Advent Week 3- JOY

 "When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh." Matthew 2:10-11 All the songs say it. We should be jolly and …

Advent Week 1- LIGHT

As a part of my Advent devotionals this year, I feel God calling me to write often about what He's teaching me this season. I'm guessing it's going to be a great way to keep me focused on Jesus in the midst of the Christmas "craziness". So, here goes...LIGHT"In the beginning was the Word, and the …

Surrender

One of my favorite old hymns is "Take My Life and Let It Be". The writer, Frances Havergal wrote most of the song in 1874 but up until 1878 the 4th stanza had not been written. History tells us that, "In 1878, four years after writing the hymn, Miss Havergal wrote a friend, 'The Lord has …

Grief

For the few of you that might read my blog; you've probably noticed I haven't been around much the past few weeks. Let's just say things have been a little crazy. But, I'm back and I want to write a little about what God is teaching me about grief. I think it's safe to say …

Hope

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12 ESV) I've been contemplating disappointment and discouragement a lot lately. Not only has my pastor been preaching on the subjects, but I have been feeling a lot of both of those emotions recently. As I was studying today, I came across …

True Rest

It seems lately that I live in a constant state of exhaustion. (Such is life with a two year old, I guess.) As I type this my daughter is napping and I'm wondering if I should do the same. All of these thoughts about sleep and naps and rest reminds me of the fact that …

Lip Service

Yesterday at church we sang several of my favorite songs but one has lingered with me over the past 24 hours - All To Us by Chris Tomlin. I was so excited when the song started that I couldn't wait to start singing. But about half-way through the chorus which reads, Let the glory of …