I took my dog for a walk this morning, noting the silver slug trails scribbled across the sidewalk. The light of dawn made them shimmer and become almost beautiful. For the first time in several weeks, I felt inspired to sit down and write. The flowers in the South are in full bloom, knockout roses … More Endings and beginnings.
Have you ever talked to yourself? Asking for a friend. 😉 Really, though, I can think of many times throughout my life where self-talk took on the form of a prayer, when I realized I was no longer trying to work out the situation in my own mind but, in fact, crying out to God. … More The Love of Advent
“He’s here.” Can you just imagine the wonder in Mary’s voice as her firstborn son emerged from her womb and she held him at her breast for the first time? Don’t you think the sounds around them faded into the background and all she heard was the thumping of her own heart and the still-wet … More The JOY of Advent.
Mary’s relationship with her cousin, Elizabeth has been a source of fascination for me as Christmas nears. God provided much-needed community for the mother of Christ in Elizabeth, someone…the only one…who could begin to relate to what Mary had been chosen to walk though. As I tried to imagine their conversations, whispered by firelight after … More The Peace of Advent
We began today, though it doesn’t “officially” start until December first. But I know me, and I know us. Life happens, schedules get tight, and we struggle to finish what we start whether it be a devotional, project, or “school” book. I’ve purchased many advent devotionals over the years, bought every “memorable” ornament, tree, and … More A Simple Advent
Summer went out with a hissy fit. The last few days were hotter than blue blazes. We sat, melting, on the sidelines of a soccer field and I drank a half-gallon of water within an hour plus I got a sunburn. Just a week later, on the heels of a thunderstorm, Autumn moved in. I … More How to Simply “Fall”
Throughout the weeks of Lent I spent the first minutes of each morning before lit candles and a cup of coffee with a simple, yet profound, book in my lap: The Promise of Lent Devotional-A 40 day Journey Toward the Miracle of Easter by Chris Tiegreen. I remember well the day I purchased it. It … More Finding Joy in Seasons of Grief
Every year, as Summer heat beats down and yet another plant dies from lack of water (because by August I stink at gardening), I vehemently declare that Autumn is my favorite. Cooler temps, sweaters and jeans, hot chocolate with marshmallows…and the Autumn leaves. Simply beautiful in every way. But then Winter comes. At first it’s … More Spring Emerging: Finding reassurance in God’s faithfulness.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 In the crazy of moving during this, the most busy wonderful time of the year, I have struggled to keep my sacred mornings with the Lord. In fact, four days before we moved my desk got packed … More Eyes forward.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. John 14:3-4 If you had asked me what the absolute worst time I could imagine to squeeze … More The Making of a Home