Jolita Peterson
The Roman Soldier

The Roman Soldier

The Roman Soldier e'd lost count of how many crucifixions he’d witnessed. Too many. It wasn’t something a person ever got used to – the visceral brutality of the Roman death penalty ensured it left an impression – but after participating in so many...

Dormant

Dormant

Dormant Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep...

Day 25: Coventry Carol

Day 25: Coventry Carol

Lullay, lullayMy little tiny childBy-by, lullay, lullay Oh, sisters two how may we doFor to preserve this day? This poor youngling of whom we do sing Herod the King in his ragingCharged he hath this day His men of might in his own sightAll children young to slay Then...

Day 11: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Day 11: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day To save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy   In Bethlehem, in Israel, this blessed Babe was born And...

Day 9: What Child Is This

Day 9: What Child Is This

What Child is this who laid to restOn Mary's lap is sleeping?Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,While shepherds watch are keeping? So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,Come Peasant, King to own HimThe King of Kings salvation brings,Let loving hearts enthrone Him....

Asking the Right Questions

Asking the Right Questions

Asking The Right Questions Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” Luke 1: 18, 34 uring the...

Day 3: Welcome to Our World

Day 3: Welcome to Our World

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking How we need to hear from God You've been promised, we've been waiting Welcome Holy Child Hope that You don't mind our manger How I wish we could have known But long-awaited Holy Stranger Make Yourself at home Please make Yourself...

Parenting (Barely) Adult Children

Parenting (Barely) Adult Children

Parenting (Barely) Adult Childrenhen my kids were small, I dreaded the teenage years, much like one dreads going to the dentist. I viewed them as a painful but necessary season, one that I’d hopefully weather with as little bodily harm as possible....

I Didn’t Sign Up For This

I Didn’t Sign Up For This

I Didn't Sign Up For ThisI have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 hen we moved to Carroll County almost six years...

Lament: The Freedom to Feel

Lament: The Freedom to Feel

Lament: The Freedom to Feel  e are wired to avoid physical pain. Just watch any toddler touch a hot candle after being told not to. Chances are, he won’t be in a hurry to do it again. Yet physical pain serves a purpose, helping us to focus on...

Light of the World

Light of the World

Study Guide Download Week 3 Last week we examined John 6 in which Jesus proclaimed that He was the bread of life. John 6:35 “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:51 “I am the living bread...

Big Enough to Handle It

Big Enough to Handle It

Big Enough to Handle ItEven though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice...

Legacy

Legacy

Legacy I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever. Psalm 45:17   n the flower bed next to my front walkway grow several red primroses. These hardy flowers bloom in the spring...

More Than Enough

More Than Enough

Read Psalm 16:8-11   I made a quick grocery run last week. As I dashed through the store, focusing on getting the essentials on my list as quickly as possible while staying six feet away from the other masked shoppers, gigantic wrapped Easter baskets caught my...

Coming in Peace

Coming in Peace

Read Zechariah 9:9 Have you ever witnessed a motorcade? It’s hard to miss. First, the police vehicles arrive with flashing lights and sirens to clear the traffic, then various security vehicles, followed by the official limousine carrying the president, with all the...

A Love Letter

A Love Letter

A Love Letter 1 John 4:7-21 appy Valentine's Day! I started to write this week and realized that God's love letter to us speaks more eloquently than any words I could put to paper. Two truths stuck out to me as I read the following verses: 1) God...

For Everyone

For Everyone

A good story has a compelling opening. Some of the best stories ever written have familiar first lines that, even if we’ve never read the book, we can quote by heart. When we open the New Testament, at first glance it seems that Matthew didn’t get the memo about...

Distracted by the Details

Distracted by the Details

I admit it - my nativity scene is biblically inaccurate. I have three wise men and a camel next to the shepherds, looking on at the newborn Jesus in a manger. To me, the wise men’s visit to see the Messiah is one of the most fascinating parts of the Christmas story....

Dashboard Lights

Dashboard Lights

Dashboard Lights For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. Psalms 107:9 y son ran out of gas this week. As a new driver, he forgot the importance of paying attention to the warning lights on the dashboard. We...

In The Quiet

In The Quiet

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. ~ Luke 2:19 Throughout the Bible, we see God showing up on the scene and giving instructions or doing an amazing miracle. Often, this encounter is followed by periods of silence and quiet. Noah,...

Afraid of the News

Afraid of the News

“Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” ~ Matthew 1:20b The Christmas story is filled with angelic visits. The angel Gabriel visits Zechariah. Then he visits Mary. An unnamed angel visits Joseph. An entire flock of angels...