Category: advent

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

Prepare Him Room

Prepare Him Room

Recently, we went to an outdoor, live nativity. I felt that familiar Christmas lump rising up in my throat, as the actors played the parts of the familiar characters. A REAL BABY played the part of Jesus, in swaddling cloths. So precious. As I sat there on the risers, in my parka, I kept ...

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Sunday 18th December 2016

Maybe this is what we’re all really waiting for

Maybe this is what we're all really waiting for

I kneel on the floor by the old man’s recliner. Sunday afternoon sunlight slants through the nursing home window, warming my back. The old farmer’s red-rimmed eyes shimmer when we talk about the harvest and last Sunday’s Bible readings at our white-steepled church, tucked between two ...

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Tuesday 6th December 2016

Six Steps to a Guilt-Free Christmas

guilt-free Christmas, preapproved Christmas

In our early years as a family, I transformed our house into a winter wonderland every Christmas. I set up tiny ceramic villages on fake snow. I baked (and burnt) dozens of cookies, mailed an avalanche of Christmas cards, purchased far too many gifts, and decked the halls to the point of ...

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Monday 7th December 2015

What Jesus Wants from You at Christmas – #TellHisStory

What Jesus Wants from You at Christmas - #TellHisStory

Dear God, It’s me again. And I’m wondering, “What do I give this Christmas to that special someone in my life who has everything?” I mean You, of course. You’re that special Someone. What’s on Your Christmas List this year?   Do you want for anything? You, the God of everything? If You don’t ...

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Tuesday 1st December 2015

six steps to a guilt-free Christmas – #TellHisStory

guilt-free Christmas, preapproved Christmas

In our early years as a family, I transformed our house into a winter wonderland every Christmas. I set up tiny ceramic villages on fake snow. I baked (and burnt) dozens of cookies, mailed an avalanche of Christmas cards, purchased far too many gifts, and decked the halls to the point of ...

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Friday 19th December 2014

What God Wants from Us This Christmas

What God Wants from Us This Christmas

Dear God, It’s me again. And I’m wondering, “What do I give this Christmas to that special someone in my life who has everything?” I mean You, of course. You’re that special someone. What’s on Your Christmas List this year?   Do you want for anything? You, the God of everything? If You don’t ...

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Wednesday 18th December 2013

#TellHisStory: When Jesus Shows Up on Your Doorstep

#TellHisStory: When Jesus Shows Up on Your Doorstep

He showed up unexpectedly on our front doorstep, while fat flakes fluttered down from the heavens, in moonlight. My husband, Scott, opened the door. And a man stepped in, stamping his snowy feet on the rug. Winter exhaled this frosty cloud into our house. I couldn’t see him. But the ...

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Tuesday 17th December 2013

Featured #TellHisStory Writer: Rachael Krumpe

Featured #TellHisStory Writer: Rachael Krumpe

O Holy Night by Rachael Krumpe It’s Christmas Eve. The kids are tucked in, the presents are out of hiding, the cookies and homemade candy are Saran-wrapped, and I am tired.  It has been a long few weeks in preparation for tomorrow.  Yet in one day, my weeks of preparation will be eaten ...

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