Christian Life, Christmas/Advent, Theology

Christmas Shows Us God’s Incredible Love for Us

One of my family’s Christmas traditions is to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. For us, this movie is a classic. We sing along with all the songs and quote many of our favorite lines (which I think drives my husband, who did not grow up with this particular film, a little nuts). One of my favorite songs …

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Christian Life, Christmas/Advent, Theology

Christmas Reminds Us That Waiting Is Part of God’s Plan

One of the hardest parts about Christmas as a kid was waiting for it to come. The month of December seemed to drag on forever. One of the longest seeming Decembers was when I was six.   That year, I asked Santa for an American Girl doll (the epitome of greatness for little girls at the time). I even saved …

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Christian Life, Christmas/Advent, Theology

Christmas Gives Us Hope Because God Keeps His Promises

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s already December. This year seems to have gone by so quickly. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m getting older or if time is actually speeding up, but regardless, this past year seems to have just flown by.   Despite my feeling of time warp, I’m super excited for Christmas. Christmas has always been …

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Christian Life, Single Life, Theology

Singleness Is Temporary, but the Family of God is Forever

Family holiday events when you’re single can be hard. I still remember the feelings I had at Thanksgiving and Christmas as I watched my cousins bring their significant others to family events, even the ones that were quite a bit younger than me. I felt so behind and a bit like a loser. I’m not saying anyone ever set out …

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Christian Life

An Open Letter to My Former Selves: A Reflection on 28 Years of Life

This past week I turned 28. There’s nothing like a birthday to make you feel sentimental and reflective. I’ve been thinking about what I’ve accomplished in my life thus far, what I still want to accomplish, and the major lessons I’ve learned in my 28 years. There are times when I wish I could go back and give my former …

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Christian Life, Spiritual Disciplines

Confessions of an Reluctant Faster

If you watched my latest Facebook Live video for my Six Week Spiritual Growth Journey (you can find it on my Facebook page), you’ll know that this week the subject was fasting. I admitted freely on video and admit freely here that I hate fasting, mostly because I have a great love for food. However, I think that’s why it’s …

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Christian Life, Theology

Foolishness Is Not the Same as Sin

My last blog post was all about things that unmarried people shouldn’t do, mainly because they’re acting like they’re married when they aren’t. I tried to point out that the things in themselves weren’t sinful (though they could lead to sin), but instead they were unwise. I’d like to elaborate on that a little bit more because I think we …

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Christian Life, Single Life, Spiritual Disciplines

What Sabbath Teaches Us About Singleness (And Other Unmet Desires)

This week for my Six Week Spiritual Growth Journey that I’m doing on Facebook, I talked about Sabbath. In thinking about the benefits of Sabbath, I realized that Sabbath teaches us the very thing that I struggled with most when I was single. It’s something we all often struggle with when we have unmet desires:  there’s only so much we …

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