The Element of Surprise

The Element of Surprise

My husband watches the sky. Even when he’s driving, which sometimes is a little bit concerning. He watches large birds as they soar overhead. “I know they’re probably turkey vultures,” he says. “But maybe one time they’ll be hawks. Or eagles.” He looks up with a sense of anticipation. That maybe this time, the expected will […]

King of Kings

King of Kings

Merry Christmas! On this day we celebrate the historical birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Prince of peace, Emmanuel~God with us. No other world religion has a god that came to his people other than the one true God that Christians worship. God became flesh through the person of Jesus […]

Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

[ Christ Born of Mary ] And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was […]

The Real Comfort of Christmas

The Real Comfort of Christmas

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for… Isaiah 40:1-2 Our hearts long for comfort at Christmas. I remember the comfort of waking up one Christmas as a child and finding it had snowed three feet during the night, […]

Are You Ready for Bethlehem?

Are You Ready for Bethlehem?

I read somewhere that rolls of papyrus were sometimes up to 33 feet long. Mary could have made some pretty looong lists for her trip to Bethlehem, but I’m guessing hers was pretty simple: Water Bread Olives Cheese lentils Dried fruit Flour Olive oil Lamp Extra tunic Sleeping mats Swaddling bands Square cloth Salt (Two […]

Shaking the Holiday Blues

Shaking the Holiday Blues

CHRISTMAS! We all have expectations of what Christmas ought to be. For some of us, the very thought of breaking out decorations, and gathering with family to share in the story of Christ’s birth makes us shimmer with excitement. While others cower at the thought of traipsing through crowded stores and crawling along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. I tend […]

Where is Mary?

Where is Mary?

Nativity sets come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  Mine is made of hand-carved olive wood from Israel. But that’s not what makes it so unusual. Take a closer look. Can you spot what I mean? Right in the middle, where he belongs, is baby Jesus in the manger, surrounded by sheep and cattle, bearded […]

Led to a Stable

Led to a Stable

I love the Christmas Season. I can’t help it. As a child, I believed in Santa with all of my heart. When I found out he didn’t exist, my heart broke and Christmas lost its magic. Then, I became a Christ-follower. And Christmas took on a whole new meaning. I recently read a devotion by […]

It Was For Us

It Was For Us

In this season of required gaiety and cheer, we might not normally consider why Jesus came as a human infant. Ultimately, it was to resurrect, and before that was possible, he had to die. In between, he gave us lessons on how to live. But in the midst of what life brings, the Psalmist cries, […]

Can You Picture It?

Can You Picture It?

“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, […]

The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

By the time you read this you’ll likely have finished all your Christmas shopping. You might still be wrapping gifts, baking cookies or preparing food for family. I know I’ll be in the midst of preparations and festivities since both of my sons and their families will be with us this year. My husband and […]

Born With A Purpose

Born With A Purpose

  Born With A Purpose Can you imagine what it is like for Mary? This young mom having just given birth to a child who would save the world. Would save her. There’s not much said about this in the Bible. Each child is born with a purpose, but when Jesus was born, he had […]

Christmas Nostalgia

Christmas Nostalgia

It seems the older I get, the older the memories I’m dredging up… Allow me to indulge in a bit of Christmas nostalgia from my childhood. Up until I was ten years old, we lived in Stamford, Connecticut–the first five during WWII. My dad wasn’t called up because of his job, and he commuted to […]

Presence vs Presents

Presence vs Presents

Raise your hands if you are seeking more of God. Shout ‘Hallelujah’ if you enjoy praising Him. Say ‘Amen’ if you want a more intimate relationship with Him. This holiday season, let’s seek His ‘presence’ more than His ‘presents.’ Yes, we want His presents of anointing, power, authority, gifts, fruits, freedom, victory, prosperity, health, healing……….. BUT, […]

Jesus is our Ladder

Jesus is our Ladder

My husband has been preaching the most amazing sermon series leading up to Christmas this year. The overall sermon series title is When Heaven Came to Earth. Each Sunday morning he has connected a passage from the Old Testament with one in the New Testament. One of the sermons was about Jesus being our ladder. […]

Luke 2:11 (Wallpaper)

Luke 2:11 (Wallpaper)

As we celebrate the season, let’s remember the reason for our joy and gifts and gatherings. I can forget this all too easily this time of year. I created a wallpaper to help me remember.

Christmas—The Time of Christ’s Sacrifice

Christmas—The Time of Christ’s Sacrifice

I’ve always celebrated Christmas as the time of Jesus’ birth. It’s a joyful time—after all, when is the birth of a baby not a reason to celebrate? It’s marked with angel choruses, gifts of the magi, and celebration to end all celebrations. In contrast, I’ve always approached Easter as a more somber time—certainly a time […]

A Smoking Wick or a Burning Flame?

A Smoking Wick or a Burning Flame?

I love the Advent season with all of its symbols. Garlands. Wreaths. Calendars. Creches. And lights. Lights. Jesus the Light of the world. Candles for the season grace every room in our house. Old-fashioned, multi-colored bulbs encircle the tree standing sentinel at our front windows. Since no lights adorn our property outside, I like to […]