Moms, On Easter Morning:

Moms. I know many of you are gearing up to manage your offspring for Easter Service this Sunday. Will they behave? Will they cry at all the wrong moments? Are you worried? Don't be.

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Come Behold the Wonderous Mystery: An Easter Playlist

I had grand plans to write another devotional playlist leading up to Easter, but as so often occurs, since my calling as mom and pastor's wife ranks higher than blog-writing, the dreamt-of devotional remains a dream. Alas. Perhaps next year, dear readers. However, with the devotional in mind, I have been occasionally adding a favorite … Continue reading Come Behold the Wonderous Mystery: An Easter Playlist

(Day 18) For Unto Us a Child is Born

George Frideric Handel wrote his grand oratorio, Messiah, in 1741. The entire piece offers a sweeping narrative of the redemptive story, from Old Testament prophecy to Christ's birth, death, resurrection, and ascension. At Christmas, we often only hear the snippet from part one, scene three, For Unto Us a Child is Born. I do love … Continue reading (Day 18) For Unto Us a Child is Born

(Day 14) Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus was written in 1744 by Charles Wesley, and was one of Charles Spurgeon's favorite Christmas hymns. Wesley had Haggai 2 in mind when writing this song, which I've quoted below. We've talked about the yearning of God's people for the birth of the Messiah. At long last the eternal, all-sufficient … Continue reading (Day 14) Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

(Day 13) Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming is a German hymn dating back to at least before the 17th century. This song tells of a Messiah that fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. We know there was a tremendous buildup to the incarnation, as God continually promises a Savior from the line of David in Scripture. From Abraham … Continue reading (Day 13) Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

(Day 10) O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel has a long and mysterious history. It was first translated into English in 1851 by John Mason Neale, and other writers have added verses through the years. It is a song of yearning. Throughout the Old Testament God's prophets predict, the stories foreshadow, and his people wait. What are they … Continue reading (Day 10) O Come, O Come Emmanuel

(Day 5) Angels We Have Heard on High

Today's song is another loose translation of an old French carol: Angels We Have Heard High. There is a sweet simplicity to this little song. I have really happy memories of belting out the Glo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ria chorus as a kid at the Christmas Eve church service. Though simple, it's message is still profound. Once again we … Continue reading (Day 5) Angels We Have Heard on High

(Day 4) I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Our great American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote the poem that was later put to music and became I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. I've been thinking lately about the temptation to despair that we can all sometimes be faced with during Christmas. Longfellow certainly felt it, as this song attests. The death of … Continue reading (Day 4) I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

From Me to You: Advent Devotional and Playlist

I am nuts for all things Christmas. Along about mid-October, I start subtly suggesting to my family that we should be playing Christmas music once in a while. To which, I get outraged Whaaaaat?!!!s and eye rolls from every quarter. But you know what? Christmas simply makes me happy. We are talking about celebrating the … Continue reading From Me to You: Advent Devotional and Playlist

Super Rad Homeschool Picks 2018/19

Ah, August, you old devil! Month of 105 degree days, smoky skies, and ebay deliveries. When the 4th cup of coffee makes its reappearance, and the but whyyyyyy's sound from the bowels of the house when kids are summoned to (gasp! swoon!) do lessons. Ticonderogas, 50ยข spiral notebooks, an eclectic bin of science experiment supplies … Continue reading Super Rad Homeschool Picks 2018/19