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Long Expected Jesus

Long Expected Jesus

Expectancy. To expect. To look forward to. To anticipate. Some say that expectations are little more than premeditated resentments. I guess we learn from living in a broken world that it’s safer not to expect too much, not to set our hearts on anything, not to […]

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

What I’ve Been Up To This Christmas

I can hardly believe that my son, Matthew, will be home in a few days for Christmas vacation. The anticipation of the season has been sweet. We’ve purposefully marked our calendar to include times of rest and solitude which has made this Christmas the most […]

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

Wanted to share an easy craft I’ve been working on for Christmas. I love New England churches, so when I saw that Dollar Tree had these ornaments, I snatched up a bunch to doctor-up. I simply added twine, plaid ribbon from Michael’s Craft Store, and […]

Books That Challenged and Changed Me This Year {2015}

Books That Challenged and Changed Me This Year {2015}

  In case you need some ideas for Santa, here are a few of my favorite books from 2015. These aren’t necessarily new releases, but just books that encouraged and challenged me this year. I’m including the Amazon links below: We Would See Jesus. A […]

Mary’s secret for peace {for all of us.}

Mary’s secret for peace {for all of us.}

Do you find peace elusive? Do circumstances dictate your mood? Does the behavior (or misbehavior) of others rattle you and threaten to steal your joy? On what does your happiness depend? One of the greatest lessons we can learn is that peace is not dependent […]

Frugal DIY Chalkboard Hack

Frugal DIY Chalkboard Hack

Wanted to share this quick idea with you. I came up with it while trying to think of a frugal way to decorate for a church event this weekend. Behold, the foamboard “chalkboard.” My Walmart sells black foam board near the poster board. It was […]

Jesus: The Generous Gift Giver

Jesus: The Generous Gift Giver

Friend, are you alive inside? I know you are breathing, but is your soul truly alive and satisfied? Or are you more of an empty shell, numb, searching, and desperate for answers? Are you searching for the one gift you think will make you happy? […]

The Ministry of Jesus: Preach, Heal, Deliver

The Ministry of Jesus: Preach, Heal, Deliver

“The God of the Old Testament is angry, but the Jesus of the New Testament is love.” That’s the faulty view of God that some take. They almost breathe a sigh of relief that Jesus came to save us from the God of the OT.Nothing […]