Richella Parham

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Blogger, Vice Chair, Renovare US. Currently writing Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison for InterVarsity Press.

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Some books are so good they just have to be shared. This is one of them—Michelle DeRusha’s new book True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created. Playing on the metaphor of the gardening technique of “pruning open,” Michelle offers hard-won wisdom to help you declutter your heart, mind, and soul, enabling growth in all the most important parts of your life. This book is wonderful, and to celebrate its goodness, I’m giving away a copy. Just leave a comment to enter; I’ll choose a winner randomly on January 16.
It’s fun to look back at 2018 and enjoy memorable moments. A LOT has happened in my life over the past 12 months, and 2019 is looking like it’ll be a big year, too. I pray for the grace and courage to enjoy the big, life-changing events and the small, day-to-day events that may lie ahead. Happy New Year!
Of all the gifts I got for Christmas, surely the best is the promise of a daughter-in-law! Come June, there will be a new Mrs. Parham in town, and I couldn’t be happier about it!
A blessed Christmas from our house to yours!
Ready for Christmas! Are you?
Now that I have plenty of magnolia leaves, I’m having a wonderful time of decorating with them. My mom always used magnolia leaves in her Christmas decorating, and continuing that tradition is one tiny way of honoring her memory. This is the 20th Christmas since she died, so the memories are extra poignant this year.
I was just wishing for some magnolia leaves to use in my Christmas decorating (my tree was killed in an ice storm a few years ago). As I was driving in my neighborhood, I noticed a neighbor’s big tree had lost a limb in our bad weather this week. I stopped to ask if I could have some of the leaves from that fallen limb. Turns out the house belongs to an elderly couple who had not been able to get out in the snow to remove the limb. They were more concerned about the boxwood hedge that the limb had fallen on than they were about the magnolia. I was able to remove the limb, fluff their boxwood hedge back up, and then drive away with all the magnolia leaves my heart could desire. The sweet lady even told me to feel free to collect magnolia branches anytime I needed them. So now my hands are dirty but my heart is very full. 😊
It really IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas! How are things in your neck of the woods?
God help us to honor the legacy of George H.W. Bush by loving God and loving one another.
My favorite way to begin the Advent season: Handel’s Messiah at Duke Chapel. Wonder-full!!
Autumn comes late to North Carolina. But when it finally gets here, watch out! Round here, I’ll say “I’m glad I live in a world where there are Novembers.” What’s it like in your neck of the woods?
My weekend was complicated, and some of it was a pain, but any time I get to hang out with my “baby” boy is good. I guess I shouldn’t have sprinkled his food with Miracle-Gro, huh? #itssimplytuesday