Advent Devotional

Laboring in Vain? * Advent Devotional

I read somewhere recently that cleaning the house while your kids are awake is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. Pretty much. Laboring in vain takes on a whole new meaning with young kids in the house. I’m a working mom, but even with all the scheduled, productive hours at church and the university, there…… Continue reading Laboring in Vain? * Advent Devotional

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My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

I only know the talented Megan Busch through the blogosphere, but after reading her writings one thing became immanently clear to me. WE NEEDED TO BE FRIENDS. Spend some time with her Advent devotional today, and I think you’ll feel the same. I used to keep an unwritten checklist in my heart. Maybe you had…… Continue reading My Unfinished List * Advent Devotional

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Hold On to the Light * Advent Devotional

I first met Bethany Beams in college. I was friends with her then-boyfriend (now-husband). He was studying to be a physicist and was brilliant, sarcastic, thoughtful, and witty. As soon as I met Bethany I thought, “She is brilliant, sarcastic, thoughtful, and witty TOO! These two are PERFECT for each other.”  I don’t live close…… Continue reading Hold On to the Light * Advent Devotional

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When Waiting Hurts * Advent Devotional

This guest post was written by the lovely and talented Stacey Philpot of Chronically Whole, a blog dedicated to her journey with Lyme disease, faith, family, and friendship. Waiting. We’re the worst at it, are we not? Surely it’s not just my newsfeed that’s filled with complaints about it. The line at the grocery store is too long…… Continue reading When Waiting Hurts * Advent Devotional

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Deep Desire and a Thousand Detours * Advent Devotional

Daryl Ellis is smart, handsome, thoughtful, and he loves Jesus, his family, California, and the UCLA Bruins (in that order). He married me nearly ten years ago, and being his wife and watching him be dad to our two boys is one of my life’s great joys. Welcome, Daryl!  Isaiah 65:17 (NIV) See, I will…… Continue reading Deep Desire and a Thousand Detours * Advent Devotional

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Work the Soil * Advent Devotional

Dana Pierce Herndon is middle school teacher, loving kids during a really important, transitional time in their lives. Anyone who does that for a living is pretty awesome in my book. Welcome, Dana! Isaiah 61:11 (NIV) For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the sovereign…… Continue reading Work the Soil * Advent Devotional

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My Way or the High Way * Advent Devotional

I’ve been going through some boxes of old high school stuff lately. Turns out that people who live in tiny condos can’t keep nostalgic stuff just because. I’m amazed at all the things I was certain about that didn’t come to pass. I was going to be a veterinarian, an animation artist, a journalist, an English…… Continue reading My Way or the High Way * Advent Devotional