Favorite Things Stocking Giveaway

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  I’ve joined a dozen other online friends for a little Christmas fun! We each have a stocking (mine is more of a ginormous red bag), filled with some of our favorite things to giveaway! To Enter: Check out the Stocking Giveaway Collage featuring 12 other beautiful bloggers and their Favorite Things stockings. Scroll to the bottom to see the details for OUR Favorite Things Stocking. Enter to win my Christmas Stocking Giveaway at the giveaway Continue Reading

Jesus’ Invitation (Keeping Christ in Christmas)

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Several years ago, at Christmas, Lydia asked to pray. She was three. This was her prayer: "Dear Jesus... I hope you enjoy your Christmas party." Me too. But how easily I forget. How quickly I get sidetracked by the broken bulb on the light strand and the number of air mattresses we may or may not need. By the Cyber Mondays and UPS tracking numbers and expiration dates on canisters of whipped cream. By empty tape rolls and lines at the market and did I Continue Reading

Two Christmas Giveaways (and Making the Case for Giving Christmas Gifts)

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I remember the first year they bought gifts with their own money. Unprompted. Our kiddos took their meager stockpile and headed to the mall with my parents while my husband and I were gone for our anniversary. And they bought a Christmas gift for me. And it pulled on the strands of my heart. Even before I knew what it was. It got me thinking about gift-giving.  And while I'm all for a simple Christmas and getting away from the trappings and focusing on the Continue Reading

National Adoption Day (How We Can All Support Adoption)

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“Father of the fatherless…is God in His holy habitation. God settles the lonely in a home.” ~ Psalm 68: 5 & 6 God has a particular love for the child in need of a family. And He has a special love for adoption because He chooses to describe our own relationship with Him as one of-- adoption. “Adoption in God’s mind was not Plan B. He predestined us for adoption before the creation of the world. Plan A was not lots of children who never sin and never need Continue Reading

Giving our Children an Eternal Perspective

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I don't want our kids to feel at home here. Because-- This is not their home. Yes--I want them to enjoy life. And be healthy. And feel comfort. And know safety. And taste success. But not if it means that they-- Feel too much at home. That's why we talk about death sometimes. And yes. I get it. There's a balance. We're not trying to load them down with more than their little hearts and minds can handle, but if anything-- the see-saw is weighted Continue Reading

Welcome!!! (and giving away three of my favorite books)

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I think this might just be the post I am dreading the most… I have now typed this sentence eight times trying to figure out how to introduce myself, tell you what’s important to me, and share some of the fun stuff too– in a not-awkward-creepy-let-me-talk-a-lot-about-myself-kinda-way. It took me at least 45 minutes to figure out that brief intro on my home page. Maybe I’ll just expand on what I’ve already started? Okay, let me start this whole thing Continue Reading

Connecting Church and Home

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I'll never forget the church I considered my church when I was growing up. Fallbrook First Baptist Church, in Fallbrook, California... land of the avocado groves. We went to several churches over the first 18 years of my life, but it's the one where my memories and faith were solidified. It's the church where I hid in the baptismal, peering up over the edge during prayer time, my friend and I holding our breath when the door accidentally locked behind us and Continue Reading

Talking with Your Children About Persecution

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Are you a World Christian? Are you praying for Christians in Iraq, Syria, and throughout the world who are facing persecution? A few years ago, I wrote an article about ways to help our children become "World Christians" because when our children were very young Noel Piper's words impacted my heart: “A world Christian sees beyond his neighborhood friends, his school, his everyday life and experiences.  He’ll be fascinated by the variety of people and customs Continue Reading

Praying to Grow a World Christian

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  After our second child was born, I read a tiny little brochure written by Noel Piper called, "Home Grown World Christians." It hit my heart and has had an ongoing impact on how we want to raise our children. In it Noel explains what a "World Christian" is: "A world Christian sees beyond his neighborhood friends, his school, his everyday life and experiences. He'll be fascinated by the variety of people and customs next door and all over God's wide Continue Reading

Today She Would’ve Been Four (The Hope of Heaven)

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That's what I woke up thinking this morning-- As the alarm-buzz jolted me to reality. Those first years after she died, this day was so heavy, Such a looming blanket of darkness... That seemed to smother joy. And I'm thinking of two in particular, as I write-- Who will face this Christmas in that new pain, That fresh sting... An empty hole where fullness once filled A mama's heart. Yesterday was a strange day. We awoke to both cars rifled Continue Reading