In this merry month…

An announcement and a little request…

I just submitted an expanded version of one of my Christmas stories  – “In the Merry Month of Mae” — to a contest and invite you to hop on over to

http://beneaththerainbow.com/christmas-writers-contest

and  read this piece.  Then, if you would like, please leave a comment there at the end of my story.

 

The judging is to take place right after Christmas, and is based on how many hits a story receives.  Comments are credited as two hits!  🙂

 

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How to read and comment:

Go to http://beneaththerainbow.com/christmas-writers-contest

Once there, click on “Christmas Stories” on the left side of the screen.

Currently, my story appears there as the first one you see, but should they add more, you simply need to scroll through to “In the Merry Month of Mae.”

You’ll find the comment section at the end of the story following several ads and a place to sign up for the publications newsletters.  To comment,  please keep scrolling past the story end until you see the section that invites you to leave a comment.  Feel free to post this announcement and request on your Facebook as well.  🙂

Thanks so much…

and may this true story bring a bit of merry blessing to your Christmas!

 

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© Pam Depoyan

“Stars in My Crown ,” (portrait shown above) now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

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Message Ten: Gifts

This season may never be Christmas Card Perfect in an imperfect world… yet… God calls us to employ His Gift of Holy imagination…

“Skater’s Waltz,” (“By the Light of the Silvery Moon”)

To see and allow the Sacred Joy of His Spirit to link with yours, to skim you across ice as to angel songs, to feel the gentle brush of His fluttering down snowflakes upon your face, to sit with you in the glow of your tree, to restore to you what may never have been but was meant to be yours all the same, to warm you as with cups of marshamallow-y hot chocolate and breathe carols upon carols like a breeze through your soul, to lead you to an array of gifts wrapped in shimmering light just for you…

And to write His waltzing songs of wonder through you.

 

Faith grows the more you picture My Promises as Truth in your life.  This is NOT simply thinking something into being so… No, it is believing My Word above all else. Above what you or someone else has experienced that may tell you otherwise.  Above worry… or fear… or any thing.

The stars and the angels sang at My Birth…and they sing over you now.  You cannot see or hear them with your eyes or your ears…but if you listen with your spirit and heart, you will see and  hear music that will sweep you away with My Majesty and pour as cleansing water over you.

Find a place and time of quiet in these days before Christmas… a place where you can be completely alone with Me.  Then… sing Me your songs.   Unabashedly.  Open-heartedly.  And as you do, I will untether your wings from fear, doubt, loneliness.  Yes, I will write waltzing songs of wonder in and through you…

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To Ponder:

Is something holding or weighing me down?

  Am I willing to let go and give it to Him?

 

© Pam Depoyan

This is the tenth post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

  Christmas Calendar House Joy

“Skater’s Waltz,” (“By the Light of the Silvery Moon”) now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

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Message 9: A Time for Gathering Wonder

Children around Holly Basket

“Basketful of Merry For You”

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” 

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

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When life’s load seems to be deepening,

    when sorrow and fear seem to be mingling,

    when wonder seems far away and almost fantastical,

    when hope is like frosted crystal you can’t quite see through…

…Remember its the thief who wants to isolate and depress…

Today is the time to revisit your remembrance stones of joy and peace, laughter and God’s providing Heart… to rejoice in times and places and prayers where He has met you with open arms of Light and Life and Healing.

It’s time to marvel and receive…

His baskets full of merry,

gathered and bundled and special-delivery sent

for and to you!

In the Old Covenant, My people often placed stones of remembrance at the site of My miracle meetings with them.  Markers to remind them of My Power, Presence, Restoration, Leading… 

There is one who would try to convince you that I do not see you, can’t hear you, won’t answer you…  He is rattling and worrying like the great moaning sound of Scrooge’s ghost partner, Marley, clanging his chains and bemoaning no hope… no hope… no hope. 

Refuse these lying, attacking thoughts in MY NAME!  Brandish the sword of My Word, put on the armor of Righteousness – for you are made righteous in ME — and quench these fiery darts with the Shield of FAITH!  You are the temple of My Holy Spirit, and therein lies the treasure of stones of remembrance within your reach.  Remember the specific moment when I lifted you out of a pit?  Recall the day I set you free?  Remember the way fear fell off you when took refuge in My Love and Embrace?  Think on these things… hold them up to the lies and receive the wonders of My Joy as I ripple them over you.  Christmas is coming… but truly, behold, I have already come!  And I leave you never…  I hear your prayers and the answers are even now in the making behind the scenes.  Only believe, as I told the man whose daughter had died.   Praise Me before you see…  I am writing  stories of your faith in My Book of Remembrance…

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To Ponder:

What remembrance stones of His majesty moving in my life,

  has He shown me this year?

© Pam Depoyan

This is the ninth post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

  Christmas Calendar House Joy

“Basketful of Merry For You” now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

(Please do not copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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Message Eight: Bells are ringing

“Silver Bells Ring in Stockbridge Village, Mass.”

(Hometown of Norman Rockwell)

 

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 

Do you ever have the feeling you want to press the replay button on your remote, rushing hither and yon, only to realize this is real life?  Are you giving full attention to LIFE and to those who are turning your face to theirs?

If the world and all its concerns are too much with us, we may pass His Presence by, unseeing, oblivious to all the wonders of His Joy.

 

 

Once, my disciples remarked to me that someone was using My Name who was not yet a follower and that they had rebuked him.  I answered them…    “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:50)

That is so with the world celebration of My birth.  I do not worry over  commercialism…rather My eyes search for hearts searching for Me.  Their yearning is evident in multitudes of references to the “magic of the season” and ” Christmas is a time for miracles.”   That’s why into this longing, I make universal festivity to catch in the heart, unfold this season in delight and wonder…simply sing into every listening soul…

Today… listen for the silver bells ringing.

Delight in evergreen and scarlet festooned like my banner of Love and Joy over you.

Take note of simple beauties, like rainbow reflections in puddling snow melt or rain on the road.

Sing along to carols piping in the mall… remembering wonders of my Joy.

Purpose to live in the Past, Present and Future and never shut out My Spirit in them each.   There is warmth and light in memory, in today, in a world to come.

As with the stars and rocks and sea, all that reflects beauty and true joy and light REVEALS ME.  Do not discount the festivity of garland strung with color and song…the Christmas Tree bedecked in jewel and memory… for into the world My Birth is sung…to many who would not hear of Me in any other way.  

When you are out and about, milling amongst the crowds, lift them up to Me.  Ask Me to breathe My Spirit of understanding into their spirits. To open ears to Light they are hearing sung all round.  To open eyes to the True Gift that is Christmas.  To soften hearts, to draw all men unto Me.  Ask Me to bring forth conversations of Glory.   Yea… the very rocks… the very accoutrements of the season… call out My Name.  Written in the stars.

 

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To Ponder:

Let this thought ring inside you…

Joy to the World!  Your King has Come! 

Because… you mean everything to Him. 

© Pam Depoyan

This is the eighth post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

  Christmas Calendar House Joy

“Silver Bells Ring in Stockbridge Village, Mass.” now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

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Message 7: Sing Alleluia!

When worship soars wing upon wing to the very rafters of the church, not every voice is perfect.  But it doesn’t matter.  Its the emotion conveyed, the achingly beautiful, ethereal, stirring of heart, mind and spirit that makes us encounter…the wondering, tender, majesty of Emmanuel, our God with us

“Join We Now in Adoration,” now available at my art blog in Christmas Wonder

And…alwaysa yearning for more.  Carols lifted, beauty inexpressible, ringing out like bells that linger notes of merry light as they fade into the the far reaches of the soul, and singing “You are Home.” 

 

Oft-times, when the Father and I are seated in the Throne Room, there comes a moment when all of Heaven is hushed to listen…  

The angels pause in their singing, the Great Hall anticipates…   

And suddenly, like the majestic tuning of Heaven’s orchestra, rise the voices of My People.  Your worship, your intercessory prayers, your petitions, your joy in ME fills this Temple with a tremendous stirring,  winging, floating, soaring as one. 

This is when you are, as St. Paul revealed of My Word to you, already seated in the Heavenlies with Us.  Then the angels and all who are here join with you, and the very air of Heaven is lit with unending Music and Glory and rapture.  If you only understood the fullness of what that means…being seated here already…and My Power wrought in and through your worship and song and prayer.  When you are tempted to say, “but reality says this is the way it is,” remember there is GREATER TRUTH.  You can bring Heaven to earth in ways you have yet not imagined, even as you enter My Gates with your worship and Thanksgiving. 

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To Ponder:

God has already seated me in the Heavens with Him,

calls me to His Throne Room daily,

exults with all of Heaven in my voice raised to Him. 

© Pam Depoyan

This is the seventh post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

  Christmas Calendar House Joy

“Join We Now in Adoration” now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

(Please do not copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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Message 6: On a Velvety Night of Lights

Is darkness encroaching?  Its time to draw back the drapes to reveal a velvety midnight sky… to a sight that makes you gasp with awe.  For hundreds upon thousands of pinpoint sparkles cascade as a river of white candlelight under an enchanting canopy of stars, casting shimmering reflections on snow and water…

Central Park Winter Lighter-with Words

They’re glowing Moonlight and Christmas Card romance, winding music box and heart-melting voices with promise of the simply… exquisite.  Royal.  To the PRINCE of PEACE holding out His Hands…

For when tears blur your eyes, filling your mind with so many prayers of the years, spilling out your heart to God’s… like this river of many lights… He is urging you on to more and more sure steps…   Tucking words into your heart from The Father of Lights…

 

The breath of Heaven is upon you… do you sense it?

I bring you to here and now for a purpose… for this time.  I’m singing your prayers over you and those you are lifting to me here. If you could see the rivers of Light flowing as you pray, you would never stop.  Raining… pouring… filling… healing…melting hearts to My heart. I shine a spotlight from your prayers upwards… upwards…setting a new and everlasting glow into their lives. Remember this…and how My LIGHT always conquers… I give you this window to see out upon this night.  There is more than you know happening… here… now.  Candlelight that will… never… go… out…

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To Ponder:

Amid darkening snow clouds,  I will remember, Lord…

You open up one of those miraculous almost movie-cue moments

across a velvety night of nights,

literally spilling out rays of light…directly and only over my place of prayer…

 

© Pam Depoyan

This is the sixth post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

  Christmas Calendar House Joy

“Central Park By Wintry Lightnow on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Christmas Wonder

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Message 5: In Starry Light

Wonder is…

When the world cocoons in ethereal soft hush while snowflakes fall fat and pure and fluffy, pirouette as feathers strewn through the fingers of a Heavenly Hand, are then set en pointe…much like girls in white dresses and satin beribboned shoes…

“Tea before Tchaikovsky,” available now  in my new art gallery Ballerinas

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When a ballerina pauses first, in off stage studio, to breathe a prayer… “Let Your Majesty shine…”

 

“Snowflake Dancer,”  also available in Ballerinas

And as orchestra tunes,  symphony stirs, lights dim, and the starlit dancers flit and float across stage on the tiptoes of a Nutcracker dream…

Snow diamonds glitter over and in you like bubbles in a silvery cup, as you watch; music crescendos, lightly upon your soul,  misting heart and eyes with a glimpse of…Glory.

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When I created the world, the stars sang.  When I was born as one of you upon the earth, the angels wrought My glory out of song.   Music runs through your very make-up, more than you know… for it is made from the rivers of Wonder that I would flow through you.  

That’s why you sense Me when you behold performance at its most graceful and beauteous.  I AM is in every note, every movement… Your Creator setting creativity in My Creation.  

Today, I begin a fresh symphony about you.  Listen!  Do you hear the silver-notes?  They call you to selah a bit with Me, bask in My Presence as you would for an orchestra and let Me flow over you.  There is healing, comforting, strengthening, preparing, freeing…and so much more…when we simply sit together.   

Let Me lift your spirit into more and more understanding of Glory on earth as it is in Heaven…  

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To Ponder:

How have I seen or heard God’s Glory this season?

Am I listening/watching expectantly for it?

 

© Pam Depoyan

This is the fifth post in my December Christmas House Calendar theme… similar to an Advent Calendar where you “open a door” to receive a message.  In this case, one born of prayer and whispers from our “not so secret admirer.”  Mark your calendar to come back here often this month for more “secret messages!” 

Missed the introduction to this Christmas House Calendar Theme?  If you’d like to catch up or read any of the posts for this month, you’ll find them here:

  Christmas Calendar House Joy

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“Tea before Tchaikovsky” and “Snowflake Dancer,”  up top, now on display and available for purchase at my new gallery in  my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog  —  Ballerinas

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