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  • Nest for the Child

    On Monday, December 10 th, 2007

    “Looking high into winter treesI see the distant nestsCradled in arms of branches Nests: round, full of warmthSoftness in the welcoming centerA circle of earth’s tiny goodnessFlown from the far cornersPatiently pieced togetherAnd hollowed into a home Nests: awaiting the treasure of lifeSimple. Delicate dwelling placesFrom which songs will eventually echoAnd freedom of ...

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  • Person or Product?

    On Saturday, December 08 th, 2007

    “The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal.The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.” - Stuart Briscoe...

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  • Open Early…and Celebrate

    On Wednesday, December 05 th, 2007

    From the archives and our family Christmas card insert… In these weeks before Christmas, the darkest days of our entire year falls gently down upon us. And in the hushed quiet, in the dark of the come-early night, we sit with bated breath, tenderly opening the most wondrous gift ever dreamed. One we didn’t have to make, bake, sew, buy, wrap, bag or tag. One we are simp...

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  • Anticipating…Preparing… Come, Jesus…

    On Monday, December 03 rd, 2007

    Caleb walked up from the fields, hat pulled low against the snow and wind, our Jesse Tree bundled in his arms. He had scouted out the best dogwood, then sawed, piled and carried it home…. The carols played. We sang. And the snowflakes fell softly. It is time. We anticipate. We are preparing for Your Glorious Coming, (or here), Messiah. Bit of a dirt fills an old muffin ...

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  • How to Grow Straw for the Manger

    On Saturday, December 01 st, 2007

    ‘Tis the season of Advent. We awake, we set out, we come, we arrive. Haven’t we slept too long? Drowsing. Slumbering in the dim and the shadows. But Someone has turned on the lights. The Light of the world has flashed and we stir, rouse. We awaken, coming to. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a ligh...

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  • Heaven’s Harbinger: A Greeting Card Ornament

    On Thursday, November 08 th, 2007

    A wee bird to tuck in as a gift ornament in greeting cards… Thoughts this time year of loved ones, standing at mailbox, snow skiffed around toes, opening greetings. And out of an envelope flutters a Peace dove… wings of Hope… a harbinger of the Greatest News ever Sang from Heaven’s Heights: He has Come! Come gather feathers with us too, wings to tuck...

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  • This Christmas: Compassion not Consumption

    On Wednesday, October 31 st, 2007

    “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 avoid being consumed by commercialism this Christmas? START CONSPIRING :1. Commit Sign up your organization to join the Advent Conspiracy! 2. Communicate the VisionWo...

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  • Look and open…

    On Tuesday, October 30 th, 2007

    “When you happen on someone who’s in trouble or needs help among your people with whom you live in this land that God, your God, is giving you, don’t look the other way pretending you don’t see him. Don’t keep a tight grip on your purse. No. Look at him, open your purse, lend whatever and as much as he needs.” ~Deuteronomy 1...

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  • A Blue Jar and Kingdom Life 101

    On Tuesday, October 30 th, 2007

    The blue jar, with its clamp and seal lid, stands as the centerpiece of our living space, the essence of life’s lessons. The first rays of day illuminate the vessel’s indigo curves. Sunset’s last glow washes the blue in soft gold. At the close of the hours, a child takes a turn to dangle on stool, reaching to bring the jar down from its countertop ledge over the center ...

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  • Nativity Scene

    On Wednesday, December 27 th, 2006

    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 Sting my Heart

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  • Gift Day: The Giver is Greater

    On Monday, December 25 th, 2006

    I bow down… and worship the King. For the Giver is greater than the sum of all His gifts. 589 the way a child cleans out the last of the bowl590 the feel of Darryl’s hair between my fingers as I stroke away the day’s stress591 working as a team with Darryl to accomplish a task592 rocking a sick big child on my lap—to hold them as they are little for while again593 ...

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  • The King’s Day

    On Monday, December 25 th, 2006

    ~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 is really present during our Jesse Tree readings. Tonight when reading about the ten commandments (we’re a day behind), both of our daughters prayed to ask Jesus into their hearts! It was a snowball effect af...

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