A prayer for first thing in the morning

3 Ways Lent Could Change your Life

“So, what are you giving up for Lent?” The question took me by surprise; I had never thought about it before. The question came up as often as did friendly inquiries about my weekend. And I didn’t know what to say. Back then I’d never seen posts like this one on 50 unique ideas of what to give up for …

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him… Year-Round!

We sat around the table in the noisy cafe, hearts open and words pouring out. “I don’t know,” one of them said, wrapping her hands around her the mug of tea in front of her. “It just seems like it’s easy to lose the wonder of being married to the man of your dreams. I mean, not that he’s any …

How to Feel Awe and Wonder Again on Christmas Morning

In the middle of playing patty-cakes, my toddler stops short, awe and wonder written on her face, lips pursed in rapt attention, eyebrows knitted, finger stretched to the sky. And then I hear it: a plane buzzing overhead. A grin spreads wide across her face as the sound grows louder, her arm unwavering until the plane’s engines are drowned out by …

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25 Simple Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful

For the last few years, I’ve been on a mission to redeem Christmas. Not from over-commercialization or de-Christianization, but from bad memories. For me, the Christmas season carries a heavy load of memories about arguments over tree toppers, disappointments because I didn’t get someone “the perfect gift,” and general ill-feelings that I’ll never measure up. I’d venture a guess that …