Category: Advent

Advent Reflections: Let the Weary World Rejoice!

For centuries, Christians made space in their crowded hearts at Christmas through participating in a daily devotion called Advent. The word “Advent” means “coming.” The season of Advent refers to the four-week period leading up to Christmas Day. Jesus’ coming was not just a one-time event as a child so long ago, but his coming ...

Crazy Joy!

Choose joy! We hear it all the time. In this way, we often think of joy as simply a choice we make. It’s where we are in control; we muster up the strength, gather all our internal resources and make a cognitive decision…and “will” our way to joy. Choosing can only take us so far. ...

This is Advent

I am mindful that this year Advent begins against a sweeping backdrop of pain and brokenness. It seems there are few places in our world that have not been touched by violence and injustice. And our hearts ache. Sometimes the ache feels unbearable. Our first and most basic reaction is to silence or dull the ...

Just in Time for Advent!

I am so excited! “Advent Reflections: Let the Weary World Rejoice!” is now available as an e-book on Amazon! If you are looking for an Advent resource of your church this Christmas season, “Advent Reflections” offers a daily scripture, devotional, and reflection questions. It is a wonderful seasonal tool to encourage people to enter the Christmas ...

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It’s not too late to sign up for my free on-line Advent devotional!

Here is a sample of one of the many Advent devotionals, taken from Day 18, that you will find there: Day 18 – Beyond the Rhetoric “I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, ...

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Looking for a Free On-Line Advent Devotional?

The season of Advent is quickly approaching! For centuries, Christians prepared their hearts for Christmas through participating in a daily devotion called Advent. The word “Advent” means “coming.” The season of Advent refers to a four-week period leading up to Christmas and marks the beginning of the church calendar. It is seen as a time ...

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Free Advent Resource 2013

“I just want Christmas to be different this year.” How many times have we said that either to ourselves or to our families? How often have we considered the approaching holidays with dread? We want to live differently into the Christmas season…more reflective, less hurried, with more margin in our lives to give more…of our ...

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Advent 2012 Christmas Blessings!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 TO US Christ has come! Not just as a child, but as the God who is with us ...

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Advent 2012 Day 21 A Christmas Prayer

Thank you, Lord, for these quiet unnoticed-by-the-world moments. For this time before the sun has come up and the darkness is pierced only by the three candles I have lit on the advent wreath. Before the kids begin arriving today (and little Tessa who just learned to pull herself up to a standing position) I ...

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Advent 2012 Day 19 The Fruit of Distraction

My husband is the smartest man in the world. He always gets the perfect gift. He learned a valuable secret early on in our marriage…he just buys petite and saves the receipt. If you’re like me, the greatest challenge of Christmas is not finding coordinating wrapping paper and bows; it’s not preparing the perfect Christmas ...