We do not merely want to see beauty. . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words -- to be united with the beauty we see, pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. - C.
January 6 - Named
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that
January 5 - Ripe
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near,
January 4 - Sustained
The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come
January 3 - Known
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could
January 2 - Search
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends
January 1 - Well
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five
December 31 - String
When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating
December 30th - Pearl
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46
December 29 - See
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and
December 28 - Meet
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And
December 27 - Little
Parable of Mustard Seed
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet
The Jesse Tree blazed a trail for us from creation to cradle, all the while tenderly tiptoeing towards the cross. While many would begin trimming tinsel from tree in the escaping days of December, I would beg us wait.
In the earthy days of Jesus, money held a godly place among the people. Yet to recognize Him as their greatest wealth, they gave temporal occupants His throne. Coins, metal bits, spent to save, even as the Savior was among them to remove
A few days ago, I was running my route to tend our herd. Maybe having the top down filled me with a greater sense of adventure. Whatever the cause, I rerouted and took a different road. A few miles down, I happened upon a patch of land
There is a time without hands. Its name? Everlasting.
Within it, is a touch of ever present beauty that beckons the simple love that dwells within us.
This time draws us to seasons of heart-aching wonder.
Life upon a spinning globe can feel at times, a bit off axis. It’s not that the world is really so wonky, just that we haven’t quite taken hold of living in two places at once.
David, whether staff steward or crown bearer, grasped
A story dwells within my person’s family line, nay, a legend. An uncle, grafted by matrimony, brought tremendous testimony to the tier. His own heritage was held in Poland, until home held them hostage through an occupation that overran
We have barely breached the border of 5782, yet entered a place of marvel and mystery. A leap year has come to call, not with a few extra days, but enough moments to make a month!
Days drift and hearts wander and both need to
Hebrew holy days are commemorations of history and the events that formed this story of His. They come to remind us that the story is ours also.
The Hebrew word for holiday is mo’ed and means “rendezvous” or “an appointed
For Rosh Hashanah - 5782 (September 6 - September 8, 2021)
Clay was cast on this day, many twinkles and twilights ago. Darkness held the first day, just till light was let, like paint upon cavern’s canvas. There seemed no form
My childhood was spent in the country, just at the bend of a cavity-filled gravel road and flanked by pastures and paddocks. Front yards weren’t made to be manicured because acres were able to be roamed. Fence posts and platte
A year vastly different can make things not so far away, feel distant. A pandemic can cause promises to feel paused past pursuit. Days which rub up against each other can bear the raw spot of all seeming the same and a “will
Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. Abraham took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering in place of his son. Genesis 22:13
As Abraham crossed
Last night’s sunset was frayed, for each hue left trace of itself upon the next, like fragile fingers trying to take hold of what would come next. As its glow filled the sky beyond us and the space around us, I wondered, did the Israelites
I was once asked, “You can’t possibly see God in everything?” This was spoken as more of an incredulous statement than a question.
My reply was, “I can’t not see Him in everything.”
We can’t not see Him in
December 25 - Day 25
Ornament - Baby Jesus
Thank you for joining this ADVENTure! I so hope through it, you’ve found Him in spots you haven’t before and sites you haven’t searched in a long time.
December 24 - Day 24
Ornament - Star
Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might
Day 23 – December 23
Ornament - Carpenter’s Tools
In the tales of our heroes of old, there is one least told--that of Joseph, a carpenter who dreamed the birth of the babe, who would save mankind.
Day 22 – December 22
Ornament - Mary or Angel
In a moment, stifling still, Mary stood. Then came a Presence, moving like a wind, stirring like a breeze. It may have been a day hung in the balance between
December 21 - Day 21
Ornament - John the Baptist
Prophesied 700 years before his birth, John the Baptist was birthed into a season long prophetically silent. He came, called to prepare the way of the Lord.
December 20 - Day 20
Ornament - Elizabeth
After decades of mute majesty, miracles, long marinated, began falling like manna, melting in the mouth of His people, bringing taste to what they would soon see.
December 19 - Day 19
Ornament - Wall or Watchtower
Three times the Jews were taken into captivity by Babylon. Then three times they were permitted to return to their homeland. The first group that exited
December 18 - Day 18
Ornament - Esther
Esther and Mordecai belong to the period after the Babylonian exile, when Babylon had been replaced by Persia as the ruling power. The story is set in Susa, one of the
December 17 - Day 17
Ornament - Bethlehem
Bethlehem is a city in the hill country of Judah, situated about five miles south of Jerusalem. Bethlehem was know as an agricultural town. In fact, its origin name
December 16 - Day 16
Ornament - Whale
The word of Adonai came to Jonah the son of Amitai.
“Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and proclaim that their wickedness has come to my attention.”
December 15 - Day 15
Ornament - Altar of Fire
After the death of King Solomon, the Kingdom of Israel was separated into two parts: the northern tribes, known as the Kingdom of Israel and the southern tribes,
December 14 - Day 14
Ornament - Crown
When they arrived, Samuel saw Elian and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord."
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider
December 13 - Day 13
Ornament - Staff
The page has turned to a pivotal point in our history. This chapter begins in a time when prophecies and visions were rare. An opening door may go unnoticed, but an
Day 12 - December 12
Ornament - Sheaf of Wheat
Israel couldn’t fully love, because they didn’t understand God’s passion. His ardent heart terrified them, though it released sentiment without violence. Even
Day 11 - December 11
Ornament - Window and Scarlet Cord
This is the rhythmic record of Rahab found in Joshua 3:1 - 4:24.
Rahab resided in Jericho. The people of the city thought they owned the land and all
Day 10– December 10
Ornament - Tablets
Today, within our story, we find the Israelites in a turbulent land between emancipation and the fulfillment of a promise. Truly, the turbulence in not in the land,
Day 8 - December 8
Ornament - Coat of Many Colors
Marked for murder, left for dead, nearly rescued, just to be sold into slavery. Though Joseph’s life story sounds like a script for Hollywood, it reminds
Day 7 – December 7
Ornament - Ladder
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.
Day 6 – December 6
Ornament - Ram or Baby Issac
Intrigue, suspense and breathtaking rescues fill the story of Abraham and Sarah. Most of their adventures came through God’s invitations while
Day 5 – December 5
Ornament - Altar or Ram
Mysterious, yet transparent. Wild, yet the safest place. Fierce, yet patient. Our God.
We enter our story today with Abraham as he experiences God in all
Day 4 – December 4
Ornament - Rainbow
As I write, it's a sunny, blue sky day, though the few days preceding tiptoed in with drip and drizzle. I’ve watched as holiday lights, radiant white, have welcomed
Day 3 – December 3
Ornament - Apple and Snake
Encompassed by a garden, encircled by beauty, bound by love is our setting today. Adam and Eve’s home. A pulsating, vibrant, moving, growing tabernacle
The awe of advent comes every year if we will but ask for it and look to its coming. Why herald this homecoming? Because we ever need to return. Every generation has things long forgotten. Seeds that have fallen upon fallow.
From December 1st until December 25th, we will journey through the Jesse Tree. Each day will bring a needle pulling thread through the story of Whose we are and who we are becoming.
A standard description of the Jesse Tree is
We do not merely want to see beauty.... We want something else which can hardly be put into words - to be united with the beauty we see, pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. -C.S.
I have a confession. Our holiday lights have been up for more than a week. Naveh’s edges are bedecked with bulbs, its fences and frames woven with luminaries and a portion of its trees trimmed. This wasn’t the most intentional
Weddings, walks and wonders filled our Sukkot holiday. And sweet sukkah after sweet sukkah.
We transformed our recent anniversary chuppah into our sukkah. Instead of gathering the customary foliage and twigs for its “roof”,
My dad always wore a certain brand of shoes. Hush Puppies. He also used to bring us hush puppies from the Long John Silvers he managed. They were edible. And wonderful. But that may be an embellishment for a blog to come.
The sun will climb its way down sky’s ladder and evening will ascend. Crested upon its coming will be Rosh Hashanah and a new year, 5781.
Clay was cast on this day, many twinkles and twilights ago. All was awakened and awed
A woman not noteworthy enough to them to be notorious, crossed the threshold of Simon the Leper’s home. No trace of hospitality did she find from stoop to stool, for on this day, even a drop of water to wash the feet of Jesus may
Silence hung, heavily holy, in the wait for its breaking, for the coming of the first day. Suspended by nothing, it received the first breeze of all things. Whisper and whirlwind came upon breath of God.
“Yehi,” said He.
At some point each day, I can be found tending to our little garden. I water, pull weeds and in the past few weeks have begun harvesting handfuls of herbs and savory seasonings. On one such visit, while sifting through leaf and
Living next door to a portion of our grandies brings many opportunities to sit and sup together. Each time, I’m reminded of days delighted with my own toddlers and the battle of the banquet! Whether picnic or fete, the table
Prayer is a covenant we are invited into. We begin to fulfill our destiny as an ear in Heaven and a mouth on earth and through us, the supernatural solutions of Heaven are released. Take a risk and dive into the adventure of what prayer