February 21, 2018

Read Psalm 20 
Thought: As we begin Lent, this Psalm reminds us of the end: God is victorious. It is easy to feel overwhelmed at the pain of the world. Wars, droughts, natural disasters, disease, death, environmental changes, homelessness, persecution. It is also easy to feel helpless, out of control and insignificant. This week as Lent begins ask this question: Who is your King? There are two significant pieces to this.

  1. We are not alone. We do not fight this fight on our own. God is with us.

  2. We are God’s peop...

February 19, 2018

I haven't posted here since Christmas partially because I spent the last two months finishing up and publishing my first book on parenting "Presence-Based Parenting: How to parent without fear in an age of anxiety". You can click on the link to find it on Amazon. 

This year Lent started on Valentines Day. The weekend before I had the privilege of speaking at a women's retreat at an international church in Paris. As I sat with women from Africa, Europe and America all coming from different faith traditions ranging from Catho...

December 29, 2017

Typical for the church calendar, for the big days (i.e. Christmas and Easter) there is some build-up. We look back to when God came near–a baby born right in the midst of the stuff of life. We also look forward with expectancy of his return when all things will be made new, when God dwells with humanity fully—on earth as it is in heaven.

But while we are looking back and looking forward, let’s take a look at right now: God with us in the everyday stuff of our lives. What marked God showing us he was near in Jesus’...

December 22, 2017

“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)

Joy is a pretty common reaction when God comes near in Jesus’ birth. People are amazed, in awe, feel joy, react by praising God.

The shepherds were: “glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen.” (Luke 2:20)

They told others, and “all who heard it were amazed” (Luke 2:18)

The angel Gabriel tells Zechariah his son “will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth” (Luke 1:14)

Elizabeth’s neighb...

December 15, 2017

We went through a "That is not my...." book phase in our house. “That’s Not My Pony (or Kitty, Dog, Bear, Meerkat…)” are “touchy-feely books” published by Usborne. The narrative is set up as if the child/reader is searching for their Pony/Kitty/Dog/Meerkat, etc. Each turn of the page starts: “That’s not my meerkat”, followed by a picture of a meerkat with a specific part of it’s body made of a textured material to be ‘touched and felt’, and then …”it’s cheeks are too squashy” or “its back is too fuzzy” and so on, until the...

December 7, 2017

“Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” (Luke 1:18)

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34)

I’m sorry, what are you saying God? Based on my current circumstances and what I ‘know’ this doesn’t seem possible. This is not how things are done. How is that supposed to work?

During Advent, I’m looking at ways God came near in Jesus’ birth and what that may tell us about ways he is near us today. God has a long track record of...

November 30, 2017

We got a $5 forest service permit to cut down a Christmas tree. The kids really wanted to find one in the snow so this being our first go at getting a Christmas tree in Central Oregon we decided just to head towards the snow at Mt Bachelor and see what we found. We knew we didn't want to go deep in the woods, both because one of our kids is on crutches and because that would mean carrying the tree back out of the woods to the car. So a little ways off of a parking lot we cut down the first tree we found. Well actually it i...

November 22, 2017

My kid's favorite rides in Disneyland are at the back of the park, Tomorrowland and the Pier. But one of the things that makes Disneyland different than other amusement parks (apart from the price of the tickets) is that they have designed the park so that the walk from place to place is part of the experience. Every detail has been attended to from garbage cans, to bathrooms, from the paths you walk on to the lines you wait in. Granted life isn’t Disneyland with every detail attended to. But like life even in Disneyland e...

November 17, 2017

Our youngest is known for giving hugs. It is always amazing to me who and when she decides needs a hug. Sometimes it is to strangers. Other times it is to people who she loves and knows. Not everyone wants one and she doesn't want to hug everyone. It has been a year today since we left Scotland. I find myself thinking about all of the people who gave us literal and figurative hugs as we left this week last year. Some were strangers, others were friends we had come to know and love in our time in Scotland. Whether people kn...

November 7, 2017

I was cooking dinner and realized that I was feeling stressed. I couldn't locate what exactly was stressing me out. So I retraced my thoughts. Nope, nothing about dinner caused the stress. Then I started going backwards through the events of the day. As I walked backwards in my mind I came to a moment when I had walked past a fountain that our new house has. The motor was on but there was no water coming out. At that moment I had turned it off and kept on walking because I had to take the groceries out of the

car and put th...

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