Christmas While We Wait: Day Three.

DAY THREE The Chip on My Shoulder. Two days after Mom died, I walked aimlessly around Costco, dizzy with shock. Whose life is this? I found myself in the refrigerated produce section lost in a fog, blocking traffic. You’re supposed to go the other way, another customer instructed. I mumbled an apology. Can’t you see…

Christmas While We Wait: Day Two.

DAY TWO Can I skip this year? It was an early snow this first year without Mom. She loved the change of seasons. Once the snow hit the ground, its pristine white took on a golden hue because of the pigmented Fall leaves still covering the ground beneath. –As if Fall was saying, I’m not…

Christmas While We Wait: Day One.

DAY ONE Why am I so upended? I wonder if you’ll set his place at the table –even though he’s gone. And I wonder if you’ll play her favorite song –even though she’s not there to dance. There isn’t a right answer, and I hope you’ll let yourself hang in this place for a moment….

Christmas While We Wait: An Introduction.

I N T R O D U C T I O N. This blog series arose out of the dread I feel for the holidays. It’s our first Christmas without Mom, one of my closest people. Putting that in writing makes it all too real. Can we skip the holidays this year? Not necessarily, but we can use pain to cut loose…

Christmas While We Wait: 12 Devotionals for Holiday Grief.

A Note to Readers— Dear friend, if you find yourself dreading the holidays, I hope you know you’re not alone in this place. This is our first Christmas without Mom. It pains me to see those words on my screen. I started writing a Christmas devotional for you, but somewhere in the middle—I realized I…

If you find yourself discontented.

If I’m bent out of shape because something’s not going my way, that something’s likely out of order. Because if that something is ordered under His Lordship, then my Peace remains unaffected by results. If you’re straining toward something and can’t have enough, there’s likely something deeper here for you. Something you’re not finding in…

The license to stop living paralyzed.

This is for the perfectionist. I may not know your specific struggle, but we can probably come together on how we think. The enemy wants you to focus on your flawed self so much that your obsession with “holiness” mutes your effectiveness. This self-fixation is a dangerously sneaky form of pride. Part of becoming mature…

Hold on, dear friend.

If you’re floundering in pain today—don’t you dare let go. In Jesus, today’s pain is tomorrow’s power. The power to comfort others because God comforted you. (See 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.) The power to shine Light in darkness because Christ shone Light in yours. (See John 8:12, Matthew 5:14.) The power to hold fast to Jesus…

Fight hard for it.

You may experience some genuinely joyful moments amid your grief.  These are gifts from God.  Don’t be surprised when the enemy tries to rob you of this Joy by warring on your mind.  He’ll probably speak his native language: lies.  (See John 8:44.) Lies intended to distract you from the goodness of God that outshines…