I woke up one morning this Advent season with a song bursting from my heart. “Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing….” I’ve been ruminating on the words of this song. Although not a new song, I feel as though I have been caught up in its joy, its proclamation, and its hope this season. The lyrics capture … [Read more...] about Let Earth Receive Her King! An Advent Reflection
Any suggestion on gifts for the kids for Christmas? Every year, I get asked by members of my extended family, “What do your kids want for Christmas?” When I ask my kids, their answers are generally "I don't know," although they have had specific requests like an Elsa doll, Lego, or a ski trip! We don't watch television, so our kids don't know about all the cool toys that are out there for their … [Read more...] about Terrific Christmas Gifts for Ages 1-5 that Grow with Them
The other night, we had beans and rice for dinner. Nothing else. It was not by choice. This was what was served. Our kids and I spent a few days serving at a Youth With A Mission base in central California where we packaged dried food for the poor for distribution in various parts of the world. The hosts thought it would be good for us Americans to experience what many people in developing … [Read more...] about Can You Feast with Crumbs?
Will you consider rediscovering thanks giving with me? More than any other years, I am glad that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Why? Honestly, it has been a tough year for me. It has been a year where I have felt deep pain on multiple occasions. From the sudden, tragic losses of lives, to my own failures in love and generosity, to feeling heavy from all the upheaval in our world, I feel … [Read more...] about Rediscover Thanks Giving
Have you ever smelled a fragrance that instantaneously took you back to a time and place? Perhaps, as you drove by a landmark, for a split second, your mind became flooded with memories of the people you saw, things you did, and the special moments you had. I have. They’re powerful. For me, one short and simple worship song stirs up my emotion and causes my mind and heart to remember God and … [Read more...] about Principle 5: Tell and Retell Your God Stories
This is part 4 of the series: 7 Principles to Raising Kids Who Love Jesus. It has been hard to write on this principle! Not because there isn’t a lot to say. There is plenty. But, the topic of church can stir up lots of emotions for people (even for me). Why? Because we all have ideals we are passionate about in regards to church and often than not, many feel disappointed by the church. … [Read more...] about Principle 4: Model and Teach Kids to Love His Church