You’ve Been Upcycled

Football season has come to a close and, chances are, you have a little more free time on Sunday afternoons. Next Sunday, you should check out a show called Flea Market Flip. People compete by shopping for things at a flea market and then upcycling those items into a new and more relevant table, chair, […]

God’s Grading System

I just finished a great book by Larry Osborne titled Mission Creep: The Five Subtle Shifts That Sabotage Evangelism & Discipleship. I marked that book up! It is underlined, starred, and, in several spots, I just wrote “WOW” or “Yes.” (I’m lending my copy to a friend, so I didn’t write “oops” and “uh-oh” by […]

The Best Way to End Arguments

The older I get, the more valuable time seems. And I don’t want to spend a lot of time debating people who aren’t looking for an answer as much as an argument. My husband, Jim, was preaching from Luke 5 when the idea for this blog post was born. In that passage, Peter, the apostle, […]

Two words for a successful life

I sipped my coffee and listened to an interview about “spirituality” for the new year. The person being interviewed would define that word differently than I would, but she made a great point that prompted my thoughts. Her advice for the new year was not to make a resolution, but to choose a word that […]

’Tis the day after Christmas

’Tis the day after Christmas and as I study my house There’s a bib attached to the stuffed Mickey Mouse. The slinky dog’s batteries are running quite low And the remote-control car is refusing to go. The refrigerator is packed with yesterday’s food And I’m supposed to cook meals today that are good. The trash […]

Expect His Arrival

We give the innkeeper a hard time every Christmas. He is the sermon illustration for “not making room for Christ.” But, truthfully, he did make room. He gave Mary the best he could offer. He made room for her in his stable. Jesus was born in a cave because the other people at the inn […]

Our Christmas Baby

There is truly something miraculous about holding a newborn baby, especially when that baby belongs to your family. Wells Denison was born last week, and he is already loved and adored by his family. He came into this world weighing in at eight pounds, twelve ounces and is twenty-one inches long. The Denisons are feeling […]

The Mission of Christmas

The viral photo of Sully, a service dog, lying in front of the president’s casket, touched our hearts. The caption read, “Mission Complete. #Remembering41”. Sometimes a picture does speak a thousand words. The country will pause from the Christmas season to honor the life of our 41st president this week. I’m praying the service and […]