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Optimistic Sign Placement

By |2021-02-07T16:42:14-06:00February 7th, 2021|Devotion|

There’s a dance that goes on in our neighborhood every weekend… One person stops at the corner, planting a sign promoting their open house. Another person can be seen taping up an offer for a website or yard work or a garage sale. Minutes or hours or days later, the neighborhood representative comes through with clippers and gloves, cutting down [...]

Right Now Is the Best Time

By |2021-01-19T22:06:50-06:00January 18th, 2021|Devotion|

You would have recognized the signs, too. He avoided eye contact, guiltily looking away when I tried to engage with him. He slunk to his room rather than staying with me. His hand went to his pocket, caressing something secret and forbidden. He was definitely avoiding me. I asked him, "Dear, is there something you need to tell me?" You [...]

Looking for Jesus

By |2021-01-05T15:49:28-06:00January 5th, 2021|Devotion|

After the shepherds went back to their flocks, after the last reverberations of the song of the angels faded away, after Mary and Joseph removed their precious cargo from the manger and found the next place that they would call home, after Anna began to tell all who would listen that their redemption was near: curious visitors arrived looking for [...]

What If?

By |2020-12-16T15:22:08-06:00December 16th, 2020|Devotion|

What if, when making choices for how you would celebrate the Christmas season of 2019, you knew that in four short months the world would literally go into quarantine? What if last year, you had known what 2020 would hold? Would you have gone to that party? Would you have made those cookies? Would you have gone caroling? Would you [...]

Somebody Built a Manger

By |2021-01-05T10:25:32-06:00November 29th, 2020|Devotion|

Let's take a few moments and ponder all the myriad things that had to be prepared before a presumably exhausted Mary and harried Joseph stepped into the little town of Bethlehem on the very first Christmas. Roman edicts went out. Families filled available inns. Shepherds spent their lives with the daily ritual of keeping watch over their sheep. Prophets recorded [...]

When Jesus Gave Thanks

By |2020-11-22T11:22:21-06:00November 22nd, 2020|Devotion|

If you were to list some attributes of Jesus, your list might look a bit like mine: Holy. Righteous. Merciful. Compassionate. Omnipotent. Powerful. Creator. Faithful. Good. In a recent study of Matthew, though, I saw an attribute of Jesus that I had never contemplated before: Thankful.   Thankful for God's Gracious Will After a time of teaching His disciples, Jesus [...]

They Don’t Have to Stick

By |2020-11-08T17:06:01-06:00November 8th, 2020|Devotion|

Uncharacteristic silence wafted from the car seat directly behind me as we drove. Constant words from my happy chatterbox slowed. Then she told me a story. Weeks before, she had been playing in the back yard with a little friend. Excitement led to boredom, then teasing. Where before they had been running around and between the posts of the porch, [...]

Places of Worship

By |2020-10-04T10:30:22-06:00October 4th, 2020|Devotion|

This summer, I taught at the Lamplighter Guild, a weeklong artistic pursuit for Jesus-loving artists. I was so glad to teach photography, and dive into documenting God at work in hearts and lives. (Check out the photography class’s awesome work!) It was a hands-on faith adventure, as my husband and I prayed through whether I should teach, whether I should travel, [...]

What’s in Your Trash Can?

By |2020-09-26T14:57:19-06:00September 23rd, 2020|Devotion|

My screen is taken over by the notification centered in the middle of the monitor: "Your startup disk is almost full. To make more space available on your startup disk, delete some files." Why? Because I’m using my trash can as another storage device by default. Here's what happens: I'm happily working away on my computer, writing or editing photos. [...]

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