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the small and mighty power of Christmas

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“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know…his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…” -Ephesians 1:18-20 Last night I told my children a story.“What if you were in a burning building?” I said. “Imagine that you are about to perish, and…

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advent: hearts filled by waiting

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Last Saturday, seven happy and slightly sleep-deprived children woke up at the crack o’ dawn ready to go outside to jump, shout, and generally whoop it up on the a trampoline in the backyard. Four weary parents shook their heads and delayed the fun until a later hour. “The neighbors are all still sleeping. You guys can go out in two hours,” we said. {Because, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS, just shush for a…

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how not to miss out during the holidays: This is Something.This is Nothing

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It’s only mid-November, but it seems like the holiday craze has already begun. The kids have school Thanksgiving feasts and birthday parties and baseball tournaments and there is no end in sight to the running here and there and everywhere. Mr. Fantastic and I have two ministry trips out of the country (!!) on our calendar and community group stuff and tons of church fun coming up and our house could sell any day and…

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a Christmas wish for all the mamas

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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…

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a deeper look at christmas

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”~ ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens My little Lady came home from church gabbing it up about a song she heard a friend sing in rehearsals for the Christmas play. Lady: “It was a song about not having anything to give to Jesus. It was so sweet…it’s gonna make all the parents cry. She sings so sweetly, and says she’s…

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our great need for 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 Last Christmas at the Trail of Lights My hands lifted dishes, scraping crumbs into the trash, wrapping up potatoes for another meal on another day. Boy 3 practiced Christmas songs on the…

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when i tell you Merry Christmas….

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When I tell you Merry Christmas, I mean that God is with you, I’m wishing you and yours joy and peace the whole year through. When I look upon the Christmas lights strung from eave to eave, I’m gazing at the unseen faith that fills those who believe. When I bow my head and solemnly sing out “Silent Night”, I’m hoping God pours out on us His gracious, saving Light. When I laugh and sing…

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what i found at the Trail of Lights

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Beginning in the 1950s, Austin celebrated every Christmas with a quirky display of lights called the Trail of Lights. Mr. fantastic and I went the year we got engaged and we took our children when they were young.  Two years ago, the city cut the budget and the Trail of Lights was no more. We were sad that our children would not grow up with this Christmas tradition that was one of our favorite memories…

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ten ways to enjoy your family this week

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Well, it has been a sorrowful week, hasn’t it? So much tragedy in the news, so much more than many of us can handle well. Everyone I know seems to have a renewed perspective of the blessing of those they love. Christmas is in a week, and the next seven days are a wonderful chance to prepare our heavy hearts for the birth of Christ, the birth of hope, the birth of love. Personally, I…

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when you need baby Jesus to grow up faster

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“Adoration of the Shepherds” by Gerard van Honthorst, 1622 My heart won’t rest in the manger is year. It’s been a hard month and my prayers can’t seem to stay with Baby Jesus. I long for the powerful God made man, not the baby that will grow up to one day be the Lord of lords and King of kings. But like Mary, who wondered how God would become a baby, her baby, I need to…

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