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Christmas Does

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I hate to admit this, but in the last month I have dived deep into Hallmark Christmas movies. It’s pretty bad, y’all. I have probably watched each one twice, and the movies are not good. Some of them are better than others, but at some point each week I sit on my couch thinking, “Why am I watching this?” And then, “Why can’t I STOP …

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For the Other Mothers

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  Mother’s Day is this weekend, which has got to be the most emotionally tangled day on the calendar. It touches such a tender spot in many of us, both good and bad. I want to name that and to acknowledge it, especially for those of you who are in a raw place this year. I also want to share where I am this year. …

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I Don’t Got This

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On any given day that we log onto Facebook, most of us are likely to see an inspirational photo or message or quote which reads something like this: You can do WHATEVER you set your mind to! You will do GREAT things. Just believe in yourself! You can overcome anything! Or the Christian version: You can do ALL things through Christ!!!!! In other words, YOU. GOT. …

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Your Roots Are Showing

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It’s only two days until Christmas, and despite my entire family being ravaged by a stomach virus, we have survived, and overcome, and we are ready for the big day. Sadly, I cannot say the same for our dear Christmas tree, which might kick the bucket any day now. Here is our tree situation: about three weeks ago we bought our tree and decked it out. It looked awesome, and …

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It Came Just the Same

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When I was a little girl, my family had an unconventional Christmas tradition. It began one Christmas morning when my brother and I raced downstairs, only to discover our stockings were gone. In their place, a ransom note. We were, of course, very concerned. We snatched the note from the mantle and carefully read the terms of our stockings’ return. Below the …

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Intentional Christmas, Baby Chicken Edition

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A few weeks ago I asked some friends about their Santa traditions. My family is at that stage now, when our son is starting to grasp the meaning and traditions of Christmas. Well, as much as a 3 year-old can, anyway! My friends’ answers ranged all over–and don’t worry, I’m not going to get into that whole debate here!–but needless to say, …

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Intentional Christmas

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I don’t want to freak anyone out, but Christmas is NEXT MONTH. I know. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday I was rolling my eyes at store Christmas decorations in July, and yet here are! Which is why, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m entering into Christmas gear. This Christmas, my oldest son will …

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A Strange Gladness

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Ever since I had Isaac, I can hardly bear to watch animated movies with tragic story lines about parents and sons. Finding Nemo? Forget about it. Bambi? No. The Lion King. Definitely not. I’ve learned to avoid a lot of these movies, but one recently caught me by surprise. I don’t know how I didn’t see it coming, because I’d …

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Advent: How I Know God Gets Women

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I rolled to the left. Then I rolled back to the right. I stretched out one leg, then I stretched out the other. I reached out my arm, fluffed my pillow, and tried to prop myself up. Nothing helped. That was me two nights ago, lying in bed unable to sleep. I’m in the third trimester of my pregnancy, and …

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Divine Labor Pains

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On this day two years ago, I was about 4 weeks pregnant and hardly anyone knew. During a season full of so much anticipation and joy, the experience of being newly pregnant at Christmas time was simply magical. The experience also had me thinking quite a bit about the Virgin Mary, and her own first pregnancy. A few days after …