It was December 6, 1984—the day before my 13th birthday. I was living in the Tyrol region of Austria with my family for the year and enjoying life on a dairy farm. My engineer father was helping build a plant in the area. The family who owned our little house had jokingly threatened that if
The bustling rush of December events can easily drown out the holy hush of the sacred tradition of Advent. The celebration of Advent, taking the time to anticipate the coming of Christ as a baby, counts down the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and culminates in the lighting of the Christ candle on Christmas
My whole life has been a tapestry woven of insecurities ranging from body image, academic abilities, family backgrounds, and everything else under the sun. It seems that as soon as I experience victory in one area, another one pops up that I am completely blindsided by. And yet, even though these are my realities some
I recently began reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. If you haven’t read it, this would an appropriate month to do so. Ann’s heartbreaking story and journey through hard places tells a most opportune message for me (and hopefully you) during this holiday season. She says, “Thanksgiving – giving thanks in everything – prepares
I’m plagued with a burden that I’m playing it too safe! And what’s even more dangerous, I fear I’ve led others to play it safe as well. This heaviness was fueled as I sat on a dirt floor listening to 15 Asian women one by one tell how they had shared the gospel with others.