3 Love-Steps— Christmas by Memory [Advent Week Four]

[If you would like to listen to this post, click here ] This is the week of love and angels, so it seems only fitting to describe the invisible. Every Christmas, a memory I rarely talk about returns— it’s hazy, a memory experienced as a longing in my heart before a dreamy recording in my head.…

Christ’s Advent at Your Christmas Party [and on the last day of your achy body]

We prepare for who is coming. Many of you, I think, experience this: You set a date for a gathering. You envision friends or family at the table, their smiles. You picture soft lights and imagine breathing in delicious smells— so you make sure your star lights have batteries, make a grocery list, and pick…

Advent [Expectation, Prophesy, Hope]

During the first week of Advent, we are invited to remember prophesy of Jesus' birth and the expectation and hope of a Messiah among the people of Israel. But, that is not all– WE have hope through Jesus' first coming because He paid for our sins and made a way for us to be reconciled…

Three Reasons Why Sharing Your Extra [and Living in Community] is Hard

How many times have you had food in the fridge and it ends up in the garbage? How many times have you had extra time and it ends up in the garbage? Yep, me too. It’s not something to be ashamed of— not eating all of your chicken does not mean you just took a…

Dreams are Tawdry

Elisabeth Elliot’s voice, low and calm, read from a journal entry of her deceased beloved— the statement, bold and heavy with conviction, landed hot on my heart through the car speakers, “Dreams are tawdry compared with the leading of God.”[i] Not simply, “we must sacrifice our dreams for God’s dreams” or “our dreams must not…