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Honored to Serve

I was lucky enough to grow up going to church every Sunday. My dad was an Army officer and we moved every 1-3 years, so church was a place we could immediately be welcomed into a new community of friends everywhere we lived.

Interestingly, it was the years we lived farthest away that shaped my life the most. My dad was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, for my 5th-7th grade…

​They Knew He Was Coming

I have to admit, I’m pretty familiar with this week’s scripture because I’ve read it to my kids out of the big Spark Bible they were given at age 3. Otherwise it’s not really one of the big stories — when Jesus is consecrated at the temple as a baby— but I assume it’s included in the children’s Bible since it’s one of the rare stories of Jesus as a child. And really, it’s the…

​Waiting with Anticipation!

I grew up with chocolate Advent calendars. My 2 brothers and I took turns every day in December opening paper windows to find and eat chocolate. Oh, the anticipation every 3 days! We also always had an Advent wreath with 4 red candles (a German tradition – like the Advent calendars) which we lit every evening at dinner in December, and took turns snuffing out the candles with Mom’s fancy…

​We are Blessed

I absolutely love "The Message: the Bible in Contemporary Language" by Eugene Peterson. If there’s ever a scripture you have trouble understanding, try reading it in "The Message" — it’s more conversational and relevant to our world today. We’ll be reading the Beatitudes this Sunday from Matthew, and I’d like to give you both translations of my favorites:

Matthew 5:3 “Blessed…

​Produce the fruit

I made apple crisp today, and it hardly made a dent in the bag of apples my kids picked at a local orchard this weekend. The cider donuts and slushies are long gone, but what to do with all of the apples? As a kid I remember climbing what seemed to be very tall trees, and sitting up there chomping away on sweet, juicy apples — I’m sure we brought mountains of them home, and mom probably canned…

​Conflict/Peace

Those who know me (even just a little) can probably guess that I am not a fan of conflict. I like to look on the bright side of things, see the good in people and situations, and help others do the same. I’m actually surprised to find myself writing about it, as conflict is something I intentionally avoid whenever possible.

And yet conflict is a part of life. We have the ability to escalate…

​Why do you doubt?

I was always a really confident kid. I look back at pictures of my childhood and ask my mom why she dressed me that way and pulled my hair into a fountain on top of my head, but at the time it didn’t bother me in the slightest. I fell in love with music early on, and decided when I was in 3rd grade that I would study music in college and be a music teacher. I followed my dream,…

Let Our Hearts Be Good Soil

I am not a gardener. I have memories of my parents’ beautiful vegetable garden, eating snow peas off the vine and dripping in strawberry juice, and my brother’s height being compared to huge zucchinis. I thoroughly enjoy others’ landscaping and flowers, but if a plant needs much tending, you probably won’t find it in my yard — I am excited to just be able to grow grass.

This…

​Let your light shine

My youngest turns 6 this week, and I made a little photo album of her dance pictures in the last 3 years. It’s so fun to flip the pages and watch her grow in confidence and grace! Many of you know that I’m a nut about pictures: I’m not one of those parents who says “it goes by so fast!” as I have pictures of so many sweet moments to prove exactly how long it’s been.

My oldest…

​You’re Not Alone

My cousin Nate is on his way from North Carolina to Alaska…driving his motorcycle. He stopped at our house tonight, and showed me all of his gadgets so that he can ride alone, but still feel safe and connected. He figured with the list of friends and family “following” him, if he gets in trouble surely someone will know a way he can get help, no matter where he needs it. Every evening…

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