On Waiting For A Convenient Time

When I was 30, I received my first Bible. It wasn't something that I'd always wanted; rather, I was curious about something my husband valued—spending daily time reading it. That was a new, unfamiliar, and to be honest, overwhelming idea to me. Even after he gave it to me, several days passed before I made time to…

What I Learned As A Mom About Sharing Two Stories: Savior and Santa

When I was a little girl, my parents shared the story of Santa, and my brothers and I were all caught up in the seemingly magical event—so much so, that before our home had a real fireplace, Mom and Dad would set up a 5-foot-tall cardboard fireplace for Santa to come down and none of…

In Hard Times, Surprised by Peace

As I turned the calendar page to December, I packed for a quick trip to see my Mom in South Carolina. Christmas decorating, shopping, and baking would need to wait until I returned to Houston. My birthday would fall within our visit, so I was particularly grateful for the timing of this trip. My sweet…

Coulda…Shoulda…Woulda…

"Maybe you aren't supposed to - this year." Through a knowing smile her gentle words permeated my heart. It was Christmas Eve. Our family had just enjoyed dinner with friends. As we're leaving, she quietly handed me a gift. Thanking her, I sighed with frustration, "Ughhh, I wasn't able to bake cookies for friends this…

When Our Plan Changes

"So what's the plan?" Over the past few weeks, each of our kids has asked us this. We're moving again. Packing up.  Saying good-bye to friends. A change of plan, the unexpected. We didn't see it coming. I'm glad nothing takes God by surprise. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,     neither are…

HE CAME

Well, our house is half decorated.  I started last week and haven't had time to finish yet! Terrell has said a couple of times now, "I think we should decorate the whole banister, not just half the way up..."  I plan to finish today.  Well, we'll see.Do you have any favorite Christmas decorations?  I do.…

Believing

"For nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1.37)The angel Gabriel said this to Mary after telling her two amazing things - her elderly relative Elizabeth, who has been barren all her life, is 6 months pregnant and she (Mary) is going to bear the Son of God.  Mary, a teenager, believes.  She believes this is God's…