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  • How to Slow Down Christmas

    On Thursday, December 06 th, 2012
    Power plays and big takeovers and loud commercials. That’s the way the world turns and Wall Street rolls. But God, when He comes, He shows up in this fetal ball. Just this seed unfurling, impossible power contained in the small. The beginning of December, that is what I set out on the counter: just a
  • The Christmas Miracle He will Not Withhold From You

    On Wednesday, December 05 th, 2012
    I don’t really want to think about what you’d find if you sliced my heart right open. Hope’s at the front of the church singing like an ascension, like a heart could take to heaven – or least to the heights of St John’s Church of the Evangelist. My back’s up against the brick wall.
  • The Grateful Christmas Project: 7 Ways to have more Grateful Kids this Christmas

    On Monday, December 03 rd, 2012
    I‘m thinking it’s almost a dozen years now, nothing under the Christmas tree here. Strange, the way children teach men. The whole crazy, unexpected thing, it started at bedtime one year, I do remember that. Smoothing back hair, kissing foreheads. I had gifts to wrap. So, I pulled up the blankets. Prayers. And then, when
  • When You’re Looking for a Christmas Miracle {Pt. 1}

    On Friday, November 30 th, 2012
    They say that the most glorious mess is the foot of the tree on Christmas Day. But there are frank people who will just straight out tell you that the whole thing can be a bit of a mess. The kids’ uncle lies in a hospital bed waiting for a surgeon to cut into his
  • why you can have the most hope the day after Christmas

    On Monday, December 26 th, 2011
    I milked a sow on Christmas night and her white ran warm. It was after the packages for the neighbors were wrapped up and walked over across the snowy fields. After the baking and the eating and the gathering and the candles and the singing and the Scripture and the praying. After the feast for
  • What He Really Wants You to Remember this Christmas

    On Friday, December 23 rd, 2011
    She hands me this two-inch Christmas tree. A Christmas tree made of salt-dough, painted and varnished. She gives it to me right at the beginning, right when we meet. A story carried back from Ecuador…. To Read: What He Really Wants You to Remember This Christmas –  over at (in)courage: :: :: ::
  • 10 Ways To Celebrate Christmas Morning {regardless of what’s under the tree}

    On Thursday, December 22 nd, 2011
    Ten Things to Do on Christmas Morning {regardless of what’s under the tree} 1. Birthday for Breakfast To serve Birthday Cake for Breakfast — with ice cream and an arch of balloons and birthday hats and light the candles and sing of wondrous grace! He has come! And for us! Our tradition is angel food
  • when your Christmas stretches you …

    On Wednesday, December 21 st, 2011
    A ll day long, I pray to be a womb for God. On the way to town in the morning, I whisper it to Father, “Come dwell in me, Lord. Come dwell in me.” When we come home from errands and appointments, to crusty bowls still on the table and the entrails of scarves and
  • Why You Need to Go Look at the Stars Tonight {and become One of the Wise Men}

    On Tuesday, December 20 th, 2011
    It’s after midnight. And he’s driving down the middle of an empty country road when he just flicks the headlights right off and the black isn’t black after all. “Look at it!” I whisper it out the passenger window. The bowl of milky moon’s spilling over snow sleeping fields. “You could drive the whole way
  • 3 Gifts You Really Need to Open Right Now: Love Comes Down {video}

    On Monday, December 19 th, 2011
    Come to the manger… and find the Cross in Christmas. Will you open your present early this year? Our gift to you… Scroll to double bar PAUSE symbol, located above the date, and pause the background music. Then, click PLAY button on the video & begin to open your gifts! If you can’t view the
  • What the Real Beauty of Advent is all About…

    On Friday, December 16 th, 2011
    ‘Advent, it becomes a time of self-examination. “Put the desires of your heart in order, O human beings!” as the old song sings…. God wants us to always be with us, wherever we may be — in our sin, in our suffering and death. We are no longer alone; God is with us. We are
  • The One Thing Your Christmas Can’t Afford to Be Without

    On Thursday, December 15 th, 2011
    I walk out of a Christian women’s conference in mid-December and step oblivious right over a cross. I’m a woman rock hard and blind. A woman who forgets her own face, oblivious to the appalling miracle of rain that becomes wheat, bread in the mouth that becomes grace in the veins. Of God taking my
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