Advent Word of the Day - Joy
on December 14th, 2023
“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5Nope. Not this morning. Not happening. There was no joy. First, it is the day of the week I have to go to work at 8AM. I love my job, but not at 8AM. I should still be in bed doom scrolling at 8AM.Second, I don’t like any of my clothes. On another day I would look fine, but today I put on earrings and a scarf with flanne...
Advent Word of the Day - Provide
on December 13th, 2023
My family has experienced profound loss and sadness this year and the heartbreak is more intense now that we are in the Christmas season. We know the good news. We know of the love that God provides. We know about the hope, joy, and peace that can be found through Christ, but the feelings of despair still linger in the corners.Once again the word for the day is inspired by Isaiah 61. In it Isaiah ...
Advent Word of the Day - Comfort
on December 12th, 2023
These things bring me comfort (in no particular order):Bubble baths, mac & cheese, heavy blankets, a soft robe, my husband, blazing campfire, my toes in the sand, my pink afghan, my kids, warm sun on my face, "grandma" cookies, a good book, Lake Nancy, purring cats, a giant hug (yes, for those who know me, sometimes I take comfort in a giant, sincere hug, I'm evolving into a hugger)."Praise be to ...
Advent Word of the Day - Release
on December 11th, 2023
If you check out Rethink Church (https://www.umc.org/en/content/advent-photo-a-day-2023) it gives bible verses that the words for the day are based on. This week it is selected passages from Isaiah 61.“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me because the LORD has anointed me;he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives a...
Advent Word of the Day - News
on December 10th, 2023
Good news - I had a great time with my family celebrating my dad's 80th birthday. We went to a cat Cafe and cuddled some felines. All is right with the world.Bad news - I didn't do a deep dive on the word today. Well, that's not really bad news 'cause I was busy not being busy with people I love. That is good news during the holiday season. Hope you find a little good news today. ...
Advent Word of the Day - Carry
on December 9th, 2023
I woke up this morning, looked at the word I would meditate on throughout the day and instantly I was blessed with a song in my head (I told you song lyrics are my love language). And if you are a child of the 70’s or 80’s then I KNOW this song just flowed through your brain as well. The opening is a harmonic, a cappella masterpiece that must be sung by everyone in the room when its starts.You kno...
Advent Word of the Day - Mighty
on December 8th, 2023
I struggled with this word today. I repeated it so often in my mind that it has started to lose meaning. I looked up the multiple definitions of the word, searched the scripture, perused a commentary or two, and then while I was typing my computer turned itself off and I had nothing. I lost it all.So here's what I know in the wee hours of the night.We follow and serve a mighty God. Full stop. Not ...
Advent Word of the Day - Voice
on December 7th, 2023
Dec. 7 - Word of the Day - VoiceOnce upon a time, a long time ago, I would wake up in the morning, turn on NPR and catch up on what was happening in the world while I prepared to go to work.I can’t do that anymore. Not because I disagree with that particular station, I can’t watch or listen to ANY newscast anymore. I catch headlines and if I want to learn more, I go on a deep dive using sources I ...
Advent Word of the Day - Revealed
on December 6th, 2023
Dec. 6 - Word of the Day - RevealedLast year I decided to give my family an experience for Christmas. They each got a canvas, sat around the table, and I set out a bunch of paint. We painted on our own canvas for 5 minutes and then passed it to the person next to us where they got to paint on the canvas for 5 minutes and we kept painting and passing until our original painting made it all the way ...
Advent Word of the Day - Glory
on December 5th, 2023
Dec. 5 - Word of the Day - GloryOk. I gotta be honest. I wasn’t feeling this word today. There are too many things going on that are out of my control and I am not in a “worshipful praise” state of mind. On my way out of the library the new gnome display caught my eye (we have a fairy and gnome theme this month in the children’s section) and I recognized the spine of one of the books. It was an ol...
Advent Word of the Day - Prepare
on December 4th, 2023
Dec. 4 - Word for the Day - PrepareThis is my annual “Here I am one week after Thanksgiving, I just took down the Halloween towels in the bathroom, and it looks like Christmas just threw up all over my house” picture. I say annual because through the wonders of Facebook memories I have been reminded that this is the state of my home every year around this time and every year I wonder why I don’t j...
Advent Word of the Day - Tenderly
on December 3rd, 2023
TenderlyIf you know me at all or have read some of my posts before you know that movie quotes and song lyrics are my love language. I think I could have whole conversations using quotes and lyrics. When I bid farewell to someone leaving our home I will often say, “Have fun storming the castle!” When I feel particularly strong and sassy I’ll start singing, “This is me. Look out ‘cause here I come.”...
Advent Word of the Day - IntroAdvent Word of the Day - TenderlyAdvent Word of the Day - PrepareAdvent Word of the Day - GloryAdvent Word of the Day - RevealedAdvent Word of the Day - VoiceAdvent Word of the Day - MightyAdvent Word of the Day - CarryAdvent Word of the Day - NewsAdvent Word of the Day - ReleaseAdvent Word of the Day - ComfortAdvent Word of the Day - ProvideAdvent Word of the Day - Joy