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…


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…


O Come Let Us Adore Him

I was recently chatting with a few friends about the usual Christmas things we talk about this time of year: shopping, wrapping, family dynamics,…


This Christmas Let God Love You

Holiday travel. It isn’t easy. Then why do we do it? Why cram the trunks and endure the airports? You know the answer. We love to be with the ones…


A Christmas to Remember

When you think back to your childhood, what are your favorite Christmas memories? Did your thoughts surprise you? The reason the question matters…