Countdown to Christmas – A grateful heart

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV I had an emotional week. For some reason, my response to little difficulties was way out of proportion. Does this happen to you too? During my time of prayer, I asked God to restore to me the…

Countdown to Christmas – Prepare your heart

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” Matthew 3:1-3 NIV John the…

Countdown to Christmas – Love one another

As we anticipate the celebration of God’s greatest gift of love to us—His Son our Rescuer. Let’s prepare our hearts by loving those around us. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought…

Countdown to Christmas – Handel’s Messiah

For to us a child is born,    to us a son is given,    and the government will be on his shoulders.And he will be called    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NIV When I was in high school our chorus director had us sing Handel’s Messiah every Christmas. He brought in professional opera singers to perform all the…

Countdown to Christmas

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14 NIV Happy December! As I countdown to Christmas, I want to anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ incarnation with awe and…

What Child is this?

What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary’s lap, is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing, Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary! Why lies He in such mean estate…

For this purpose I was born…

Standing before Pilate, only moments before Jesus is sentenced to crucifixion, he says, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37 ESV) It seems appropriate at Christmastime to consider why Jesus was born. Why did God choose to incarnate…

Reading through the Holidays

So many of my favorite home school memories involve reading good books aloud. For many years we began our days with me reading both devotional books and historical fiction to the children and ending the days with Daddy reading classics to all of us. When the books were riveting, the children often persuaded me to…

So Thankful

Every year we celebrate Thanksgiving at our house with people from all over the world. International students, visiting colleagues, and missionaries have joined our family and friends in honor of this American holiday. The traditional turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie is often accompanied by foreign favorites like Greek spinach pie (Spanikopita), Brazilian salted codfish (Bacalhau),…