I read something on Instagram recently that continues to stick with me (I would link it, but darn you Instagram algorithm, I can't find anything twice) - the poster had asked her pastor whether it was better to put up your Christmas decorations early or late in the Advent season and he asked, "Is doing… Continue reading The one without Christmas decorations
Freedom isn't free. A phrase I've probably heard for most of my life. This weekend that phrase has been rolling around in my head as I think about Memorial Day. It started when a fellow Beautycounter consultant posted that as a servicemember's wife, it Memorial Day sales always bother her. Then I started thinking about… Continue reading Freedom isn’t Free
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And… Continue reading Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put… Continue reading A love letter poured out on their feet
This past year, some of our dear friends from college had a baby that was born at only 25 weeks gestation. She is happy and thriving today due to the care of excellent doctors and the best medical technology has to offer but none of that was possible without physical, emotional, and monetary sacrifice. More than once… Continue reading What a Baby in the NICU taught me about Jesus
Almost four years ago, Andy and I made an extremely brief stop by the Billy Graham Library. Unfortunately, we ended up getting to the library right as it was closing so all we were able to do was walk around the grounds. One of the things that we were able to see was Ruth Graham's tombstone.… Continue reading Construction in Progress – Thank you for your Patience
In the past few years, I have come to love the Christian year. It was one of the things that Protestants decided to take or leave during the Reformation. If you are looking, you can still see traces of it in many Protestant churches today. Some are fairly obvious about it like Episcopalians and others just give… Continue reading To Everything There Is A Season
Today is Palm Sunday. The day that Christians celebrate Christ's entrance into Jerusalem. I think that the way Christ came to Jerusalem is very instructive for us. Though he had the right to all power and authority in heaven and on earth, he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey colt, a humble pack animal. There… Continue reading Just a simple donkey.
This morning I started reading Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. A friend of mine gave it to me when she was cleaning out her bookshelves. I have been looking for something new to read during my devotional time and thought I would give it a chance. Well I'm only a couple pages… Continue reading True Devotion
Our campus chaplain at the University where I work put together a lenten devotional for the campus and asked different members of the University community to write the devotion for each day. I was honored to be one of the ones he asked and thought the readers of the blog might enjoy it too. Isaiah… Continue reading A God of Redemption