Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

God With Us: Behold

Today, we remember the day that God put on skin. It’s in every corner of the story, the crimson thread that runs with astonishing consistency. He’s coming for the broken, the shamed, the burdened, the unknown. Reading: John 1:1-18, 1:29 Song: Behold the Lamb of God and The Theme of My Song by Andrew Peterson […]

God With Us: The Unwanted

Unreliable. Liars. Thieves. Unclean. The words echo, but not across the dark field. The words are inside, and the shepherds can’t escape. They’re caked with the grime of their work and a stigma that’s never quite washed away. /// Reading: Luke 2:8-20 and 4:18-19 Song: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Andrew Peterson* ///   […]

God With Us: In Labor

Long months have passed. The wait is almost over. She’s kept Elizabeth’s words tucked in her heart, pulling them out when she needed them: “You are blessed, blessed for believing the Lord would fulfill His promises to you.” Reading: Luke 2:1-7, Matthew 11:28-30 Song: Labor of Love by Andrew Peterson /// Mary never imagined the […]

God With Us: In the Tension

The promises have been spoken. There’s a child coming, and something great beyond understanding is underway. Reading: Today, there is no reading.We’re in between the announcements and the fulfillment. We’re sitting in the tension, so let’s take a moment to reflect. Whatever connected with your heart, take some time to remember God is with you […]

God With Us: Shelter

He remembered standing under the canopy with his bride. His heart swelled as he passed the cup of covenant for her to drink, showing her commitment to join their lives. From that day on, they were husband and wife. Then Joseph went to prepare a place for her. /// Reading: Matthew 1:18-25 Song: It Came […]

God With Us: Erasing Shame

The coming began with a miracle. And it began with erasing shame. Before Mary and Joseph encountered angels, before the birth in Bethlehem, there was another birth. Zechariah and Elizabeth had done everything right:they were faithful, upstanding, close to God. Zechariah was a priest who stood blameless before the Lord – not perfect, but repentant […]

God With Us: For Love

Reading: Hosea 2:8 & 11:1-8* Song: So Long, Moses by Andrew Peterson* The first promise was in Genesis, hot on the heels of the first betrayal: a woman’s seed and a bruised heel, but the serpent would be crushed. The lying mouth would one day be silenced. They come again throughout the years, these promises […]

God With Us: Deliver Us

Welcome, friend! I’m so glad you’re joining me in the midst of this busy season. Each day this week, I’ll share a devotion to help you slow down and experience the story in a new way. I’ve included Scripture readings and songs to enrich the experience. These words are inspired partly by Andrew Peterson’s gorgeous album, […]

How to slow down the holiday madness: remember the story

Things are spinning wild with all the preparations. The Christmas countdown clock says 10 days, 2 hours, 50 minutes, 41 seconds. 40. 39. 38…  I’m trying to balance giving gifts, making plans, preparing for guests, and decorating our home for our first Christmas together. Still, the tree sits naked, not even lights to dress it, […]

Christmas gifts that give back: world-changing presents for everyone on your list

“Every time you spend your money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want” by Anne Lappé via Change Co Are you as overwhelmed as I am with the frenzy of the holidays? All this rush and rustle wears me thin. I love the holidays, and I love giving gifts…but the process […]