Lent 2020: We Need Him a Lot

...the people God uses don’t have to know a lot of things, or have a lot of things--they just have to need him a lot. Jesus called out to them, “Let’s go!” My creative collaborator and I created a day-by-day prayer card to guide our church and unify our prayers during Lent. Of course we … Continue reading Lent 2020: We Need Him a Lot

Lent 2020: Light in the Darkness

Mary and Joseph named him Jesus, “Emmanuel” -- which means “God has come to live with us.” Because, of course, he had. This baby would be...a Light to light up the whole world. Chasing away darkness. Helping people to see. And the darker the night got, the brighter the star would shine. Our county implemented … Continue reading Lent 2020: Light in the Darkness

Lent 2020: The Wonderful Stories

All day they listened to stories about the wonderful things God had done for his people….How he rescued them -- no matter what, time after time, over and over again -- because of his Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. Stories are my favorite. I love to read. But during scary … Continue reading Lent 2020: The Wonderful Stories

Lent 2020: God With Us

Things were not looking good for God’s people….But God had not left his people. He was with them and he was looking after them. We have not been conquered as a nation and taken exile into Babylon, but we have also never experienced anything like the quarantine in effect due to COVID-19. It’s a strange … Continue reading Lent 2020: God With Us

Lent 2020: What Matters Most

But I can’t stop loving you. Wow, in a time of unprecedented bad news, that’s the best news ever. No matter what, God can’t stop loving us. No matter how much of a schmuck I may be today--even though I want to be kind and loving and super-duper, I’m sure I will also whine and … Continue reading Lent 2020: What Matters Most

Lent 2020: Heart of Love

“This is the one!...He has a heart like mine,” God said. “It is full of love.” I want a heart like God’s, full of love. Instead, my heart is filled with anxiety, complaints, aches, and some truly yucky gunk, like anger and fear. My heart needs a thorough cleansing. I imagine taking it out, holding … Continue reading Lent 2020: Heart of Love

Lent 2020: Celebrate Love

God’s people were safe. They danced and laughed and sang and thanked God -- when there had been no way out, God had made a way. “I want you to love me more than anything else in all the world -- and know that I love you, too,” God told them. “That’s the most important … Continue reading Lent 2020: Celebrate Love

Lent 2020: Trust & Watch

God knows you can’t do anything!... God will do it for you. Trust him. And watch! I am such a Moses - easily overwhelmed, a total scaredy cat, prone to arguing with God about things I’d rather not do, bargaining for a more comfortable approach. What I love about the Moses story is that God … Continue reading Lent 2020: Trust & Watch

Lent 2020: Magnificent Dreams

God had a magnificent dream for Joseph’s life and even when it looked like everything had gone wrong, God would use it all to help make the dream come true. What do you dream for your life? Are your dreams coming true? As a little girl growing up in Southern California, Disneyland was heaven on … Continue reading Lent 2020: Magnificent Dreams