Don't worry, I don't spend every day hunting around for colorful eggs. Nor do I eat ham, see my extended family for a long meal, show up at my church building, or wear a pastel dress every day. I don't do these things every day, because this is not really how we celebrate Easter. It … Continue reading I celebrate Easter every day
Whether you are single or married, in love or in heartbreak, celebrating “Valentine’s Day” or “Singles Awareness Day” on February 14th, we cannot miss the cultural experience of Valentine’s Day. Of course, this day does not appear in the pages of Scripture. But the experience of love and romance does. Throughout Scripture, the marital relationship … Continue reading A devotional on love
Today is my five-year wedding anniversary. Somehow, it feels so fast and so long, all at the same time! I am thankful that it has been a wonderful five years, and I am excited for the years ahead. Whether a five-year anniversary is a nostalgic memory for you or if it feels forever in the … Continue reading Five things I’ve learned in the first five years of marriage
I am confident that you want to celebrate next New Years - January 2020 - with memories of happiness, peace, comfort, and an overall fun 2019. Of course you do. We all do! I certainly want to enjoy a wonderful 2019. But how do we ensure that happens? How do we set goals, create rhythms, … Continue reading Are you ready for a spectacular 2019?
It's almost Christmas Day! Hopefully, this is a week of joyful reflection on what the Lord has done for you. Will you join us in prayer for this Christmas week? Let's echo the words of Scripture in Luke 1... Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, beacuse He has come to his people … Continue reading A Christmas Prayer
Part of the joy of each holiday are the traditions that we get to enjoy only at that holiday season. We hide Easter baskets with chocolate bunnies. We give Valentine's cards. At Christmas, we decorate the tree a certain way, watch our favorite movies, drive through the light shows, or see the church Christmas play. … Continue reading Holiday Traditions
The Christmas season should be fun, relaxing, and joyful… but sometimes stress gets in the way. It’s busy, there’s extra shopping to do, more parties to attend, travel arrangements to make – but it is still possible to enjoy the holiday season. Read on for nine tips that may help your family this Christmas. Build … Continue reading Nine Tips for your Family’s Joy-Filled, Meaningful, Low-Stress Christmas Holiday Season
One of the most common things that people pray for is patience. We struggle when we have to wait for things. Sometimes we are waiting eagerly. Other times we wait with frustration and grumbling. Waiting is hard. Yet today, on the first Sunday of the 2018 church season of Advent, we have an opportunity to … Continue reading Waiting Well: The Season of Advent
Your family probably has some great Thanksgiving traditions. Turkey. Pie. Football. Many families go around the table to share something that they are thankful for. But why? Does it really matter if we “give thanks”? In a word… YES. Social science research that clearly shows how gratitude positively impacts our own happiness, energy level, relationships, … Continue reading Does it really matter if I give thanks?
The holidays are a very difficult time for those who are grieving. Whether a loved one has died, your parents recently got divorced, or you lost a job, grief comes in many forms and impacts us in different ways. How do we manage that during the holiday season? Expect many emotions. During the grieving process, … Continue reading Managing Grief During The Holidays