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}}

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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}

Advent, Encouragement, hope

Lighting the Candle of Hope {Meditations on the First Sunday of Advent}

In a world spinning with busy, I find calm in simple traditions that bring pause ...breath ...hush ...wonder.  The season of Advent -- those precious weeks leading up to the day we celebrate the arrival of the Savior ...the One we've been longing for ...waiting for ...hoping for. Taking this time to stop, reflect and… Continue reading Lighting the Candle of Hope {Meditations on the First Sunday of Advent}

Books I'm Reading, Encouragement

How to Be a Moon and Reflect God’s Light When You’re Partly Wrong

Pardon me, but I'm over-the-moon-excited to share this post with you today.  I may be partly wrong, but I think I have the best family in all the world.  Okay, okay ...enough with the puns but I couldn't help myself. One of my favorite things in all the world is to network.  My friend says… Continue reading How to Be a Moon and Reflect God’s Light When You’re Partly Wrong

Encouragement, Jesus

Sunday Mornings

It's another Sunday and it still  feels weird.  My church family decided to change our weekly meeting time to Wednesday nights.  Sunday mornings are now free. At first I welcomed the rest.  The truth is, I had become "church exhausted" from so many emotional losses experienced this past year but I realized there is now a… Continue reading Sunday Mornings