I have always loved the Christmas season, and I’ll admit, I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite “thing” – because I love just about everything about it. The warm sweaters, hot chocolate with candy canes, seasonal lattes at every coffee shop in town. The lights! On houses, lining city streets. The fun of finding… Continue reading The many messages in Christmas
When you lose sight of things
I didn’t grow up doing much around lent. Throuhout the years, I’ve experienced a variety of traditions of how people observe the lenten season – from fasting on Fridays, to fasting from alcohol, desserts or other food, to adding in a new practice. This year I chose a specific Lenten devotional that focused on the… Continue reading When you lose sight of things
Ever been in Mary’s shoes?
Last year I read through Kenneth Bailey’s book “Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes” – and his observations in the opening chapter around the birth story of Jesus, as told by Luke, captured my attention. Bailey set the story in the context of the way homes were built and how the culture of hospitality worked in… Continue reading Ever been in Mary’s shoes?
When you grieve what’s going on a world away
My heart has been so heavy lately, for two things that I know have been all over the news. For the people of Haiti and the region where I have Haitian friends, Haitian families and pastors that have been impacted by the earthquake and heavy rain. For the families whose houses were devastated and now… Continue reading When you grieve what’s going on a world away
I don’t think I’d ever heard the term “Silent Saturday” until last night when I was watching a sermon by Max Lucado on Good Friday. Silent Saturday is the day after Jesus crucifixion (well, when we remember it) before we celebrate his resurrection on Easter. It’s when all those that knew Jesus and followed him… Continue reading Silent Saturday
Lessons from Job
In all the times I have read the book of Job, I never paid attention much to how quickly the end is wrapped up. Have you? I was thinking about this last weekend for some reason. After 41 chapters, there are just 16 verses that talk about how God blessed Job after his trials. Of… Continue reading Lessons from Job
Lemonade doesn’t cut it
I have a love/hate relationship with the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I know the intention is good, and I know it’s a way to remind people that there is always a way to take something that might leave a sour taste in your mouth and look at it a different way,… Continue reading Lemonade doesn’t cut it
When the girls were little, we spent two years in Ohio – two years that seem like a blur from where I stand now, to be honest. We made some friends while we were there, but the one couple we have stayed in touch with and absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE their family, we weren’t always… Continue reading Fair Warning