Advent Reflection: Week 1, Day 1

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A Waiting Hymn  (tune: Greensleeves)Show us the way to Bethlehm, O Prophet you have spoken.You listened in the darkest night, God's silence now is broken.       ChorusShow us the way to Bethlehem, God's chosen mother, Mary.With you we wait with joy to see the miracle you carry.      ChorusShow us the way to Bethlehem, you Shepherds in your wonder.Your star, a sign that joy has come, and evil lies asunder.      ChorusShow us the way to Bethlehem, all you who kno … [Read more...]

And So We Wait…

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Advent 1--Bible Study and Questions for ReflectionWeek IShout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.3“Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why humble ourselves, but … [Read more...]

A Wait-less Wonder

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Dear Friends,For Advent this year, I'm writing a group study and daily devotional resource for use at Foothills Christian Church. If you'd like to engage in this journey with us, i'll post the weekly materials here...For each week of advent, there will be a Bible Study component, 5 daily devotions, and a practical application. Attached is the introduction/prologue. I'd appreciate feedback along the way, and would love to hear stories if you use this in your communities of faith. BLessings! … [Read more...]

Between Here and There

I'm not crazy, as it turns out. Well, i might be...but i was not crazy to take a 3-year-old on a 3-day road trip adventure by myself. She was so good. Unbelievably good. Practically shining her halo the whole dang time.Until the last hour and a half or so. Then it was meltdown city. And i was driving in the desert, in the dark, and couldn't do much about it.There might be something spiritual and beautiful about driving in the desert at night, but try telling that to a small child who is … [Read more...]

A Sign and a Wonder

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Every year, in what i call "stewardship season," i revisit Brueggeman's "The Liturgy of Abundance." I have come to love this season in the life of the church, which is ironic, because it used to scare me to death. Appropriate that it came around Halloween, really. Like many clergy, I left seminary feeling pretty good about the 3 P's--preaching, program and pastoral care--but utterly inept and ill-equipped for the administrative work of the church.Many things have changed that, including … [Read more...]

It’s All in There: Unmasking for Halloween

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Some thoughts on finding/creating the perfect Halloween costume:First of all, nix that idea of "perfect." Add to my growing list of What's Wrong With America that notion of the perfectly executed holiday. I mean, i love to flip through Southern Living, Sunset, or the Pottery Barn catalogue as much as the next girl. But let's remember they share IDEAS. By no means does your yard/house/menu/attire/person need to reflect the meticulously coordinated life on the page. Do NOT let yourself get … [Read more...]

A Moving Violation

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An organized household, office, car, and bank account seem unattainable for people like me. People who not only have children and a full-time job, but also find right-brained, type-A sorts of tasks tantamount to learning Chinese...meaning, it could be done, but life is too short.However, I have learned time and again that being unorganized has its price. Much as I hate chores, errands, paper work and basically being a grown-up, letting these things go will ultimately amount to even MORE ad … [Read more...]

Girls Run the World

"Rocking it at work. Kicking "being-a-mom's" ass."Reagan--Cristina Applegate's character on "Up All Night"-- is quickly becoming my new favorite TV heroine. Struggling to balance career and family, she is never a victim of work, or of motherhood. You never see her sacrifice one at the painful expense of the other. She has healthy boundaries, leaving work to make her kid's play date, but also empowering her husband Chris (Will Arnett) to be a full-time dad while she works. She doesn't micr … [Read more...]

Everyone Else

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October is a big month at my house. Yesterday was baby's birthday (not such a baby now!) and our 8 year wedding anniversary. Tomorrow is Harper's birthday, mine is next week; many other extended family members have bdays this month, and then there's that little thing called Halloween, and all the costumed, sugar-loaded revelry implied. It’s all had me thinking about invitations, the many types that we send and receive: snail mail, e-vite, or Facebook event; birthday, wedding, Halloween; formal, i … [Read more...]


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