Prepare the Way

Prepare the Way

A quick advent thought this morning as I was reflecting on how God’s Word can intersect with life if we pay attention to it. Mark’s gospel begins with these words, “The good news of Jesus Christ – the Message! – begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you; He’ll make the road smooth for you. Thunder in the desert! Prepare for God’s arrival! Make the road smooth…

Read More Read More

Long Silence

Long Silence

For those who have been semi-regulars, I apologize for the lengthy silence over the summer and fall. I find that writing needs space and I confess, this has not been a season of much space at the moment. The Kemp family is in the midst of transitioning to our new place in Boise. Randy has been commuting back and forth on the weekends and I have been single-moming it since August. While this is not an ideal situation nor would…

Read More Read More

How God Gave Me a Turkey Vulture

How God Gave Me a Turkey Vulture

     I had done a bit of wallowing in self pity the other night. I was folding laundry and feeling the despair of resignation, not the good kind. I was a bit angry at my kids for being angry at each other, angry at God for not appearing to answer my prayers, and angry at my own self in the midst of it all. I went to be early with tears in my eyes and felt hopeless in that…

Read More Read More

Recipe for Morning Reflection

Recipe for Morning Reflection

Boil water. Add 1 Tbs Grace Organics coffee to French press. When water boils, pour a single serving into press and let coffee steep for 5 minutes. While steeping grab The One Year Christian History, coloring pens or pencils, coloring book of choice, iPhone for music, pencil and Bible. Press the coffee and pour into mug of choice. Shuffle play Audrey Assad. Read the short biography for the day while sipping (today’s was about Archibald Alexander, first professor at Princeton Seminary)….

Read More Read More

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

As I sit here typing, I have begun this post three times already and my tablet seems hell bent on thwarting my mission of reflection. (I am now saving after every sentence.) I find myself both laughing and crying inside as I listen to the sounds of my children “working together” to make me breakfast in bed. One is demanding that the other wash their hands, resulting is the co-collaborator pouting on the couch. One brought me waffle number one,…

Read More Read More

Nothing Time

Nothing Time

When I have a day with space in it, I often refer to that space as “nothing time.” Nothing is scheduled, nothing HAS to be done. So today, nothing time looks like driving my 7th grader to school instead of sticking him on the bus. It looks like chats on the phone and long overdue email updates. It looks like hanging at a coffee house while I get my tires rotated, and blogging with nothing in particular in mind. It…

Read More Read More

Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

Ecclesiastes 11:7-8

“Oh, how sweet the light of day, And how wonderful to live in the sunshine! Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted. Take delight in each light-filled hour, Remembering that there will also be many dark days And that most of what comes your way is smoke.” As Randy and I took a quick morning hike today, I mentioned the impact that spring has on our whole family’s demeanor. With the increasing light,…

Read More Read More

Little answers to prayer

Little answers to prayer

I think that Christians (myself included) sometimes fall victim to the false notion that more prayer = answered prayer. It goes something like this: “If I really want to hear God’s voice and see evidence of His presence in my life, I need to spend at least an hour praying every day.” It’s like there is some prayer quota that must be filled before God will answer or direct. While it is true that any relationship will benefit from intentional…

Read More Read More

Prayer in Unexpected Places

Prayer in Unexpected Places

Part of my work involves teaching music at a private school in town. In becoming part of the school family, I learn of stories that keep me on my knees in prayer. One such example is that of a 6th grade student who is battling bone cancer. Her family moved from Idaho to Seattle to work with a team from Seattle Children’s hospital, and today was the morning of her surgery. I asked the administration if I could offer a…

Read More Read More

Studying, Stress and Peace

Studying, Stress and Peace

I am up early on a Saturday morning, preparing for ordination exams to become an ordained minister. The range of what is covered is vast and I feel like my information recall has weakened a bit. Confessions, biblical knowledge, theology, essential tenets and practical application will all be tested in a variety of ways and it is easy to get stressed. In the dissonance of study angst, I found myself going through some key scripture passages that I am attempting…

Read More Read More