New Year. New Word. Come and see.

I have worn glasses since high school and that Human Phys. class where the teacher perplexed me with all of his blurry diagrams on the chalk board. I thought it was just me. Science isn’t really my thing. But, it turns out that being able to see the notes on the board can make science a whole lot easier. In fact, being able to see has a way of making all of life a little easier. Read More

Why I need a word for this New Year

2016 is down to its last few hours. And some folks are quite happy about this, according to my Facebook newsfeed. The death, destruction and chaos that have dominated the news cycles lately seem to have everyone running headlong into 2017 with the hope that it will be different.  And it might be.  A new year always dawns with hopeful possibilities laying out in front of our eyes like freshly fallen snow. But. I need a minute. I need a minute with 2016 before stepping forward into this new year. A minute to turn away from the news reels and the pundits’ predictions and to look at the path left by my own footprints. I need to see the goodness and the sorrow of this year all wrapped up together; to see where I have been before I cast my eyes on where we are going. Read More

On Christmas Eve — the final piece in our Advent series

It’s looking a lot like this around here today. Christmas Eve and I can’t even find my desk. There are still gifts to be wrapped and children whining about not having anything to do (are you kidding me?). There are shirts that need ironing and church services to prepare for and food for tomorrow that needs cooking and…. my hands are shaking just typing all of this. It is Christmas Eve for goodness sake! Read More

The Truth about Joy — the Fourth in our Advent Series

The joy candle is broken. You can see it up there in the picture. And I keep forgetting to buy a new one. As if a trip to the store could simply replace the broken joy. I believe it was a ball that someone threw or a somersault that some kid turned too close to that table that snapped the joy right in half. It doesn’t really matter how it happened. Read More

Seeking love — the third in our Advent series

It won’t be much longer now. The days are ticking off the calendar at  a rapid-fire kind of speed. My boys rejoice as we light the third candle and the store clerk at Walmart sends me into a full on panic when she asks if I am ready for Christmas.  Umm … no, I am not even ready for supper tonight. But, ready or not,  it appears as though Christmas is coming! So we light this love candle, take a deep breath and lean forward into all that these coming days hold. Read More

Seeking Peace — the second in our Advent series

dsc_0299-2The second Sunday in Advent blows in cold and rainy here in the South. And it seems that the sun never quite wakes up as we gather in the sanctuary; cold rain beating hard on the roof and near darkness covering the room. Read More

Seeking Hope — the first in a series of Advent posts

dsc_0283Advent is defined as this season of ‘expectant waiting and preparation for Jesus’ birth’, for the coming of Christmas. Makes it sound holy, quiet and serene, doesn’t it? But really? Really, we are entering  a season of crazy, busy doing. Anybody with me? And I just can’t seem to break the spin cycle. So how about this? Each week as we light these candles and walk into this season, I will be sharing some scripture and words here on the blog and praying that it can help us pause and see Him with us —  even as we hustle and hurry to make it all happen. So come on in… Read More

When Giving Thanks Seems Out of Place

untitledI am so excited to be given to opportunity to write over here at (in)courage today. My post is featured as their post of the day!

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When Giving Thanks Seems Out of Place

 

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

A prayer on this Election Day

dsc_0078Here’s the prayer that’s been on repeat in my heart about this day.

Lord, today is the day.  Today is the day that “we the people of this great nation” get to decide who will lead us. Today is the day. Read More

Stepping into new things

dsc_0041He wants to try a new sport, this routine loving boy of mine. The basketball court has been his second home for so many seasons that we’ve lost count. But not this winter, he tells us. Wrestling. He wants to do wrestling. He wants to try a new thing. Read More