From the Archives: 4 Ways to Avoid Holiday Letdown

This weekend, I'll be very busy Nutcracker-ing. (Is that a verb? It is now.) I'll return next week with a regularly scheduled post, but for now enjoy this holiday post I originally published in 2015.  Christmas is almost upon us, and if you're anything like me, you're getting very excited about it! But even as … Continue reading From the Archives: 4 Ways to Avoid Holiday Letdown

Advent Reflections, part 4: Love

Tonight, candles flicker in the dim light. Christmas trees are lit. Carols fill the air, voices raised by the thousands in songs of joy. Tonight we wait for the birthday of Christ. Christmas: a miracle of love. A celebration of a God who loved us so much that He came down to us in the … Continue reading Advent Reflections, part 4: Love

Advent Reflections, Part 2: Peace, Grace, Light

If you missed it: Part 1 (Wonder, Rest, Laughter) The season marches on. More and more gifts appear under the tree, goodies appear in the kitchen, lights twinkle on the bushes. Anticipation grows. But are we anticipating the right thing? Here are three more selections from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp to help you stay saturated in … Continue reading Advent Reflections, Part 2: Peace, Grace, Light

Advent Reflections, Part 1: Wonder, Rest, Laughter

As Christmas approaches, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement, the hustle and bustle of preparation, without really thinking about what we are preparing for. We get excited about the season without getting excited about Christ, and that sucks any real meaning out of it. To combat this, I've been reading The Greatest … Continue reading Advent Reflections, Part 1: Wonder, Rest, Laughter

God Bless America

For all Americans, today is a day of celebration. Today, we celebrate the war in which a little baby nation took on a big powerful nation and won. We celebrate the system of government that withstood centuries of changes in the world. We celebrate the wise men who wrote the important documents that to this … Continue reading God Bless America