Christmas

Baby Jesus gets a lot of attention this time of year as we struggle to help keep Christ in Christmas and avoid consumerism. But what does ‘Immanuel, (God with us)’ (Isaiah 7:14 AMP) really mean? #godwithus #immanuel #selfcare #SelfCareSunday #gift #Christian #faith

What Happens When You Leave Jesus in the Manger?

Baby Jesus gets a lot of attention this time of year as we struggle to help keep Christ in Christmas and avoid consumerism. But what does ‘Immanuel, (God with us)’ (Isaiah 7:14 AMP) really mean? #godwithus #immanuel #selfcare #SelfCareSunday #gift #Christian #faith

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What are you doing, Joseph? Don’t you know that Mary’s great with child? Have you ever wondered what in the world Joseph was thinking as he loaded his very pregnant wife on a donkey and traveled to Bethlehem? #nativity #mary #joseph #babyjesus #immanuel #Christmas #gift

What are You Doing, Joseph? Mary’s on the Verge of Childbirth!

What are you doing, Joseph? Don’t you know that Mary’s great with child? Have you ever wondered what in the world Joseph was thinking as he loaded his very pregnant wife on a donkey and traveled to Bethlehem? #nativity #mary #joseph #babyjesus #immanuel #Christmas #gift

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Is it even possible to avoid the rush during the holiday season? It all depends on your priorities. A little planning will help you avoid the rush and the breathless, worn-out feelings that hit you with a sledgehammer on New Year’s Day. #holiday #stress #rush #peace

Find Out How to Avoid the Rush this Holiday Season

Is it even possible to avoid the rush during the holiday season? It all depends on your priorities. A little planning will help you avoid the rush and the breathless, worn-out feelings that hit you with a sledgehammer on New Year’s Day. #holiday #stress #rush #peace

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FaceTime Acts as a Bridge to Relationship

Real vs. FaceTime When I arrived in Palmer, AK after midnight, my daughter stood on the porch in the freezing cold awaiting our arrival. Wonder of wonders, she held our grandson in her arms. “He lost his Baba today,” she explained, “and he can’t sleep.” Baba, a stuffed ruby-throated hummingbird that I purchased for him back in April, had become his cozy of choice. And when a 17-month-old loses his cozy, the world seems wonky, indeed. I didn’t know how…

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What If? A Different Kind of Story

What If? If Jesus came to earth as a baby now, how different the story would be. Jesus, born to an unwed mother living in the projects. Would Mary post a selfie on Instagram with the hashtag #youwontbelievewhatjusthappenedtome #imagonnaglorifythelord just moments after Gabriel leaves her tiny, top-floor apartment? Imagine Mary trying to convince her family these days that the “Holy Spirit overpowered me, and I’m pregnant with the Son of God.” Nope. Not a single soul would understand. In a…

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The Only Decorations You Need This Christmas

If Only My House Looked Like That! I clicked the link to visit my neighbor at a recent blog party and felt as if I’d entered an alternate universe. The blogger had thrown up some photos of her house and the decorations she had lovingly arranged for the Christmas season. This gal LOVES Christmas decorations. Each of her nine Christmas trees (yep—you read that correctly) would make Martha Stewart weep with joy (or envy). I did a mental inventory of…

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