A Christmas Prayer

Dwell with me, Lord,Dwell in me.And give me graceTo dwell with Thee. Open my eyesTo Your sweet birthAnd to the hopeIt brought to earth. Grant me wisdomTo see Your face.I'll praise You dailyFor Your grace. Create in me aBrand new heart,Full of praise —How great Thou art! Grow my faithThat I may beA fruitful branchFor all to see. Forgive me, Lord,For the ways I fail.Hold me, Lord,For I am frail. You alone bringLight to life.On You aloneI set my eyes. When darkness comesAnd I am weak,Your ... [Read More]

The 4 Ps of Lopsided Living during the Holidays

Hey friend! I'm so glad you are here and I can't wait to share some thoughts about one of my favorite topics as it relates to one of my favorite times of year. About ten years ago, I realized all the talk about finding balance in our lives didn't sit well with me. And the more I considered why that was, I began to recognize that the times in my life when I've been most content and most certain I was doing exactly what God had called me to were seasons when I was definitely NOT living the ... [Read More]

20 Family Advent Resources {2019}

Y'all, I know it's barely November and Thanksgiving is late this year but, seriously, it will be December 1 before we know it. And if you are anything like me, you always have great aspirations for doing Advent as a family but somehow the execution always ends ups being not what you'd hoped. This year, I wanted to create a list of easy family Advent resources ... and by easy I mean, even I could probably manage these! :) But before we get to the list, I want to remind you of a couple of ... [Read More]

Family Advent Resources

I love Advent! And when Casiday was little, I loved the idea of making each day leading up to Christmas meaningful and fun.  But in a pastor's home, it can be hard to do anything for 24 days straight through December and she danced in The Nutcracker for several years. So, our family Advent was typically touch and go.  I say that to remind you of this — whatever you do to guide your children's hearts toward the true meaning of Christmas is good! And enough. Don't let Pinterest or Instagram or ... [Read More]

My Favorite Advent Devotionals and Books

Yesterday I shared about The Advent Invitation ... and why Advent is such a special season for me.  If you haven't read that post, I hope you will. But here's what I know — you are as busy as I am. Which means, you may not have time to research and find great tools to help you spend time taking stock of your soul and preparing your heart. Today, I thought I'd share with you my top three, tried-and-true, Advent must-have resources. And a few other books and tools you might also like.  And ... [Read More]

The Advent Invitation

Advent. Advent is an invitation to more than checking days off until Christmas. It's an invitation to take stock of our souls, to prepare our hearts for celebrating the One who has come and will one day come again. It's a season of preparation. I need this. Maybe more than ever this year.2018 has been a mixed bag for me. Yes, we've had some incredible and fun moments. But, on the whole, I've felt a little more disconnected from people and a lot less accomplished than the previous few years. I've ... [Read More]