For Those in Ministry

Countdown to Christmas Programs

By now you have received all those packets in the mail filled with Christmas musicals. And you are completely overwhelmed. I don’t know the times I have said to myself, “I love this play, but there is no way our kids can pull this off.” There’s not enough talent. Not enough funds. Not enough time!… Continue reading Countdown to Christmas Programs

A Word of Encouragement

How to Keep Christ in Christmas

 Does our Anticipation of Christmas Keep Christ in Christmas? Luke 10:41-42 The Message (MSG) 41-42 The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” I recently read a devotion… Continue reading How to Keep Christ in Christmas

Book Reviews

Book Review : The Tiniest Tree

The Tiniest Tree by Ann Banco Reade I met Ann Reade when I moved into her community last fall. She has a huge heart for any creature, animal or human, that is less privileged or struggling in life. Her writings take you right to the soul of her passion. In her first book, The Tiniest… Continue reading Book Review : The Tiniest Tree

A Word of Encouragement · Random Thoughts

Have a Joyful Christmas

posted on 12-2014 in honor of our 25th wedding anniversary Our First Christmas Letter 1989 It’s always fun to look back to see what God has brought us through. The above is the Christmas letter Michael and I sent out as we were preparing to marry on New Year’s Eve 1989. It was a year of… Continue reading Have a Joyful Christmas

My Spiritual Walk · Raised in a Barn

First Week of Advent ~ He is Our Hope

One Christmas tradition my family always honored was the advent wreath and devotions every night in December. We had this cardboard nativity set and each night, as part of our devotions, we would add a figure to the nativity. Then, at last, on Christmas Eve, we added the baby JESUS. The devotions helped us stop… Continue reading First Week of Advent ~ He is Our Hope