The Hope for Which We Now Labor

It’s true what mothers say about forgetting the pain of childbirth. My births are now seven and nine-and-a-half years ago and I have to strain to remember the details. Giving birth is a moment we spend countless hours preparing for. It is the culmination of reading and birthing classes, showers, reordering our lives and homes, […]

Making Room for Glory

I keep thinking that the container matters when it comes to God’s glory. But it doesn’t. A poor, unwed Jewish girl was not a container that would have been chosen for glory. And yet she was. A place for animals would not have been a container chosen for the birth of the Glory One, and […]

How I Am Singing Silent Night This Year

Sisterhood? She scoffed. I was sitting in a diner in Denver with two editors from a prominent publishing house. It was a Friday afternoon and one of the editors came to the table rather cynical about my ideas for a global revolution of women who change the world with our Love. I don’t blame her. […]

When Life Gets in the Way

I entered Advent with a bit of a swagger this year. We’ve done this before! We’re figuring out a routine and rhythm that work for our family! I don’t want to use the word “expert,” but “confident” definitely encompassed my attitude as we approached that first Sunday in December. You probably know where this is […]

The Gift I Didn’t Ask For

I didn’t know how much I would miss the “feeling” I have come to associate with Christmas. It starts when the air turns crisp and the leaves crackle under your feet. It’s this intangible excitement that comes along with the lights and the parties, the stories to be read and cookies to be baked. It’s this atmosphere […]