The Second Sunday of Advent

Many of us know Psalm 46:10 by heart: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God . . .”(NIV) Sometimes being still seems impossible—especially during the holiday season.  I don’t have any decorations up.  I haven’t done any Christmas shopping.  I still haven’t found my Advent wreath.  There’s just so much to do,…

The First Sunday of Advent

“Let every heart prepare Him room . . .” From Joy to the World by Isaac Watts I am never prepared for the first Sunday of Advent. I’m recovering from Thanksgiving! My mind is on leftovers, not pulling out the Christmas decorations to find the Advent wreath. (Hmm, maybe I should store the Advent wreath…

. . . in everything give thanks

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to rejoice always, pray continually, and in everything give thanks. How in the world can we do that? By remembering that, as Christians, we are in the world but not of it. We belong to God. Because of all God has done for us in Christ Jesus, we always have…

Give Thanks

‘Tis the season to give thanks. Stores, radio, and TV seem to jump directly from Halloween to Christmas with only a slight nod to Thanksgiving. Please join me in posting pictures, videos, and stories of gratitude and Thanksgiving through the month of November.

My Favorite Book

I have been asked in author interviews which of my books is my favorite. My latest book, Summer Celebration, is my favorite! Summer Celebration is a picture book for all ages. The poems in the book are based on my childhood memories. Some of these poems were written years ago, and were waiting for just…

Sweet Summer Treats

This poem has been kicking around in my head a while. Hope you enjoy it, and happy summer!

Announcing a New Book!

Rev. Jo Mortimer and I are pleased to announce the release of our new book: Jo and I worked together on programs for our local chapter of United Methodist Women before deciding to write this book together. It was fun collaborating on this Advent Devotional. Each reading in Hope, Love, Joy, Peace features Scripture, an…

Celebrating the Last Days of Summer

It’s hard to believe the summer is slipping away and school days are here. The following poem shows some of my best memories of summer.   SUMMER CELEBRATION By Janet Kaderli Unpublished © 2007 After supper, as the summer sun slips from the sky My brothers, sister and I go out to the backyard. We…

Christmas in July–Day 12

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ali had gained so much during her Twelve Days at Silverleaf that she didn’t want Christmas to end. But seasons change. Every ending is a new beginning. Only Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews…

Christmas in July–Day 11

Romans 8:28 NIV — And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Ali made this verse the eleventh item on her list, adding: “I’ve learned that even in the most difficult moments of my life, God has been…

Christmas in July–Day 10

“Let God tear down the walls that keep you from being connected with others.” The childhood tragedy that Ali survived left her with some emotional as well as physical scars. To protect her heart from hurt, she built a wall around it, never realizing that such a wall would keep out good things, such as…