Posts Tagged ‘ expectation ’

Weak Faith, Powerful Answers

11th October 2017 | 0 Comments

“God,” I whispered as I finished packing my carry-on for my trip to Florida. “It’d sure be nice if someone would just give me a wad of spending money for my time in Florida.” I chuckled to myself as I finished. Where did that come from? I wondered. I’m going to Florida to work at […]


“Pendiente”

26th September 2017 | 0 Comments

In Spanish we have a word for active waiting, pendiente. It means to be available, to wait expectantly, but without angst, to anticipate but with patience.  It is not a rushed or stressful word. It is a pause, with an expectation of an end to the pause at some point. When I was a kid, […]


The Joy of the Ultimate

12th September 2017 | 0 Comments

“For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.”  This is a familiar verse for many of us. We marvel that Paul made this bold statement from a prison cell in Rome, awaiting probable execution because of his testimony. But honestly, sometimes it takes a stripping away of everything for us to truly see […]


Wisdom–Where to Find it and How to Live by it

7th June 2017 | 0 Comments

We celebrated Marshall’s high school graduation on Sunday! 
At this momentous time in Marshall’s life it’s no surprise that our house is filling up with graduation cards packed with witty, insightful and sometimes emotional words of wisdom.  Challenging words about a future of adventure and focus. Encouraging words of praise for the successes achieved to […]


Reflections

31st May 2017 | 0 Comments

It has been nine years this month since Joel came under investigation for his crime.  Nine Years—nearly a decade of grief and growth, sorrow and joy, despair and hope, loss and beauty.  Lawyers, court dates, confessions, sentencing, jail, prison, half way house, prison visits, moves, rehabilitation programs, family reunions, adjustments, counseling, probation—all mixed in with […]


Light and Momentary

4th April 2017 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, the pastor and several believers in our church community surrounded Joel, anointed him with oil and prayed over him for healing of his neck. On Monday Joel got up in even worse pain than normal.  Joel said to me with tears in his voice, “I know God can; it’s just a matter of […]


What do we do with Unfair?

28th March 2017 | 0 Comments

After writing about the unfairness of life last week I  posted a question on Facebook about why life isn’t fair. I was surprised at the varying response I got.  Some answers suggested that life is fair and when we think otherwise, we are just looking at it the wrong way—like it’s our understanding of fair […]


Your Name and Your Renown

1st February 2017 | 0 Comments

Our Pastor spoke a few weeks ago from Isaiah 26, a song of praise about the future hope of God’s Kingdom. It is a beautiful passage full of worship and hope, of expectation for the holy promises of God to be fulfilled. Isaiah was a prophet in Judah over a turbulent period in its history. […]


The Sword that pierces

28th December 2016 | 0 Comments

When Simeon saw the infant Jesus, he was overcome with joy at the revelation of God. His song of praise was followed by a blessing on his parents. And then something unexpected, odd, uninvited. Is it a warning? I have often pondered Mary’s response to Simeon’s prophecy in the temple upon Jesus’ dedication. Simeon gave […]


Anticipation

21st December 2016 | 0 Comments

Anticipation…The good kind of waiting. The kind fraught with expectation, with hope. That’s the kind of waiting Simeon had done, all his life, right into old age. Waiting for the promised deliverance of Israel, for the wrong to be made right, for the Messiah’s appearing. Simeon was old; his wait had been long. But his […]