Amplify Again

I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks.  We’ve been traveling for the girls’ sports, and my youngest battled a horrible flu for several days and was clingy/needy which made it difficult to write.  But those are excuses and if I’m honest I’ve been in a bit of a funk. It happens every winter. I think if I saw a doctor or a therapist they would say that I have SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I’ve had the same symptoms every winter for years. In the past several years it’s gotten worse. Almost ruining your entire marriage a week before Christmas does that. And while the memories fade, they don’t go away. And so every year I struggle from mid December until mid March.  I should have known that this year it might not be different. And by starting a new blog it might even be more difficult. Continue reading “Amplify Again”

Purpose over Perfection

I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a tendency to seek perfection.  If you’ve ever been to my house when all my kids are home, and seen the chaos, you may disagree. But in my innermost being I often feel myself striving to be perfect. Or at the very least look like my life is perfect.  But it isn’t. Far from it. I mean it is good. Really good. Better than it should be based on all the mistakes I’ve made in my life, and the places I’ve let sin in.  Still it is good. Good because He is making it good. Continue reading “Purpose over Perfection”

Word of the Year

I started 2018 by choosing the word “begin” as my word of the year.  For weeks I wrote it in Sharpie on the inside of my wrist. But I didn’t actually know where to begin or what to do, and the idea of beginning started to fizzle.  In the summer I chose a new word “chosen” to remind myself that God chose me. Right from the beginning. And that He had plans for me. Continue reading “Word of the Year”

of Comfort and Joy

JOY.  Jesus.  Others. Yourself.  

This week we get to light the third candle.  The pink candle. The JOY candle. I love the joy candle.   

Jesus.  Reading Luke 2:8-20, we are reminded that when the shepherds heard of Jesus’ birth, they ran to the stable.  They ran hard toward Jesus. Toward their Savior. The One who had come to save them. And I want to remember to run hard toward Jesus today and every day.  Not take a gingerly stroll, never in the opposite direction, but actually run hard toward Him. Continue reading “of Comfort and Joy”