Why I love “The Little Drummer Boy”

Dr. Russel Moore, me and my gone-to-Jesus Grandma Oleta have something in common: The Little Drummer Boy is one of our favorite Christmas songs. I read Dr. Moore's, "In Defense of 'The Little Drummer Boy'" this morning and smiled. I've been driving through busy traffic, writing to-do lists, wrapping presents, and trying to stay on… Continue reading Why I love “The Little Drummer Boy”

Hope is not a dandelion wish

I decided to write some reflections on hope as I pass through Advent this year. Advent doesn't officially start till next Sunday, so this post will be a preface to this series. I hope you'll join me, or find some devotional like the one here, or here , or here, or just pick up a… Continue reading Hope is not a dandelion wish

Christmas Day 2017 thoughts

(Virgin Mary and Eve Crayon & pencil drawing by Sr Grace Remington, OCSO © 2005, Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey.) Today started off with dog poop on the floor.  Not exactly the picturesque Christmas morning.  Ugh.  But the good news is, it got better from there. We didn't visit with family, except by phone today.  Just… Continue reading Christmas Day 2017 thoughts

The real, not so glamorous, Christmas story

  On a night (or maybe it was day), in Roman occupied ancient Israel, a young, Jewish woman writhed, and cried as the excruciating pains of labor gripped her body and tore her flesh.  And there, where animals in the ancient world feed, a vernix and blood covered baby boy, swaddled in clothes to keep… Continue reading The real, not so glamorous, Christmas story

Isaiah, I believe your report

(image credit) Isaiah, I Believe Your Report by Sheila Dougal O God of Isaiah! I believe your report! You cut me from the Rock. You planted in me the Word. You made me your child because you became the Servant. My transgressions pierced You. My sins crushed You. One of your smallest stones yet you… Continue reading Isaiah, I believe your report

4 Ways to Unwrap the Gift of Waiting on God

There's a lot of waiting on God in the Bible. Joseph's waits in prison, wrongly accused. Israel waits in captivity, suffering for her idolatry. Roman occupied Jerusalem waits for the Messiah after centuries of hearing nothing from God. And we wait for Christ's return while we sow the seed of his gospel sojourning here. Waiting… Continue reading 4 Ways to Unwrap the Gift of Waiting on God

Just keep reading

(Image credit: Paul Gauguin, Te Tamari No Atua (Nativity),1896) *Before I begin, you should really go to that image credit link and read about this painting of the Nativity.* I'm not a Bible scholar. I really enjoy reading and studying the Bible, but I don't have any formal education in the Bible.  I have had some… Continue reading Just keep reading

Advent Day 20: Waiting For God

Save me, O God!  For the waters have come up to my neck.  I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.  I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched.  My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God.… Continue reading Advent Day 20: Waiting For God

Advent: 24 Days of Looking to the Light of the World

Christmas is a very special time for me personally. My history of personal trials and having a baby boy at Christmastime nearly 12 years ago has changed Christmas for me forever. Every year since then, Christmas has been not a day, but days of worship and meditation leading up to the 25th of December and… Continue reading Advent: 24 Days of Looking to the Light of the World

Love. Suffering. And the Heart-Stream Turner.

(Old pic, boys have grown a lot in a couple years.)Here it is approaching midnight. I so wanted to sit down and write out some thoughts from today earlier but a neighbor popping in, a child wanting to play cards, a husband not feeling well and soap to be made stood in my way.So, here… Continue reading Love. Suffering. And the Heart-Stream Turner.