Jesus as a House Guest

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Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. – Revelation 3:20, NLT Can you imagine Jesus showing up at your house?  Take a moment and imagine it. Jesus as a house guest. The thought intimidates.  It can even terrify. My small group finishedRead Now

Shifting Seasons

We live in a day and age where comments and “likes” are welcomed and often encouraged.  We live for the compliments of others and seek other’s advice publicly through public forums of Facebook, Twitter and the like. But with our lives being lived so out in the open, it also exposes our fragile beings to stinging words of criticism or downright odd and ill-timed comments.Read Now

Clearing the Clutter

There’s nothing quite like having all of your earthly possessions placed on your front lawn to humble your heart. When my home was doused in inches of water after a pipe burst during work hours last fall, my tears mixed with the water leaking through the dining room ceiling, as I declared that everything would be okay, “it is all just ‘stuff’”. But when my friends showed up,Read Now

Mended by the Cross

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Monday was my last pottery class and as I carried my final pieces back to be fired, my platter split in the middle.  My instructor helped me make a “cast” to seal the break, but by doing so, helped me to fix my eyes on greater things. He sat the piece before me and turned it saying, “Bree, it’s going to be okay. Look atRead Now

Struggle Doesn’t Equal Failure

The alarm goes off and you manage to crack open an eyelid far enough to peer at the glaringly bright display of your phone just long enough to be sure that you hit the snooze button.  And within seconds your eyelid jams shut, as you quickly slip back to sleep for another nine minutes, just for the process to be started all over again.

Car Seat Confessional

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The car was idling out front as I left the warmth of our friends’ home after our small group’s first gathering of the year.  The residual joy lingered in my bones of being in the presence of these people once again after so many months.  I waved to her as she fiddled with something on the dash.  She rolled the passenger-side window down. “You okay?Read Now

Time Management Tips

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You sit before a to do list a mile long.  It calls out task after task that you try to wrap your head around, but you’ve just received your fifth text in two minutes, the baby is crying again, and the laundry pile is reaching an unsafe height… How can you possibly tackle an online book study when a crazy number of responsibilities are demandingRead Now

Two Kinds of Christmas

When I was growing up, each December my family would pile in the minivan and head off to the shopping mall.  My brother and I would sit in the backseat reciting our Christmas wish lists, in hopes that we’d get to cross items off of them early. Upon our arrival, my parents, only by the grace of God, managed to maneuver us quickly through stores andRead Now

Deliver Christ Into the World

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A dear friend of mine is in the homestretch; eagerly awaiting the arrival of her second child.  Months of preparations have taken place, and now all there is to do is wait with excited expectation for this new little person to arrive. And it makes me think about the season we’re celebrating right now, Advent, another time of excited expectation; a time that includes carefulRead Now

All Things New

“Once upon a time” has been in our vocabularies since before many of us could even walk.  We’ve been fascinated with stories; often projecting ourselves into the narratives and living out the adventures alongside our favorite characters. From cover to cover of the Golden Book series or the hand-me-down copies of the classics like Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz, or The Chronicles of Narnia; these collections of wordsRead Now