Soul Searching December/ January Newsletter

Merry Christmas


The holidays are always bitter-sweet for me! While Jesus is the reason for the season and I love making this a special time for our girls, I can’t help but to miss my dad. He loved to give apples, oranges, and an assortment of nuts during the holidays because it reminded him of his childhood. “It was too many of us to get toys, but we always got an apple, an orange, and a handful of nuts in our stockings on Christmas morning.” He said. He told that story every year. We knew it by heart, but I would give anything to hear it one more time. Maybe some of you can relate. For that reason, I try to make everyday during the Christmas holidays special for my girls because one day, all they will have are memories of me. I want them to be the best memories possible.


Happy New Year - Nicole C. Schroeder

Happy New Year, Brothers and Sisters! Did you make a New Years Resolution? According to a weight loss chart, I need to lose at least twenty-five pounds. (I agree with that assessment, but it will take a little time to reach that goal.) So! In the meantime, I made a vow to drop some emotional weight. For example, I dropped complaining about people and situations on December 31, 2021. It was weighing me down more than my quarantine waistline, so what is weighing you down right now? Whatever it is, please give it to God in prayer. You don’t need the extra emotional pounds!

The Gift is His (Available for purchase)

You can order it today!

The Gift is His is the first of a four-book series about teenagers at Mountaintop Christian Academy who discover their spiritual gifts during the most awkward time in their lives. While popularity and fitting in seem to be at the top of their list, they soon realize that there’s more to life than popularity. Their number one teacher, Holy Spirit, gave every believer at Mountaintop Christian Academy a spiritual gift, and it will be their greatest challenge yet because the gift isn’t theirs. Their gifts belong to God, and he wants them to use the gift to help their friends… and enemies.

This is a book for ages fourteen and up! Without giving too much away, there’s love, friendship, family drama, and death to name a few things… LOL.

Please consider reading the sample online, add it to your “wish list,” or order a copy today! Our goal is to develop a book club with 5-10 readers at a time, so we can have a real dialogue online about the book. I look forward to sharing more information with you about that, and I pray that you will consider joining me. It would be a great opportunity for us to connect and serve God in a fun and creative way.

Weekly blogs and monthly short stories will return in February.

A friend always says, “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” so I have to take a little time to think about 2022 and ask the Father what he wants me to write about this year. Prejudices, biases, and stereotypes seem to be spreading like wildfire, so I am asking him to show me how to deliver his message of love and unity. He could tell me to stay the course, but I need to hear that from HIM. Pray Galatians 6:9 over my life, and I will do the same for you. It states, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” In other words, in due season, forgiveness, understanding, and compassion between brothers and sisters of different races and political parties will spread like wildfire. To God be the glory! Amen.