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Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now,

I (Brooke) want to say Happy Holidays to you all and thank you, from the bottom of my Heart, for the generosity I experienced around my November 16th Birthday. Tess, my business partner, was thoughtful enough to write about it in the mid-month email and the outpouring of love that I felt left me speechless. It was my best birthday ever! Which is saying A Lot!!!

Part of me was thinking about seeing if she was available to do this for hire, but didn’t want to distract her from all the beautiful things she is doing here at Serenity -which we cannot wait for you to come see!

One of my rituals around the Holidays is to take some time and reflect on the beautiful things that have happened for me in the past. Today going through that process I found this email that I wrote in 2019 and when I read it, I knew I had to share it with you again.

The year was 1994. A mother of two named Linda Katz was experiencing empty nest syndrome. Her whole life had been dedicated to raising these little ones, and now they were not so little. They had left the house, and she didn’t know what to do with herself. She knew the computer and the internet were new technology, but part of her thought maybe they were fads like so many other things.

One day she was looking out the window waiting for inspiration when she noticed her property was overrun with tumbleweed. (She lived in Garden City, Kansas.) She thought wouldn’t it be fun or funny if she went on the internet and advertised tumbleweed for sale. She put an ad out there, and as expected she heard nothing for days. One day, (which seemed like forever) she saw she had an order from a mom who was doing a western-themed birthday party for her little boy. Linda shipped the order and placed an invoice. A few days later she received a check plus a thank you note that the tumbleweed had been a hit at the party. A few days later

she got a message from a Hollywood studio shooting a western placing a large order. One year she actually made $40,000. As far as I know, this went on for many years.

When I heard this story, it demonstrated to me the fact that much of the time I am waiting for the miracle or the blessing in the future. Over and over again though, God’s goodness has demonstrated otherwise. Moses had a stick (today we call it a wand or a staff) when he parted the Red Sea. David had a slingshot and five stones that he defeated Goliath. Samson,

of all things, had a donkey’s bone that he defeated the Philistine army of 1,000 men. And Jesus multiplied a little boy’s lunch of two fish and three loaves of bread to feed thousands.

I just felt like this was a message of hope, and this is what the holidays are all about for me. All of us have a heart’s desire that we would love to see manifest; something where we don’t see a way, but He has the way. The thing about miracles is that they do happen.

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