

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Heart Longings at Christmas • Prayer Prompts

Heart Longings at Christmas • Prayer Prompts

Christmas: Little children light up with a glow of excitement when the word is mentioned. The word itself has become a season all its own. But why is it that the word “Christmas” stirs in our hearts a longing for gathering together and rejoicing?

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Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls For Christmas • Dairy Free

One of the concerns Cindee and Pamela see in ministry is people struggling with all kinds of food issues, especially problems with dairy products. That’s how the idea for this recipe came about. Could I develop a holiday recipe without dairy for their readers? I chose cinnamon rolls…

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Care For The Hurting Ones At Holiday Time

Care For The Hurting Ones At Holiday Time

How can we care for the hurting whose pain may be heavier during the holidays as they grieve losses or longings? So many struggle in silence. 

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Rejoicing in God and His Gift of Joy

Rejoicing in God and His Gift of Joy

First, joy takes time. Joy is not fast food. It comes, I would say, as a by-product of living a savored life, of having time and taking time to “smell the flowers,” as we used to say. There is this old monastic insight about living a joy-filled life. Take time, take at least some time each day, to do one thing at-a-time. 

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Joy is Jesus • Poem

Joy is Jesus • Our Beautiful Savior and Lord

Joy is Jesus making sorrow sing. Mending deepest heartaches – what a gift to bring! So may His joy now fill you.

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.

Hope, Joy, and Peace 🕊 Merry Christmas & 🎁 Free Gift

Merry Christmas from Chronic Joy®! Free #PenToPaper printable stationery and a few highlights, blessings, and updates.

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Poetry Journaling • A Way to Remember

Poetry Journaling • A Way to Remember

Right around Thanksgiving, I make a big pot of tea and reread all the poems in my journal. Inevitably, it ends up being a commentary on the year itself. I’ve been following this practice since 2002, and believe me, the poems say more than I could in a thousand pages of journaling.

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Joy is a Gift

Joy is a Gift

In your presence there is fullness of joy! Psalm 16:11

Coloring Sheet • Joy

Build An Ebenezer

Build An Ebenezer

An Ebenezer is a "stone of help" - a reminder of God's faithfulness.

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