Be still – today. Yes, I know what day it is. If your Christmas to do list is like mine, there may still be more unchecked than checked. Stocking stuffers have yet to be wrapped, batteries not included have yet to be bought, the sudden leak in the downstairs toilet has got to be fixed, and that carrot cake is not going to frost itself. Continue reading Something Bigger Than Ourselves
There’s a loneliness in the darkness of difficult decisions and dashed hopes. When none of your choices are what you hoped they would be. When the lifeline of control is slipping through your fingers and words spoken or imagined exhaust your mind and keep your soul from rest. Continue reading The Longest Night
They are all around us. People whose hearts are breaking, whose worlds are spinning… longing to feel the deep sleep of heavenly peace. Continue reading When All Is Not Merry & Bright
Sometimes it’s only when things seem beyond repair that we realize how precious they are; how much we cannot bear to part with them. Keepsakes we treasure. People we love. Continue reading Life, Love & Elmer’s Glue
Too often we look right past what we have to what used to be. Relationships. Careers. Life circumstances. Wardrobes. And it steals the joy from life. Continue reading The Ghost of Cupcakes Past
Today’s Word: LOVE Today’s Time of Stillness: 17 minutes “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 This Third Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Love. Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down. Continue reading Love
Creating space to wait on God in Advent is a lot like looking up at the night sky. You have to get away from the blinding distractions and neon glare of modern life. You need to be still for a while, and give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness. Continue reading Look Up!
In this special coffee shop staffed by 40 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 9:30 is a time when we are invited to experience the joy that seems to come so naturally to Trevor and to Matt and to Elizabeth.
A joy without masks, or pretense, or worry. Continue reading A Contagious Joy
The ‘Mary’ in me decided that Jesus cares a whole lot more about my mental stability than whether the little deer on the mantle are grouped in the aesthetically correct numbers. Or if I ever do actually finish those thank you notes.
Nope. He cares more about your spirit and heart and how you use them to grow and to love on others — his people — maybe even people we don’t understand or agree with, or even like. Continue reading More Like Mary… and Joseph
Today’s Word: PEACE Today’s Time of Stillness: 10 minutes “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 This Second Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. The Spiritual Practice of Stillness Stillness … Continue reading Peace
God doesn’t require any great acts of piety from us, or profound words, or clever stocking stuffers. God simply invites us to be. To be still. To be still and know that he is God. Because when we get that part right, that God is God and we are not, that is when we can truly rest. Continue reading Learning to be Still
Jesus probably doesn’t care about the dust bunnies under your sofa, but he does want to help the windows of your spirit to shine. Continue reading Holiday Cleaning