We come to Christmas—with aches in our souls and longings we hope are fulfilled. The beauty of Advent is we can experience both comfort and joy, both sorrow and victory, both ache and hope—as we wait for Jesus’ return.
Before marriage and starting a family, I’d meditate often. I cultivated stillness and reflection. Volumes of journals lay under my bed, full of pre-parenthood insights. But then the real grown-up stuff slid in: marriage, mortgage, and motherhood. The hours of dissecting the Bible, time to meditate, and philosophizing in my journals shifted to examining our budget and navigating a nut allergy. My spiritual balance habits needed a new rhythm. So, I learned creative
Officials arrested Andrew and Norine Brunson in 2016 when they applied for permanent visas in Turkey, where they’d lived and ministered for 23 years. Authorities released Norine 13 days later, but Andrew remained in prison for two years, accused of being a spy. I spoke with Norine Brunson for Christianity Today about the spiritual habits that strengthened her during her years of ministry and that sustained her marriage and her