Seasons: Part 1

Seasons: Part 1

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 Those of us who live in Florida aren’t used to many seasons. There’s the hot season and the not so hot season and people wear flip-flops all year long. One season can easily slide into another without much … Continue reading

(re)Discovering Gifts

Romans 12:6 (NLT) In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. When I was growing up, I loved to write. I wrote short stories and poetry and even won a little poetry contest in elementary school. One of my “when I grow up” dreams was to be a writer. … Continue reading

Why is Good Friday so good?

Why is Good Friday so good?

Good Friday sure didn’t feel good as it was unfolding. An angry, chaotic mob shouted for the release of the criminal Barabbas instead of the innocent Jesus. Those closest to Jesus wondered how this could possibly be happening. He has healed the sick and raised the dead – what wrong has he done that warrants … Continue reading

When Christmas Doesn’t Go According to Plan

When Christmas Doesn’t Go According to Plan

“This is not what I had planned for this Christmas season!” I found myself exclaiming these words through tears earlier today. It’s a week until Christmas and things haven’t turned out the way I expected them to. Our family has been passing a cold back and forth since before Thanksgiving and I’m so tired of … Continue reading

How clutter almost stole my joy today

How clutter almost stole my joy today

Have you ever started your day feeling overwhelmed by piles of clutter? When I woke up this morning, I was greeted by piles of laundry on the bedroom floor that I sorted yesterday but never got around to washing. I came downstairs to find the dishes that weren’t done last night because we ran errands … Continue reading

Immeasurably More

Immeasurably More

There is a powerful and well-known prayer in Ephesians 3, the context of which makes me love it even more. Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus, explaining that the message of the Gospel is not just for the Jews but for the Gentiles too. This was radical news at the time as these … Continue reading

Seasons of Saturday

Seasons of Saturday

I’ve been studying waiting in the Bible recently. People who found themselves waiting for various reasons and scriptures that reveal how to wait on God in a way that is pleasing to him. Today I’ve been focused on the day that could have felt like the longest day in the Bible: the Saturday of resurrection … Continue reading

Context

I continue to be amazed by scripture in that no matter how many times I have read a story or heard a sermon about a passage, there are still new perspectives to learn. Like the Good Samaritan story, for example. It’s one I’ve heard taught ever since I was in Sunday School. Or the one … Continue reading

Emmanuel has come

Emmanuel has come

I know so many people who are in a season of waiting or longing in their lives. Some are waiting for jobs, some are waiting for children, others for some sort of clarity. The situations are remarkably different, but the seasons are very similar: hoping, longing, believing, trusting, waiting. The Israelites were a people waiting … Continue reading

Waiting…

We’re not a culture that likes to wait for anything; we’ve built entire industries around having/doing/eating things quickly. We’re so used to convenience and efficiency that it’s easy to get frustrated when we have to wait for things that we expect to happen quickly. Similarly, if we’re honest, I think most of us have our … Continue reading