Monthly Archives: December 2013

My Christmas Invitation

(Written for my sweet sisters in Christ, Dar and Donna, in memory of Jim Hamilton and Bill Taaffe)  My invitation came just in time, So I could make it home. I’ll celebrate his birthday, In heaven near his throne.  Wasn’t sure what gift to bring, He said, “Come anyway. You accepted me to be your […]

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Who Jesus is to Me!

He is the first Christmas gift sold out to love! His platform was a cross and he came in a cradle! He chose a towel and was given a title! He served the lowly but became the Great High Priest! He saw what was wrong and chose to make it right! He is a friend […]

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Remembering Sandy Hook Today

While I have held my own lifeless infant in my arms, I can’t imagine the emotion this day evokes for the parents and family of those who lost children and loved ones on December 14, 2012. I am reminded today how precious life is and will choose to do an act of kindness as requested […]

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Hurry Up – Be a Difference!

“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger (Luke 2:16).” The world pleads with us to hurry up during Christmas. The church guides us to slow down. Both are incomplete and confusing messages unless we give accurate biblical reasons why. Unique to the Christmas story […]

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Towanda: Just a Minute with Jesus – The Greatest Christmas Gift

Yesterday inside CVS, I witnessed a modified version of the parking lot scene in the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, as two female strangers verbally rammed into one another. The temperature and volume of these two women was so high, I thought, “Towanda!” and did something crazy by stepping in to help diffuse the situation. Not […]

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Backstage at the Church

“You now dismiss your servant in peace.” Can any of us relate to this statement after a long day of work on Black Friday at a department store, finishing our last Christmas service preach, or serving backstage behind the scenes to support the front line? This statement came in Scripture when a man in today’s […]

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How Can This Happen? Pondering, Speaking, Acting

Pondering is a word we rarely use in everyday conversation. It describes a thought process that moves past the mind to connect the heart as we think deeper about mysterious things. As a woman and a pastor of women, I want to hear Mary speak more, yet she ponders. Tell us Mary what it was […]

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A News Gasp!

Just this week when I was driving, our son said, “Mom, you react to stimuli from your environment very abruptly.” You would agree with him if you’ve ever heard my sudden gasps when someone swerves in front of me on the road, something is about to slip out of my hands, or when a colleague […]

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Hearing God: He Whispers

Life is loud! It presses on us externally with meeting schedules, children to transport, bills to pay, demanding relationships, and of course Christmas shopping. At times I want to run and hide from external pressure and stimuli, but most often it is the internal noise that is so loud I can no longer hear God! […]

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God Works Today Introduction

I asked for a Happy Meal and only received a hamburger. Can you relate? We leave the drive up window only to discover we didn’t get what we asked for. That’s right, people make mistakes (I sure have) but God never does; and, he doesn’t want us to settle for anything less than the best […]

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