25 Gifts - Why Jesus? {Advent 2014, Day 9}

A dead giveaway that Santa’s not the one filling the stockings at Christmas at our house, is that there are practical items stuffed in there with silly toys and gift cards and candy. 1,270 more words

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25 Gifts-Why Jesus {Advent 2014, Day 8}

 

Years ago, my husband came up with a killer system for keeping the gifts a surprise until Christmas morning.

This brilliant yet simple plan enables us to wrap the gifts as we get them and keep them under the tree throughout Christmas rather than store them in closets or shelves in the garage. 1,060 more words

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25 Gifts--Why Jesus (Advent 2014, Day 7)

I resisted the journey, every day of it. I awoke one morning near the end of November and I knew.

You see we have Christmas lists filled with things, things that would delight, or be useful or fun. 877 more words

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Advent: The Waiting Season

My life in the past several years has been one long season of waiting. I waited to leave my job. Then I left. I waited to get to the mission field. 339 more words

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25 Gifts--Why Jesus? (Advent 2014, Day 6)

We gathered in my house with big pots of soup and we dished our bowls and sat in clusters—around the blue table or in the living room—and shared dinner and bits of our lives. 490 more words

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25 Gifts--Why Jesus (Advent 2014, Day 5)

The irony of it all is that his name means “pure”, yet Zacchaeus had become anything but pure.

His career had pushed him to the outer fringes of good, Jewish society, and even on that day, when Jesus took the Jericho road on his way to Jerusalem and the crowds began to gather to see this rabbi who did miracles, Zacchaeus wasn’t near the edge of the road, but rather climbed a tree just within the city limits to afford a better view. 1,251 more words

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25 Gifts--Why Jesus (Advent 2014, Day 4)

Leaning at the counter, I lowered my head and breathed, long, slow breaths. In a few moments I checked the time.

Again.

I double-checked my overnight bag. 1,114 more words

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