Monthly archive for ‘ December, 2011 ’

Not My Plans

31st December 2011 | 0 Comments

So we spent the night in Jesup last night, so we could visit Joel for part of the day today. But alas, upon leaving the hotel this morning, it was apparent that fog would interfere with those plans. We headed off to the prison anyways, and after sitting in the parking lot there for nearly […]

Taking a Personal Day

30th December 2011 | 0 Comments

It was away to early; the sun had barely made its appearance when Roman waltzed into my room. “Would you like to read me a new story?” He suggested brightly, with the most irresistible grin. In spite of his beguiling three year-old charm, it took every ounce of self control I could muster at that […]

Brilliant Glory

28th December 2011 | 0 Comments

The boys and I have been memorizing the advent story from Luke chapter 2 this season. It is such a traditional, familiar part of Christmas for our family, that often its simplicity and beauty become common place. Reciting it with the children has somehow revived and freshened its meaning for me, as we’ve discussed it […]

Daniel and the Wise Men

22nd December 2011 | 2 Comments

This year as I was studying for my Ancient History class, I learned so interesting facts about the visit of the wise men. These wise men were most likely astrologers from Babylon, where Judah had been exiled in the sixth century BC, which takes us back to the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. […]

My Agenda or His

16th December 2011 | 0 Comments

I have been reading through the book of John in my quiet time and yesterday read the familiar story of Jesus’ miracle of feeding the multitude with only a few fish and a couple loaves of bread. Now one of the wonderful advantages of being raised in a Christian home is that the Scriptures have […]

Wisdom from Ages Past

14th December 2011 | 0 Comments

One of my students gave me a most appropriate gift yesterday, considering my love of history: A book on the prayers and faith of our nation’s presidents.  This morning I read one of George Washington’s prayers, and was stunned by the spiritual depth, and passion expressed in it.  This is a prayer, Washington wrote in […]

The Lamb of God

11th December 2011 | 0 Comments

Did you know that the shepherds “abiding in the field keeping watch over their flock by night” were most likely guarding a flock of sheep who were raised for the express purpose of being sacrificed in the temple for the sins of the people? I was amazed yet again by God’s amazing attention to detail […]

Clinging to Worthless Idols

9th December 2011 | 2 Comments

I have read the Bible for most of my literate life, so I am sure I’ve read this verse before, but the other day  it struck me with new impact.(Isn’t it amazing how God’s Word can do that!? Feel new, and fresh, offering new insight and challenge each time we pick it up.) Jonah 2:8 […]

The Saddest Ending

7th December 2011 | 1 Comment

My sister shuns stories, even if based on real life events, if the ending is sad. She claims that life brings enough sadness without the contribution of movies and books. I, on the other hand, love a tear jerker. It’s not that I relish fictitious pain or revel in others’ sufferings; it’s just that often […]

Sometimes Good Things come in Big Packages

4th December 2011 | 2 Comments

“What in the world is that?” I mused, pulling into our yard on Friday. On the front step was a huge box. I mentally assessed my recent online shopping–no I had not made any large purchases. It was nothing I had expected that was for certain. I just love surprises! Hauling the box into the […]