Commemorating the “forty days and forty nights” when Jesus fasted in the wilderness (Matthew 4:2), Lent is a season of repentance, self-examination and reflection for Christians. The tradition of giving something up for Lent is a practice that many ChristiansRead more
The handwritten note says, “You are welcome at Emily’s party.” The details were also included—3 p.m., in her room. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize the little joys and moments of inspiration that come, but today I am trying to. Today,Read more
The births of our two sons couldn’t be more different. Our first son was born in June. It had been hot, I was overdue, and I was tired. I joked with my husband one day that I needed to putRead more
When I was working, my coworkers threw me a wonderful baby shower before I left work when we had our eldest son. My love for chocolate was well known among the other staff, and my lovely coworkers surprised me oneRead more
Our first son was born in June of 2008. I ended up leaving work about a week early, starting my maternity leave early, to spend some time at home, nesting, getting the baby room ready and just being generally nervousRead more
What do you think of when you hear the word Advent? As Christians, Advent automatically conjures up images of a wreath with candles, the church decorated for the coming season, and certain popular Advent hymns like Hope is a Star.Read more
I grew up in Presbyterian churches with very little observance of the liturgical year. Sure, there was Advent, Christmas, and Easter, but that was about it. As I grew older, I was exposed to the liturgical year in churches I attended. I came to love it. In my harried life, it grounds me. Although I am once again in a church that is not particularly liturgical, I still observe and celebrate the seasons on my own.
We’ve all been there—sitting in a church service or group meeting when an announcement is made that this group or that group is looking for some new leadership. How many of us have said this: “Oh, I hope they findRead more
“Our pencils are our friends—we keep them till the end.” This cheer was given by a group of primary students in the film, The First Grader produced by National Geographic Entertainment, BBC Films, and UK Film Council in 2010. The primary school, in a remote area in the Kenyan bush, expected its students to come to school in a uniform, with two writing books and a sharp pencil. This was a hardship for some.[i]
My desires, my priories, and my agenda have so often gotten in the way of giving God the praise and thanksgiving he so greatly deserves. He gives us a love greater than anything I could ever offer.
God takes pleasure in praise and thanksgiving. He asks for it. Isaiah 43:21 states, “The people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” Hebrews 13:15 confirms it, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” And the Psalms are filled with it.