An Advent Calendar of Surprises

Recently I was chatting with a friend who was flabbergasted that I’m basically done with my Christmas shopping. Really, that’s just because I love Amazon and I’m at Costco once a week. It makes it a little easier for me. But still- it made me feel really good about how well I was doing in […]

The 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge

I love it when researchers start telling us that something is good for us and that ‘something’ is a thing that the Bible has been saying for thousands of years – the importance of gratitude. Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in […]

From the Manger to the Cross

Oh, how the first Sunday of advent prepares my heart for Christmas. Today is a day of celebrating, and also a day of being intentional about turning our hearts to the manger to await the coming of our King.  To turn my heart away from decorations and gift-buying can sometimes be hard. Often, getting caught […]

Watching the Wall Go Up

Outside of my office window I get to see many things. There are lots of trees full of changing leaves that I can watch shift from rich green to reverent gold. In some of those trees are squirrels gathering their acorns for the long winter ahead, their spastic movements constantly surprising my watchful eyes. Amongst […]

Honestly Thankful

Thanksgiving Day is here.  All over the country folks travel to be with family and friends, guys in countless neighborhoods play epic backyard football games, the ambitious among us run turkey trots before we eat, and the Macy’s Parade ushers in the holiday season.  This is a day for pausing, for feasting, and for thanksgiving. […]