When Your Christmas Feels Ordinary (Advent: Week 2)

I’m seeing it everywhere. This call to slow down this Christmas. To take time out of your busy days and be still. To prop your socked feet up in front of the twinkling tree and rest. And be sure to document it on Instagram. Watch the snow fall, listen to the carols sung, breathe a little…

How to Make Peace On Earth Happen this Christmas (Advent: Week 2)

I wrote a prayer in my journal that morning. Some quick words jotted down in the stillness of pre-dawn dark. “I want to encounter you this Christmas, Lord.” I light a candle and sip my coffee. “I don’t want to limit you to my preconceived notions of how Christmas needs to happen. I’m ready to…

How to Prepare for Christmas (Advent Week 1)

The countdown to Christmas is on. Boxes and windows are opened on the advent calendars hung on refrigerators and set on shelves. Only twenty-six more days, we’re reminded by retail sellers and small children alike. Less than a month. The excitement is tossed around as more lights are strung and more wreaths are hung. The…

Space to Hope [Advent Week One]

We got our tree yesterday. A poky, quirky, fat-on-one-side tree from the middle of the woods. It was snowing when we drove down the quiet road in search for it. Christmas music played on my iPhone. And now our house has that pine scent I’ve been waiting for since the day I vacuumed up the…

Tis the Season (Links for your journey through Advent)

I’ll be honest. The best thing about Thanksgiving is that it means Christmas is next. I’m apathetic toward the turkey, the pumpkin pie, and I opposed to stuffing (who wants soggy bread) and gravy. But as soon as the plates are put in the dishwasher and the table is wiped down it is officially the…

Why I’m Thankful

I flip through pages in my journal. There’s a lot there. Scattered across the pages, scratched out in sloppy handwriting, filling the lines of this small notebook. Half sentences and fragmented thoughts. Hundreds of things I’m thankful for. Pink sunrises // hot coffee in the morning // white mugs // pumpkin vanilla scented candles //…

Saturday Shares (For Your Thanksgiving Week)

Online links worth a read: How a Hard Year Can Give You a Good Thanksgiving by Ann Voskamp “When you live in a covenant of grace, you can’t help but live out a covenant of gratitude.”  The Thanksgiving You Never Knew You Needed by Jennifer Deibel “Though this holiday season may look nothing like what you…

Seasons of Feasting

The table is set. A lace cloth has been spread underneath our finest china. Every dish we could imagine is put before us. A giant turkey has just been carved and the aroma of baking pies teases our watering taste buds. Candle flames wave and dance above the meal as we sit down with the…

Why I Love November

Here’s the thing, November. I’ve kind of fallen in love with you. I love the feeling of being in between seasons you’ve brought. Fall and its glory has dwindled. The leaves -once vibrant and crunchy beneath my feet, have lost their crisp color. The occasional morning frosts have stolen the feeling of fresh autumn and…

Saturday Shares (At the end of Election week)

What a week. I am here on this bright Saturday morning (thank you Daylight Savings) still catching my breath from all that has ensued. Last Sunday night we wrapped up a heart wrenching run of The Diary of Anne Frank. I watched every night for a week as our high school boys with swastikas on…

What Remains to Be Said About Tuesday’s Election

I have some words. Some words about all that transpired in our nation and in our community and in our families and in our churches and in our schools and in our world this week. I have some words of complaint, of protest, of blame. I have words of exhortation, praise, and hope. Some bitter…

How To Make the Dark Days Light

The days are getting short. The light is coming later and leaving earlier while darkness invades more of our time. Each day we lose a few more minutes to the night. I wake up in the dark, tripping over yesterdays shoes on the way to the light switch. An hour later it is still dark….