Respite is a gift of stillness that we can give to others. Those brief moments that allow the whirlwind of life to die down, even for just a little while, and remind us of the peace we carry within us; the divine gift of stillness that never leaves us. Continue reading Carols of Stillness & Peace
Stillness is a time when we make room to hear the voices that we need to hear, even the ones that disturb us, that challenge us to be who we think we are. Continue reading “It Wasn’t My Turn”
There is something counter-cultural about stillness. For all of the apps and articles helping us to focus on mindfulness and being present, the caroler’s refrain that “all is calm, all is bright” continues to elude us. Continue reading Why Stillness for Advent?
I want more from Advent, this season of preparation. I want the stillness of waiting, of expectation. I want the peace of resting, of trusting. I want the wonder of hopeful imagination. The true gifts that Christmas offers.
Not instead of the celebrations, but in the midst of them. Because that’s where faith is found… along the way. Join me in Growing Still this Advent. Continue reading Growing Still This Advent
The longer I would search for words to make Alaina feel better, the more speechless I became. There came a time when actions were the best way to show love. A simple hug, a trip to the park or even a meal at her favorite Bojangles on the way to her treatment.
The actions were beyond what the tongue could speak. Continue reading I Love You More Than the Tongue Can Speak
God didn’t design us to all be alike. To think alike.
To act alike. Create room in your heart this Christmas for those who are different from you. Continue reading How Do You Decorate Your Gingerbread House?
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