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12 Days of Christmas: Self-Control

During the whirlwind of holiday festivities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, few of us are focusing much on the idea of self-control. In fact, for many of us, this is the time of year we entirely reject it, encouraging excess and indulgence. “Hey, it’s the holiday season!” we proclaim, justifying another slice of pie […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Gentleness

Gentleness. There is not a more poignant illustration of the discipline of being gentle than holding a newborn baby. Do you remember what it feels like? First, you look adoringly at the beautiful child as she lays. Then you contemplate the best way to slide your hands underneath her, and you ever so gently lift […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Peace

So how do you enjoy peace during this season of parties and shopping? When days blur by and you feel like you’re running behind schedule as Christmas approaches? How about spending some quiet moments between you and the Lord while driving? I call it…drive your way to peace of mind…rather than driving to lose your […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Love

It’s Christmastime and all of us are whirring around, frazzled and distracted. Today, I invite you to join me and pause. Take a deep breath to focus on something simpler and more dazzling than anything you may or may not have wrapped yet. After all, we give gifts on Christmas to mirror the love expressed […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Humility

There are no snow days in the task of parenting. No vacation days. No sick days. Each day and season brings new non-stop challenges. One such challenge is teaching children the meaning of humility. On one hand, every parent wants their child to know that they are valuable, precious and unique. We long for them […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Kindness

“Stay out!” she yells as she slams the bathroom door closed. Her sister grabs the knob to open it and barge in. As I arrive, door tug-of-war is in full swing. By the time bedtime rolls around, things like patience and the desire to understand have worn thin. Of course, the problem  would have been […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Faith

How fitting that the first post in our 12 Days of Christmas series is about faith. It’s what the Baby Jesus represented: fulfillment of the Jews’ faith that a Messiah was coming. I read about a Christian woman who was so heavily burdened that she questioned her faith. She commented to her Jewish high school students that […]

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My husband and I opening a gift on Christmas

A Different Twist on Christmas Giving

You have likely heard of or even participated in the growing movement of giving to charity in someone’s honor, as a Christmas gift to that person. Last year, my family adopted this concept but decided to put our own personal twist on it. My husband and I came up with the idea to purchase a […]

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Free Christmas materials for pastors

When you see a Christmas tree in the middle of the summer – how does it make you feel? Nostalgic about the season? Panicked that you might already be too late for shopping? At Food for the Hungry, we’re already talking about Christmas for one simple reason: it’s time to plan! If you’re one of […]

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Middle Schoolers Give Hope for Christmas

I had the privilege of speaking to an amazing woman named Donna Nelson the other day. She’s helping children see beyond themselves. In the process, these children are experiencing the idea that happiness comes from contributing rather than receiving. They are seeing that great things can be accomplished when people pull together toward a common […]

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