The Imperfect Perfect Christmas

Perhaps I’ve let my family down. Years from now, my daughter might share stories of all Mom’s Christmas “fails.” The times when I burned the casserole, or dropped the turkey on the floor. Again. When she was young, I had great plans. For everything. The perfect decorations. A birthday party for Jesus with memorable family…

Weekly Challenge 12-07-17

(On 2 Cor. 9:8) “You know you are living in grace when there is an abundance. You don’t just have joy, but ‘joy inexpressible and full of glory’ (1 Peter 1:8). Not just peace, but ‘peace which surpasses all comprehension’ (Phil. 4:7).” -Tony Evans, Free At Last “For it is by grace you have been saved…

What Is Joy?

Overwhelming. Unshakeable. Indescribable. Those are words I use now to describe joy. But for years, I only knew joy on an emotional level. During the Christmas season, it was the warmth and happiness I felt when decorating my tree, donating hats and coats to those less fortunate, cozying up by a crackling fire, singing “Silent…

Weekly Challenge 11-30-17

“If He sparked a dream in your heart, He’s got a plan for bringing it to pass. If He gave you a gift, He’s got a plan for how He wants you to use it. So for those of us who entertain thoughts like, ‘I can’t do that,’ I’d say, ‘No, you can’t. But Christ…

Flawed Gifts From Imperfect People

Drooled on, snot-flecked, and oh, are those pieces of cheerios? Smiling wider than the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, your kid hands you a picture of nondescript, balloon-headed people attached to long, stick bodies. “This is for you. Do you like it, mama?” “I love it, baby.” And you proceed to proudly display that…

Weekly Challenge 11-22-17

“We know living for God and His ways over our own is the best choice we can make, but it can be tough. To relinquish control. To trust someone else, especially when we’ve been hurt or disappointed. But in Christ, that trust won’t be misplaced. God is faithful, and He will see you through.” -Lyndsey…

The Joy of Serving

How in the world can I praise God for a stroke? For the loss of employment? For a complete reshifting of my life? Because through it, God showed me the joy in something I’d habitually avoided before. Until last year, I worked a full time job that consumed much of my time. Oh yeah, and…

Weekly Challenge 11-16-17

“Hope is faith waiting for tomorrow.” -John Ortberg “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NKJV Let’s break this verse down: Romans 15:13a- God is the source of hope. If we have…

Recognizing Our Worth in God’s Kingdom

Comparison defeats and distracts and can easily make us feel as if we’re not good enough. As if we have nothing special to offer, but as our guest Teri Gasser explains, in Christ, we were hand-created for eternal impact, unique yet intentional in design. When we recognize that, we begin to see ourselves differently. Because…

Weekly Challenge 11-09-17

“Don’t get so lost in planning for tomorrow that you miss out on the purpose for today.” -Christa Cottam   “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23   We can rest assured that every single morning we will wake to…

It’s Who You Belong to That Matters

Everyone wants to belong. In fact, you could say everyone already belongs to something. We belong to a family, whether we want to be a part of it or not. We belong to a certain cultural group, socio-economic status, social club, or belief system (even not believing in God is a belief). And over the…

Weekly Challenge 11-2-17

“Sorrow is temporary but joy is enduring and eternal. One can have joy and sorrow simultaneously, because joy isn’t an emotion, though today’s modern dictionary defines it as such. In biblical times, joy had a much richer, deeper, much more enduring meaning. “Biblical joy isn’t something we muster up from within. It’s not dependent on…