Tagged: Christmas

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The Guilt, Truths, and Hope of Christmas

This Christmas season was in many ways like the usual craziness of recent years. Lots of shopping to do, busy December schedule including birthday for the oldest child, Sunday school responsibilities filling in any empty spaces. Work, parenting, married stuff...

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Wrapping My Hands Around Anticipation

My kids are getting excited about Christmas. But I notice my son’s questions often focus on the actual day. “Is it Christmas yet?” “Well no, but it’s almost Christmas TIME..” I respond. “No, but when is Christmas DAY?” he retorts....

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Celebrating the Christ Part. For Reals.

Merry Christmas, friends! In the last week leading up to Christmas, I tend to be immersed in finishing-up gift buying and crafting, wrapping and (hopefully) crossing off lists. There’s never a shortage of tasks and I happily (for the most...

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006: Jesus Is Bigger Than My Messed Up Christmas

This week I get nitty gritty into what makes us so stressed out this time of year and what makes Jesus the perfect answer for our messy Christmases. This is based on a message I shared last year at our...

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005: Being Distracted During Advent

Anyone else?  So much to think about this month. So many expectations and loads of anticipation and plenty of pressure. Especially if you’re the household manager.  It’s hard to get focused. It’s hard to even figure out, some days, what...

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December Pains and Prayers

So much heartache right now in the lives of people I know. I wonder why I’m so lucky to have 3 perfectly healthy children. Why I’ve been spared the loss so many mother’s face? How I’m supposed to go to...

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12 Messes that Made My Christmas “Perfect”

12. The weekend of Thanksgiving I was swamped.  But my girls (9 and 6) were ready to decorate.  So I let them.  It kept them busy for an afternoon.  Turned out they did a great job.  I love the way...

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Merry Christmas!

Isaiah 42 1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,    my chosen one in whom I delight;I will put my Spirit on him,    and he will bring justice to the nations.2 He will not shout or cry out,    or raise his voice in the streets.3 A bruised reed he will not...

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Perfect Christmas

Recently on Jill Savage’s blog, she admitted that while she would like a Christmas with the perfect decorations, and the Praise-the-Lord music playing and the Christmas story being read every night after dinner throughout Advent – that might not be realistic for her...

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Wagner Family Snapshot

I’d love to have gotten a family picture, but somehow I have a hard time convincing all 3 children to smile and stand in the same vicinity looking in the same direction at the same time.  You understand. Speaking of...

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