One Word 2016 :: Build

If you are any type of photographer who reads this blog, you already know I am not one. You might be amused at my photo word for the year. I started to edit it a bit more, but then I decided it is already such an accurate picture to express my word that I left

When You Are Overwhelmed After Christmas

It is the morning after Christmas. Newly opened presents, hastily dropped on the furniture and more in boxes on the floor, overwhelm our small living room. And me. I send my husband off to work in the early darkness, pour a cup of coffee and escape to the relative neatness of my room, postponing the

Merry Christmas from Our House To Your House

Merry Christmas from our house to your house Merry Christmas from our kids to yours May happiness be round your Christmas tree May your disappointments be few. Merry Christmas from our house to your house May peace and good will follow you And may you be blessed with health and happiness Merry Christmas from our

When You’re Looking for the Light of Christmas in the Dark

Before time ticked out the days, before space gave those days a place to play themselves out, and before matter existed to give them substance, there was God. The God, Whose words sparked against the darkness and lit the eternal flame we call Light. The Light was good, and it illuminated the beautiful world God

How to Draw Near and Adore at Christmas

“O come let us Adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!” It’s the anthem of the season. Those whose eyelids droop under another minor rendition of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” rouse when the strains of this song begin. It brings Christmas from far away

How to Invite the Savior Into the Season

‘Tis the season. The hustle of the marketplace. The long hours of traveling. The lights, the sounds, the frantic purchasing and jostling in long lines of people. Busy crowds of people with an agenda. Such was the scene Mary and Joseph happened upon as they entered Bethlehem. She swollen with child. He weary from a

Adorning Your Home and Heart for Christmas

Decorating our homes for Christmas is a fun way to celebrate the season, but what does it really mean? I like to think of it as a bride adorning herself for her husband. According to Ann Voskamp, the Advent season is all about the waiting for His coming. Just as His followers  waited the first

How to Begin Cherishing Your Life

  We made it through another 31 Days of writing for me and reading for you. I’m actually finishing this a little past the 31st day, but that is just my life. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I told you about my day, my week, my year. I shared about

Cherishing My World

  “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son…” So familiar. Such a beloved verse. But I question, do I love enough to give? Cherishing life broadens from those people and things closest to me. But sometimes, I’m narrow-minded and think only of those things I naturally cherish and love. The

Cherishing and Honoring Life

  It was the best of times and it was the worst of times. That may be the beginning of a classic novel, but it is also the story of our life this year. In a bittersweet way, we have learned the value of another person’s life. I cannot have a series on cherishing without