Finding treasure at Christmastime

The clothes were all selected and laid out on the floor of my closet.  The color scheme was navy and white, which would match perfectly with the…


The invisible God

Christmas 2020 will have a uniquely important place in our lives. It’s different, yet the same. It’s not as merry, yet more profound. It’s not what…


When something is missing at Christmas

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.—Luke 2:11 NIV When I was growing up, my family had a beautiful…


The year of the perfect Christmas photo

“Oh, honey. Look how cute this is.” I held up a Christmas card that had just arrived in the mail, wanting my husband to see the two precious little…


The Festival of Lights: Lessons of light in the darkest seasons

As we head into December, we find ourselves in the season when the sun shines upon the northern hemisphere for the shortest amount of time in the…


We still have to do summer?

The only title I’ve held longer than mom is educator.  Beginning as a bilingual teacher, I stepped into my first classroom in the Spring of 1995…


How the power and surprise of hope can impact your family

Every year, our church embarks on a series of risks that we feel like the Lord is asking us to take. One of those risks this year was to have our…


Giving Lent Meaning for My Kids

God has been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. But Lent wasn’t a significant part of worship in the churches we attended. So, I…


The Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary at Christmas

There is one word that describes the night he came—ordinary. The sky was ordinary. An occasional gust stirred the leaves and chilled the air. The…