She’s the Gift

Our year of spending time with the Proverbs 31 woman is almost over, but before we wrap things up next month, I'd like to peek into her heart around the holidays. There's so much to say here. Should I take the angle that she's ready to flour up the kitchen and host a spontaneous family... Continue Reading →

Get Your Thanks On

A post-Thanksgiving psalm: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from humdrum lives and gathered in from faraway towns. Some traveled on the highways, lost and ready for pumpkin pie; hungry and thirsty, their... Continue Reading →

Between the Trees

Fall foliage is kind of a big deal in New England; people come up here from all over to go "leaf peeping." (Not super sure why it's considered 'peeping' rather than 'ogling.' In Oklahoma, we would go on straightforward "foliage tours," where the whole point was to take in as much color as the scrubby... Continue Reading →

The Slow Path

Congratulations! You've successfully entered the season for making long treks. The US Department of Transportation states that "travel to a destination 50 miles or more away increases by 54% over Thanksgiving weekend." Obviously, there are faster and slower ways of getting where we want to go. We're kind of obsessed with fast, and, unfortunately, that... Continue Reading →

When Clouds Cheer

I wonder if this scenario sounds familiar. You've found a moment quiet enough to hear yourself think. It might be in the middle of the night, or maybe it's when the rush of the day has paused. Your mind wanders to what God has called you to, whether general Christian obedience or a more specific... Continue Reading →

Systematic Gratitude

Last week we looked at Psalm 107—our focus for the month—through a redemptive lens (where is Jesus in this passage?). This week we'll use a systematic approach. It asks, "What biblical themes thread throughout this text?" (Another way to systematically read is to look at this particular psalm in the context of the entire book... Continue Reading →

A Few of My Favorite Things

“But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods … for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.” (L.M. Montgomery) Can you feel it? The crisp... Continue Reading →

Jesus Prepackaged

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays—commercialism hasn't really warped it into something it's not, and it's unique among the nations. For Christians especially, November ushers in a returning to contentment, gratitude for abundance (or even just enough), and remembering the God who never fails us. But the idea of expressing thanks isn't new by... Continue Reading →

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