Sunday Sheep Ponderings – December 13, 2015



Pondering today on the “sacred” and the “secular” and if there really is a division.

Sacred- connected with God.

Secular – denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis.

It’s that time of year when the “sacred” and the “secular” seem to collide. Where the world of nativities and the world of Santa and his elves somehow come together to make up this season that we call Christmas. Where we go from singing “O holy Night” right into “Jingle Bells”. As a young mom of five children trying to navigate her way through “religion “, I tried my very best to separate the sacred from the secular. My heart was to protect my kids from the “world”. This “protection” crossed over into Christmas. While we did celebrate Christmas, we didn’t include anything that revolved around Santa or his elves. We had a birthday cake for baby Jesus (even though most experts will tell you he was not born at this time of year) and we gave gifts on Christmas morning to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Christmas was very fun at our house even without Santa.

Where I am today… We celebrate it all! We celebrate Emmanuelle, “God with us”, and we celebrate the joy of Santa Claus, and his cute little elves, and the north pole, and candy canes, and mistletoe, and Christmas trees and twinkling lights.

As God has so sweetly torn down the walls of judgmental and isolated religion in my life, and as he has set me free to just be who he created me to be, I have come to understand that ALL things were created by him, through him and for him. That Christmas is really about showing us that there is NO wall separating Him and us…that the “sacred” and the “secular” are man made ideas and divisions that HE never endorsed!

His God-made idea was this…EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US! No separation and no division! We are His gift to Himself and Jesus came to make sure we know it!

“…till He appeared and the soul felt it’s worth”


(Just an ever so gentle reminder… My sheep ponderings are simply that…my thoughts, my journey. I share them to encourage and lead you to your own pondering)


5 thoughts on “Sunday Sheep Ponderings – December 13, 2015

  1. Oh my goodness! So wonderful to read your post. Maybe we were twins separated at birth. 😉 I can’t begin to tell you how familiar your story sounds! Merry Christmas! And God bless.

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  2. I am 65 years old and have wrestled with the horrible commercialization of Christmas for a while. Raising four kids through the belief of Santa while keeping the sacredness and truth of Christmas was no easy task. I admire you for taking a stand. Merry Christmas, and God bless you!

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  3. I was swept into your little corner of the world through your amazing decorating talent and now into your mind. I love your country charm. You have the “it” factor. Jo Gaines would be so proud of you 🙂 !!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am always interest in Christian values and how a young mother instructs her children. I love what you did to your house !
    Dora-Kay Brockman

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