I think where we might get confused is that we think of this season leading up to Christmas as one of mere celebration, but its origin was “primarily as a season of preparation – a time for prayer and self-reflection.” I hear what you’re you’re thinking…Wow! Why don’t you just pour cold water on my Christmas?! Hold on…there’s more…
Self-care is a hot topic these days. It is difficult to assess what it looks like to take care of ourselves in a Godly way, but when we practice self-care we honor God and His incredible blessings. There are days when I do not feel like taking care of myself. Taking a shower doesn’t seem… Continue reading Care: Caring for Our Whole Selves in a Godly Way
Our human hands can create such beautiful things. But nothing compares to the intricate work of God’s hands or His beautiful gift of salvation. I have made the earth and created humans on it. It was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded everything in them. Isaiah 45:12, CSB I am amazed… Continue reading Gift: Remembering the Intricate Work of God’s Hands
Our love has limits and conditions. But God’s love is unconditional. He is waiting for us to open His gift of full-force love, and share it with the world. School had started back and I was going through a list of “Thoughts of The Day” that I use to start my class. One stuck out… Continue reading Unconditional: Accepting God’s Gift of Full Force Love
We have been given new life, and the gift of eternity with the Lord. Nothing will change His passion for us. May we all know the warmth of His overwhelming love. I love the sun. The way it feels on my skin, how it makes everything so bright and mostly how it lightens my mood.… Continue reading Warmth: Bask in the Overwhelming Love of the Lord
Despair surrounds us. Trials abound. Where do we find refuge? Can we truly experience peace when we are feeling anguish? I just got news that a friend’s cancer screening came back CLEAR. We are high-fiving and rejoicing all over Northern Virginia, and beyond! Several of us waiting and praying needed the win – to see… Continue reading Refuge: Where Can We Find Solace in Times of Anguish?
Before celebrating the arrival of Messiah, we must prepare our hearts during advent. Only by preparing, can we truly rejoice in the gift of the Messiah. When I was a little girl Christmas meant visiting Santa in a large downtown department store. Whether it was cold and snowy, sunny or rainy, my lower middle-class family… Continue reading Advent: Preparing and Celebrating the Arrival of the Messiah