I read something on Instagram recently that continues to stick with me (I would link it, but darn you Instagram algorithm, I can't find anything twice) - the poster had asked her pastor whether it was better to put up your Christmas decorations early or late in the Advent season and he asked, "Is doing… Continue reading The one without Christmas decorations
Freedom isn't free. A phrase I've probably heard for most of my life. This weekend that phrase has been rolling around in my head as I think about Memorial Day. It started when a fellow Beautycounter consultant posted that as a servicemember's wife, it Memorial Day sales always bother her. Then I started thinking about… Continue reading Freedom isn’t Free
Welcome to my stream of consciousness. It has been a while since I've been in this space. There are a lot of reasons, really. Life is busy. I'm not making space to write. My priorities are different. But I think the biggest one is I just don't know what to say and have so much… Continue reading Oh, hello.
In February, Catherine and I made our first solo long drive to Williamsburg, Va. (a.k.a. the Promised Land). I had 14 hours of drive time with my delightful but non-verbal companion which translated into plenty of time to think and pray. Right now we are in the phase of Andy's medical journey where the most commonly asked question… Continue reading Our Plans, God’s Plans
Wow, Advent really caught me by surprise this year. I've been so consumed by the day to day lately that it is easy to lose track of the long game. I love that there are seasons preceding the big Christian holidays to draw us out of our day to day and remind us to fix… Continue reading An Advent Prayer
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And… Continue reading Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put… Continue reading A love letter poured out on their feet
This past year, some of our dear friends from college had a baby that was born at only 25 weeks gestation. She is happy and thriving today due to the care of excellent doctors and the best medical technology has to offer but none of that was possible without physical, emotional, and monetary sacrifice. More than once… Continue reading What a Baby in the NICU taught me about Jesus
Almost four years ago, Andy and I made an extremely brief stop by the Billy Graham Library. Unfortunately, we ended up getting to the library right as it was closing so all we were able to do was walk around the grounds. One of the things that we were able to see was Ruth Graham's tombstone.… Continue reading Construction in Progress – Thank you for your Patience
In the past few years, I have come to love the Christian year. It was one of the things that Protestants decided to take or leave during the Reformation. If you are looking, you can still see traces of it in many Protestant churches today. Some are fairly obvious about it like Episcopalians and others just give… Continue reading To Everything There Is A Season