Holy Week Reading Plan

I don't know about you but with all the social distancing and disruption in all my normal routines, I'm struggling to remember what day of the week it is most of the time. But, one of the best things about all this lack of places to go has been time to do things I've wanted to do for the past several years. (Don't get me wrong, our basement still isn't cleaned up and I have lots of work to do in the yard to get it ready for spring, I'm not Wonder Woman. haha!) I have, however, wanted ... [Read More]

Make This Year’s Easter Basket More Meaningful

Can you believe it's already April? This year is flying by, isn't it? Easter is this month and it's my favorite holiday. I love the little girls in their frilly socks and smocked dresses. I adore the little boys in bow ties and pastel shirts. And I love the way the Forget the Frock movement has changed how we view what we wear for Easter. {But I am always going to love little girls with frilly socks and little boys with bow ties.} Easter baskets have always been a big deal in our home. ... [Read More]

The Women of Holy Week—the Widow who Gave All

Holy Week wasn't a part of my Southern Baptist tradition growing up.  In fact, I'm not sure I ever heard the week between Palm Sunday and Easter described as such until I was an adult.  But, just as the practices and solemnity of Advent and Lent have drawn me in, I've discovered such depth in understanding the specific activities of Christ, the different people he encountered, the direct words he spoke, each day of that final week. Yesterday, as I was slowly reading through Mark's account of ... [Read More]

Why Does Easter Matter?

Why does Easter matter? Does it? Really? If it does, how has it changed us ... not just Sunday when we gathered together in our best or brightest (or in our t-shirts depending on your preference), but how does the resurrection of Jesus Christ affect us now ... on Tuesday. After the candy high from the Cadbury Mini Eggs has fallen, after the fake grass from the Easter baskets has been vacuumed, after the last of the Easter ham has been made into a sandwich What now? Why does Easter ... [Read More]

15 Ways to Pray for Your Church

I love Easter Sunday. Everything about it ... from the little girls with hairbows bigger than their heads to the teary eyes throughout our sanctuary as we sing of the resurrected Christ. I love the newness Easter brings, the hope and the life we experience in Christ. Last night our church was blessed by the music of the SOZO children's choir from Uganda. {Here is a live video from our Sunday morning service.} Y'all, my heart could have burst as these beautiful children sang of the love and ... [Read More]

For Your Weekend

I'm sitting here listening to the rain {and hoping the wind won't blow it in through my open windows} and contemplating the depths of God's love for me. I hope you know how vast is the love God has for you. Easter is the high point in the Christian church — the celebration of Christ's victory over death and our hope for eternal life.   This post from House of Hendrix — I promise, just read it. The most beautiful description of friendship I have read in a very long time.  After I'd ... [Read More]