3 Ways to Keep Jesus in Focus this Christmas

Written by: | December 15, 2015

The house is decorated, the presents bought (but not yet wrapped) and we’ve managed to complete most of our daily Advent devotional. Christmas is just a few days away and we’re experiencing a mixture of exhaustion and excitement as we anticipate the celebration of our Savior’s birth. Do you...
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How to Handle Hurt During the Holidays

Written by: | November 18, 2015

I had a dream the other night that I was talking on the phone with my mom. We were having an everyday conversation about nothing in particular. When my alarm went off in the middle of the dream, I hit the snooze button, squeezed my eyes shut, and tried...
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Instilling Memories Into Our Children’s Memory Bank

Written by: | December 24, 2014

We drop quarters and dimes into pink piggy banks.  They clang and ding against its big belly.  Our children smile from ear to ear, in hopes that it will fill to the top, and they can purchase something really special.  Giving to our children, by financial means, is important;...
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Adapting Holiday Traditions as Families Grow and Change

Written by: | December 23, 2014

  The holiday season is such a wonderful time for families. The weather often drives us closer together, whether we snuggle for a movie or make some noise with a board game. One principle about family life never changes though. That principle? Families don’t stay the same forever; sooner...
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5 Gifts for Kids to Give

Written by: | December 16, 2014

When it comes to gift giving, time, money and effort can be an issue.  We all get so busy and the days never seem to go the way we need them to in order to get everything done. So it would be so much simpler to just sign the...
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10 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

Written by: | December 10, 2014

My pastor’s sermon today was about giving, giving time, giving money, giving of yourself to God. He pointed out some of the verses in Luke where Jesus speaks about giving specifically as well as 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows...
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Can Santa & Jesus Coexist?

Written by: | December 9, 2014

  I don’t remember believing in Santa when I was growing up, but I do remember the day that I figured out (or should I say, confirmed) that he wasn’t real. I was riding in the car with my mom after a long day of shopping. My brother and...
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Christmas Gifts that Give Back

Written by: | December 5, 2014

My love language is gifts. I really love receiving them, but I do love giving them as well! Christmas makes me all giddy as we carefully pick out presents for family members, hoping to bless them with that perfect, thoughtful gift they will love. In the last few years,...
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Top 10 Tommy Nelson Christmas Gifts

Written by: | December 3, 2014

This Christmas, our family is giving gifts a little differently than we have in years past. Instead of allowing our kids to circle catalog after catalog or even fill out a massive Christmas list, we sat down and got a little more intentional with them. We didn’t want Christmas...
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The Value of Teaching Kids about Different Religions

Written by: | November 14, 2014

Growing up as a young child, you could say I was a bit of a religious mutt. Neither of my parents were very religious, yet neither seemed to want to give in to the other. As a first-generation American, my father was a cultural Jew and my British mother...
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Fruitcake Cookies: Our Favorite Christmas Recipe

Written by: | December 13, 2013

Why does fruitcake have such a bad rap? Fruitcake has been around forever – I mean, people probably ate it in Biblical times! The history of the fruitcake can be traced back to Egypt, when Egyptians placed an early version of the fruitcake on the tombs of loved ones. The earliest...
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