Advent

Advent Ideas

Advent Ideas

Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, is time for Christians to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming. Celebrating Advent is one of my favorite things we do a family all year. For ideas on how your family can celebrate Advent this year, take five minutes to...

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Why at Christmas Your Soul Can Feel Its Worth

Why at Christmas Your Soul Can Feel Its Worth

"O holy night the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new glorious morn Fall on your...

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Why at Christmas Your Soul Can Feel Its Worth

The Barren Places

This time of year, I love turning in the pages of my Bible to read the story of the birth of Christ in Luke.  Each time, I wonder if the words will sound trite or boring, and each time I am captivated anew. I was reading in Luke 1 about Zacharias' response to the...

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Advent: Prepare the Way for Immanuel

Advent: Prepare the Way for Immanuel

Advent began yesterday. For weeks now, I’ve been hearing its quiet, persistent call and feeling its pulse beneath the earth’s hustle and bustle in preparations for the holidays. Its call is beneath the lights, deeper than the roots of the Christmas trees, quieter than...

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Dependent

Dependent

Dependent living is a tough concept to grasp, especially in a culture that prides itself on independence. Good grief, one of our country’s most celebrated holidays is July 4th, Independence Day. We literally have a day where we hoist our flags and set off our...

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The Feast

The Feast

The week before Thanksgiving, I wanted to eat lean. My goal was to be on a strict diet of protein, vegetables, fruits, and water, forgoing all desserts and small bites of chocolate I steal like a thief from the pantry once the kids have gone to bed. I wanted to eat...

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The Feast

Seeing Jesus

It's just Caroline and me this weekend. Jason took the two older girls hunting and was over the moon about the thought of Lillian having the opportunity to shoot her first deer. I talked to the hunters briefly earlier today, and when I asked Lillian what she had been...

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Room for Hope

For the past two years, two angels have hovered above the dirt in our front pillar pot, announcing tidings of Joy and Peace to all passer-bys. But the two have always bothered me. Probably because I have three girls, and hey, let's face it, girls care about this sort...

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