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Somebody Built a Manger

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 [...]

By |2020-11-29T19:53:48-06:00November 29th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

When Jesus Gave Thanks

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 [...]

By |2020-11-22T11:22:21-06:00November 22nd, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

They Don’t Have to Stick

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, [...]

By |2020-11-08T17:06:01-06:00November 8th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Places of Worship

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, [...]

By |2020-10-04T10:30:22-06:00October 4th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

What’s in Your Trash Can?

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. [...]

By |2020-09-26T14:57:19-06:00September 23rd, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Music Under Tension

My curious Kindergartener's fingers had just brushed the strings of a guitar. Instead of hearing sonorous sounds like the kind that stream from the speakers in our kitchen, an atrocious sound filled the air. *Thwump* "It sounds terrible! Why does it sound so bad?" For a guitar to make beautiful music, its strings have to be tight. When a musician [...]

By |2020-08-23T15:17:10-06:00August 22nd, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Messages from the Master

We love him so much more than C3-PO. Friendly, witty, helpful. He's the sidekick droid you always wanted. In fact, R2-D2 was the robotic ally for many of the heroes in the Star Wars universe. Han. Leah. Anakin. Luke. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Rey. Yoda. That chirping droid saw—and knew—everything. He carried messages, collected data, and navigated intergalactic conflict with resilient humor. [...]

By |2020-07-26T12:46:12-06:00July 26th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Worry Is Wasted Energy

The street light's yellow glow wafted through the window panes in the dark night. Surrounded by books, notes, scribbles and outlines, I was eight hours from the end of my last college semester. I wish I could tell you that I had responsibly mapped out my projects, planned out my papers, and scheduled out my time. But no—it was officially [...]

By |2020-07-09T05:56:13-06:00July 8th, 2020|Devotion|0 Comments

Does My Life Qualify as Canon?

When the books in the New Testament were initially penned, I wonder if the writers knew they were the Holy Spirit-inspired authors of holy Scripture. Like many things Spirit-inspired, I wonder if the act of picking up a pen or dictating a sentence to a scribe  was simply a natural, dedicated, and focused part of their day. Surely Matthew and [...]

By |2020-06-07T11:47:14-06:00June 7th, 2020|Devotion|2 Comments