Category: Christmas

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Friday 11th December 2015

for all the forgetful, messy people out there

for all the forgetful, messy people out there

It was a busy afternoon. I was distracted and overwhelmed, as many of us are during the holidays. But I urgently needed to buy some laundry detergent — unless our family was willing to show up at church the next day in pajamas. So I rushed to the grocery store with that single item on my list. ...

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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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Wednesday 25th November 2015

A Christmas Gift Guide + a HUGE giveaway!

A Christmas Gift Guide + a HUGE giveaway!

My favorite way to Christmas shop is by firelight. With a flip of the switch on my living room wall — thwock! — the fire is magically light. I plug in the tree, turn up some Osmond’s Christmas (my all-time fave — the ultimate cheese-fest), pour a hot cup of tea, ...

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Tuesday 23rd December 2014

How to End the Bluest Blue Christmas This Year (We Need You!)

How to End the Bluest Blue Christmas This Year (We Need You!)

I ask the boy where he sleeps at night, and he scuffs a ragged shoe on the rock-hard floor of his pitched tent. Right here, on this floor, he says with his foot. His brothers sleep beside him. A shabby blue tarp “wall” of his family’s tent whips in the breeze. For half of his ...

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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 17th December 2014

#TellHisStory: Buttons

Christmas ornament

I’m sitting in the soft glow of my Christmas tree. The lights look like creamy buttons scattered on canvas. Outside, the sun has dipped below the horizon, leaving a slash of orange where Earth meets sky. I sit with pen in hand, writing a longhand list of graces. My pen makes a catalog of ...

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Monday 15th December 2014

How to Make it Through a Hard Christmas

How to Make it Through a Hard Christmas

She sat next to me in the wooden pew, with her head bowed, after everyone had filed out the glass doors. She told me how Christmas is the hardest time of all– How her extended family can’t manage to sit down for one blessed meal without a conflict erupting over the table. How ...

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Monday 8th December 2014

Have Yourself a PreApproved Christmas

preapproved christmas

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the holidays? When the “weary world rejoices” on Christmas morning, are you often too weary too notice? If that’s you, I’ve got Good News for you. This Christmas can be a new kind of Christmas — one where we let go of the guilt and ...

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