The favor of God

By |2018-03-02T16:42:56-06:00December 19th, 2012|

The sun has not shone here in the midwest for days. In this deep and dark December, I'm aware of my own shortcomings, my own mistakes--the darkness of pride, discontent, anger inside me. Life has [...]

Taking a breath before Advent

By |2018-03-02T16:43:30-06:00November 26th, 2012|

This year's shopping season may have started before the turkey leftovers fully cooled, but we have almost a week before Advent officially begins this Sunday. Rather than get caught up in the frenzy, take a [...]

The perfect gift (and the story behind it)

By |2018-03-02T18:58:53-06:00December 23rd, 2011|

Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is prayer, even if you don't know them. Today, many of us are last-minute shopping and wrapping, desperate to figure out what would be the perfect gift. [...]

The Gift of Christmas Present

By |2018-03-02T18:59:04-06:00December 15th, 2011|

Twice in the last two weeks, I've had the privilege of speaking in local churches, sharing my thoughts on The Gift of Christmas Present. So often, we are so busy and distracted, we cannot catch [...]

Advent Soul Care

By |2018-03-02T18:59:07-06:00December 7th, 2011|

I'm guest blogging at Gifted For Leadership (a leadership blog for women) today, on caring for your soul during Advent. Advent anticipates the quiet miracle of the incarnation. How can we say yes to waiting and [...]

Bringing my offering

By |2009-12-18T06:05:42-06:00December 18th, 2009|

Tonight is the first of a dozen or so "Christmas Eve" services at Willow Creek, our home church for the last two decades. I've seen every kind of service imaginable on Christmas at Willow, including [...]

A sweet Christmas

By |2009-12-03T06:18:49-06:00December 3rd, 2009|

I usually don't share recipes on this blog, but since some of you have asked for the Mocha Bar recipe...One of the ways I show love to family and friends is by cooking. I don't [...]

Merry Christmas

By |2008-12-25T13:25:44-06:00December 25th, 2008|

Just wanted to wish all of my wonderful readers a very Merry Christmas. We had a big breakfast and opened presents this morning. when we woke up, it was one degree outside, but the sun [...]

Sanctified shopping

By |2018-03-02T19:04:33-06:00December 9th, 2008|

I was planning to go out and finish my christmas shopping today, but it's 34 and raining, and supposed to get colder. which means the rain will be turning to ice or sleet. So, I'll [...]

A great little Christmas book

By |2018-03-02T19:04:41-06:00November 15th, 2008|

One of the radio stations I listen to in the car has started its annual tradition of playing only Christmas music during the holidays. But instead of starting on Dec. 1, they've already started! I [...]

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