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how to birth a new kind of Christmas

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It’s been so many years now since I spent my days with a human foot attempting to dislodge one of my ribs and the weight of a baby’s head caused me to have to pee every thirty minutes, but the memory hasn’t faded yet. I remember being desperate, weary, and so incredibly uncomfortable. I wanted to hold the miracle of life in my hands and sigh with relief that the waiting was over at last….

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how to be heavenly people this christmas

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And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the…

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god bless the christmas mamas, every one

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Around here, Christmas looks something like this: It’s Christmas lights and long lines and photo cards and apple cider and a last minute this and a beautiful that and it is all going too quickly. We play cards and dominoes, Sorry and twenty questions, and we eat too much chocolate and laugh too loud, we stay up too late and the kids are too excited to sleep in and it’s the only Christmas these beautiful faces…

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someday at christmas: a post for my church family

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“Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free Maybe not in time for you and me But someday at Christmas time Someday at Christmas man will not fail Hate will be gone and love will prevail Someday a new world that we can start With hope in every heart.” -Stevie Wonder This Christmas has me feeling a kindredness to Ruth and Naomi. As we walk through this…

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an advent prayer for the weary parent’s heart

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Morgan and I always seem to have these deep parenting talks in the dark of bedtime, when the day is over and dishes are done and we can rest at last. The conversation always begins the same way:“I’m not sure the kids are doing so great right now…”The sun has gone to bed, but my heart can’t rest after the long day of raising big kids. This weariness is different than the exhaustion of tending to…

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waiting for Christmas

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The gift catalogs are here and Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. I saw a jewelry store commercial on the TV at the gym yesterday that advertised a free bonus XBox with the purchase of a diamond tennis bracelet. If we don’t stay focused, we might forget what Christmas really is. Christmas is waiting. This week actually marks the beginning of Advent, and therefore the beginning of the time God’s children wade…

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(Some of) My Favorite Etsy Shops

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Last week I stopped into one of my favorite shops in Austin, Vintage Fresh, and noticed that some of their wooden wall art was made by a company called Hemlock and Heather. I recognized the name because several years ago, Hemlock and Heather was just a little Etsy shop and they made my headboard after our bedroom flooded. Now their art is in West Elm. Go figure. Etsy is the only place something like that…

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who needs Christmas?

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“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.” Isaiah 11: 3-4 My hands lifted dishes, scraping crumbs into the trash, wrapping up potatoes for another meal on another day. Boys practiced Christmas songs on the piano or played somewhere in the back of…

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a map of Christmas

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Star light, star bright; First star, I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might; Have the wish, I wish tonight.  So many times as I grew up, I looked up at the first glimmer in the night sky and said that old poem. I wished for ponies, for dolls, for friends, for faster legs, for a better complexion, for cooler jeans, for more talent and more ability and less awkwardness. I wished for all kinds of…

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a christmas wish list for every marriage

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Ah, Christmas. The season of tapping your toes to “Jingle Bell Rock” and wishing your spouse would finally figure you out. I know it sounds harsh, but it’s too often true. As a woman who loves gifts, both giving and receiving, I have walked this road many times. I’ve made lists and crossed my fingers that he will use them. I’ve bought him the “perfect” thing and then found out he’d rather shop himself. I’ve…

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