No Longer a Divided Space, Now It’s a Celebration Place!

The Celebration Place

Sunday Scripture Sunday morning at Spruce Head Community is a sociological patchwork. Members with advanced degrees worship cheek-by-jowl with high school dropouts. Successful businessmen toss their offering into the same receptacle as welfare recipients, and the octogenarian great-grandmother grins at the antics of tiny, scampering escapees from the nursery. I can't help but picture our… Continue reading No Longer a Divided Space, Now It’s a Celebration Place!

Are You Making Room for Jesus in Your Advent Celebration?

Room for Jesus Advent Celebration

Sunday Scripture One of my earliest Christmas memories is the sadness of learning that for baby Jesus there was "no room in the inn." Adding to my distress was the mistaken idea that they had no source of water either--a simple misunderstanding of the Christmas carol, Noel--interpreted by pre-school ears as "no well." Jesus's earliest… Continue reading Are You Making Room for Jesus in Your Advent Celebration?

In This Darkest Season of the Year, Let’s Pay Attention to the Light

In the Darkest Season, Pay Attention to the Light

Sunday Scripture I'm about to break one of my own rules.I never talk about Christmas before Thanksgiving.Never!But, I've created a guided journal to lead readers into a focused and uncluttered Advent celebration, and in order for you to get it, print it, or load it onto your device in plenty of time, I'm sharing it… Continue reading In This Darkest Season of the Year, Let’s Pay Attention to the Light

Is Desire a Reliable Guide on the Path of Life?

Is Desire a Reliable Guide on the Path of Life?

Sunday Scripture Deer hunting season has arrived here in Maine, and this mum of four sons has heard a lot more about the habits and methods of dispatching whitetail deer than I really want to know. However, truth be told, I've been sharing wooded trails with the deer, bearing witness to deer-ish desire, since we… Continue reading Is Desire a Reliable Guide on the Path of Life?

What Makes the Birds Seem So Much Smarter than People?

What Makes Birds So Much Smarter than People?

Sunday Scripture On Saturday, I filled the bird feeder, and before I had time to close the front door behind me, an enterprising chickadee had already landed for a late breakfast. Soon, the front yard needed air traffic control to regulate all the landings and take offs. And those honking Canada geese that pass overhead… Continue reading What Makes the Birds Seem So Much Smarter than People?

Is Spiritual Warfare Really Too Difficult for Children to Understand?

Spiritual Warfare Too Difficult for Children?

Scripture Sunday I am of two minds on the topic of spiritual warfare. One is fully aware of the daily struggle to synchronize my life here on the ground with what I believe, to wear the "helmet of salvation" by memorizing "the sword of the Spirit," and to "take every thought captive to the obedience… Continue reading Is Spiritual Warfare Really Too Difficult for Children to Understand?

How to Fight Fear and Anxiety by Hitting Your Mental Reset Button

Mental Reset Button

Sunday Scripture Conversations at our house tend to follow a pattern. We make a plan, and my husband assumes that all will be well. That's my cue to begin thinking about the details and coming up with at least five things that could (and probably will) go wrong. I've been honing my catastrophizing skills for… Continue reading How to Fight Fear and Anxiety by Hitting Your Mental Reset Button

For the One Who Feels Lonely and Dreads the Coming Darkness

Dreads the Coming Darkness

Sunday Scripture Maybe it's because we're just two now in a house that still feels made for six.Maybe it's the tiny snatches of news I listen to, ominous pandemic predictions and sadness around the world.Whatever the reason, I've been lighting our window candles in 2021, a practice I have always reserved for Advent, but which… Continue reading For the One Who Feels Lonely and Dreads the Coming Darkness

What to Do When You Thought You Got It Right, But You Got It All Wrong

When You Got It All Wrong

I've made some pretty big mistakes in my life. Usually they have ended up costing me time, but sometimes my errors have cost money, too. Almost always, they have resulted in wasted effort. Frequently, error arises from the unknown. If I don't check the weather forecast, I won't know there is frost on the way… Continue reading What to Do When You Thought You Got It Right, But You Got It All Wrong

How’s Your Hearing These Days? Can You Discern the Voice of God?

Hear God's Voice

Have you ever wished you could hear God's voice, out loud and in the room? If you were God, how would you go about revealing yourself to humanity? In 2021, you might choose to go live on all social media outlets! In his tiny epistle, John is clear that, even though we cannot hear God's… Continue reading How’s Your Hearing These Days? Can You Discern the Voice of God?