Countdown to the New Year: Review of top 2014 posts

Thanks for all your support on! As we begin a new year, I wanted to take a moment to share the most viewed posts on the blog in 2014.

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1. Jesus wants to clean my heart
The top post of the year was near the beginning of our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross family Easter emphasis. We did a science experiment to help us understand that Jesus wants to clean our hearts, and the post includes a video of the demonstration.

2. Preparing for Advent: Capture Your Child’s Heart for Christ this Christmas!
Christmas is one of the most special times of the year for us as a family! This post gives ideas, Scriptures, projects and reviews of Advent calendars for families to make Christmas count.

3. Taking the time out
This is a sweet retelling of when my son Jackson decided he wanted to take his sister’s time out for her, to show her how Jesus took the punishment we deserved for our sin by dying on the cross.

4. Journey to the Manger: Micah
Our family took a Journey to the Manger during December, and this is Day 3, as we learned about the prophet Micah. For all of our Journey, click here for a run down.

5. Take it with you
My daughter Lauren decided at the beginning of the school year that she wanted to start bringing her Bible to school to share with her preschool classmates.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how God leads this year and reveals Himself in the details of everyday life! Happy New Year!

New year, New life

Last night I rang in the New Year driving home from the hospital, where I had spent most of the day supporting good friends as they welcomed a son into the world.

Life is such a miracle, and to hold and snuggle a precious newborn baby is to know the tenderness and loving-kindness of the God who created him.

What a way to begin a new year, witnessing new life!

New life in the new year!

New life in the new year!

As I kept the new mom company and watched as she talked with and loved on her sweet child, my mind was drawn to the Scripture passage found in John 3.

Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

“But how can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked Him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”

Jesus answered, “I assure you: Unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit…”

January 1 brings hope each year, for us to be able to leave the past behind and have a fresh start. We crave that innocence and purity we have lost. Just like a newborn baby, we seek to be cradled securely in loving arms. We look within ourselves, to our relationships and from our livelihood to find the satisfaction and purpose we so deeply desire. And, every year we watch the Times Square ball tumble down, just like all of our independent efforts, and wish this next year would be different.

We have the same questions Nicodemus had.

And, Jesus has the same answer: we must be born again, born of God’s Spirit, and become His son or daughter. We need to be made completely new, just like a newborn baby.

Whatever you are facing in 2013, no matter the obstacles already looming and the mistakes you may be running from, new life is only possible through Jesus Christ.

Your eternal life with God can begin today. Jesus reminds Nicodemus in the same conversation that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. In the same fashion, those of us who have received that wonderfully precious gift need to fully possess it. We must live in God’s power, receive His forgiveness, extend His mercy and proclaim the Good News.

This is how I want to spend the new year.