EVEN IF YOU’RE USED TO HIDING…
“As a new season of re-gathering and re-opening has begun after a long year, it’s easy to feel a little unsure as we ease our way back into the world we have been hiding from for so long.
But if we re-frame our thinking about this time of transition from venturing out into unfamiliar territory to exploring new opportunities, it’s amazing how much more welcoming the world can start to feel…”
WHEN YOU CAN’T CATCH A BREAK…
“Even without masks in the mix, the pandemic hasn’t given us many chances to catch our breath.
But through the eye of this very long and seemingly never-ending storm, God is giving us an incredible opportunity to strengthen our spiritual arsenal, and one of the most powerful gifts He is helping us develop is the gift of grace…”
WHEN YOUR FEET ARE DRAGGING…
We’ve been out of step for a while now. Over a year in fact.
A year without gatherings and festivities. A year without opportunities to comfort and celebrate. A year without each other.
And as true re-opening buds with the spring, it’s not easy to imagine what the next steps should be…
WHEN THEY’VE THROWN AWAY THE KEY…
Even without a global pandemic, it can feel like the world is swallowing us up.
And during Holy Week, as Christians begin to cycle through the complicated emotions accompanying history’s most confounding course of events, it’s easy to find ourselves asking, “Why?”
EVEN IF IT’S BEEN AWHILE…
This is the time of year that sends a lot of us digging through cluttered closets, cabinets, and drawers to clean out and clean up.
But consider what we might be able to accomplish if we were just as intentional about caring for our souls?”
AFTER A LONG WINTER…
“After 2020, we don’t have the most positive association with the month of March.
But with case counts dropping and vaccine counts rising, we may finally be at the start of a brand new season of a brand new year.
And if you think about it, that’s exactly what spring is. A time for new beginnings, new life, and new hope…”
EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING IT…
“Love is a word that gets tossed around very easily, but is not always understood. A lot of people, particularly around a holiday like Valentine’s Day, see it as frivolous, silly, or fake.
But most of us don’t always realize or acknowledge how very basic the human need for love is….”
WHEN THE JOURNEY’S LONG…
“Even in a new year, this is a hard time for hope.
And it has been a bit of a struggle for me, too, as we turn the pages of another chapter of pandemic life.
But my husband Greg has a talent for discovering some pretty incredible things on the internet; most recently a video about a girl named Akiane Kramarik.
And it was truly awe-inspiring…”
WITH ONE THING TO HOLD ONTO…
“Twenty-twenty is over. Finally.
Not the jokes or memes. Not the social, economic, or political repercussions. And certainly not the coronavirus.
After nine months of disappointment, whatever hope we are entering 2021 with is guarded at best…”
ON SHAKY GROUND…
“This has been a year of many things, but above all, it has been a year of fear.
And now that flu season has re-entered the scene, COVID case counts are climbing with a vengeance.
Last week, I sent dozens and dozens of students home due to contact tracing on positive cases.
Then, a fellow teacher and friend tested positive. Someone I had most definitely been within six feet of. And I developed a cough and a sore throat.
So what do you do when you’ve been hit from all sides? When your plans can’t possibly keep up with the ever-changing and increasingly-unpleasant circumstances of the day, hour, or even minute?”