• Lent

    Names of Jesus Day 2: Teacher

    Already it’s day two of Lent and I forgot about my commitment to spend my commute listening to the Bible. I did remember as I was running a few errands and turned it on, but isn’t that just the case? I was really focused on Ash Wednesday and then a day later, I forgot that the season of Lent has only begun! How often do I just forget to spend time in prayer or reading of my Bible? How often do I forget to thank God for the meal that is before me? I am sure you can relate. It’s very easy to get down on myself when I forget to…

  • Lent

    Names of Jesus Day 1: – Creator

    Today is Ash Wednesday. Today we remember where we came from and where we will return to when we die. Today we remember we are mortal: our time on this earth is brief. We remember our sins and we remember our Savior. When we think of creation, we often think of the presence of God the father. But our belief in the Trinity is a reminder that all three persons were present at the creation of the universe. It is mind-blowing to think about it and even more challenging to explain it, so I point you to Scripture: “26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our…

  • Lent

    Names of Jesus Day 3: Rescuer

    I recently returned from a spirit-filled week of worship, conversation and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. It was refreshing and renewing. When I returned home, reality hit me square in the nose and it was a rough transition back to the real world. I was catching up on an episode of “The Biggest Loser” and realized that the contestants journey to better physical health could easily be compared to my own journey to improved spiritual health. They spend months on a ranch, isolated from the real world, disconnected from family and focused on taking care of themselves (body, mind and soul). When they are faced with challenges and…

  • Lent

    Names of Jesus – A Lenten Series

    "Names of Jesus"Click on the link above to see this word cloud at WordItOut. You may also view it on this website if you enable JavaScript (see your web browser settings). Word cloud made with WordItOut   I really enjoyed the 31 Days blog writing series I participated in last fall. I decided to use the season of Lent to begin a blogging rhythm again in 2016. It’s a season of reflection and meditation and a great way for me to dive deeper into my personal devotion time. If you can keep me accountable through this blog and receive God’s Word in your life, then I am thankful for the opportunity. This Wednesday…

  • Lent

    Lent Reflections – Week #2

    “And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out…

  • Lent

    Lent Reflections – Week #1

    There is much to digest in this first week of Lent. Walt Wangerin is a beautiful story teller, but also opens up the opportunity for much deeper thinking. What resonated with me most was a portion of Scripture from  John 16 about joy. I know I often associate joy as a whole as something pleasant, but here, both in the Scripture and the narrative, I am reminded, that joy comes from a place of difficulty. 20 “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she…

  • Faith & Life,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    O’ death, where is your sting?

    I love, love, love this song! Honestly, I listen to it all the time. I first heard it during the season of Lent a few years ago, but every time I hear it, it’s hard not to turn the volume way up. Since, the theme of my posts is along the lines of Holy Week, I thought I would post this song for your own devotion time. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IExdrZGQVeI] Today we begin remembrance of the Last Supper, Jesus arrests and crucifixion. But this song is an important reminder of what has already happened and the hope that we have in Christ and His Resurrection!

  • Faith & Life,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    I gave up nothing, He gave up everything.

    For Lent, I gave up nothing. Some years I’ve chosen to give up Facebook or some other vice. In other years I’ve been intentional in adding in more focused time to meditate in God’s Word. I attempted to add devotional time this year but I failed from the start. It’s not supposed to be legalistic, so if you fail, it’s ok. Except, it doesn’t feel that way. I feel guilty. Why can I easily make time for so much else, but not the One who gave me the blessing of it all? As we enter into this Holy Week, it’s not about me. It was never about me. I need…

  • Faith & Life,  Lent,  unexpected blessings

    My Easter prayer

    I know it’s not Easter yet, but why isn’t our Easter celebration highlighted in every worship service? It was great to see so many people in worship on Palm Sunday and I will say the same on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but I always wonder why we don’t make such a big deal every Sunday? We send out invitations to invite people to worship at Christmas and Easter, but why not for just a Sunday in July? I want to be thankful when anyone new comes to worship, regardless of the reason, but how can we go about making every worship service feel as special as this…

  • Lent

    life without facebook

    It’s been a little over a week since I gave up facebook for Lent, and it’s amazing what I have learned from the experience: 1. When a social networking site has become part of your daily routine, it’s more difficult than anticipated not to automatically go to it when checking one’s email.2. Apparently I haven’t missed out on too much since I’m not on, but I also don’t know what I’ve missed because the world of facebook is so exclusive.3. If someone says, “Check it out on facebook” and then I say I can’t, they say “Oh, well…” In such a short time, we all have forgotten how to use…