Sabbath Offerings ~ 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sabbath Offerings ~ 3rd Sunday of Advent

It's hard to believe it is already the 3rd Sunday of Advent. In a week and one day, we will be celebrating Christmas. I feel in a rush to slow down and use the rest of this time wisely. It is contradictory to all I am trying to do. Hurry up and wait. Go faster to...

In the Stillness

In the Stillness

In the Stillness At first light, my eyes flutter open I fight against dawn's rays and roll over The sun's milky beam finds its way between the blinds And I curl up closer and cocoon myself under the blankets.   First light, new day, a quiet awakening In the stillness,...

Sabbath Offerings ~ 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sabbath Offerings ~ 2nd Sunday of Advent

On this 2nd Sunday of Advent let's look into why Mary and Joseph ended up in Bethlehem for the birth of their son, Jesus. Their faith and perseverance are a testimony to an essential piece of the story God had written. The travel conditions were harsh and the back of...

You Are Brave

You Are Brave

I wonder whether brave is only for a season. After the season is over, I can return to the sweet comfort of laying low, returning to my comfort zone and just being me. It's like my own seasonal time of hibernation. I talk to myself and believe I can conquer brave...

Sabbath Offerings ~ 1st Sunday of Advent

Sabbath Offerings ~ 1st Sunday of Advent

Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent. A time for us to mark a new beginning. The preparation of our hearts for God's greatest gift to us - His Son. It is our chance to embrace the hope of all that is coming. Today I share past Advent traditions and the lessons God shared...

The Dance of the Empty Chairs

The Dance of the Empty Chairs

Four years ago, my snapshot of family changed forever. The comfortable and familiar were snatched out from underneath my feet like a magician pulling a tablecloth away from the table decorations in one fell swoop. This marked the beginning of the dance of the empty...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Thanksgiving and a Surprise

Sabbath Offerings ~ Thanksgiving and a Surprise

Each weekend we gather together in this space to spend time with each other and God. You come with coffee or tea in hand and touch me with your presence and sweet words of encouragement. I look forward to our time together and love starting my day knowing you will...

Prepare Ye the Way

Prepare Ye the Way

Fall is becoming a distant memory. The chill in the air reminds me to search for my gloves, scarf, and earmuffs. The leaves hang on in places, but barrenness stretches across the landscape. A silent chant begins to crescendo each morning as I reluctantly crawl out of...

When Just the Right Women Walk in the Room

When Just the Right Women Walk in the Room

I walked into the room ready to share stories and reflections of my brave faith journey. I worked hard to prepare just the right words. Throughout the process, I prayed for God to encourage just the right women to join me for my sessions. As the day grew closer, I...

Finding the End of You

Finding the End of You

When I was young, any age over twenty seemed ancient. As I entered my teenage years, reaching thirty looked like a huge milestone. Now I look back at those ages and know that where I am is exactly where I should be. We search, sometimes our whole lives, to find the...

Scripture and a Picture ~ Faith

Scripture and a Picture ~ Faith

God tells us we only need faith the size of a mustard seed. He teaches us that His promises are true. If we only stop and turn to God, we will receive salvation. The road to faith seems relatively easy when I look at these few perspectives. The story of Abraham comes...

Finding Your Sweet Spot ~ A Guest Post

Finding Your Sweet Spot ~ A Guest Post

The temperature felt like ninety degrees in the noonday sun. If I looked closely, I saw steam radiating off the asphalt. Nearby, my mom looked confident and in control in her tennis skirt, hat, and sunglasses. I gazed at the volley of tennis balls distractedly,...

Scripture and a Picture ~ Home

Scripture and a Picture ~ Home

Leaving home a few weeks ago to travel to Colorado, seemed like going to a faraway land. I spent summer vacations growing up with my family exploring the East coast so anything west was new. I set out excited to see a new part of the country, new scenery and to spend...

Home in the In-Between

Home in the In-Between

A little over a month ago, I lived with a friend at her house. My own house sold and my new one was not ready. Rather than spend money I didn't have by living in a hotel or renting an apartment, my friend graciously opened her door to me. I packed up my house, watched...

Sabbath Offerings ~ Home is Who You Carry in Your Heart

Sabbath Offerings ~ Home is Who You Carry in Your Heart

Several years ago I met my future daughter-in -law. My son told me about her as soon as he got home from summer camp that year. He had taken a group of students to camp as a youth pastor at his church. There was something so endearing about my son when he described...

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