Advent Week 4 Theme: Peace – Today, wise men and women still seek Jesus

From the day we decorate our Christmas tree, until they day we put the ornaments away, our tree is illuminated. The lights add an unmistakable calm to the room. I have to be transparent here. My husband told me he didn’t feel like taking the tree down last year so I jokingly told him to leave it up. Well needless to say, it never found its way back to the storage area.  I wondered what it would be like to keep the tree up all year just because of the …

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Advent Week 4 Theme: Peace – When do we get to the Christmas story?

I had no computer for two days and a misbehaving phone. I’m not sure I want to ditch technology as a long term solution to busyness, but having a phone that didn’t work right and a computer that perpetually fell asleep while I was using it – was – well, let’s say, an interesting experience. Let’s see …. where were we? Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! If we were Mary and Joseph we would be traveling today. Maybe you’re traveling.  If you are, travel safely and whatever awaits you at your …

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Advent Theme: Hope – When it's dark, there's something about the light.

There’s something about light. Imagine a world where there was nothing but darkness all the time. Imagine weeks of cloudy, dreary days. Imagine days when we spend more hours in the dark than we do in the light. Some of us drive to work in the dark and on the way home – yep! It’s dark again.  No wonder we crave the light. We are energized by sunshine, even in the depths of winter. When the sun shines, our mood shines right along with it. What’s the first thing we …

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Everyone wants to be on the right track. Could it be as simple as 1 thing?

A few years ago – well probably more than a few years ago, there was a movie that made a statement “1 thing” . Does anyone remember it? Billy Crystal was questioning his life, maybe because he was overworked and unfulfilled, living on the outer edge of mid- life, headed for old age. He was searching for something to fill him up and solve the dilemma of what had become of his life. He dragged his family to a dude ranch, where he was certain living the spartan life of …

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Inside Out

I hear there is rain in the forecast; or is it snow? It’s April, after all.  But that means cloudy and overcast, not much sun but what does that mean? Cloudy outside and a great opportunity to be sunny inside.  Awhile back I wrote about how a candle shines brightest when the room is darkest.  I love the words of Jesus in John 8:12 when he spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have …

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Go toward the light …

When I enter a room to relax, kick back, veg out – in short, to become the epitome of a couch potato in appearance and momentum – I dim the lights, grab my blanket, and enter the state of inertia.  Not so when I enter a room with intentions to work on a project, read a book, do some cleaning, or check off items on my to-done list. When I’m on a mission, I turn the lights on, sometimes more than one, because I want to see clearly, need every …

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Are there any answers?

Thousands of people woke up sadder today than they did yesterday. The tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon shocked our nation once again and we are all reeling with agitated and screaming emotions. There will be plenty of speculation, “It happened because …” and plenty of blame, “Security was inadequate and it’s fault of …” This will take years to sort out and there still will be no solid authentic answer to the how could this happen. When I first heard the news, my very first thought …

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The Ultimate Outfit

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think “Ugh! What am I going to wear today?” I turn on the news and they have all the advice about what to wear “out at the bus stop” and how bundled up I need to be, but that’s the easy part.  I have a couple coats to choose from.  But what, oh what to wear?  I have a closet overflowing with clothes and let me tell you it’s a challenge for a brain before coffee to make the ultimate choice …

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It's Warm Inside

OK everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning everyone! It’s Wednesday …. the middle of the week – and boy it is COLD out there!  Here are some ways to warm up our day from the inside out.  Having an attitude of gratitude, practicing being thankful is a catalyst. It changes e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. It takes an act of the will be just be thankful, especially in those times (days, weeks, longer) that it seems like nothing favors you. Stuff happens, more goes wrong than goes right, our armor wears thin, and we …

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There will be storms

Last night our church held a Trunk or Treat event that’s gained in popularity over the past 15 years, maybe even longer.  With the weather outside ravaged by the remnants of hurricane Sandy, we brought the activities indoors. I was in the hot spot where kids love to be – with the inflatables. I don’t know how many kids and parents were in there, but it was packed out with family-friendly fun. Loud and happy, family fun. That incident impressed upon me the way it is with life. There are …

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Refining Grace