Light and Dark for Lent – 4th Sunday

What is the dark? Not seeing the point of Jesus being there, so continuing as you always have What is the light? Seeing Jesus brightly and following joyously…even carelessly     Begin with 3 candles snuffed out and 4 candles lit. John 9 – “As long as I am in the world, I am the […]

Light and Dark for Lent – Third Sunday

The Feast: today is not just about a lot of food but His words, and on Sunday we enjoy our fill of Him – always more than enough. The Fast: our full bellies and hearts take us into another week of following our King in the dark trenches. Remind yourself to pray often (you’re going […]

Light and Dark for Lent – Second Sunday

The truth about me – I am capable of great evil. Any bit of good, that was God you saw, not me. If the goal actually was to be good, my heart would quickly yell, “liar!” “failure!” all the time, and it would be true.  And if a week of Lent is meant to remind […]

Light and Dark for Lent – First Sunday

The contrast of light and dark is powerful, even to the youngest eyes. God uses stories and pictures of light and dark all throughout Scripture from beginning to end. A fascinating visual study if you like to journal. This picture of light and dark that God painted all over is the reason I love using […]

A Feast… for Lent?

What would motivate one to place a diamond on a muddy finger? Who actually wants a thieving crook in their house? Why would a king search the streets for a beggar? How can disease be the one pulled close?   Love. Unusual love.   I’ve only ever heard of one who loved like this – […]

One last story of Christmas

Happy Three King’s Day! The Polish man I married brought a whole host of Polish traditions to my very Scandinavian world. Dzien Trzech Kroli is what they call this 6th Day of January. My Polish Mother-in-law described the day as the last day of the Christmas season. It’s when they told the story of the kings […]

Jesus’ Birthday Party – An all day feast!

Birthday plans—finalized! We sat down as a family last week and talked about what each person enjoys doing (or eating) to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, then we picked a few and created a plan. Jesus’ Birthday is the biggest birthday celebration of the year. It should involve as much (and more) attention than my child’s birthday. […]

Advent this weekend. May I help with a few of our favorite ideas?

Finding ideas for Advent that are not just slapped with “Happy Birthday, Jesus” stickers is difficult. But I love Advent for just this reason—it takes searching, planning, and preparation! There is some very meaningful Advent ideas out there! I want my kids to feel the anticipation all month long that something amazing is coming on […]

Making ornaments for Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree

December 1st is less than a week away!  I’ve been working on my ornaments for Jesus’ Unexpected Family Tree and there is a lot of cutting. I actually cut out 100 circles! 25 for the front and 25 for the back x’s 2 because my children want do the countdown on their own tree rather than […]