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Barb Roose is a speaker and author who is passionate about teaching women to live beautifully strong and courageous so that they experience God’s great adventure of faith and purpose for their lives. She’s the proud empty-nest mom of three and whenever possible, Barb prefers to eat dessert first.

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  1. “bah humbug baubles” – what a wonderful phrase for my mouth to say out loud. love it!! 🙂

  2. I really enjoy looking at children get excited about decorating Christmas Trees !

    When I was a child, my Grandmother was not a fan of Christmas Trees because she read about pagans starting the tradition of Christmas Trees. It was very difficult for me to understand this type of thing because I just wanted to smile and have fun decorating a Christmas Tree.

    My Aunt Laura on the other hand always decorated her Christmas Tree and it was beautiful ! Why the difference in beliefs from the same family, mother and daughter?

    I have so much to learn and I am 64 years young. When I grow up, I want to Pray about everything and don’t worry about anything. I want to cast my cares over on Jesus because He cares for me (and He Keeps Caring For Me).

    Here are my Christmas Tree Ornaments for My Inner Woman:


    Now Sometimes we are faced with:

    unmet and unvoiced expectations
    fear and timidity
    the appearance of wrong doing
    Hidden Sin
    Past Hurts and Trauma

    How hard it can be to get around these obstacles if you don’t surrender everything to God.

    May God Continue To Teach Us To Trust Him And Obey His Commands.



    • Yes and amen to your prayer, Brenda! May we surrender everything to God and let Him teach us to trust Him this Christmas season. Thank you for sharing your story, your insights and your prayer for us. Merry Christmas!

  3. Thank you Barb. The timing of your words are perfect! I want to put up a tree but I don’t. Do I want a live tree of a fake tree? Where inside or outside? Do I put out all my nativity or just one? OMGOSH!!! Not once did I think of Jesus or all my amazing Christmas memories! Thank you. Thank you for reminding me to just stop and embrace the season. The memories. The birth of Jesus \0/

    • Sweet Janet, I’m glad that today’s devotional provided just the reminder that you needed. May you find the joy that can only be found in Jesus that Christmas season!

  4. Loved this, “As a practical way of living this out, I decided to create a visual reminder. I bought a pack of large wooden cutout ornaments and wrote the words on the front that I desired to reflect in my heart with a matching verse on the back. Hanging these on a Christmas tree reminded me of the attitude and gratitude that I wanted to hang out in my heart.”

    What a great idea. Something I am planning to make a tradition in my home this year & years to come.

    I praise Adonai for you & your ministry.

  5. So beautiful and encouraging! And a great idea for any season! Blessings for an inspiring and glorious Christmas!

  6. This is one of the most beautiful articles I’ve read recently. Your words drew peaceful images in my mind and heart.
    Thank you and God bless!

  7. Past happier Christmases, anxiousness, and no desire to celebrate- things we’re not “supposed” to feel. And the weight of the camouflage is exhausting.

    I had an unexpected emotional day and this devotional is so timely for me. Barb, thank you for all that you do to encourage us to let Christ’s light shine bright when our days are dark.

  8. Barb,

    One of my best Christmas memories was the first one my hubby & I shared together. Now almost 20 years later it isn’t the same. We don’t have family around & this year we will both be working. I insist on putting up my “Charlie Brown” tree. It is small but has lots of ornaments & pretty lights. That’s all I need to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

    This time of year can be “bah hum bug” for me. The biggest reason is that most have forgotten the real meaning of Christmas. They simply think of buying & receiving gifts. People say Happy Holidays but not Merry Christmas. I believe in saying Merry Christmas because it is Christ’s birthday.

    Blessings 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing this idea!
    I’m not at home this Christmas and it’s the first Christmas where I don’t sit at an organ or direct a choir for the Christmas-Services – and I moved and my flat is not yet ready for a Christmastree – so I decided not to have one – but: it is so helpful to remind myself and every guest turning up in the New Year what hope and joy is there because of Jesus’ birth and coming – and my griefs and changes can get their symbols at my personal tree and God’s promises make them all to places of hope and expectation because God will turn everything to my best – and why not feel in advance the joy and gratitude because God will keep His promises!!! 🙂
    – So, I’ll buy my Christmastree tonight and will spend a creative evening putting scriptures into pictures or a nice handlettered sheet or bowl and decorate my worries and shades and negativity in all its forms – and the tree will be there till lent …