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2019 According to the Medes and the Persians

By |2020-01-05T07:56:14-06:00January 5th, 2020|Devotion|

In a familiar scene from classic movies, a herald rides into the far flung town, on the outskirts of the empire. He brings news from the castle and the king: he is mustering for battle, and every house must send a representative to fight in the king's battles. Or the courier is a tax collector, gathering money scraped from the [...]

Happy Holy Days

By |2019-12-24T09:25:38-06:00December 24th, 2019|Devotion|

If you were to seal up our house with duct tape, weather stripping, and caulk, it would fill up and then explode with all the anticipation within these four walls. Last night, we hosted our Second Annual Cousins' Slumber Party. Cousins and friends jumped on the trampoline, sang along to Christmas music, exchanged presents, and watched the 1966 classic of [...]

What We Don’t Know About Christmas

By |2019-12-16T19:18:31-06:00December 16th, 2019|Devotion|

"The cattle are lowing, The baby awakes. But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes." "We three kings of Orient are. Bearing gifts, we traverse afar" "God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay! Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day."     This season is filled to overflowing with smiles, happiness, and clichés. I've been pondering [...]

Got Any Ketchup?

By |2019-11-09T17:15:21-06:00November 9th, 2019|Devotion|

To my children's consternation, I had just announced chicken for dinner. Internally, I prepared myself for the clean-your-plate dance that I knew the evening would entail. No one likes chicken in my family. Well, perhaps "no one” is a little strong. But outside of Chick-fil-A and the corresponding magical Polynesian sauce, the individuals in my family prefer beef, every time. [...]

Peek During Prayers

By |2019-10-20T09:33:35-06:00October 20th, 2019|Devotion|

Eyes tightly scrunched, all around the table. Fingers twined together. Heads bowed. This is how I grew up participating in the before-meal ritual enacted all over the world amongst those of faith—praying before a meal. If you grew up in a family of faith with real people, or raised children yourself, you can probably guess what may come next: “Mamaaaa! [...]

Grasping at Waves

By |2019-09-21T16:23:20-06:00September 21st, 2019|Devotion|

Approximately 5,942 waves on the North Padre National Seashore have been jumped, ridden, and splashed through in the past 24 hours. Sand castles, shovels, digging in the sand, reading a paperback, running on the beach and lounging on a towel—these days have contained everything good and right and beautiful about a weekend at the seashore. Several times, I took a [...]

Wear It on Your Sleeve

By |2019-09-15T14:29:46-06:00September 15th, 2019|Devotion|

This summer I finished the 752-page history of Rome, "Caesar and Christ" by Will Durant. It traces the history of the Roman civilization and the rise of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325. Full of fascinating history and interesting anecdotes, the book charts the stories of Commodus, Trajan, Hadrian, Tiberius and the rest like any good history should. Now [...]

Don’t Skip the Credits

By |2019-09-01T22:11:30-06:00September 1st, 2019|Devotion|

If you were to join us for a family movie night on a weekend, you would discover some of our traditions and weird foibles: One child grabs a picnic blanket to spread out on the ground in anticipation of dinner and a movie. (We pronounce it "pick-n-ick," in the voice of Daws Butler from the Yogi Bear Show.) One child [...]

Make Yourself Heard

By |2019-08-18T17:39:41-06:00August 18th, 2019|Devotion|

This summer marks the third year that the kids and I have participated in the National Bible Bee Summer Study. This ministry and study hold a happy place in my heart—I am delighted to have photographed their national competition the last several years, and they have introduced the discipline of Bible study to my oldest in a way in which [...]