Thursday, December 13, 2012


Most of us are familiar with the lines in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ poem:

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there

However, how many of us know, as Paul Harvey would say … the rest of the story?

There was a kindly nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the nobleman and his three daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions, the family had to move into a peasant's cottage where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing, and cleaning.

Legend says, when it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed because his girls had no dowries, money, and property given to the new husbands’ family. One night, the daughters had washed out their clothing and hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry.

However, a miracle happened one cold December night. Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman's house. Looking in the window he saw the family had gone to bed and noticed the dangling stockings. Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas. He took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them one by one down the chimney. Each landed in the stockings. This afforded the nobleman to see his daughters’ weddings and to live a long, happy life surrounded by adoring grandchildren.

All over the world, the tradition continued at Christmas. In France, children place their shoes by the fireplace which dates back to peasants wore wooden shoes. Children in Holland fill their shoes with hay and a carrot for the horse of Sintirklass. In Hungary, they shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a windowsill. Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. However, in Puerto Rico children put greens and flowers in small boxes and place them under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings.

Whether you prepare socks, shoes, or boxes, have YOU considered the possibility of making a ‘miracle’ happen for someone this Christmas?

Monday, July 16, 2012

                                        THANKS FOR THE PROMO!

Just had to stop by KGAS Radio station and thank the General Manager, Jerry Hanszen (right) for all the advertising they did for Denny Youngblood (center) and my recent book signing we had at the Sammy Brown Library in Carthage, Texas.

Denny and I are first and foremost friends, and the fact we're published authors makes it fun to share events together. We've had five previous engagements through the first six months of 2012 with many, many more planned. I hope you'll take the time to check the Scheduled Events page on my website:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What's so GOOD about Good Friday?

The Friday before Easter is a Christan holiday which is called 'Good Friday'. Most everyone looks at any Friday as being good because the weekend comes next.

Religiously speaking, we celebrate Good Friday as the day Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.

People ask...what is so GOOD about Good Friday if our Lord and Saviour died?
The answer - that is the day He died in our place for our sins because of His love for us.

Jesus knew His mission, and to fulfill the Scripture said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to His lips. When Jesus had tasted it, He proclaimed, “It is finished!” Then Christ bowed His head and released His spirit. (John 19:28-30)

He conquered death, overcame the pits of Hell, and now sits at the right hand of God. Freely, we live under grace each day. So, joyfully celebrate Good Friday, as well as Easter knowing that you are loved unconditionally.

To know Jesus as your Saviour and receive eternal life just remember the ABC's. ACKNOWLEDGE Him as Saviour, BELIEVE He died for your sins, and CALL upon his name and ask Him into your heart.

Without Christ’s selfless act, without His choosing to give His life, we would be living by the law, and not by grace.

Every day is truly GOOD when you have a personal relationship with God.