The Memories Are All That’s Left

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14 “And what happened then? Well, … Read More

Peace is a Person

“For He himself is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14a) Jesus is our peace. That beautiful night Jesus was born, shepherds were sitting on the hillside with their sheep when a heavenly host of angels appeared singing out, “Glory to God in the … Read More

Stuff those Stockings with Memories

  My #1 favorite idea EVER for a Christmas stockings stuffer is…a JOURNAL. You may be wondering WHY I’d recommend such a basic (boring?) thing. Let me explain… Buy your child(ren), yourself, and your spouse, a Christmas themed journal and … Read More

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

“But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.” Luke 2:19 (NIrV) “So God throws open the door of this world—and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because … Read More

A Note from Your Father to You this Christmas

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love.” Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV) “God loves each of us as if there were only … Read More

Christmas Prayer

“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The … Read More

Raising Children who Bring Hope to a Hurting World

With four children, there have been many Christmas nights that I’ve been up, rocking or feeding a baby. These quiet moments always give me a chance to reflect on the night Jesus was born. What was Mary thinking and feeling as … Read More

Hanukkah is called The Feast of Light

Hanukkah is called The Festival of Light and is remembered annually with sweet treats, 8 days of gift-giving, and 8 days of lighting candles on the menorah. My family celebrates this meaningful holiday every year, with greasy latkes and doughnuts … Read More

His Tradition Keepers

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 Have you ever seen the musical, … Read More

Encouragement for Moms Christmas Greeting

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same … Read More

Behold: You Hold Wonder in Your Hands, Mama

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 NKJV Every childhood year I can remember, my family began December 23rd exclaiming, “It’s … Read More