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Be Merry

Be Merry. That's what our Christmas card says this year. I struggled with the phrase initially. I worried that it wouldn't read as a well-wish so much as a curt demand for cheer. But I believe in the sentiment and the gold, scripty letters didn't swirl in the way of any smiles so, in the end, I went with it.

In the past three weeks, a family member has lost her father, another her... [more]
 
 

Hope For Thorns & Thistles

We are a cursed people, a cursed creation. But it wasn't always so and it won't always be.

Far As the Curse Is Found

In the beginning, God created and it was good. He breathed life into man and set him to live in the Garden of Eden - Eden meaning "delight." The beautiful gift of the garden was that God delighted in his creation as his creation delighted in his presence.

But disobedience ushered in the ugly:... [more]

 
 

O Christmas Tree

It's that time of year. When your Facebook newsfeed is filled with pictures of fireplace mantles and Christmas trees. And some of you have serious skills. I mean, you've obviously been watching your HGTV and can tinsel up with the best of them. But, we have a 2.5 year old and 14 month old at our house this season…which means OUR Christmas tree looks SUPER special. And I don't want you to be jealous. I'd... [more]
 
 

Brought Near

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  --Genesis 1:1-2

Open the beautiful, sacred text of the Bible, translated here from the original Hebrew, and within four English words - FOUR - we read of God's holiness. 

In the beginning, God…
In the nothing,... [more]
 
 

Mary's Birth Plan

I am a planner, researcher, analyzer, and overthinker.  For me, preparing for my baby meant spending hours reading car seat and stroller reviews online, polling my friends for registry tips, and creating a 7-page document for my family with maps to the hospital, important phone numbers, and nearby dining options.  So, naturally, creating a birth plan was right up my alley. For those unfamiliar, a birth plan is something... [more]

 
 

Treasuring These Things

I had two recurring dreams while growing up.  

In one: to my horror, a permanent tooth is loose and on the verge of divorcing my smile.  I'm one good tug away from a perennial gap-toothed grin.  In fact, this dream still occurs at times.  What can I say?  I care about dental hygiene.  

In the second: I learn I am "with child" and the discovery is much to my bewilderment, for I have never been... [more]

 
 

Part 2 - God Provides

As I described in the previous post, God's people were delivered from Egyptian bondage.  An entire nation brought out of slavery was headed to the Promised Land, a land God had prepared for them.  However, their journey brought them through the desert where they became hungry and thirsty, without food or water.  The Israelites began grumbling and complaining, even wishing to return to their slavery in Egypt.  The book of Exodus, chapter 16, then recounts... [more]

 
 

Part 1 - God Redeems

I am currently studying Exodus, the book of the Bible that recounts how God liberated the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  In chapter six, God calls Moses to deliver this message to the Israelites: "I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of Egyptians.  I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgement.  I... [more]

 
 

Time

All my life, I've been growing up.  I was learning to ride a bike, enduring braces, going to prom, graduating from high school, finishing college, finding a job, buying a car.  Then, after a couple of years of supporting myself followed by two years of marriage under my belt, it hit me:  I'm a bona fide adult.

I'm 26.  But I promise I'm not about to share a quarter-life crisis with you.  Let's, instead, call it... [more]

 
 

Peace on Earth

We see it on Christmas cards.  We hear it in song.  Despite mankind's cultural differences or religious preferences, it seems this time of year most everyone can agree to promote the special message of "peace on earth, good will to men" - of Christmastime as a reminder to be considerate of the neighbor, to take care of the needy, to find common ground, to seek peace.  And that, indeed, is a SPECIAL message!

However, when the... [more]

 
 

To Know Him

As we were wrapping up production of Gentle Whispers, I was reading How Shall We Then Live by Francis Shaeffer.  In the book, Shaeffer analyzes how society has changed over time.  By looking at the art, literature, science, and philosophy produced by man from Ancient Rome to modern day, he explains the evolution that took place in the prominent cultural worldview.  It is a fascinating read that I definitely recommend! 

One particular paragraph really struck me: 

"It... [more]

 
 

I am a follower of One, wife of one, and mother of three girls under three. I'm also a musician, worship leader, writer, and speaker from Dallas, Texas. When I'm not singing lullabies to the littles, I'm grateful for the chance to share my heart and music with you.