We begin our Advent journey with hope. I’ll be honest with you, lately things have seemed a little hopeless to me. If we pay any sort of attention to the news or listen with any measure of compassion to the struggles of our family members and neighbors, if we are still and attend to the … Continue reading Advent Devotions: Hope
On Sunday we will begin a journey through the season of Advent. During Advent, the start of the church year or liturgical calendar, we wait expectantly for the coming Christ child. I’ve never been a huge fan of waiting…is anybody a fan of waiting? A lot of times I distract myself from the wait by … Continue reading Advent Devotions: Introduction
This is the first in a new series called Lamplight Studies. Check out this post for an introduction. ◊◊◊ The other day I wondered “what’s in a name?” As I reflected on changing my name, my mind kept drifting to Hagar’s story in Genesis chapter 16. In this story Hagar calls God “El-roi,” which means, “God … Continue reading The God Who Sees Me
This blog is a space where I process the intersection of my daily life—the beautiful and complicated—with my faith in and through Christ. I wrote in this other post about how growing up in the church I received the message that I could only know God—and therefore please God—by having a daily “quiet time.” For … Continue reading Lamplight Studies: An Introduction
I’ve decided to change my name. I’ve been telling people I am Elizabeth Andrasi Deere since around March 18, 2017—my wedding day. Until a couple of weeks ago, though, I was legally still Elizabeth Danielle Andrasi. It’s a weird thing, changing your name. I thought through everything I could as I made this decision and … Continue reading what’s in a name?
Every fall from 7th to 12th grade I would load up in a fifteen-passenger van with my church youth group friends and head to Leakey, Texas. It took about three hours, and around hour number two the sky would get dark and I would gaze out the back window at all of the stars. When we finally … Continue reading noticing God in nature
When I am stressed I fixate on the physical clutter in my life. My go-to way of dealing with piles of paper and whatnot I have collected over the years is to find an empty-ish drawer, cabinet, or room and tuck the stuff out of sight. I still know it’s there, but I don’t have … Continue reading clutter cleanup