Winter Evening Reads

resized_reading_by_the_fire_books_istockOh, wintertide. I try to love you. I really do. My heart bravely endures the 1.7 days of southern snow and sleet each year, and I semi-cheerfully add a layer of long sleeves to battle the onslaught of below-fifty-degree air.

The struggle is real. I mean, I’m a southern gal for a reason. In fact, could we pause for a minute of sincere silence for the joys of flip-flops, shorts, and sitting on the front porch until 9pm?

Thanks. I just, um, needed a moment.

There is a bright spot in these long winter evenings. We can stoke the fire and curl up with a good book, article, or blogpost. So, while we wait for the much-beloved early signs of spring, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, light a candle or throw a log on the fire, and grab your favorite blanket. Check out a few favorites I’ve enjoyed these past weeks. Happy reading! Continue reading

The Conversation

untitled (4)I  had an interesting conversation the other day.

 It went something like this:

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still.

Me: Um, what?

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know.

Me: Um, I am still, Lord. I’m sitting on the couch, watching TV and surfing the web.

Holy Spirit’s prompting: Be still and know that I am God.

Me: Seriously, Lord. I’m not moving a muscle (besides my fingers). It’s been a crazy-long day and I need some down time. So, yeah. I’m taking a break. Totally still.  Continue reading

Do You Have the Wiggles?

I sthYYVEC7VKee it most Sundays during worship and it makes me smile—parents giving their little ones the look

Be still. Pay attention, or else. 

How I remember the days of three squirming, wiggling little girls! Lord, if they would just be still and quiet…

I’ll never forget a Sunday evening when one daughter did get still and quiet—and nodded off, hitting her head on the back of the pew loud enough to make me emit a little squeal. Answered prayer? Hmm….

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