Noel: Advent Week 3

Noel: Advent Week 3

Leave it to the grad student who is studying English to research the etymology of noel

Noel is a French word which means Christmas (go figure), but it is derived from the Latin word nātālis, meaning birthday.  As I thought about nātālis, I geekily marveled at the phonestheme: natalis, natal, nativity, native, nation, natural…

But I digress; I am not giving an English lesson today.  Instead, I want to talk about the first noel, the holy nativity.

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Humble King: Advent Week 2

Humble King: Advent Week 2

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion knew exactly what they needed:  a trip home, a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.  They were also very certain of how they would receive the necessary gifts; after following the Yellow Brick Road, they would find a Wizard who could give them what they lacked.  If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, then you know that these four travelers all received what they needed, but they didn’t receive what they expected. 

The same statement can be said of the nation of Israel.

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Unto Us: Advent Week 1

Unto Us: Advent Week 1

Cardboard calendars and cheap chocolate.

That is my first thought when I hear the word advent, so when I saw that the JourneyWomen Podcast dedicated an entire episode to advent, I didn’t quite know what to think.  Was Hunter going to talk about chocolate for 60 minutes?

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Simple Joy Saturday #48

Simple Joy Saturday #48

On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or change as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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November 17-23

Family Visits

My cousin and cousin-in-law drove from the West Coast to visit their East Coast family for a couple of weeks (you read that right–they were in the car for 41 hours!).  On Sunday afternoon, we meandered through my small hometown, laughed a lot, and ate more ice cream than we needed.

Also this week, my brother made the shorter drive from the Northeast to NC.  As always, he overflowed with jokes.

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Simple Joy Saturday #16

Simple Joy Saturday #16

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!

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December 16 – 22

1. Christmas parties and board games.

People usually don’t expect this when they first meet me, but I am fiercely competitive.  I love playing (and winning) board games.

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Mary’s Song

Mary’s Song

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My soul magnifies my God,
And my spirit rejoices in the Lord
Because He saw us in a lowly state,
Yet our salvation is assured.

Generations will be blessed
Through His holy, mighty name.
With the strength of His arms,
He scatters those with fame.

As he humbles worldly kings,
He uplifts the paupers.
He fills the hungry with good things.
He calls them sons and daughters.

He did not forget His mercy.
He remembers us so low.
Just as He led our fathers,
He will lead us even now.

Adapted from Luke 1:46-55

Simple Joy Saturday #15

Simple Joy Saturday #15

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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December 9-15

1. The sunrise on Tuesday.

I walked outside at 7:15 And saw this:

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