Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Goal of Good-bye

As usual at this time of year, many of us "take stock" of our past year and then most likely "resolve" to do and be better in the next year! And, as usual, we find it doesn't take very long to fail at that resolve!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Our Personal "Advent" Season

I just received a significant revelation from the Lord this week that has so blessed me and will change the days ahead for me, I expect, and the way I approach prayer.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Gift Enjoyed

One of my most heart-warming memories of Christmas when I was younger is the year I got the only item I wrote down on my Christmas list - a portable transistor radio!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Fear Not...According to Linus

For the past couple of weeks, I have been pondering a Scripture from the Christmas story in Luke's gospel -

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the LORD appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, Fear not. for I bring you good tidings of
great joy that will be for all the people."
Luke 2:8-10

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Advent Season...Waiting

I love Advent.

I think Christmas is too big to just celebrate one day of the year, so I relish the whole of Advent Season, lighting the candles and reading an Advent devotional every day. I love the idea of waiting, the anticipation, taking in again the heart of God in sending to us His only Son, God coming to us - right where we are and right as we are.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

From Despair to Hope

One of my very favorite Christmas songs is "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day!"  I've loved this song for years.

As I reflect on the words to this song today, I feel they are very appropriate for the times we are living in.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grateful Humbling

I think it takes humility to be truly grateful. Gratitude causes us to acknowledge that we need more than just ourselves to meet our needs. When we are able to graciously receive from another with an attitude of gratitude, we are acknowledging that we had a need that someone outside of ourselves had to meet. That can be humbling.