What Happens When You Don’t Want a Word of the Year?

What Happens When You Don’t Want a Word of the Year?

The month of December was already moving along and I told myself that I didn't need a "word" for the year. Time was running out and many people I knew were already posting their "one word." I was feeling that this next year would be a time of "me and God" without the...

Is it Possible to Have Hope and Joy in 2021?

Is it Possible to Have Hope and Joy in 2021?

The last few days of 2020 passed very quickly and the memories of the holidays faded out as the curtain closed on the year. My thoughts now begin to run haphazardly and I am left thinking that 2020 was a cruel joke. The hopes and dreams that lived in my heart as the...

An Invitation to Advent Living

An Invitation to Advent Living

I remember the first nudge, the quickening of my spirit followed by an intake of breath. It was a time when life was overtaking me and catching my breath was hurried at best. A seed was planted that day as I realized that life did not need to feel overwhelming on a...

Becoming Advent People in a Busy World

Becoming Advent People in a Busy World

Hurry up! Slow down! Follow me. Shop here. Buy this. Conflicting messages come at us non-stop. If we focus on what everyone is saying and turn toward the world, we forget the reason we are here, to begin with. The world continues to shout louder, our hearts beat...

Waiting Well in any Season … and Book Release Day!

Waiting Well in any Season … and Book Release Day!

Standing in line at the grocery store recently I found myself wondering how it's even possible in our hurry-up world to stand in line for anything. I'm the first person to claim the desires of my heart as soon as they come available. The thought is that we "deserve"...

Wishing, Waiting, and Willingness … and Book News

Wishing, Waiting, and Willingness … and Book News

Looking back over the last five years, it feels like a blur. The combination of major life changes and loss, mixed with dreams and an open heart brought me to where I am today. There was no magic formula. Many times I believed "stuck" was where I would end up in the...

Lord, Have Your Way in Me ~ Guest Post

Lord, Have Your Way in Me ~ Guest Post

Some days I wake up and wonder how I made it through the last five years. I wonder if it was all a dream, but morning comes and I find myself on the other side of those five years. My mind frequently runs through the highlights as I process the loss, grief, season of...

How to Become People of Advent

How to Become People of Advent

If I take a peek at my calendar, I notice how quickly the holidays are approaching. Countdowns to Christmas have already begun and stores are displaying all things Christmas. I start breathing faster at the thought that I don't have enough time. About five years ago,...

How to Transition Well During Change

How to Transition Well During Change

If you have ever experienced change, this post is for you. If you push back against change, this post is for you. When change is not what you asked for, this post is for you. If you are learning how to transition well during change, this post is for you. The last six...

September Musings ~ 2020

September Musings ~ 2020

I tell everyone my favorite season is summer and it is. There is nothing like it in my eyes until we begin the transition into a new season. The slow slide of one season into the next is a gift to behold every single time. We see the beauty of the previous season give...

How Sweet the Sound

How Sweet the Sound

The final notes of the hymn reverberated through the church as the congregation took their seats. Hope presided as the chorus replayed through my mind one more time--"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound." I quietly nodded to myself. Mom would be so happy to know we...

Are You Using Your Time Wisely?

Are You Using Your Time Wisely?

I'm not sure when I first heard it. It could have been when I was a child, or as a teenager, or even as an adult. The timing of when I heard the words does not make a difference, but the phrase and its meaning does. Somewhere along the timeline of my life, I began to...

Complacency or Contentment – Which Will You Choose?

Complacency or Contentment – Which Will You Choose?

For years, I chose complacency over contentment as I lived what I believed was my best life. I have never loved conflict so this seemed like the best choice for me. Complacency feels like peacefulness when you do your best to steer clear of all things controversial....

August Musings ~ 2020

August Musings ~ 2020

If you had told me that August would fly by this year, I'm not sure I would have believed you. If you had told me that August would bring a taste of fall, I would have laughed. But both things came true and here we are looking at the first day of September. I'm...

July Musings ~ 2020

July Musings ~ 2020

Here we are at the end of another month. Time stood still from March to June but feels like it is beginning to move again. The buzzwords that are still circulating sound pretty much the same: new normal, social distancing, wear your mask, COVID-19, a spike in numbers,...

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