These Are Our Kids.

12/15 ((from Bri)) “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27 This verse has always challenged my heart. There is a clear mandate here: if you want pure religion in the sight of…

Loaves & Fish. Little Boy & Big God.

12/14 ((from Jessica)) About a month ago, our son came to us with a “big plan.” Apparently, his little heart had been mulling over an idea to raise money for kids in Africa; we had absolutely no clue. NADA. From the backseat of the car, he quickly explained to his father and I that he…

Woven Together.

12/13 ((from Megan)) Six Christmases ago, my first baby jumping around in my belly, I trudged off with friends to a movie theatre in Shizuoka, Japan to find out what on earth was all the international fuss about Les Miserables. Three hours and innumerable sobs later, I understood. Among many of the story lines that…

A Brilliant Exchange.

12/12 ((from Natalie)) My home is aglow, sparkling like a diamond with the twinkle of Christmas lights. A pile of gifts has amassed. They have taken over the top shelf of my pantry as they await wrapping, ribbons, and bows. The calendar hanging on the front of the pantry door is jam-packed with travel and…

(No Longer) Invisible Girls.

12/11 ((from Kate)) Diamonds, custom Lamborghinis, silky flowing hair extensions, augmentations and cosmetic adjustments… there are shows dedicated to the lives of NBA and NFL wives that center on what their lucrative lifestyles can afford. Often times those lives tend to center around what they can get. And yet, what beauty can be found when…

Great Faithfulness.

12/10 ((from Bridget)) Have you ever had that moment where the words on the page jump off as they seem to have been written just for you?  Can you remember that sensation of bewilderment and awe infiltrating your entire being when a certain passage of scripture grabbed you?  I believe this is the very experience…

A Mighty Fortress.

12/9 ((from Eve)) I love when music and lyrics combine to give a particular feeling to a song. Do you know what I mean? When the music swells and the lyrics are victorious? Or when your heart beats in time to a drum beat? Sometimes the music and lyrics just match up incredibly well, and…

Be Thou My Vision.

12/8 ((from Bri)) I grew up in a Christian home and it seemed like I was in church every time the doors were open. My sister and I were raised by loving parents and never went through a ‘rebellious phase”. And, from what I can remember, life was pretty good. It wasn’t until my sophomore…

Come Thou Fount.

12/7 ((from Jessica)) When my brother was little, he was a quieter soul. He wasn’t flashy, he wasn’t loud, and he was hardly a “show boat.” In all truthfulness, he was a lot like my mom – steady, consistent, and quick to serve. So I’ll never forget the Sunday evening when he quickly and boldly raised…

In the Light.

12/6 ((from Megan)) O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s a light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free! Refrain Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the…

How Great Indeed!

12/5 ((from Natalie)) Do you have a list of dreams that start with something like “If I had a million dollars… ?” Top of my list, I kid you not… if I was swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck – ya’ll, I would hire my very own personal gospel choir to follow me around…

Is It Well?

12/4 ((from Kate)) Hi buddy. How’re you doing? What a full swirl of days these are, huh? Almost all of my conversations this weekend have been heavy – a friend whose child was put in danger, a friend whose relationship is being tested and tried to a severe degree, a sweet gal pal who is…