12 Days of Christmas Countdown – DAY ONE

– Only One Day Till Christmas – Ironically, the following blog was written a day before Christmas, but due to some technical difficulties with our website, I was unable to post it until today.  I say “ironically,” because this post is about the challenge of waiting.  I was ready to post this, but I had to wait until the website problems were resolved.  We can feel ready...
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12 Days of Christmas Countdown – DAY TWO

– Invitation to An Unexpected Christmas – Christmas is a great time for the unexpected.  One of the best unexpected gifts I ever received came from my husband, Phil, seven years ago.  It came on a Christmas after a long stretch of financial struggle.  Our family had been living with my parents for more than two years at that point just to make ends meet. Now, it turned out to be a...
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12 Days of Christmas Countdown – DAY THREE

– Invitation to Open Your Hand – Have you ever heard the story about how to catch a monkey? Supposedly in Africa and India, the natives will hollow out a coconut and put a peanut or banana inside. When the monkey reaches inside to grad the food and wrap their fist around it, they are unable to pull their hand back out while still clenched. The natives will put a string around the...
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12 Days of Christmas Countdown – DAY FOUR

– Invitation to A Flash Mob – The Bible tells us that the shepherds “made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.” (Luke 2:17) These guys could not keep this news to themselves. They had front row tickets to the most amazing heavenly concert ever given, complete with angelic worship team. Then...
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12 Days of Christmas Countdown – DAY FIVE

– Invitation to Re-Gift – Have you ever experienced that awkward moment of opening a gift and thinking, “What on earth am I going to do with this?”  Then you try to think of someone to pass the gift onto.  Or it gets tossed into the “white elephant” pile, for the next gift exchange. Most of the time when we “re-gift” something, it’s a gift...
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12 Days of Christmas Countdown – DAY SIX

– Invitation to Be Amazed – Often we’ll be getting ready to go somewhere and I’ll tell my sons, “Okay boys, time to get your shoes on.”  So off they’ll trot to find their shoes and inevitably, at least one of them will say, “Mom, I can’t find my shoes anywhere.”  And as they’re saying this, they are literally tripping over their...
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