The 12 Days of Christmas from Dr. Terry Paulson
Final Year 9th Day of Christmas 2017
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Day Eight...December 21, 2017

Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE

This message first appeared in 2009. It is one of the most impactful to me because of the woman who shared it. I thank in advance all those who sent in stories and humorous moments of mirth for all of us to enjoy.

This year, each message will be archived on my website, and you can see some past collections of messages by visiting that website now at


Ponder the words of William Temple: "The world, as we live in it, is like a shop window into which some mischievous person has gone overnight, and shifted all the price-labels so that the cheap things have the high-price labels on them, and the really precious things are priced low. We let ourselves be taken in. Repentance means getting those price-labels back in the right place."

It’s been a tough year for many. We wonder if we can find the right gifts to give; we wonder if we can afford to pay for the ones we find. Could it be that we have been tricked into searching for the wrong gifts to give? In the tough times, the precious pearl I treasure most is my faith. It grounds me and brings the priceless gifts of God’s love, joy, peace and hope. May we hold onto them for they cost nothing but to accept God’s grace through faith. May we remind others of the only gift that lasts—the gift of God’s son who came to die for us that we might know God. Oh Come, Oh Come Emanuel—May we celebrate once again that God is with us!

After all, the best things are cheap because they are brought with love. Stan Colley of Castle Rock, CO shared the following: “My wife turned our family dinner conversation to what I might want for Christmas. She mentioned I needed a new watch. I said I had numerous watches, hut they all had broken pins and bands because my job was loading trucks. I said what I really needed was a pocket watch. On Christmas, I opened the present from my 6-year-old daughter. It was A Bug’s Life pocket watch and key chain she had received in a Happy Meal. I still carry the watch; it runs perfectly.”
Now that’s KEEPING time and one treasured memory!

I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY..."A Timely Smile and the Gift of Perspective"

June Solberg was the wife of our past retired Pastor Dick Solberg. They both certainly are taking residence in one of heaven’s houses for saints. In honor of her life and service to our church, here’s a story she shared at a Christmas gathering in her home. It first appeared in my 12 Days of Christmas in 1996. This experience proved to be a turning point of perspective for her as a young mother and wife.

With her husband away at graduate school and struggling on a minimal stipend for food, she described trudging with her two young boys and newborn daughter six blocks through snow and freezing weather to buy food. With less than $2.00 left in her purse and a husband miles away, she trudged through the snow at near breaking point. She felt so overwhelmed. In the midst of her despair, a stranger approached on the snow-covered walkway. She moved her children to the side to let the man pass.

With a smile on his face, he asked her, "What you got there young lady?"

She replied, "My two fine boys and my newborn daughter."

Without a hesitation, he said with warmth, "Lady, but you are rich!"

She said to the man, and more importantly to herself, "Yes, I am."

In this season of holiday cheer, will you be taking the time to give others a gift of encouragement and a warm smile? Like the man June encountered on a snow-covered sidewalk, you may never know the impact of your gift of joy, but it may be the best gift you end up giving in transforming despair into faith and gratitude for God's true blessings.


To images of The Nativity, we join in Mary’s prayer to claim the “Breath of Heaven” through the voice of Amy Grant…"Breath of Heaven."

Remember, You can find the archived messages from this year's series on my website at For now, keep your sense of humor and your sense of thanksgiving and anticipation! More we prepare for His coming!

Your Host for our 12 Day Journey to Christmas.

Terry Paulson, PhD


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