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Who is that Baby in a Manger?

Posted by on Dec 25, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Every year, of my childhood, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, Christmas pageant practice began. The characters were the same every year, the players different. We sat in wooden pews, lines of grade-schoolers, and waited for the announcement of who would play Mary and Joseph. The revelation always sparked envy, admiration, or vanity. The angels came next, then the shepherds and wise men were named. Sometimes even animals had parts with costumes of sheep, cows or camels. A living star...

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An Intentional Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

The season of magic and joy is upon us. Lights twinkle, focus on giving, Christmas tunes blare, and our day-planners fill. Advertisers pull and coax, with promises of the best deals ever. Our lives become a blur of parties, programs, and angel-clad performances. What’s not to love? If we’re not careful, Christmas—true Christmas—can become lost in a swirl of chaos. Worship and wonder over the Greatest Gift can take a backseat to endless activity. So, here’s a challenge to...

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Neighborly Christmas Cheer

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” Luke 22:39 Christmas is a great time to show love to your neighbors. I have always made Christmas bread that I shape into candy canes, trees, and hearts for the people on my street. I’ve had neighbors send over cookies, mail cards with their family photos, or to stop by and invite me to go caroling. I’ve also lived...

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Throw Off Laziness

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

“NO, I will NEVER do what you want me to do. Never. NEVEEEEEERRR!!!” His footsteps pounded down the hall, followed by the sharp slam of his bedroom door. Ah, you’re probably thinking, the teenage years. Those are tough. Nope. He’s three. THREE. I stared down the hall after my Drama King. Wow. So many little rebellion issues to address. Probably a great opportunity for a teachable moment. Grace. The gospel. All that. But in that moment, I had zero...

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Ready for the Snowstorm

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

  Okay, moms and dads. It seems Snowmageddon is on the way this weekend where I live, so I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned from other big snowstorms in case this is new for some of y’all (or in case you’re forgetful like I am). Many of these tips would also work for other emergency situations like hurricanes, etc.   Fill your vehicle with gas. If the power goes out, the pumps won’t be working. Move your...

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Keeping Your Jingle When the Family Mingles

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

It’s that time of year – time for stockings, Christmas trees, wrapped presents, cookies, hot chocolate, and even more cookies! Christmas time is upon us, and that often brings with it extra family, church, and community socials and events. From church cantatas to neighborhood caroling and your child’s holiday concert at the local middle school, December is a busy month. When things get busy, we get tired, and fatigue unfortunately tends to bring out the worst in some of...

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Celebrate Joy Every Day this Month

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Aside from Easter, the most special season in a believer’s life takes place this month. In more recent years, the commercialism of Christmas quite often overshadows the cradle of Christmas. Find ways to slow down to smell the evergreens and cocoa and avoid falling into the frazzled-trap. Use every day during the month of December to point your family to the crib instead of the chaos by intentionally talking about Jesus’ birth and the true meaning of Christmas. In...

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