Passion Week — Day 4

This morning our home was anything but calm.  The snow blizzard allowed us to get a later start but we have three dogs who still needed our early morning attention.  One that wouldn’t go outside in the snow, one that after rolling in the snow came running (more like a galloping horse) back inside bringing that distinct wet dog smell …

Passion Week — Day 3

Have you ever had someone in your life question everything you do?  I have.  Everything!  Even stupid stuff.  A college dorm mate I once knew was just like this.  No matter what any of us did, she was sure to contradict us.  One day she even questioned the way I put something in a trash can!  She didn’t easily make …

Passion Week — Day 2

Monday was different from Sunday.  After spending the night in Bethany, probably with his close friends (Mary, Martha and Lazarus), Jesus and his disciples walked back to Jerusalem with no parade, no grand entry to the city– just a quiet a 30 minute walk.  Wonder what Jesus thought as he walked.  How much the city had changed?  Whose house the …

Passion Week — Day 1

Passion Week or Holy Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It is a week where I spent time in deep thought and prayer as I trace Jesus’ steps to the cross.  Day 1 is known today as Palm Sunday.  On this day, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt fulfilling ancient prophecy.  Jewish people from …

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

An Irish Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My very best childhood friend is Irish to the core.  Her …

Loveletters

02.08.2016  Today is the beginning of Love Week, a tradition I started when Rob and I were first married and then expanded it to include our kids.  Every day for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day I write my husband, Nathan and Juliana separate love notes. The love notes aren’t necessarily long although at times they have been.  Sometimes …

Don’t Stop Now!

02.01.2016   After completing the 21 days of early prayer I planned to sleep in–just a little.  But God woke me up early and I am glad He did!  I had an awesome time meeting with Him.  I was reminded of the importance of that consistent alone time with God.  And now that I have a good habit of early …

Day 21 — Celebrate!

You made it!  Today is the last day of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.  And while we are focusing on making prayer an ongoing way of life, we are concluding the “fasting” portion with a huge celebration of Big Faith.  Many people have already reported answered prayers.  Some are still waiting for God’s intervention.  No matter which category …

Day 20 — One More Pot of Chili

 So my family is looking forward to a change in what I am going to buy at the grocery store.  That’s another way of saying they are tired of eating “the same old thing.”  They want pizza and steak and ice cream.  And at this point it sounds good to me too.  I know!  Just being real with you.  But …

Day 19 — Hearing the Good Shepherd

Just this morning I received a personal message from a Facebook friend — a friend that I have not seen in over 20 years and that I rarely talk to.  In fact, we don’t even regularly check in with each other’s fb page.  She is going through a difficult time and right now, her life is not turning out like …