Find Joy Amidst the Hurt

Find Joy Amidst the Hurt 

Posted: 1:36 pm Friday, December 15th, 2017

By Staff Writer

New York City is a magical place any time of year, but especially so in the winter.

I’ve just returned from my annual trip, hosting Skating in the Park last Saturday. What a gift it was when the snow started falling that morning! I’d taken some family and friends with me, three ladies who had never visited the city before. We shrieked and laughed and donned our hats, scarves and mittens. We.Were.Mesmerized.

The scene before us in Central Park was like something out of Currier and Ives. Snow covered trees, shrubs, lawns, bridges, and old-fashioned lamp lights glowing… The birds were active and all around were people oohing and ahhing, and attempting to make snow-men however small.

By the end of the day, the temps had risen, the snow was more like rain, and we were soaked and cold, but ya know what? Not even that could dampen our spirits!

As always, Zachariah is with me. This too was HIS favorite city, and the ache was profound. With family and friends by my side all the way, and the Lord as my compass, I navigated this trip, managing to find joy amidst the hurt.

“My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.”

Psalm 63:8


Incredible New Pet Products | iFetch & Whistle

It’s no secret how much I love animals, and if you love your pets as much as I love mine, they’ll be included on your holiday shopping list this year. Here’s a couple of suggestions:

Not long ago, my lab went missing and for a bit I thought we’d never see him again. He eventually came home, and soon after I got the Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker and now I always know where he, and the rest of my furry buddies are!

  • Whistle 3 connects to your pet’s collar
  • Receive fast alerts when your pet leaves it’s home turf
  • Pinpoint and track  your pet nationwide from your smartphone

Get (or give) the #1 device that’s keeping more pets safe, and save $30 by using code DELILAH upon checkout at Whistle.com.

Learn more about Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker HERE.

 

My dogs love the award-winning iFetch ball launchers and yours will too!

This interactive ball launcher will be your dog’s new friend. Train your dog to drop the iFetch ball into the iFetch and watch them retrieve over and over again. My kids love to use this with our mutts!

Find the best model for your pets HERE.

  • Great mental and physical stimulation for your dog
  • Choose from three models
  • Programmable distance setting on iFetch and iFetch Too models

Save $30 off (1) iFetch product now at GoiFetch.com.
Use coupon code DELILAH at checkout.


Delilah’s 12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes

My 12 Stockings continues through December 22! Enter today for your chance to win a stocking overflowing with merry and bright products you’ll wonder  how the reindeer were able to pull the sleigh at all!

Here’s a sampling…

for KING & COUNTRY | Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong
Christmas | Live from Phoenix

If you don’t already know them, you should! for KING & COUNTRY have a wonderful album out, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. Their music is both uplifting and spiritual and for the holidays they have released Christmas | Live from Phoenix.

The brothers’ version of The Little Drummer Boy is amazing check it out on their web site forKINGANDCOUNTRY.com.

Both albums are available now everywhere. Go HERE.

 

Lindsey Stirling | Warmer in the Winter

I had SUCH a good time with Lindsey when she visited the farm this year, and I fell in love not only with her amazing talent, but her spunky, spry, spirit!

Lindsey has a new CD out, Warmer in the Winter, featuring special Lindsey renditions of Jingle Bells, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a newly penned original, Christmas C’mon ft. vocalist Becky G. Lindsey.

I’ve tucked a signed CD in each of my stockings, but you can go HERE to pick up all the copies you want!

 

 

Salon TECH | SpinStyle

I discovered the SalonTECH SpinStyle this summer when my hair was being done by a professional for an appearance. I ran out and bought one for my self and one for each of my daughters the very same day!

This product is a dream! It makes curling your hair so fast and easy, it takes half the time compared to using a regular curling iron. I’ve purchased 12 more, one for each of my stockings, because I know everyone will LOVE it!

I do my hair in the morning – one handed – and I am set for the entire day! You can find it at online retailers and Amazon.

 

Balsam Hill | Beautiful Décor

I am so pleased to welcome back Balsam Hill as one of my 12 Stockings of Christmas sponsor’s. Balsam Hill has been the leading retailer of highly realistic artificial Christmas trees and holiday décor for over 10 years.

Everything from their signature trees to their elegant ornament sets, flickering flameless candles, and timeless home décor keeps me in the spirit all year round! They have beautiful decorations for almost every holiday, including a new fall foliage and a beautiful spring floral collection.

Balsam Hill has sent fall and Christmas décor for my studios the last few years, and their products always look amazing!  They have also blessed the NGO I founded, Point Hope, through several giving campaigns, for which I am so very grateful!

My friends at Balsam Hill are sharing a special coupon code just for my listeners. Go HERE to access the code.

Shopping for the perfect Christmas tree and décor for your holiday season is just a click away: Balsam Hill.


Lavender Sugar Cookies

Looking for a cookie idea that’s a bit different from the same-old, same-old holiday treat? Take a cue from our Ms. Leisa, long-time producer and cookie-person extraordinaire!

She whipped up a few batches of sugar cookies that aren’t only Instagram worthy, but so so tasty too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Batches of your favorite sugar-cookie recipe (loads of recipes on-line if you don’t have one!)
  • 2 Batches of decorator icing with dried lavender:
  1. 3 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1/3 cup very cold milk
  3. Once blended, add 1/3 teaspoon dried lavender
  • Candied rose and violet petals (available in fine food markets)
  • Shaved, toasted, coconut

Directions:

Candied Rose & Violet Petal Wreath:

Make cookie dough, refrigerate, then roll out to apprx 1/3″ thick. Using a doughnut/wreath shaped cookie cutter, cut and bake as directed.

Ice, and sprinkle candied rose and violet petals on top.

Toasted Coconut Lavender Moons:

In this batch of cookie dough, substitute 1/2 of the vanilla extract for coconut extract.

Make, refrigerate, roll, and cut into moon shapes. Bake as directed.

Ice and top with shaved coconut and a sprinkling of dried lavender.


Whether the sun is shining, the snow is falling, or the fog has blanketed your world, I wish you peace. I wish you joy.

If you are having a difficult time finding either, remember to breathe – deeply and with purpose. Remember to LOOK for the joy in life, for we often find that what we seek.

And please, remember to Love Someone!

~ Delilah