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 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

Preparing for War

I took my life into my hands and waltzed into Publix on Saturday with the goal of buying a smallish turkey and spiral cut ham (with all the trimmings, of course!) Wandering the aisles in no hurry, for once, I browsed the choices and compared prices.  Too many leftovers would only sabotage all the hard … More Preparing for War

Of Autumn and Rest

I took a short drive this morning.  The speed limit is 23 here in our neighborhood.  Not one mile higher.  The teenagers find it binding, I find it delightful. I love being forced to slow. Rounding the wide curve, with the pasture to my right, I spotted a neighbor.  Woolen hat pulled low to his … More Of Autumn and Rest

Hutchmoot 2018

What is a Hutchmoot, you ask? Ah…where do I start?  How do I describe something so profoundly beautiful and formative?  It’s a conference, sure, but it is so much more. I will, at the very least, attempt to explain. More than ten years ago, Andrew Peterson had an idea. A God-given one, I am certain. … More Hutchmoot 2018

The Truth in Love: Finding Joy in Our Eternal Purpose

It’s a classic, this lie of the enemy that is circulating again. Over and over it comes and wreaks toxic havoc on the Church, sadly predictable yet tragically effective God’s people freeze in the face of it, wanting to combat it but afraid of playing into the stereotype  We waver, we go mute when confronted, … More The Truth in Love: Finding Joy in Our Eternal Purpose