(woman scrolling on her phone) Warning! Continuous scrolling on social media may cause soul damage. Have you ever started your day by scrolling through social media while sipping coffee on the couch? Checking out a few curated images on Instagram? Reading personal opinions on Twitter? Looking for recipes on Pinterest? Checking out status updates on … Continue reading Is There an Antidote for Envy?￼
“Jake’s not feeling well today, so he won’t be with us.” Without missing a beat, my three-year-old daughter said, “We should pray for him.” She grabbed our hands and bowed her head and prayed. Even as a preschooler many years ago, her heart was full of faith and determination to take it all to the … Continue reading Do I Know God’s Majesty?
What detours are you facing in this season? Are you willing to persevere like the three kings?
Are you weary? Do you long to find soul sustaining rest? Maybe you need a session of soul tending in your day? Check out my blog post for some soul tending guidance. My name is Anthea Kotlan, and I have a passion to equip and empower women to build God's kingdom. Join me on this … Continue reading Welcome
The image of a candlelight service on New Year’s Eve of 1987 is forever emblazoned in my mind’s eye. This midnight service was the closing ceremony for Intervarsity’s five-day Missions Conference called Urbana. The stadium where we met was full of college students that evening, all joining their voices in praising God. The stadium lights … Continue reading Have You Seen the Kingdom of God?
Take a moment in the days leading up to Christmas to light a candle and pause. I know you don’t have time. Could taking a moment of quietly being present in this season could provide the endurance needed to continue your own journey into the Christmas season? This is the marathon and not the sprint. … Continue reading Can You Keep Watch on Christmas Eve?
I can still remember the absolute shock I felt standing holding the phone in the middle of shared office space at Texas A&M in August of 1991. "Your pregnancy test was positive," the nurse from my doctor's office said. I found myself slowly sitting down as joy and utter confusion washed over me. How could … Continue reading How Can I Say Yes to Kingdom-Size Assignments? ￼
Decades before GPS was available at my fingertips, my children and I roamed the earth in a Honda minivan, getting lost on many occasions. The only thing worse than getting lost with your own young children is getting lost with your friends’ children at the Houston Zoo. Had I been to the Zoo before? Sure, … Continue reading Are you feeling lost, disoriented, or out of time in this season of Advent?
A photo of an Advent Wreath on the Second Sunday of Advent. In the days and weeks leading up to Christmas Day, I find my schedule filling to overflowing. Amazing events celebrating the season sprinkle across my calendar. Each neat square gets covered like an overly decorated Christmas cookie. And as a mother, grandmother, wife, … Continue reading How Do I Hold Fast to the Blessed Hope?￼
(An Advent Wreath with the first candle lighted. ) This time of year, Christmas can feel like a destination found at the top of Mount Everest. So, loaded down with a backpack full of expectations, I make slow forward progress up the mountain. Interrupting my expedition, the Lord invites me into the season of Advent. … Continue reading An Advent Interruption
(Woman with her arms raised high.) A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of gathering with a group of believers from across my denomination. The opening service for that weekend’s gathering featured one of my favorite worship leaders, and I sat with some lovely young women who embraced the opportunity to sing with full … Continue reading Giving Thanks Does Me Good