We bring expectations to so many areas of our lives. Our relationships, our work, our faith, even our experience of Christmas. Subtle checklists of what should be – how it should look and feel – that can sometimes get in the way of seeing the gifts right in front of us. Continue reading Great Expectations
Believe the truth of what God says about you. Let it drown out the other voices in your head. You are made in the image of God – beautiful, beloved, whole. You are loved with an everlasting love. You are more than enough. Continue reading Believe You are Enough
We all need a friend to help us up, not if, but when, we fall. Continue reading Are You a Good Friend?
What will your Advent smell like this year? Will the aroma be sweet and inviting to those around you? Will fragrances of comfort and forgiveness, understanding and healing linger in your wake? Continue reading Smells Like Jesus
What if hope were on our wish list this year. Even better, what if that was the gift we sought to give. To wrap up big and small acts of justice and mercy and peace and slip them into the stockings where they are needed the most. To light a candle of hope in the darkness of too much self, too much them, not enough we. Continue reading Is Hope on Your Wish List?
We spend so much energy cramming all we can into all of the spaces in our lives – our calendar, our closet, our mental checklist – that when room is finally created, anticipation can’t help but well up with the wonder of how it will be filled. How God will fill it. Continue reading Open to Wonder
This Advent, in the midst of the festive and fun chaos, create moments of stillness to truly anticipate and prepare for Christ to come into your life in new ways. Continue reading Be Still: Advent 2018
Worry cannot add a single moment to your life, but it can certainly take moments of joy away. Continue reading A Sabbath Rest From Worry
Life doesn’t just happen to us. We’re not helpless. We make choices. If we’re going to stop for sabbath, it’s not going to happen by chance, only by choice. Continue reading Hamster Wheel Exit Strategy
Sometimes we speed so fast through life that we miss the anticipation of what is coming, the delight of getting ready for what is next. Continue reading Ready, Set, …Stop! Preparing for Sabbath
The world will never invite us to sabbath. We will never be or do or give enough for the world.
But Jesus says “Come to me… recover your life… take a real rest.” Continue reading Embracing Sabbath: A Practical Journey
Our lives get filled with junk and it weighs us down. Bad habits. Hurtful words. Judgmental thoughts. Toxic beliefs. Some of it we collect. Some of it gets dumped in our laps. Some of it we have pushed so far to the back of the cabinet that we don’t even know it’s there anymore. But it is taking up space in our lives; physical, emotional or spiritual space that God wants to fill with himself. Continue reading Decluttering the Heart