Advent with a Twist: Amazing Grace

Christmas was just a few short days ago and my family is still running high with excitement. While we love the holiday season, we aren’t looking forward to the long and cold winter months that now loom ahead. Here (in Western New York) we are guaranteed winter weather but, while the cold seems to linger … Continue reading Advent with a Twist: Amazing Grace

Advent with a Twist: Unwavering Faith

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the … Continue reading Advent with a Twist: Unwavering Faith

Advent with a Twist: Undeniable Joy

When Mark and I first got married we decided to save money by taking our garbage and recycling to the dump every week. It was a great idea, but it didn’t exactly go the way we planned. We were blessed with a large garage, and with a large garage comes a lot of space. So … Continue reading Advent with a Twist: Undeniable Joy

Advent with a Twist: Obedient Love

Weddings are wonderful! The decorations, the entertainment, the beautiful dresses, the delicious food. Each marriage celebration I’ve attended has been memorable but my own wedding is, by far, my favorite! A fairy tale story. This was not Mary and Joseph’s experience. They did not choose each other out of love – their marriage was pre-arranged … Continue reading Advent with a Twist: Obedient Love

Advent with a Twist: Perfect Peace

I often wonder about Mary, the mother of Jesus. I wonder what she was like, how she looked. I wonder what went through her mind. We know she was chosen by God to give birth to His son - Jesus - and that she accepted the calling with humble obedience. She raised him and spent … Continue reading Advent with a Twist: Perfect Peace