Today is Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the sacrificial season of Lent, which Pope Francis says is a time of renewal and grace. The ashes are a reminder “For you are dust and to dust you shall return.” As one of my favorite authors Lysa Terkeurst teaches, God loves the ingredient dust to make things new: the creation…

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Christmas becomes a more joyful season for me with each passing year. It was at Christmas time many years ago that I read this book, The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren, and accepted Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I wish I could remember exactly what year this happened. My mom used to put this book…

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