Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and … [Read more...] about A Prayer of Trust to Begin the New Year
We all know what the main topic of conversation is this time of year. How many times have you heard it? The calendar flips over to a new year and that seems to mean there needs to be a start to the “new you.” Everyone has been thinking, planning, and waiting until January to be better, start fresh, and try harder. Typically, you have people finding they need to cut things out — bad habits, television, junk food, and social media. Some people … [Read more...] about New Year’s Resolutions or Not, His Mercies Are New
Happy New Year! We hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and are still enjoying time with family and friends as you celebrate Jesus' birth. After a holiday season full of treats and heavy dishes, we're starting to look for lighter recipes that are still delicious. This beautiful salad from Nancy C. is just the ticket! Light, refreshing, and still seasonal. Perfect for a post-holidays lunch with friends! Thanks Nancy for the recipe and … [Read more...] about Apple-Pear Salad Recipe
The new year is here within my reach, and my thoughts ping around my brain like the silver ball in a pinball machine. There are so many things I want to do as the year comes to an end, and so many loose ends to tie up. Each thought sets off a ding! and lights up all the different parts of my life that need attention: I want to rest in peace and calm after a busy fall season. I want time and space to reflect on the year past, to see what God has … [Read more...] about How Finding A Word for Your Year Can Help You Live Intentionally
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (CSB) Joy to the world, Christ has come. He is here. He is with us! May your day be filled with more joy and love than your heart can hold as you celebrate the greatest Gift — the never-ending, world-changing, amazing love and joy of Jesus Christ. As you celebrate loud or quiet, near or … [Read more...] about Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!
Celebrating Christmas as a kid made me feel thoroughly American. Buying a tree, hanging stockings, and having candle lights in the windows were the most connected I ever came to my non-Indian classmates and neighbors. It was the one time of year when we lived our lives in a similar way. All of this, of course, was intentional. My mom, like many immigrants who came to the U.S. in the seventies, had not celebrated Christmas in her home country. … [Read more...] about Leaning into Our Ethnic Roots This Christmas