- January 2009
Happy New Year!!
I love the celebration of a new year – the excitement leading up to it, the fun on New Year’s Eve, watching the crystal ball drop in New York, and the celebratory smooch! I even like the stupid hats and party horns. Woo hoo! I’m always up for a party.
But now that we’re into January, the new year already seems like any other year – with rush hour traffic, running endless errands, mundane joyless activities like cleaning the toilet, and a diminishing commitment to those once-fervent New Year’s resolutions. I’m even over the thrill of writing “2009” on my checks.
- February 2009
It’s the month of lacy valentines, rich chocolates, red roses, and those little heart candies that read “SAY YES” and “ONLY YOU” and “BE MINE”. Sweet! This time of year always reminds me of grade school, when the teacher allowed us to make an individual homemade “mailbox” so we could hopefully receive a landslide of paper valentines. I never got that many (not like the popular kids did anyway), but each year I found myself surprised by receiving one or two valentines from kids I never dreamed even knew my name. It’s possible those came from kids whose parents made them send valentines to everyone so no one in the class would feel left out, but I didn’t care. At least my mailbox had valentines in it.
- March 2009
It’s March, and spring is definitely in the air here in Tennessee. The trees are budding and glorious green foliage is starting to emerge, bringing life out of dry deadness and bursting renewal into my winter-weary spirit.
I am particularly aware of and thankful for this timely seasonal change because in my homeland of Wisconsin springtime never arrives in March. The vernal equinox means little to the Great White Tundra.
- April 2009
Are you a Saturday Christian or a Sunday Christian?
I’m not speaking of your denominational affiliation or leaning, such as when you celebrate the Lord’s Day. I’m talking about what kind of Christian you are. Let me explain.
- May 2009
What do you believe about prayer?
God has established a really cool device called prayer for us to communicate with him. And although the etymology of the word prayer means to beg or ask earnestly, prayer today is more accurately described as simply talking to God.
- June 2009
Oh my GOSH it’s absolutely fabulous outside. Ninety-two degrees and the sun is beaming brightly like the beautiful star it is. I am basking in the warmth of summer in Tennessee and thanking God for this magnificent sizzling weather. Woe to those of you who complain that it is too hot. You should move to Wisconsin where I grew up and live in the frozen tundra for a while and then you’d appreciate your lovely state and its smothering heat!
- July 2009
Thank you, God for the joys and wonders of life! -- Sparkling fireworks and sticky cotton candy. Sweet cherry popsicles and tart pink lemonade in the shade. Burgers smoking on the grill and wobbly bobbers with nibbling fish on the line. Ahh, the many delights of summer – and of life itself. Celebrate it! It’s a grand gift that has been generously poured out to us daily.
- August 2009
What do you want to achieve for God? Do you have plans for reaching your world or touching a neighbor’s heart with healing only the Good News of salvation can bring? Do you want to start a brown bag Bible study at your job and see coworkers’ lives permanently changed?
- September 2009
Sheep are dumb. You may have heard this before, but sheep are not the smartest of animals. They can’t sit up and beg, heel, or catch a Frisbee. On the contrary, they must be corralled and are directionally-challenged unless they are led. Sheep would be good candidates for a GPS, but alas, they are technologically inept as well.
- October 2009
It’s that time of year again … the time of pumpkins, corn mazes, and Halloween treats. Now, I know some of you might disagree with celebrating Halloween – and I definitely understand and respect your decision on this – but I think the day is pretty innocuous, all things considered. Unless you’re into pagan worship, which I am definitely NOT, I think it’s just a fun day for kids to dress up and enjoy the fall. I don’t even mind the scary costumes, haunted houses (most of which are just a LOT of makeup and ketchup!), and eerie music.
- November 2009
Happy chilly-one-minute-steaming-the-next weather-changing November! Just when I get used to a gorgeous day in the 70s and think I won’t ever need a jacket again, the temperature drops and I’m hunting for my ear muffs and mitts! But truly, I do appreciate the changing times of the calendar and have slowly learned to be grateful in all seasons – both in terms of weather and in the seasons of life.
- December 2009
Your heart may be a crowded place. Right now, maybe there are cares, concerns, clutter – there is no room at the inn…Maybe there are closed doors that say “NO ADMITTANCE” and Jesus is gently knocking, saying, “Welcome me in – I want to come in, I have gifts to bring.” Gifts, perhaps of healing, understanding, peace, strength and joy! And the best gift of all, His presence.