Advent 2022 – Liturgy of Preparation

Advent 2022 – Liturgy of Preparation

Welcome to Week Two of the Advent season. Today we will explore the liturgy of preparation. Before moving on, I hope and pray you invited someone to join you on this journey. This year I invited my grandkids and kids to take part in gaining a new understanding of...

Advent 2022 – Liturgy of Invitation

Advent 2022 – Liturgy of Invitation

As a nine-year-old, I couldn't wait for my first official birthday party. My mom and I planned and prepared weeks ahead of time. She taught me that even before we chose the party games and food for the party, we needed to write out the invitations. For it is in the...

Making Space for Coming Home

Making Space for Coming Home

It was one hug in an airport. A safe landing in the middle of a tumultuous journey home. A familiar face that split my heart wide open in a sea of weary travelers. This was all it took for that deep breath to make its way throughout my body. This was the invitation to...

Making Space for Worry

Making Space for Worry

I'm wondering right now what you are thinking after you read the title of this post. Are you wondering what in the world is she thinking or are you curious enough to keep reading? Making space for worry goes against the mainstream of our culture. It pushes us in a...

Making Space for Rest

Making Space for Rest

It's amazing how when you crave a specific thing, you begin to see it pop up everywhere. 2022 seems to carry a theme of rest for many people I know. After two years of pandemic, unrest, uncertainty, and all the other things happening in your life, 2022 is the perfect...

Making Space for Grief

Making Space for Grief

Making space for grief was not part of the plan. Watching grief bump up against my ordinary life was not the way I thought it would go. Grief is messy, hard, and never quite leaves once it takes root. When grief settles in and takes hold, your life changes in ways...

Where Do You Need to be More Honest in Your Story?

Where Do You Need to be More Honest in Your Story?

Where do you need to be more honest in your story? What holds you back from living authentically? How do you move forward when the truth you seek is not what God created you for? These power-packed questions will either leave you cowering or ready to face them head...

Light and Dark: God’s Perfect Dichotomy

Light and Dark: God’s Perfect Dichotomy

I'm not sure when I began to become fascinated with light and dark. Maybe it was last year, the year before that, or maybe it was yesterday. I feel like it's always been simmering below the surface waiting to make its appearance. It's as if it has always been standing...

If You Had Known Me: Three Ways that Lead to the Father

If You Had Known Me: Three Ways that Lead to the Father

"lf you had known me, you would have known my Father also." This verse from John 14 begins with five words that make all the difference. What if we take these five words and hold them closely as we begin this new year? What if we decide that Jesus is where we hold our...

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...

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