I'm a fan of Pinterest. It's interesting, and challenging, addictive, and often, even inspiring. Last night, a posting explained how a mom had led her three daughters in a new approach to Advent last year by creating 25 ideas for Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. Each was put into a brown paper lunchbag and the girls participated each day in one of the random acts of kindness . . . from taping a card and a quarter on a parking meter to surprising their teachers with a favorite beverage from… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 8, 2012 at 1:05pm —
Last week, I went to vote early. I expected no one to be there. I was amazed at the lines, the people, the wait . . . and the seriousness of the moment. I don't know when I've ever felt the tension throughout our country over an election as I have this time. A friend of mine posted on FaceBook that she was concerned that after all the political postings on-line, friends would have trouble remaining friends after the election.
What can we as disciples do as our country prepares… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 1, 2012 at 11:25am —
If you've read my blog in the past (which I know is extremely sporadic!), you know that I love stories. And I love the way that God uses these stories from friends and acquaintances to speak to me in a very personal way. I was with three friends at lunch this week, enjoying the food, the conversation, and the companionship. After lunch, one of my friends shared this story with me:
Her family has been going through a lot recently. While the whole family has struggled, her… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on September 16, 2012 at 8:00am —
The Power of Collaboration ~ Nav Press's Valued Partnership with Harvest America
The impact of the Harvest Crusade continues to mount. Millions of people heard the Gospel through the live feed at over 2,400 host venues, 38,000 people were live in attendance at Angels Stadium, and…
Added by Margie Williamson on August 30, 2012 at 7:33pm —
My friend Ron passed away Saturday morning. He was a retired educator who was passionately devoted to Christ and who continued to learn and to lead others to do likewise. Ron was an amazing man.
He received word on Wednesday that there was no hope for him and he had no more than 5 days left. His blood had so little oxygen in it that it could not sustain life. He was with a good friend and former pastor when he received the news and spent much of the rest of the day planning his… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on August 26, 2012 at 10:30pm —
A friend from church was telling us about a gift he and his wife received a few years ago. Since both are avid baseball fans, their kids offered them choice seats behind home plate for an Atlanta Braves. Or, they had the choice of the entire family attending the game with seats in the outfield. They chose the outfield, but decided to have their own transportation home in case the grandchildren didn't make it through the game.
That first year, the grandchildren only made it a few… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on August 20, 2012 at 9:03am —
Harvest America: August 26, 2012
The Navigators has always helped other organizations advance the Kingdom of God. In the 1950s we provided materials and training to a fledgling evangelist named Billy Graham. This summer, we've teamed up with Harvest Crusades. On August 26, 2012, hundreds…
Added by Margie Williamson on June 18, 2012 at 6:11pm —
I haven't blogged in a while. You may not have noticed, but I have.
I've felt guilty about it.
I've thought of a dozen things I wanted to blog about, but then didn't follow through.
That made me even more guilty.
I have feeling guilty . . .
When I feel guilty for two long, I have a panic attack.
That's never pretty and it brings on more guilt.
And the bottom line is I haven't blogged… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on February 27, 2012 at 8:50am —
I've given up on New Year's Resolutions . . . eat better, exercise more, lose weight, study more, be nicer . . . All resolutions do for me is make me feel like a failure. A former student of my posted on FaceBook last night that the gym was packed with people who didn't know what they were doing on the weight machines. Another friend responded, "Don't worry. They'll all be gone in a week."
There's something about the New Year that makes us take a new look at our life and think… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on January 3, 2012 at 8:39am —
Late last night fourteen of us gathered in a seminary parking lot to pray about the opportunity to share Christmas gifts with the community. Sounds like a normal church outing, but there was nothing normal about it.
The group was not a church gathering, but a gathering of the larger Church that included family members, friends, former church friends, and seminary students.
The gifts were just plates of cookies covered appealingly in clear wrap and… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on December 18, 2011 at 8:31am —
Every year, my Sunday School class adopts some people to provide Christmas for. In the past, we've focused on children. But, this year, we adopted two senior adults who are often overlooked. Someone bought the gifts for us while I was in Israel. I wrapped them all yesterday to get them ready to deliver today. Their "wish lists" remind me that God is our provider . . . even for the little things.
One of the ladies, Bessie, wanted a warm jacket, a new set of sheets, pjs, kitchen… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on December 3, 2011 at 7:43am —
Today we visited the ancient city of Megiddo, crossed the plain where Armageddon, and overlooked the city of Nazareth, where Jesus grew in wisdom and stature to become a man. It occurred to me that in that one place, Jesus was surrounded by His past, His present. And he was and is the world’s future. I realize that may sound a little preposterous, so let me explain.
Nazareth was a tiny town, a town so insignificant that, when people heard that the Messiah was in Nazareth,… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 23, 2011 at 12:21am —
We arrived last night in Galilee after two days of traveling through the Negev Desert and along the Dead Sea. One of the students with us described the journey as layers of technicolor in tan and beige and brown until we crested the hill and saw the Dead Sea for the first time. The emerald green and turquoise of the water created a sweep of color across the landscape that was almost beyond description. I was so impressed with his description that I wished I had said it.
Added by Margie Williamson on November 21, 2011 at 11:54pm —
One of my favorite lines from the movie Toy Story is "To infinity and beyond." Of course, it's spoken by a toy who never seems to recognize his own reality. As I'm preparing to head back to Israel today, though, those words keep running through my mind.
We (NavPress) are in the final stages of completing a free Christmas lesson that will be available on-line by the beginning of December. We used two passages: John 1 and Luke 2. For me, it was a wonderful… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 18, 2011 at 9:36am —
Vonda Skelton, Christian author and speaker, begins every November by listing 5 blessings in her life daily. The challenge is that once a blessing has been listed, it cannot be listed again before Thanksgiving. The first days are the easy ones . . . the blessings that are so visible that they sometimes block out the others. It's a great challenge that I can't live up to daily.
But I can revisit it often so I don't lose sight of what God is doing in my life. Will you join me?… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 3, 2011 at 10:33am —
Just over a year ago, I was at a writers' retreat, trying to figure out what to do next. I had big aspirations to write fiction, and had started five or six manuscripts, but never felt good about them. God used the ladies at that retreat to confirm not only what God had gifted me to do, but what He had called me to.
Confirmation in our Christian lives is HUGE! Sometimes, I think it would be so much easier if God would just whisper in my ear what I'm supposed to be doing. And… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on October 6, 2011 at 10:30am —
Lee and her husband are members of our church. But when her husband fell victim to Alzheimer's, they moved five hours away to a senior adult community that specialized in treating patients with the disease. On vacation with friends, two of us visited the couple this week.
It was good to see Lee.
It was good to see they were settled in a beautiful place.
It was good to know that Lee had help with her husband.
It was also… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on September 16, 2011 at 7:57am —
Sometimes, a mom can do nothing but shake her head at what God is doing in the lives of her children. I'm shaking my head today as my daughter and son-in-law are in flight to Athens, Greece, to minister to refuges there for the next week.
You would understand my head shaking if you knew my daughter. She's an amazing young woman with a heart for ministry and missions. In fact, she'll be graduating in December with a Masters in Missiology from New Orleans Baptist Theological… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on September 7, 2011 at 7:30am —
I am speaking tomorrow at a chapel service in a senior adult community in Atlanta. I get to do that three or four times a year.
I love doing it and I never turn down the opportunity. The seniors there are so sweet. Several I know from our church and others I've gotten to know over the months when I can be there. Some show up in walkers or wheelchairs; others are brought with their caretakers; still others come in slowly under their own, if diminishing, steam. What always… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on August 16, 2011 at 7:38pm —
It's been awhile since I've posted . . . life has gotten in my way. I spent last week in New Orleans with my daughter and son-in-law, so I didn't teach my Bible study class last Sunday. When I returned this week, the large marker board in the classroom was covered with notes and a second marker board was beside it with one statement: "And Margie's answer is . . . " I wasn't even sure what the question was until class members began to arrive. The question was about how we see God in… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on August 8, 2011 at 11:00am —