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What I'm Learning About . . . Advent

When Jesus came to earth as a baby, he chose to enter into every aspect of our human lives. This Advent season, have you consciously let him into yours?

Advent is a season of celebrating God's presence here on earth, but it's easy to forget about that when holiday dishes are stacked to the ceiling and wrapping paper is strewn all over the floor. This collection features advice and encouragement from four women who have learned to integrate lessons from Advent into their daily routines of marriage, parenting, and personal spiritual development.

Getting Over the "Gimmes"

6 tips for battling holiday greed


"Hey mom, I saw the coolest paint gun on TV!" our son John, then about 11 years old, excitedly said. "That's ...

Peace on Earth—and at Your House, Too

How to beat the stress of the season


It's supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year," but the strain of the four-week Advent season ...

The Gritty Reality of the Nativity

Are we participants or watchers of the Christmas story?


I love getting ready for Christmas. I pull all the boxes out of storage and set about making the house ready for the holiday. ...

Divine Encounters

In the midst of tears and trials, God reaches down to comfort us with joy and peace—if we ask him to.


All who heard the shepherds' story were astonished, but Mary kept these things in her heart and thought about them often ...

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