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Advent, Christmas

This Christmas: Compassion not Consumption

“Advent Conspiracy is an international movement restoring the scandal of Christmas by worshipping Jesus through compassion, not consumption. What if you could inspire your church, your family and yourself to…

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Nativity Scene

May your home be blessed with the best presents this Christmas… the Lord’s Presence our simply nativity scene, hand-quilted by Mama…Enjoy the tour of Nativity Scenes over at Iris at…

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The King’s Day

~Picture on right: from a dear family in Australia with their sweet little Jesse Tree… ~From a reader several weeks ago, a note that brought tears of joy: The Lord…

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All is Well….

Somedays it doesn’t feel like it. At all. And then I remember. I remember the first time I heard this story. Hope, our third child, was 10 days old. Christmas…

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It is not too late to show love…

As the carols play and the fire crackles…. The children are cutting these sweet boxes out of cardstock.I am cutting up a simple pan of these for their little boxes….

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The Story of the Other Wise Man–Henry Van Dyke

Listen here while decorating cookies or tying bows on packages for the neighbors (or read it here while sipping hot chocolate before the fire). The story is simple, but you…

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A Home’s Primary Purpose

Thinking on Christmas traditions … and hospitality… and the purpose of this home and family… and these snippets from today’s Slice of Infinity with Ravi Zacharias “Some years ago, we…

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Give Our Hearts

Isn’t it beautiful?Lindsey’s Jesse Tree Lord, how do we express our gratitude for the shoot from the stump of Jesse? For new life? For new hope? For You, come down,…

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Geo-Advent Calendar

Notes scratched at our other place for those interested in going into all the world….

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Open your present early…. It will be your best one. Promise.

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Stepping Back into Advent: The Horizon of History

I have to back up to get it. I hang the wreath on the front door, arrange the greenery in the window boxes, deck the picket fence with swags and…

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the real winner is…. ME! ~warm smile~ By way of explanation ~weaksmile~ –your words and thoughts, your names and stories, filled my inbox. I had the privilege of “meeting” you,…

30 Days of Nothing, Advent, Christmas, Gift List

Instead of …..

I have wanted a bag for my little Alphasmart, books, pens and journals (and the odd diaper and package of crayons) … and thought I found one for auction on…

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~Jesse Tree: Journey~ (Day 24)

Today’s reading: Luke 2:1-5 “And Joseph also went up…along with Mary.” Jesse Tree: Journey It has been a breathtaking journey…from the very inception of life on Earth….to this, the bated-breath…