Christmas Traditions and Transformation
Dec 7 4:37 PM

Christmas Traditions and Transformation

Dec 7 4:37 PM
Dec 7 4:37 PM

“Dear Heavenly Father,

As my family prepares to celebrate the arrival of your Son, help me instill in my little ones awe, reverence, and a sense of the beauty of the season. Keep us from frantic activity. Guide us toward times of peace and reflection. Let the focus be on you, dear Lord, rather than material things. Order my priorities: family time over perfect decorations; quiet moments around the dinner table valued above gourmet meals; carols sung and cookies baked instead of...

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Christmas Books and Counting Down!
Dec 6 2:09 PM

Christmas Books and Counting Down!

Dec 6 2:09 PM
Dec 6 2:09 PM

Although not as traditional as some, our advent season is filled with family, joy and expectation, just the same. One of our favorite Advent traditions combines Christmas books and a sort of countdown. Being a bookish family, a book-related Advent idea appealed to me immediately. I first heard about it from the lovely Sally Clarkson of MomHeart Ministry fame, but have seen other people share it since then...

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Advent: Your Invitation To An Unforgettable Christmas
Dec 1 9:28 AM

Advent: Your Invitation To An Unforgettable Christmas

Dec 1 9:28 AM
Dec 1 9:28 AM

Have you ever rented a movie because you heard that one particular scene was incredible? When you sat down to watch it, did you fast-forward through everything that occurs prior to the amazing scene, and then shut it off right after you’d watched it? I doubt it...who does that? You’d miss out on so much! You’d have no context for anything that happened in the scene, and would not have any understanding of the depth and complexity behind the events. We don’t do this because...

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Candles in July
Nov 30 9:31 AM

Candles in July

Nov 30 9:31 AM
Nov 30 9:31 AM

In the sweltering of July, my mother finds her candles on sale at Hobby Lobby. She is always excited to find three purple, one pink, and one white. She can’t wait to call me and ask if I want her to purchase some for me as well. She is thoughtful and generous.

Why is she so excited about unusual colored candles?

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Form over Reason
Nov 28 4:19 PM

Form over Reason

Nov 28 4:19 PM
Nov 28 4:19 PM

With traditions, too often the “form” outlasts the “reason” behind it. Gift giving at Christmas originated as a way of remembering the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men and more importantly God’s gift to man in Jesus Christ:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

By the way, did you know the biblical background of gift-giving?

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