At first I wasn’t sure if these would be any good, but they are very yummy and moist. They’re not super sweet cookies, but perfect for dessert, tea or coffee, or even breakfast! :) Continue reading
I’ve never really liked this question.
To me, it seems to put so much pressure on finding that one thing that’s absolutely perfect for the rest of your life.
What’s the opposite of failure? Success.
Well, maybe…but I don’t think so. Continue reading
I hardly ever answer the phone at work. Usually the main line gets picked up by one of the receptionists in my office, and I only answer if both of them are busy. Yesterday, this is what happened. I could hear that both were with a student, so I found myself answering. Continue reading
Depending on where you live, right now it’s either really cold or really, really cold (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere where it is summer right now…or Florida….but that doesn’t count). So, for this post, I thought that I would share a few of the things that are helping keep me warm right now on these cold days. These are things that I love, too, and I’m hoping you will love them as well! :) Continue reading
This is one of my favorite Christmas songs to sing at church–maybe because it extends past just the holiday season. It reminds me that God chose to come to earth in the form of a human baby, and grew up to live a life without doing anything wrong; not for His own benefit, but so that He could ultimately take our place for sin, and conquer the chains of death, hell, and the grave forever–for us!
“Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised…If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ…But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Now you are no longer a slave [or an orphan] but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” (Galatians 3:19, 21-22; 4:4-7, NLT)
I love that!–The story of Christmas is the story of adoption! :)
To all my friends (and acquaintances who I still pray for anyway!) who have chosen to live their lives in the sphere of adoption and/or foster care, may the reality of the truth of the Gospel of peace be made clear in your homes this Christmas! :)
Let me be the first to say that I try not to think about planning for Christmas in any way until the day after Thanksgiving. The ladies at my office put up 3 Christmas trees last week, and started listening to Christmas music….too soon! I wanted to say. However, some holiday preparations and gift-giving may take a little extra time and planning…but in the end, it is worth it.
“But whenever someone turns to The Lord, the veil is taken away. For The Lord is Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of The Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had the veil removed can see and reflect the glory of The Lord. And The Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, NLT