“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27 The second week of Advent focuses on peace. I, however, have a few things on my mind that have tied knots … Continue reading Advent Peace
For two long days last week as my pastor-husband prepared a sermon, I overheard his end of several zoom interviews asking people two questions: What causes you fear? and How have you encountered Jesus at your point of fear? I couldn’t hear their answers, so I pondered my own responses to questions I’d been asking … Continue reading Fear & Peace
True confession: I worked on this post yesterday and got confused on my dates. I thought today would be December 14 and so the invitation should read: "Preserve Peace." My partner in creativity made two beautiful images, only recognizing my mistake after she had them ready. Thing is, I think Jesus does that sometimes. He … Continue reading Advent 3: Preserve Peace (2019)
It helps to remember that getting outside can put me in a better mood. A walk around the block is obviously good for the dogs. It’s good for the body. And it’s good for my soul. I had been in a funk when Guy and I leashed up the dogs for an hour-long walk. As … Continue reading Getting Lost
To increase happiness, I made a commitment in January to practice silence by minimizing noise and negativity of all sorts. Since then, I’ve given myself permission to turn off the car radio when there isn’t a song that moves me. Music off, I get to sit with my thoughts for the duration of the drive—and … Continue reading Cultivating Quiet
When I chose "recreate" as my 2017 word of the year, I anticipated keeping on keeping on with my creative life pursuits while engaging more playfully. I did not expect the mess, the dusty piles that result from taking things apart in order to make something new. I didn't expect the directions the word would … Continue reading Advent 3 – Longing for the Prince of Peace
In a world of broken promises, a world of broken peace, a world of brokenness, oh how we need the promises of God, fulfilled in Jesus! Today, more than ever, I am praying for peace for people everywhere, especially for those who cannot call Christmas "merry." Advent Wreath Candlelighting for Christmas – The Promise Fulfilled … Continue reading Merry Christmas 2016!
My sister has battled a chronic illness for 12.5 years, one that almost killed her at first and kept her in a medically-induced coma for most of the next five months. She has been in and out of countless doctors' offices and in the hospital too regularly. It's quite possible that, in any given year, she sees … Continue reading chronic…peace?
Some days I consider that I need a creative pastime that doesn't involve words or, specifically, my computer. And on those days I think of my friend Jen, who quietly, humbly, and persistently creates works of whimsical beauty with her hands. Jen is always good for a smile, a laugh, a story, a listening ear, and … Continue reading Sharing Creativity and Time
As we walked the trail, my friends talked about dealing with stress: exercise, meditation, therapy, hypnosis… I said, “Or you could pray.” They expected that from me, but I didn’t expect their response: “Well, you know how to do that. We don’t know how to pray. Maybe you need to pray for us every morning.” … Continue reading How Do We Pray?