In this season of anticipation, I am reminded of Mary as she waited for Jesus’ arrival. She understood the season of waiting. The urgency, and yet the unknown, of an impending season. Yet I wonder…did she feel peaceful? Frazzled? Hopeful? Content?
Not everyone looks forward to the holidays. We imagine Norman Rockwell size dreams of family, while reality can look more like a Jerry Springer show.
Christmas carol lyrics move me deeply. They are not simple songs of anticipation, but desperate. Celebratory. Yearning. I wanted to incorporate them into my Bible Journaling., so I created a few printables and I wanted to share them with you as an early gift. How To Adhere Them To Your Bible Here is an… Read More
This year we wanted to try and shake up our traditions a bit. In the past, we’ve often made gingerbread houses. This year? We decided to skip the gingerbread. It was off limits.
Commercials depict a happy family celebrating the holidays. The magazine ads show large groups of loved ones smiling and laughing. The moms smile knowingly, with supreme patience, at the kid’s antics. Well, the truth is, every scene has a director. A script. A plan of action. Real life doesn’t always include those dreamily lit… Read More
This morning’s Advent devotion excited me. Rach Kincaid wrote in Naptime Diaries Make Room, “He longs for us to expect him to show up. And if we’re not living lives with baited breath and goosebumps in anticipation of what God wants to do in our lives, then I think we’re missing out on His best… Read More
Buying for teens presents a challenge for those who love them. They are too old for toys and not quite adults. I went to my reliable sources ( my own teens ) and asked them what they and their friends would appreciate.
Advent used to mean little me, except as part of the liturgical calendar in my Episcopalian upbringing. As I grew in my own faith, the importance of stopping to ponder and prepare hearts in celebration of Christ’s birth took on a new meaning. Not a denominational view, but a personal longing. One definition of the word… Read More
November is a good time to pursue a life of thanksgiving. It is not about a holiday, so much as a way of life.
Churches talk about the good news of the gospel, but what does that mean? If you don’t know Jesus, today is a good time to meet him. He is not a religion or a set of rules. He is freedom. Jesus is FOR you. No matter what you’ve done. Or haven’t done… Trust me, I… Read More