Endings and beginnings.

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... Continue Reading →

The Love of Advent

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.... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

How to Simply “Fall”

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... Continue Reading →

Finding Joy in Seasons of Grief

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... Continue Reading →

Eyes forward.

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... Continue Reading →

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