The Word for 2019

Every year, as December draws to a close, I ask God to give me a word for the coming year. It’s a little leap of faith, an exercise in expectation as I press in to hear His voice and fight to suppress my own. I look for it everywhere, in songs, books and conversations. I … More The Word for 2019

The JOY 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.

The Peace 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

The Hope of Advent

ELIZABETH, THE MOTHER OF JOHN (Inspired by the book of Luke chapter 1)   Along with all the world she stands pregnant. Beneath her heart beats the tiny one of the messenger. This old woman once belittled by the townsfolk, A raisin dried in the desert sun, Now stretching and blooming with life, Elizabeth holds … More The Hope of Advent

A Simple 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

On Being Followed

Our family spent Fall Break on the beach. (Can I get a hallelujah, Amen?) My oldest son (a legal adult, though I swear he was toddling around my house just a few minutes ago) followed me down so he could have his car to meet up with his buddies. As we made the 7-hour-plus-many-stops drive … More On Being Followed

Into the Deep

What is the best way to learn to swim in the ocean? I would venture to say that the toddler pool would not be very helpful. ¬†Even going as far as the adult pool, maybe the 8-12 foot deep end, would not be enough. Why? ¬†Well, for one thing the ocean is vastly deep and … More Into the Deep