Live in Heavenly Peace

In this season of Advent, anticipating the birth of God's Son, the second candle represents Peace. Last week I wrote about the first candle, the candle of Hope. Has there ever peace in our world? I imagine it was when Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden of Eden, before they grasped that … Continue reading Live in Heavenly Peace

Hope in a Hopeless World

We are in the first week of advent. In the church, Advent means the weeks leading up to the birth of Christ. Often this is represented by lighting a candle, specifically purple in color, to signify the hope of the coming of Christ. In the Old Testament, God's people had strayed so far from Him. … Continue reading Hope in a Hopeless World

Rest: Orientation with God

Why does rest feel like something I have to earn? It is as if I have to see how many things I have checked off my list before I deserve rest. When God created the world, he created Adam and Eve on the 6th day. On the 7th, God rested and so did Adam and … Continue reading Rest: Orientation with God

Rest: The Gift of Sabbath

If you haven't figured it out yet, or you are joining me for the first time, I am on a journey to find more calm in my life. I am not alone in this journey, my husband was just away on a trip in the Alabama wilderness. He sent me an abundance of pictures as … Continue reading Rest: The Gift of Sabbath

Soul Rest

I don't think she realized the value of the gift she gave me. An author we both loved was speaking at a church in her town and my friend didn't hesitate to purchase tickets for the both of us. She didn't even ask me first. After almost 20 years, I guess she knows me well … Continue reading Soul Rest

Rest: Cultivating a Quiet Heart

I don't think there is a single person that couldn't benefit from more rest and quiet. Not just sleep, although I would enjoy more of that too. I mean resting from all things that keep us busy. And from the activities that overwhelm our minds, distracting us from life and the people in it. There … Continue reading Rest: Cultivating a Quiet Heart

Celebrating the Harvest

The seasons of our lives are unpredictable, often causing fear. Change isn’t always welcome. King Solomon recognized this when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 3. Our world changes. Its inevitable. While we can try resist new seasons, God's hand will usher them in whether we like them or not. We can easily feel fearful of new … Continue reading Celebrating the Harvest

Workers of the Harvest

When I first stepped into a women's Bible study room, I was fresh out of college and new to the area. I had grown up in the church but after graduating and moving to a new town, a loving couple led my fiancé and me through the doors of their church. It was an experience … Continue reading Workers of the Harvest

Harvest: Deep Relationships

When I chose the theme Harvest for this month's blog I immediately thought of the book of Ruth in the Bible. The story uses a barley harvest to bring about significant changes for a destitute widow and her widowed mother-in-law as well as changes in the life of field owner.  Through their deep relationships with … Continue reading Harvest: Deep Relationships

Seasons of Weariness

Yesterday, I wrote a completely different post. I struggled with the entire thing. It couldn't find my voice and it just didn't seem real. So, I am starting over, even if it means the post goes out later than normal. My "Tuesdays at 2pm" goal will just have to change for today. My desire for … Continue reading Seasons of Weariness