From Derailed to Teachable Moment

We've all had them, those moments when some little something derails our whole lesson. We've prepared, recited in our minds how things are going to go, imagined how we'll see the "lightbulbs come on" when the kids get it, then Wham one kid derails the whole shebang. This happened to me recently. I actually even anticipated that the picture of Baby Jesus that  looked like a picture of Charlie Brown could cause problems. I decided to head things off at the pass and find a more realistic picture of ... Continue Reading

Reset Friday

As you reset for another year and wind down after all the holiday crazy of planning meals, gifts, and decorating, I hope you have a chance to sit back with a cup of coffee and your Bible and just rest in Him. I pray that you get a little bit of silence in your day today, even as you are probably back at work, back to getting kids to school and to activities, and running around handling all kinds of situations. It may be three days into the new year, but there's never a bad time to reset and ... Continue Reading

On the Ninth Day of Christmas...

On the ninth day of Christmas -------- I turn into a child. It's around this time each year that I get incredibly excited over putting the ornaments on the tree, being with family, reading the Christmas story, going to the Christmas Eve service, and driving around to look at lights. I even like the fruitcake cookies that seem to show up at every Christmas church potluck. I especially love opening up my ornament from my mom for this Christmas and placing it on the tree. (Sidenote: Parents – my ... Continue Reading

On the Eighth Day of Christmas ...

On the eighth day of Christmas I'm thinking about traditions. Well, at least what have become traditions when Christmas is different every year. My husband is a pastor and our traditions have had to be very flexible so we could work around church events. As our kids were growing up, Christmas time also meant an eight to ten hour trip back to Tennessee to visit grandparents. We tried to “choose” our Christmas day rather than letting the calendar demand that it was December 25. Sometimes ... Continue Reading