As this posts, my husband and I should have arrived safely at our resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I might be already lounging by a pool, fruity drink in hand. Or eating fish tacos at a pool side bar. (Hopefully we are not stuck in an airport somewhere, or fighting with an airline about lost luggage!) Continue reading
As we prepared to head to worship this morning, we plotted a fun afternoon visit to the salon for pedicures. My 4-year-old asked if she could get both her toenails and her fingernails painted. She asked, assuming the answer would be yes and she would get what she wanted. I said no. I could paint her fingernails at home. My daughter began to pout! I scolded her for selfish behavior and she immediately burst into tears. My reaction was perhaps a little too intense – but it was upsetting she was so concerned with wanting more that she forgot to be thankful for the gift she was to receive! Continue reading
There are very few pictures of myself that I actually like. I always find something to critique – some flaw that I do not want captured for all of eternity! But last weekend, my husband snapped a picture while I wasn’t looking and I absolutely adore it! Continue reading
I like helping other people. I enjoy that warm feeling of self-accomplishment when a friend or stranger can move forward in life with a big smile and a problem solved because of something I was able to do for them. How wonderful when I have the available funds, spiritual gifts, or on rare occasion the time to actually help another person.
Let’s just stay blissfully ignorant, content by how our actions exemplify who we are and self-justified that we are doing quite enough to proclaim the God we follow.
Too often I must be reminded it is not this simple. Continue reading
The new year has arrived! Each year I become more amazed at how quickly time moves.
This weekend was my last chance to “live” before the overtime nightmare that is year-end accounting begins. Family was in town. We had plans for fun, games, a nice dinner out, time to celebrate a new year. Yet on Saturday morning, I sat in my dark living room buried under blankets watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I was struck by the last line of the movie:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Continue reading
As we quickly approached Christmas, I heard the following question countless times: “Are you ready for Christmas?” I asked this question myself a few times. I know what it implies – trust me…
Did you purchase and wrap the perfect gift for all of your friends and family? Is the house clean and the decorations immaculate? Have you planned the perfect menu? Did you fight the grocery store crowds to purchase 10 packages of cream cheese and every variety of booze your guests could desire?
My answer every time, of course, was a stressful “No!” Continue reading
Through the years, I’ve heard numerous pastors and church leaders proclaim “There is Joy in the Journey!” Sometimes this phrase might seem cliche or overused – but I think there is deep truth in these words. My own Pastor proclaimed just this past week that Joy, unlike simple happiness, is an awareness of God’s grace within brokenness. Joy is knowing God’s presence as we maneuver down this winding path we call life!
Pondering this “Joy in the Journey” is especially important as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. This season is supposed to be a time when followers of Christ remember and celebrate Joy through the gift of Jesus. God chose to be present with us – Immanuel – in the form of a baby in a stable! So simple, such humility!
Yet real life gets in the way as we try to experience joy through this celebration. This journey often comes with deep confusion, chaos and pain. Continue reading