Gladsome Tidings

Shepherds why this jubilee/Why your joyous strains prolong?/What the gladsome tidings be/that inspire your heavenly song? We all know why the shepherds rejoiced. Unto them was born that day in the city of David a savior, who was Christ the Lord! (technically they were sore afraid and it was the angels who were rejoicing, but... Continue Reading →

Dear Friend of a Friend

A friend of mine asked me to write a blog post about parenting, because a friend of hers needed some help with one of her younger kids---I don't have the specifics, but the possibilities are endless! Anyway, I've started this post a bazillion times and ended in disgust at myself each time. I sounded like... Continue Reading →

Availeth Much

  Someone said to me the other day, "I just don't know how to pray for my Christian friends." I thought the person had said "NON-Christian" and so launched into a very unhelpful lecture on How To Share The Gospel. But no, these people are in their early twenties and they are saved, they just... Continue Reading →

Show-Off Dinner Ideas: MOUSSAKA

Remember in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" when elementary-school-Toula opens her lunch box and the mean girl calls it "moose caca?!" Well, that mean girl was mean AND ignorant, because moussaka is wicked good. The first time I had it, the top was a lovely oak-leaves-in-November color and the bechamel quivered with delight. I hated... Continue Reading →

Now I lay me down to sleep

Insomnia is a whirlwind of bewilderment. Why can't I sleep---is it fear? Worry? Elevated cortisol? Hormones? Not enough light during the day? Loud upstairs neighbors? I've got no less than five friends under a "sleep troubles" heading in my prayer journal right now. I maintain that the Lord in His sovereignty can handle insomnia, and... Continue Reading →

Book Reviews With Meg

We veer off the things-I-have-enjoyed-in-the-Word-lately path to go down the bumpy road of book reviews. I say bumpy road because truly, everyone has their own opinion about a book. And they should! Why not?! In giving mine, I'm not looking for robust discussion. I either want people to agree with me and join me in... Continue Reading →

May You Be Like…

A summer sermon on forgiveness at our church featured Genesis 45, a thrilling drama! Joseph (he of the many-colored coat) reveals himself to his estranged brothers, who assume he is long gone. Much weeping, much falling on each other's necks, much kissing and talking and gift-giving---the greatest gift being Joseph's forgiveness of the terrible evil... Continue Reading →

Peace, peace

"Let's have lunch at the beach," I said.  "I'm sure no one will get wet," I said. It's New Hampshire. Dignified surf. You can usually wade ankle-deep into the ocean hoping that this is the day you will see a whale on the horizon (so that you will never, ever have to get on a whale-watching boat.)... Continue Reading →

A Heavy Load

Writing is much, much harder than talking. I can’t see your face. I can’t tell if you’re trying to scoot off or if you’re bursting with news or ready to rant. Therefore, I don’t know if I should lob a quick sentence or trot out my most favoritest big words. I can’t gauge your reaction,... Continue Reading →

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