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A Star Signals Hope 🌟

As you pause to read this, the full-on, no holding back, hustle and bustle of Christmas is upon us. Family, friends, eating, parties, presents, car rides, plane trips, cooking, baking, more eating, stockings, endless dishes in the sink, candlelight service at church, kids up at 3:30 AM, “Did we get batteries?”, Christmas wrapping everywhere… all…

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When Christmas Feels Like a Waiting Game

It seems like there is Christmas cheer everywhere, maybe even more so this year, as so many are finally able to see friends and loved ones. But that may not be your story. You may feel like you are walking through this season with bricks on your feet because everything is just…SO… heavy. May I…

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What do you REALLY want for Christmas?

As Christmas approaches, we are all asked an increasingly more difficult question to answer year after year. What do you want for Christmas?  This was such an easily answered question when we were kids. I’ll take one of everything, please!  When I was younger, Christmas was all about presents for me. Sure…I had a few lines…

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A manger lit up at night

Slow Down ✋

I’m going to ask you to do something that I know is nearly impossible this time of year…but here it goes…can you slow down a bit? This is the season of hustle and bustle. When we’re not at work, we’re shopping. When we’re not shopping, we’re at our ten-thousandth holiday party! It’s a wild time! Can…

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Jesus is Leading

My family is full of musicians – they sing, play instruments, and harmonize. Whenever my adult kids are home, there is singing throughout the house. It’s one of my favorite sounds. Dance has always been my preferred art form. I’ve been known to make my family laugh by breaking out unexpected dance moves at the…

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One Wedding • Three Lessons

25 days ago, I stood in front of God and my loved ones to say “I Do” to my best friend. Being a hopeless romantic, I had longed for a love story and envisioned this day for many, many years. As I reflect back now, just a few weeks later, it’s not the wedding day…

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Let Your Words Heal Not Wound

As many of you know, my wife and I have a teenage daughter. She is a wonderful girl yet challenging. Those who have/had teenagers can attest to how their moods can change in a flash and how that moodiness can ripple through a family. It’s easy to let a scowl, tone of voice, or harsh…

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Stop Worrying & Start Trusting God

When I’m in the middle of chaos, it’s so easy for me to jump on the downward spiral and get swept away. I’ll be halfway down in the pit before I realize I’ve completely lost my peace. I’m working on that. You know we’re moving into our first house, and it’s been… interesting. I am…

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Letting Go Is Where Life Begins

I wonder, does this happen to you too?  For me, I’ll begin to get a sense that God is telling me something, and then I start to see and hear affirmations of it everywhere – words from a loved one, a page from a book I’m just casually glancing at, even street signs! Seemingly, one…

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SO WHAT ABOUT THAT JESUS

Last year made me do something strange: A character study of Jesus.  I write stage plays and musicals. When I embark on a new project, character studies are the first things I do.  Who is this character? What’s the character’s motivation?What are the character’s tendencies and quirks?  When I figure out who the person is,…

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