Emmanuel in the waiting

Matthew 1:21-23 TPT,She (Mary) will give birth to a son and you are to name him ‘Savior,’ for he is destined to give his life to save his people from their sins. This happened to fulfill what the Lord had spoken through his prophet: “Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to…

Word made flesh

“You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:114‬ ‭MSG‬‬ Allow the Word of God to be your quiet retreat from the busyness of the holiday season, and lean in to listen to what He reveals as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth – His purpose and our shining…

Understanding in grief

In grief, I have found an understanding that beyond my understanding God is working all for the good of those who love Him and accept His calling. That does not make loss easier. It does not make watching the world groan in sin less awful. It does not make my mess ups and falling short…

All my stuff

I write this blog in the midst of all my stuff… all my learning all the emotions the monotony of day to day all my joys the weight of this dark world the ever-changing shape of grief the forming and reforming of relationships my continued understanding, and lack of understanding, of self all my questions…

Grief and happiness

For those who live with loss in their lives, grief and happiness often live together as two sides of one coin. Amidst the “best day ever”, the ping of sadness introduces itself in the most inopportune moments, stinging joy with depths of grief. “I think we just learn to live with the sadness that will…

To be held

There are moments when life feels so heavy and burdensome, and we realize we’ve been trying to carry everything on our own. We do not often notice life’s weight until it’s too much to bear. Then the question comes, “why have I been trying to carry it?” I had a moment like this last evening….

Time

Time is so elusive. Yes, it has been a while since I wrote. Life has been very busy and when I have started to write, I have been too exhausted to finish. I commit to writing this week, but simply now I acknowledge the elusivity of time. I am currently reading “The Invisible Life of…

All the way

Hard to admit, but I have not had an easy 2021 thus far. Because the peacekeeper part of me sometimes pushes aside real things that are occurring to help make room for the good and lovely, I have needed to be real with myself. So, during one of my recent quiet times, I wrote a…

Know rest

“Our souls won’t know rest until we rest in the unchanging character of God.” // Anonymous

To the point // Ash Wednesday

On this day set aside for confession and repentance, let us cry out to God… Have mercy on me, O God,according to your unfailing love;according to your great compassionblot out my transgressions.Wash away all my iniquityand cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions,and my sin is always before me.Against you, you only,…

When we don’t know

We are living in a time when we often don’t know what to do or what we need. I just watched the video of Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. speak to the House about the trauma she, her team, and we collectively have dealt with in recent months. As she broke down in tears, I felt…