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God Speaking in the Silence

I was grateful to attend the women’s retreat this past weekend. In the weeks leading up to it, I looked forward to gathering and connecting with the women of our church, I was excited to see and catch up with our retreat leader, Markene Meyer, and I was especially curious about my time with the Lord and where He would lead me. As I arrived, I discovered the retreat format…

Finding Our New Normal

I am excited to let you know that a long awaited day has finally arrived. We’ve been praying and believing that this day would come. Last week Dallas County health officials announced that locally we have reached the “new normal” phase of the COVID 19 Pandemic. In many ways life feels more normal than it has in years and yet we have been changed by the last two years of…

Easter. Is. A. Season.

Look, we do this post every year. Every year. It’s practically part of the mission statement of our church. Restoration Anglican Church: Joining God in the Restoration of All Things (and, oh by the way, Easter is a season). But, friends, we need to hear it every year. Lent is a season that lasts forty days—and it’s a vital and deeply meaningful part of the…

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday when Jesus lay dead in the tomb. In short, it is a day without Jesus. You will notice that we strip the altar table bare on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday we will gather around the cross to mark the time of his death without celebrating the Eucharist. On Saturday there is nothing but death and grief. What is…

Approaching Holy Week

I’m not the first one to say this but this time of the year is just a busy season in life and the church calendar. Not only that, but as we come to the tail end of Lent, I recognize that there is also a bit of a “Lenten fatigue.” So let me provide a bit of pastoral encouragement by giving you a prayer that I found a few years ago that has helped me prepare for the…

The Mind of Christ

Scripture reminds us it is not what goes in but what comes out of us that defiles us. Matthew 5 tells us what comes out of us shows us the condition of our heart, what King Solomon calls the wellspring of life. This is never truer than what we believe and profess about God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  So, if our heart reflects who we really are just as a mirror…

God is Faithful When We are Unfaithful

I’ve been reading through the book of Genesis with my oldest child (I want you to take the idealized picture of this in your mind and dial it waaay back). We’re coming to the end of the story of Jacob, the last of the patriarchs, and have seen God renew his covenant with each them again and again while they bumble along, often away from his directions. They each take…

Trusting in the Lord

I am a mama of two boys and I had the joy of having dinner and coffee with my adult son earlier this week. He was asked to be a guest teacher for some high school students in a class on Monday and really enjoyed it. The material was interesting to discuss and the students seemed engaged and responded with questions but his favorite part came near the end of class after he…

Failing at Lent

We are nearly two weeks into Lent and by now if you are like me, I must confess, you have failed at Lent in one way or another. Yes, failed at Lent! And, if you are surprised that your pastor has failed at Lent then perhaps you need to be reminded that your pastor is human and fallen just like you. However, let me say if you are approaching Lent with an attempt of being…