Red Ribbons of Hope

 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household. (Joshua 2:18)

I love everything about Christmas–the sights, the sounds, the smells. I love the lights and decorations, the hustle and bustle of the airports and malls, Christmas music (but only after Thanksgiving), and my mom’s molasses cookies and homemade eggnog. I love that the season seems to bring out the best in people–everyone is just a little more patient, a little more gracious, and smiles linger just a little longer. Continue reading

Equipped to Minister

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. – 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

This is one of my favorite verses. One of those that you put up on your bathroom mirror, commit to memory, and bring to mind often. One that you pray not only fills your mind, but makes its way to your heart and changes the way you live. Because sometimes you get to thinking ridiculous things – things the enemy would love for you to think – about who you are and what it takes to be “qualified”. And in some cases, you look around at those who minister to people, and you think “maybe someday that could be me”. Continue reading

Waiting for a Christmas Baby

As I type this morning, I’m sitting by my Christmas tree in what will certainly prove to be one of the few quiet moments between now and Christmas.  It’s kind of a weird build up to Christmas for us this year, since sometime in these few weeks I’m going to have a baby.  That means that this year the preparations, anticipation, and, yes, chaos of the Christmas season are all tangled up with the preparations for and anticipation of the tiny babe who will arrive in our lives near the end of December. Continue reading

Oh I Need You

“Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48

You know that feeling when you’re struck with a fresh revelation about something you’ve read a hundred times before? I love when that happens. It gets me so excited about this lifetime of learning from God’s Word.

This happened to me the other day while reading the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter 5. It was such a simple truth, yet suddenly so profound. Continue reading

Jars of Manna

Take a jar and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept throughout your generations. (Exodus 16:33)

This Thanksgiving, as I thought about all of the things I am thankful for—the many ways in which I am blessed and the countless ways God has provided for me—I realized how infrequently I reflect on the ways (big and small) He makes His presence known in my life. I’m not just talking about finding Him in my successes and triumphs when everything is going according to plan. I’m talking about looking at the hard times—the pain, the broken relationships, my failures, the times of doubt and struggle when things don’t go my way—and still being able to see God at work. Active and intentional remembrance that allows me to find the blessings in all seasons of life, even the hard ones. Remembrance that moves me to heartfelt gratitude and worship. We are commanded to give thanks in all circumstances, but are we cultivating habits that allow us to do this? Continue reading