Christmas Greeting 2015

Christmas Greeting 2015

Wise Men and StarI and all of us at Dr Carol Ministries want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

If you’re gathering with your family today, may you remember to welcome the Christ Child into your family as the honored Guest. It’s because of Him that we celebrate Christmas.

If you’re alone this Christmas, may you remember that Jesus came as Emmanuel – God With Us. (Matthew 1:23) So you’re not really alone. He is truly with you today – if you ask Him! And also, think of this as a personal Christmas greeting just from me to you. Know that somebody – me – knows what it’s like to feel lonely on Christmas, and that I care. If you wish, make a comment below and I promise I’ll respond before Christmas is over.

Instead of the usual article I post on Friday, I’m sending this to you today. Perhaps these thoughts will help you focus on the true  meaning of Christmas.

To help you with that, I invite you to watch this series of short videos depicting the story of Christmas using the words from the gospels. Just click on the picture below.

Lumo Studios Christmas videos

For me, the Christmas symbol that means the most is the Star of Bethlehem. In Numbers the prophecy was given that “a Star shall come out of Jacob.” (Numbers 24:17)

Then when Jesus was born, Wise Men from the East saw that Star, and came to worship Him. “When they saw the Star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy!” (Matthew 2:10)

Have you seen His Star? Are you rejoicing this Christmas that the Star of Bethlehem still shines? Are you following that Star, and seeking to worship the One it points to?

But Christmas is not only about the past. It’s also about the future. The Christ Child born on that first Christmas morning is no longer a babe in a manger. He is King of the Universe, alive, risen from the dead and seated at the right hand of God Almighty, and ready to soon return for you and me.

I pray for you this Christmas that His Star guide you daily, that you hear His voice and follow Him – not only today, but every day this New Year, and forever.

Our Jewish friends have a saying they repeat at their Passover celebrations: “Next year in Jerusalem!” Will you join me today in this greeting: “Next Christmas in heaven!”

Merry Christmas! And God bless you!

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Where is that Peace on Earth?

Where is that Peace on Earth?

Church BellsI heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth goodwill to men.

Every year during the holiday season I hear from those who wish Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s didn’t exist on the calendar. It’s usually not because they thing giving thanks is wrong, or that they don’t believe in the miracle of the Christ-child being born in Bethlehem. No, it’s usually because of their own sadness, loneliness, or hurt.

Seeing others looking happy at holiday events, hearing upbeat Christmas music on the radio, being unable to escape the commercialism and decorations and images of joy – all that can make your own heart bleed if that’s not where you are right now. There are many for whom Christmas is anything but merry.

Perhaps that’s you. Perhaps the family gatherings you anticipate are certain to be filled with more conflict, anger, or trauma than joy. Or perhaps you have no family gatherings to anticipate at all. Perhaps you’re facing your first Christmas without someone you loved. Perhaps memories of Christmases past bring up feelings of fear, shame, or regret. Or perhaps the season only serves to remind you of what feels like a total lack of loving people in your life.

This year there’s much to NOT be joyful about.

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The Meaning of Sex in the Heart of a Woman

The Meaning of Sex in the Heart of a Woman

Pensive FemaleSex is messy. And the messiness of sex is not primarily physical (although it is that). The meaning of sex, especially in a woman’s heart, has taken on such emotionally heavy content that you can’t be sure the person you’re talking to understands what you mean without a big explanation.

How did a little three-letter word come to be so messy?

Imagine the first man and the first woman. Adam wakes up from his sleep missing a rib. But what he sees before him almost takes his breath away. For all the beauty he has known in the moments since his creation – magnificent sky, majestic mountains, birds singing, animals showing strength, playfulness, and affection, even meeting God Himself up close and personal – nothing has “popped” his brain like the creature standing in front of him.

And Eve? Her whole being lights up in an instant. Her first moments of awareness are filled with fireworks and rapture. She is made to be Queen, and she feels nothing but joy as she awakens to that reality. Gazing up at her is a man stronger, more viral, and more completely good than any of us can imagine. And he is hers! The attraction is complete. From the moment of her creation she feels wanted, important, cherished – loved.

I don’t know if God was visibly present to Adam and Eve at that moment. But I’m sure He was watching. God filled Adam and Eve with all the joy, creativity, strength, and beauty of Himself. They were completely healthy, senses fully alive, more glorious in every way than any human being around today. Think two eighteen-year-olds, multiplied 100 times over.

And they were naked.

So don’t tell me that with all the “fully alive-ness” they were created with,

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A Big THANK YOU!

A Big THANK YOU!

Those of us in the United States have just celebrated Thanksgiving. For many, it was a day for food, family, and football. For some, it was a day to wrestle with sadness over the loss of a loved one missing from their place at the table this year, or to plan your Black Friday early shopping. And for others it was perhaps only one more day of trying not to think about loneliness or pain.

But whatever the circumstances in which you find yourself this Thanksgiving season, the benefits of offering gratitude are real. And I want to take this opportunity to offer a great big Thank You to:

  • Our readers, listeners, and viewers – YOU! Without you there would be no Dr Carol Ministries, no website, no articles, no books, no media programs. Your questions, your messages, your prayers, your sharing, your gifts, your struggles, your victories, your growth, your hopes and frustrations and fears and joys, your wondering and your faith – that’s what all this is about. Each one of you who calls or writes or comments means the world to me, and the fuel for us to continue moving forward.
  • Those who have been instrumental in helping this ministry move forward this year. To Michael, Brian, and Todd, who have helped in our studio. To Ann Byle and Tim Beals at Credo Communications who have helped bring Live Healthy, Live Whole into reality. To Jevon Bolden, Debbie Marrie, and all the rest at Charisma House who are about to launch my book Dr Carol’s Guide to Women’s Health. To my husband Al, whose support and production expertise continue to be the wind beneath my wings.
  • To God, most of all. For Your salvation through Jesus, for the daily guidance, wisdom, grace, and courage You supply so generously, for Your Word, for Your Holy Spirit enlivening us daily, for ideas and healing and transformation and restoration, for the hope of eternity that begins now and never ends.

So yes, I’m thankful today. Are you?

May God bless you today and throughout this next year with gratitude.

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How to Find Comfort When You Need It

How to Find Comfort When You Need It

Sad Girl CryingI need to be comforted this week. I “lost” a patient. Actually, two patients. Both mother and baby died, and there was nothing either I or the rest of the 10-member medical team could do to stop it. We were – and are – stunned, shaken, sobered. The loss to her family is much greater than what those of us on the medical team feel, of course. But today I need to find comfort for my own heart. When you work in the medical field you can almost get used to seeing pain, death, and tragedy. But every now and then a particular patient “gets to you.” And this one got to me.

There are moments in each of our lives when we come up against our limits. We encounter something evil, something tragic, something that makes us feel hopeless and helpless – like watching a pregnant mother and her baby die in front of me, and being powerless to stop it even with all my medical experience. Or like the pastor’s family who survived ten years in a dangerous foreign country as missionaries, only to bury their husband and father when a crazed parishioner guns him down at his nice suburban church back in the US. Or like the loss of every earthly possession some of the residents in my city experienced recently in a sudden flood. Or like the accident that leaves one of our radio guests’ husband paralyzed from the neck down.

And then there are those ongoing tragedies that seem to never end. The trauma of a violent marriage. The PTSD after returning from a war zone. The life-threatening chronic illness of a loved one. The addiction that seems permanently attached to someone you care about.

And don’t say, “It’s OK.” Because it’s NOT OK!

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