Monday, December 31, 2012

Keeping Perspective in 2013

I’m sure I’m not the only one to pause at the beginning of a new year and survey my life. I experience the week between Christmas and New Year’s as a schedule-free truce zone, sealed off from the demands of regular life. In this uniquely quiet, separated space, I notice areas I want to change; I reflect on the previous year’s victories and mistakes; I devise ways to reach old goals I haven’t attained. Basically, I shove some of the debris off the decks for a new beginning. (I would say I clear the decks, but that’s a pipe dream!)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Reflections on A Christmas Carol

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me…. Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day; for darkness is as light with you. – Psalm 139:9-12

My kids and I were blessed to see A Christmas Carol yesterday, performed in the intimate San Jose Repertory Theater. I could see this production every Christmas and never get tired of it! It isn’t hugely fancy, but it beautifully presents Dickens’ themes of redemption and the true meaning of Christmas, without allowing an ounce of political correctness to cramp its style. Reflecting Dickens’ title, the performance was peppered with traditional Christmas carols that unapologetically proclaimed the true meaning of Christmas: Christ is born, and that changes everything.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Blog of the Year 2012 Award

Recently, Susanna’s Apron was nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012 award, by Diane Roark at Recipes for Our Daily Bread. What a wonderful surprise! I feel very honored that Susanna’s Apron came to mind when Diane was nominating her favorite blogs. Thanks so much, Diane!

Diane’s blog is deeper than you’d expect a recipe blog to be. Diane has a precious special needs son, and her faith in God has brought her and her family through many trials. You can read Caleb’s story here.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Four Ways to Help Children through a Crisis

Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me. – Psalm 50:15

Divorce is a crisis, no doubt about it. Other crises that might confront our children include the death of a parent, a diagnosis of a serious disease, natural disasters, and more. Even the death of a pet can rock a child’s world, threatening his basic need for security.

Troubles come, but a mom who depends on God is well equipped to lead her children through life’s storms. Here are four essentials to helping your children through a crisis.