Letting God Draw Near Every Day

It was the first morning of Advent—the season that embodies longing, the pause between waiting for deliverance and the arrival of Emmanuel.  The only sound I could hear was the ticking of the clock as I scribbled in my journal, lit only by the soft white glow of the Christmas tree’s lights. It was one […]

Three Ways to Pause and REJOICE!

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of joy. All of the assigned readings for the day reflect that spirit, that ineffable whatever-it-is, that deep-down sense that all is right with the world, even when things may not be objectively right in any way. I can’t think of a better Sunday to take […]

Christmas Pajamas Help Us Speak From the Heart

I love traditions, especially those that add to the wonder we celebrate at Christmas. There is something powerful about creating traditions that are meaningful and crafted to speak to the uniqueness of your family or friendships. Traditions provide stability in a world that is often chaotic and messy. They are an anchor that holds us close […]

Is It Too Early To Talk About Christmas?

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? I’m not one to break the tradition of decorating the tree or singing carols before December 1, but this year feels different. This year, I’m feeling the pangs and the longing for the season. This year, there’s an urgency for the Savior. My Facebook feed looks like […]

10 Ways to Avoid Burnout

I cozied up on the rocking chair in my spiritual director’s office. Sunlight sprang through the window and silence filled the room. Liz was never quick to speak, but let me say what I needed to say, whatever happened to be on my mind between God and me. I was considered a “seasoned veteran” when […]