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Advent Church: Celebrating St. Nicholas

On December 6th when my anxious nature woke me early, demanding I scrub the bathroom, order my nieces and nephews their presents ...

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On being “healed of being a big deal”

When I was four years old, I donned the emerald green satin leotard of my dreams, tutu attached, and danced on a stage before an ...

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Receive: An Advent Meditation

  There’s a word that’s been loud in my mind this past week. Receive. Receive. My pastor spoke about it from the ...

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St. Nicholas Day: Santa, Mystery and Small Family Ritual

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! Our family will be celebrating by acting out the St. Nicholas story with a few friends, eating Santa cookies, sorting through toys and clothes to donate, and collecting canned food. This is a post I originally published on my friend Christine's blog two years ago. My kids ...

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An Invitation to Make Space for Jesus this Advent

  Since I became a mother, I have learned to consider Advent in a way I never grasped before. If Christmas is the season of celebration, Advent is the season of preparation, of anticipation. Who better to teach us than a mother? Mary, the young girl given the overwhelming task of bringing ...

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Good words this Thanksgiving

  "It is impossible to give thanks and simultaneously feel fear." -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts   "[The] dinner party is a true proclamation of the abundance of being--a rebuke to the thrifty little idolatries by which we lose sight of the lavish hand that made us. It is precisely ...

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3 Ways to Practice God’s Presence in the Wild Moment

My son's temper is a powerful and beautiful thing. When I'm up close it feels too large, too massive, like it's going to tsunami me and the entire family . But when I watch it from a distance or recall it in the past, I'm grateful for the power of his emotions. I'm grateful he feels things so deeply. ...