Preparations for Emmanuel

Preparations for Emmanuel -

Have you ever made preparations to go on a trip?  Did you make a to-do list of all of the tasks that needed to be completed before your departure?  Did you make a packing list, print off your boarding pass or the hotel confirmation of your reservation so that your arrival would go as smoothly as possible?  Last year, I went to Houston, TX for a BridgesRead Now

Dead, But Still Deadly

When I was growing up my dad would tell my brother and me the most elaborate bedtime stories.  The elaboration mainly stemmed from our unwillingness to go to sleep, but nonetheless they were fascinating. To this day my brother and I talk about our dad’s rendition of the story of David and Goliath.  He would tell us about the stream where David chose the fiveRead Now

Still Waiting?

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I moved back into my townhouse after waiting for seven months, while repairs were being completed after a waterline broke and flooded my upstairs and downstairs.  It has been a long and crazy ride, but I am thankful for the refining that God has been doing in my heart, in providing peace and patience in circumstances that is didn’t belong. But there’s still a lot ofRead Now

It’s Time to Get Our Hands Dirty

Have you ever tended to a plant?  First you have to get your hands dirty, make room for this tiny, itty-bitty seed.  And then you water it.  Not too much, but just enough. It’s a process.  But it’s beautiful; watching things grow. Recently I have felt so burdened by so many heartbreaking things happening in our world (Orlando’s tragedies // Flooding in WV // DecidingRead Now

Waiting on God


His sandals probably squeaked from the water pouring off His feet, as He made His way past the crowd that had gathered at the banks of the river.  I imagine He smiled at the faces that looked back at Him in wonder at what they had just witnessed (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).  Did He know what was waiting for Him beyond the crowd? The heavens had just opened,Read Now


What’s in a name?  that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare, I’ve been to his home in Stratford-upon-Avon in the Midlands of England.  I’ve seen the site of his Globe theatre in London, and have read a number of his plays.  The above quote is one that I’ve heard countless times with myRead Now

Jesus as a House Guest


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

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