What do you long for in 2023?
My 2022 had more than its fair share of challenges–especially when it came to staying healthy! It felt like I caught almost everything, including E. Coli for all of December. Sorry if that’s TMI :).
As we near the celebration of the infant’s birth, it’s worth noting, as Fred Craddock says, “God often disguises the good stuff.”
+ No one ever expected a fallible man from Ur to become the father of the faithful.
We were overwhelmed with all responses to the post about The Undoing–the idea that in Advent, perhaps Jesus wants to meet you in what you leave undone, as you create space for Him to undo things in you. So many of you are embracing a lower key holiday season and finding the feelings of being overwhelmed are sloughing off.
Now if you’re struggling this holiday season, and believe me, I get it!, we need to rediscover some of God’s best medicine.
Sunday kicked off Advent 2022. I want to know how you are preparing your heart and mind in this sacred season of waiting for Christ’s birth.
This year, I sense the Spirit whispering that God wants to meet many of us in The Undoing.
What do I mean?
The holidays are here! Grand celebrations and togetherness, generational recipes, and table time arrive alongside personal pain, heartbreak, and age-old grievances (not to mention that crazy uncle who can turn any conversation into a political debate).
Here are 5 hyper-practical tactics to help YOU flourish this Thanksgiving:
My dear friend Debbie said one sentence to me that’s changed everything.
Perhaps you are in a place, too, where you need to hear this:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
When I was young, I used to pass along this well-worn adage to those facing tough times:
God won’t give you more than you can handle.
Oh, if I could only take those words back. If I said them to you, please forgive me. I’ve made a horrendous mistake.
Recently, I was in the Boston airport.
I watched a Delta gate agent roll out with a snack cart to the gate. (This is usually a sign something has gone terribly wrong with a flight and they’re trying to keep disgruntled flyers placated.)
Eyes perked up, then fell hard. You could hear an exhaustive sigh flood the room.
There’s a trend that’s been building for some time.
I’m wondering if you’ve noticed it, too.
We used to have some notice or warning when something was about to happen.