• Grace chases us…

    ….regardless of our worthiness.  How lovely it is to celebrate a season that was shaped and formed by grace. From Week Two // Day Three: How is it going for you?  Jesus came to Bethlehem to show us what it is like to see grace walking around in a body.  He has bestowed grace on us so that we can offer it to others.  Who are the people in your world that could use a touch of grace this week? Who has blessed you with grace?  

  • The Promise of Immanuel

    Every year I see Christmas cards like this one that came in the mail today. “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14 But the story behind this birth announcement is unsettling.  What is it about the heart of God that puts guys like Ahaz and promises like Immanuel in the same story? Go to the Advent Video page or click here to listen to Day One, Week Two: Wrapped in Grace. If it had been up to us, we would have chosen to wrap this promise in prettier paper, but God…

  • Connections

    I have always loved the way things connect to make a whole.  One of my favorite memories as a little girl was a time with my family, walking through the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan — staring for as long as the adults would let me, at the intricate doll houses representing various periods in American history.  Every detail mattered. Tiny dishes, intricate wallpaper and miniature furniture. I had never seen anything like it. I wished we could have stayed in that one room all day. Sometimes when I stare in wonder at the pieces of God’s story, and get a glimpse of how every detail matters, it reminds me of the…

  • Advent 2015

    What a whirlwind it has been since the books arrived! Thank you to all of you who purchased and gifted books so that we could get most of the 500 copies out before today, the beginning of Advent 2015.  I am looking forward to sharing this season with you. One of the requests I received several times over the past year was for an audio book.  I would love to do that sometime, but I ran out of days this year to tackle that project.  In lieu of that let’s meet here at the beginning of each of the four weeks of Advent.  I will read Day One of each week and post…

  • Book Release this Tuesday

    I am sleeping on the plane tonight!  Wrapped in Grace is being printed in Grand Rapids, Michigan, my hometown, and the books are scheduled to be ready for pick up on Tuesday.  If I take the red-eye, I will arrive in GR Tuesday morning and be at the printer when the books are ready. Why am I traveling from my home in Tempe, Arizona to pick the books up instead of just having them shipped here?  Well, a few reasons: The first Sunday of Advent is November 29th and I really want to get a book in your hands before then.  If I can ship to you from Grand Rapids…