Living Forgiving on the Heart Wide Open Christmas Journey

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I'm convinced that God enjoys a good laugh as much as any of us, if not more. Last night was a fine example. After a long lovely day with family and friends, I plopped down in my recliner to jot y'all a note and post the next Heart Wide Open Devotional. If you'll remember, I wrote this journey for us this past July, and I've slept more than a few times since then. In other words, I'm literally walking this out with y'all. Each day's topic comes as a surprise for me, too. Which is why I had to giggle when I saw that this one was on family friction! That's right, meet Exhibit A. Yours truly had a chance to practice her own words today. Right in the middle of a super wonderful day, one of my dearly loved family members and I had our own little fireworks display. It blew up and over in a … [Read more...]

When Our Quest in Misguided

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This past July I was sitting underneath a whirling fan on my back porch with a huge glass of sweet tea at my side, typing out the daily devos that would become our Heart Wide Open journey. At the time, I had no idea what the Advent season held for my immediate family and that I would be needier than ever for my sweet Jesus come December. But He knew. He moved me to write words for all of us knowing full well that He would use them to strengthen me in the days ahead.  We'll talk more in the next few days, more about this amazing God who is with us, who meets us every morning with unfailing love and faithfulness. Oh, friends, everything we think we need from others is found in acknowledging Him. Let's take the message of our devo with us today and see how often today we can turn our … [Read more...]

A Heart Wide Open Christmas Recap for Newcomers to our Advent Journey

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Hello friends! We're only six days into our Advent Invitation and the feedback I'm getting from y'all is literally blessing my socks off! One Jesus loving girlfriend re-imagined her entire Christmas tree this year, and graciously attributed the idea to our Heart Wide Open Christmas journey! Check this out. She used special ornaments given to her over the years from her mother, white lights, ribbon garland, and tons of pictures from Christmas past, including those loved ones still with her, and those who've gone ahead.  She not only reports having a holy day of decorating, but the tree is a joy for family and friends to "browse" around and experience the blessed memories depicted among it's branches all over again. Now, that's a great idea, yes?! Totally beats a box of photos stuck in … [Read more...]

A Heart Wide Open Christmas

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Welcome! If you've landed here without a clue as to what's going on, you can read all about A Heart Wide Open Christmas here. For those of you ready to kick off our journey together, I'm about to bust to get started, but first a reminder. Beginning tomorrow morning, our Advent Invitation will blog hop! Here's the breakdown.  Tricia Goyer will have December 1st-5th, Dr. Joneal Kirby will have December 6th-10th, Marybeth Whalen will have December 11th-15tth, Mary Synder will have December 16th-20th, and the blog hop will conclude with December 21st-25th right back here. Don't worry! Each author will keep you informed on where to go next. Blessings, y'all. I feel God's pleasure with our desire to celebrate His Son well this season! Now, let's get to it! A Heart Wide Open Christmas - … [Read more...]

I Find You Waiting

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I texted her late last night. Because she lives too far from me. Because her city is large and has been mentioned as a target. Because even though she has a husband and children of her own, she'll always be my little girl and the instinct to protect her will always be strong. So, tomorrow is 9-11. We're not trying to scare you and we aren't suggesting you should, but have y'all considered keeping the boys home? Her response came early this morning. Didn't even think about it until you texted. Just prayed and feel it's okay to let them go. I read her message to her dad and we both smiled. Nothing she said could have sounded better to our ears. Resisting fear, choosing faith. And that's exactly what you should do,  I wrote. We love you. Phil left before daylight. I … [Read more...]