Have you ever wondered, “Did I hear God’s voice correctly?" I have, and I’m sure you have too. We usually ask this question, not when things are going smoothly, but when we are surprised by the unexpected. We felt like we heard God speak, and we acted. We took a risk to step out in faith. I remember graduating from college and moving to another city to minister to college students with a … [Read more...] about Did I hear God’s Voice Correctly?
A few weeks ago our family watched the movie Cool Runnings, based on the true story of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. It is a feel-good movie with some memorable lines. We all loved it. One of my favorite lines was something that the coach said to the team captain the night before the competition day in the Olympics. (**This post contains an affiliate link.**) He said, “A gold medal is … [Read more...] about Are you Enough?
The festivity, the joy, the excitement of the people filled the streets as Jesus humbly rode by on a donkey. The palm branches symbolized victory for the Israelites and the phrase, “Hosanna,” was a declaration, a cry for salvation, “Save us!” They listened, all eighteen first and second grader, eyes fixed on me as I began telling them the familiar story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into … [Read more...] about Hosanna: A Holy Week Meditation
**This post contains an affiliate link.** As I’m finishing 2017 and entering 2018, I'm reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Gregory Boyle. Father Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries, a ministry to ex-gang members in East L.A. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it for 2018. As I reflect on 2017 and look ahead to 2018, I know … [Read more...] about Don’t Focus on the Narrow, Narrow your Focus
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7I’ll be honest here. I have been avoiding writing this blog the last few days. Why? I didn’t want to dampen the Christmas spirit writing about the plight of foster kids. Sounds cowardly? Maybe. But I can’t avoid it any longer. I need to … [Read more...] about No Room in the Inn: An Advent Reflection of a Foster Mom
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