When We Feel Like Something’s Missing from Christmas

Christmas is almost here and it’s causing my heart to palpitate. I’m not even close to being ready! How did it get to be December 10 already? Our tree is still in its box, huddled in the corner of the basement with all the decorations. It’s going to stay there a few more days because … Continue reading When We Feel Like Something’s Missing from Christmas

The Christmas Miracle of a Softened Heart

How’s your heart this Christmas? It’s the question that echoes through the "fields by night," the draughty stable and living rooms filled with lights and decorations this year. I hear it in Christmas readings and songs. What does my heart have to do with Christmas? Everything. Our hearts beat out the rhythm of our lives. … Continue reading The Christmas Miracle of a Softened Heart

When God Seems Silent at Christmas

Christmastime. Smiling kids, bright lights and the piney scent of trees all dressed up for show. It’s a magical time of year. Sometimes. For some of us, it’s a struggle. I’ve had years like that as I’m sure you have too. The very idea of putting up a Christmas tree is exhausting. Or makes you … Continue reading When God Seems Silent at Christmas

What We Should Be Fighting For

Dear Bride of Christ (aka the North American Church), The church is the beloved Bride of Christ.  God's plan to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Yet here in North America, you make me sad. As the world continues to get more confounding, I find you do too. I don’t understand all the fighting. … Continue reading What We Should Be Fighting For

Choosing What’s Important This Holiday Season

Can you feel the pressure mounting? The expectations rising? It’s that time of year again. The Christmas season. I never quite know how I’ll react to the holidays. Two years ago, I was ready early. I had the advent calendars made up and everything. It was a rare year. Last year, I barely got the … Continue reading Choosing What’s Important This Holiday Season

The Scandal of Christmas

It’s nothing new. As I sat listening to my husband preach on Sunday (yes I do listen!) about Jesus loving all people and how we should follow His example, I was struck by the whole scandalous nature of Christmas. It’s nothing new. People have written and preached lots, on the scandal of Christmas over the … Continue reading The Scandal of Christmas

New Insights From An Old Story

My Mom passed me a book the other day on Mary.  Unafraid by Francine Rivers.  It’s a novella about the mother of Jesus.  It’s biblically based but there is some literary license to fill in some gaps. I like the title.  It’s not a characteristic that we normally associate with Mary, at least I don’t. … Continue reading New Insights From An Old Story

The Celebration of Christmas

Two weeks until Christmas.  Are you freaking out yet?  I am not. That’s not to brag.  It’s more a statement of pleasant surprise. Other years I was overwhelmed and ready to hide out somewhere.  It’s not that this Christmas season is any different.  In fact I am planning a birthday party for next week.  The.week.before.Christmas. … Continue reading The Celebration of Christmas

Where Advent and Christmas Really Reside

About this time of year, I usually feel like a failure.  Advents and Christmases past, have passed me by like a race car, leaving me in their little wisps of dust.  Gone before I could even get a handle on it. For many years, I haven’t enjoyed the Advent or Christmas season.  I felt overwhelmed … Continue reading Where Advent and Christmas Really Reside

The Lie of Dystopia

It’s no secret I love to read.  I once heard a Christian writer speak a number of years back and her advice was to read and read and read some more.  She encouraged us to read everything under the sun.  At the time she was reading Stephen King. One of the genres I love is … Continue reading The Lie of Dystopia