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Advent season

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace

Last year’s post on the 4th Sunday of Advent featured a long list of hectic things that had been happening to me as a single mom. Things have been tamer for me as of late. Then today happened. Today I went to a lovely and fun evening Christmas service at Willow Creek Community Church, had […] Read more…

Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

Earlier this year, I attended a soft skills training on “stress management.” It was a small class (3-4 people plus 2 instructors), so everyone in the class got to share a bit about what makes them stressed. I found myself talking a lot about my kids. Working to support my kids, commuting long distances to […] Read more…

Second Sunday of Advent: Love

I’ll never forget the definition of love that was given to me at a youth conference, years ago, when I was maybe 12. It must have been a good youth conference, because that definition has stayed with me my entire life. “Love is choosing the highest good for the other person.” In our society, talk […] Read more…

First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Today is the first Sunday of Advent for the year 2015. We enter into my favorite season from a past year that has been one of continuing transition for my family. I switched jobs (just two weeks ago), started a certificate program at the local community college, have made good progress on my thesis with […] Read more…

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace

I thought I knew what “crazy” and “hectic” was. And then I became a single mom. In the past three weeks, I have: Decorated a Christmas tree Been shoved by a man not once but twice, which prompted me to pull out my cell phone and threaten to call the police and press battery charges if […] Read more…

Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

I love the stories of conception and pregnancy found in Luke 1. In our day and age, we focus so heavily on the negatives of pregnancy. Unwanted pregnancy, morning sickness, round ligament pain, weight gain, stretch marks, and the pain of childbirth are all features that are frequently discussed. We forget that, for many people, […] Read more…