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  • The One Way You Can Keep Opening the Presents
    [a story in photos]

    On Friday, December 27 th, 2013
    So it came and went and she didn’t get it all done. And the basement was a mess and two of the boys got into a squabble and there was no ham, only soup, and somebody slammed a door — hard. And she’d smiled thinly… and then smiled relief. The One coming to the manger,
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  • Advent Devotionals. Week 04. Love. [Video]

    On Sunday, December 22 nd, 2013
    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Welcome to a simple space just to slow and reflect… Disclaimer: This ain’t all together or professional slick or anything (warm smile) … Just a simple, homemade video, taped this week by our Hope-girl, because God just keeps pressing it
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  • Come Rest

    On Sunday, December 22 nd, 2013
      Praying that the video devotional for the fourth Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the Love candle will be posted this morning, Lord willing?   ahhh, yes…. “Rest here and be happy. Rest happy as only children can be happy in the days before Christmas. Rest happy and love this story of a
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  • What To Do With a Hurting Heart this Christmas

    On Wednesday, December 18 th, 2013
    That one doctor thought it was a bit of a miracle before they even cracked open the chest and cut a way at his heart. Because who in the world figures out you’ve got a tumor plugging up an entire cavernous heart chamber when you’re blithely driving kids to hockey on Tuesday night and fine-tuning
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  • What Your Christmas Can’t Afford to Be Without

    On Tuesday, December 17 th, 2013
    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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  • The Best Way to do Your Christmas Cleaning

    On Thursday, December 12 th, 2013
    Why it happened right then, when she turned toward the stack of dishes on the counters, the squash peeling and apple cores and crusted pots, she had no idea. No idea why it came right then, in the midst of kids and mess and loud, like a coming around: How when you are turned away
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  • 3 Keys That Salvage Any Christmas

    On Tuesday, December 10 th, 2013
    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.
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  • Advent Devotionals. Week 02. Peace. [Video]

    On Sunday, December 08 th, 2013
    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Disclaimer: This ain’t all together or professional slick or anything… Just a simple, homemade video, taped this week by our oldest boy, Caleb, because God just keeps pressing it hard on our hearts to make a space for folks
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  • When You’re This Close to Giving Up Hope

    On Thursday, December 05 th, 2013
    It’s Advent and we’re longing and aching and broken and hurting and desperate …. and there are miracles. Miracles that just keep happening. Remember how you all built a maternity house in Kenya in just over 24 hours – you all built an inn for the Babe, for babies in Kenya, before Christmas! – and
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  • When It’s Hard to Believe in Miracles at Christmas

    On Wednesday, December 04 th, 2013
    It’s Advent and we’re longing and aching and broken and hurting and desperate …. and there are miracles. One happened yesterday — when you all built a maternity house in Kenya in just over 24 hours — you all built an inn for the Babe, for babies in Kenya, before Christmas! — and then turned
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  • Advent Devotionals. Week 01. Hope. [VIDEO. updated.]

    On Sunday, December 01 st, 2013
    {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Disclaimer: This ain’t all together or professional slick or anything… Just a simple, homemade video, taped by our Hope-girl, because God pressed it hard on our hearts to make a space for folks who may not have a community
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  • Here’s One Plan to Have The Best Christmas
    [even in hard times]

    On Friday, November 29 th, 2013
    With extraordinary thanks to More than Words Photography by Tammi & the pianist who always accompanies this blog, David Nevue, for sharing their gifts, as we all take our loaves and fishes and offer them as gifts  back to the Greatest Giver. #BetheG.I.F.T. Join us and not Miss Him this year? Consider journeying with us through
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