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Christmas devotions: When preschoolers ask ‘why?’

I am cutting out flannel board figures today and pulling out my Jesus Storybook Bible.  I am choosing simple carols that repeat….a lot.  Like Angels We Have Heard on High (Glo-ooooo-ooooo-oooooo-ria) and Go Tell It on a Mountain. And Jingle Bells.  That’s a carol, right? Today, I head into a sanctuary of preschoolers to present […]

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Christmas Devotions: Try Not To Gash Your Head Open on the Kitchen Cabinet

I found a $1 treasure at a summer yard sale, an oak step stool to solve my problem. My kids had been scaling the counters to reach cups and bowls from the cabinets, a heart-stopping feat if ever there was one. They carried the bathroom stool out to the kitchen and left it there where […]

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Christmas devotions: How Many Days?

“Mom, how many days until Victoria’s birthday?” Nine. “How many days until we go see The Nutcracker?” Nine. “Once we see The Nutcracker, how many more days will it be until Victoria’s birthday and then to Christmas?” Zero and Four. “How many days until the last day of school before Christmas break?” Seven. “How many […]

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Christmas Devotions: How many ornaments have we broken so far?

The first crash of that shattering glass hit and it was just the day after Thanksgiving.  We were only one day into the Christmas season and only about 1 hour into Operation Decorate the House. ‘Twas an accident of course. The penguin soap dispenser hit that floor and ended in a puddle of hand soap […]

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Christmas Devotions: How to lose at Candy Land

“Congratulations.” That’s the word we taught our daughters to say when they lost at Candy Land. Maybe around 2 years old when they could first maneuver those colored gingerbread men around that candy-covered game board, we taught them this massive word. Mastering the vocabulary came difficult.  They lisped out ‘congratulations’ and we’d smile over the […]

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Christmas devotions: Consider the Hockey Puck

I’ve been hit in the face with a hockey puck. A basketball bounced off my head a few times in elementary school and broke my glasses at least once. A softball came hurtling at me when I was about 13 or so and slammed into my side. Most people, you know, see balls zooming through […]

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My kid found the kryptonite to bring down Supermom

My daughter climbed into the minivan after school and nailed me with Mom-guilt before she even sat down and buckled on her seatbelt. “Mom, why didn’t you come to National School Lunch Day and have lunch with me like all the other moms?” I sucked in my breath and battled the personal demons of fear […]

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I am not a Perfectionist….most of the time

I’ve always said, “I’m not a perfectionist; I’m a pragmatist.” My goal is usually to get things done. I’m willing to let some things go as long as I have a viable product by the deadline. That’s what I say. Mostly, it’s true.  Pragmatism trumps perfectionism for me in a million ways every single day. […]

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Sabbath in the Busy Season

My husband shoos me away from the kitchen. A teething baby had me up and down most of the night, so my husband tells me to go get some rest. In a bit…. When I finish…. I still have stuff on my to-do list…..and then maybe…. The problem is the to-do list keeps growing because […]

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30 Bible Verses on Thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 29:13 NASB  Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. Psalm 7:17 NIV I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;     I will sing the praises of the name […]

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30 Bible Verses on Thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 29:13 NASB  Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name. Psalm 7:17 NIV I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;     I will sing the praises of the name […]

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25 Bible Verses About Trust

2 Samuel 7:28 NIV  Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Psalm 9:10 ESV And those who know your name put their trust in you,     for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 13:5 ESV But I have trusted […]

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25 Bible Verses on Rest

Genesis 2:2-3 ESV And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in […]

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50 Bible Verses for the Hard Days

On the hard days, I collect Bible verses on a paper I’ve ripped out of my journal.  I fold that paper up and tote it around everywhere I go. When anxiety hits, I pull my verses right out and finger the edge of the paper nervously as I whisper the God-Words aloud.  The aloud part […]

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7 Prayers for Your Home and Family

It’s usually when I watch my children sleep. Or when my tired infant son finally relaxes his on-the-go muscles and snuggles into me as I sway next to his crib. That’s when I pray it.  Like a whispered prayer, one you can’t find all the words for, not when your heart is so full (or […]

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Book Review: Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life by Kerri Weems The world is a rushing, stressing, pushing, breathless place in this modern age and there have been a surge of books about taking it slow, simplifying life, learning to say ‘no,’ learning to breathe, honoring the Sabbath and more.  Kerri Weems adds her […]

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Book Review: In This House We Will Giggle

In This House We Will Giggle:Making Virtues, Love & Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life by Courtney DeFeo I’m a structured, scheduled, careful, attentive, purposeful mom, but not the most likely mom in the world to grab a pillowcase and initiate a sack race out in the grass with my kids.  That’s why […]

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Book Review: 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers

365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers As a mom, I’m always on the look out for ways to cover my kids in prayer, and I love the idea of this beautiful book 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers.  It’s lovely enough to be a gift with its lavender cover of imitation leather, and it’s small enough to […]

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