church, Encouragement, Walking out real Faith

Outside the Wall

The mere mention of the word "wall" evokes much emotion these days. Sitting with an older gentlemen as I waited to get an ultrasound of my neck brought up another emotion I hadn't thought of.  In his life-time, talk of a "wall" resurrects thoughts of the Berlin Wall.  Communism.  Division.  Dictatorship.  Strife.  Separation inside the… Continue reading Outside the Wall

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Encouragement, New Year

What To Do With That New Word for This New Year

It's been a thing for a while now ...getting your "word" for the New Year.  I love hearing the word others have felt led to move toward or embrace as their own mantra for the coming year.  I've read on-line author/bloggers post about their word as well as personal friends of mine share their "revealed"… Continue reading What To Do With That New Word for This New Year

Encouragement, Life Decisions

12 Things I Learned in 2018

2018 has continued to be a season of transition with a hefty mix of joy and sorrow. I'm still learning. Still growing. Still trusting God's mercy for the past and relying on His Spirit to light up each day forward. Often a quick look in the rear view mirror can give wisdom for the road… Continue reading 12 Things I Learned in 2018

Advent, Christmas, Encouragement

The Center Candle {{Meditations on the Last Day of Advent}}

The last four days for me have felt like living in a cocoon, wrapped with sadness and no energy source inside.  In mechanic's terms, it's been like a car completely out of gas with an engine profusely leaking oil ...leaving one blown engine ...emotionally and physically. But in the late hours of Christmas Eve or… Continue reading The Center Candle {{Meditations on the Last Day of Advent}}

Advent, Encouragement, Jesus, Peace

Seeking Peace ~ Sharing Peace {Meditations on the 4th Sunday of Advent}

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14  (NKJV) It's the angel choir singing with all their might ..."Glory to God in the highest ...Peace, goodwill toward men."  We sing with them on this fourth Sunday of Advent.  The Angel's candle flames the  message bringing joy to all… Continue reading Seeking Peace ~ Sharing Peace {Meditations on the 4th Sunday of Advent}

Advent, Christmas, Encouragement

Looking for Joy {Meditations on the Third Sunday of Advent}

With a name like mine, there's never a shortage of what I'll call "personalized Christmas ornaments!" Joy seems to be everywhere around the holiday season. Searching for "Joy" on our Christmas tree isn't hard. Searching for joy in real life might be harder some days. But the third week of Advent calls for a celebration… Continue reading Looking for Joy {Meditations on the Third Sunday of Advent}

Advent, Christmas, Encouragement

Preparing for Peace {Meditations on the Second Sunday of Advent}

We lit the second Advent candle today ...the Bethlehem Candle.  It lights the way in preparing for the arrival ...the arrival of the Holy house guest -- the Savior, Jesus Christ. Mary and Joseph had very little to call their own as they traveled to Bethlehem.  The law required them to make their way to… Continue reading Preparing for Peace {Meditations on the Second Sunday of Advent}