Category: Advent

Advent

Get THIS down and Christmas will be perfect

I’ve lived for a long time. So have you. Christmas hasn’t always been jolly, has it? But it started that way. I mean, who plans to get pregnant without a father and explains it with an impossible story? Who suddenly finds out that his betrothed is pregnant by someone else

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At Christmas, God throws a party to celebrate you! And that party is happening every day of your life. When God parties, it is wild!
Advent

God Throws a Party to Celebrate You!

Every December we celebrate faith, family, and friends with Christmas carols, feasting, sparkling lights, and the traditional Christmas pageant featuring shepherds, Joseph and Mary, the angels singing, and, of course, baby Jesus. It’s a big deal. And though we focus on the incarnation—God clothing Himself in flesh and bone and

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Looking to create a simple Christmas without all the stress and overspending? Here are nine ways to make the holidays more meaningful and cost-effective.
Advent

9 ways to create a meaningful, simple Christmas

The other morning one of my little grandsons presented me with his Christmas list along with a toy catalog that he had used to circle everything he wanted for Christmas. He was super cute. Of course, I immediately went into grandma mode and wanted to buy him EVERYTHING! It took

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Christmas manifesto 2017 blog post header
Advent

Do You Need a Christmas Manifesto?

This Christmas season is different because I retired from full-time ministry three months ago. I kind of thought I’d have more time for reading, pondering and celebrating. I have… some. But not as much as I’d like. Mixed in with this is the amount of people I’ve encountered who feel

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Advent implies faith by Susan Gaddis
Advent

Come Explore the Hallway of Advent

Don’t you hate the waiting? That long, lonely hallway between what was and what is to come? The waiting hallway filled with doubt, “what ifs,” and fear of the unknown, even though you know there’s a God promise at the end of that hallway? We all encounter these hallways. Some

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Let's have a Christmas hot chocolate date
Advent

Let’s have a Christmas Hot Chocolate Date

A Christmas Hot Chocolate Date fills the need you have to slow down and enjoy this special season with someone you love. (Think spouse, an adult child you’ve been meaning to catch up with, a grandchild who needs a grandma hug, or a special friend.) It’s totally free. Except for

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Christmas food
Advent

4 Reasons To Eat Your Way Through Christmas

As we continue into this Christmas season, I offer an oldie but goodie—a food piece I posted in 2010. Advent stuffs the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas with parties, food, family, and friends, and the feasting doesn’t end until the New Year has been ushered in with more eating. You

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Don't Mess With Mama Bear post by Susan Gaddis
Advent

Mama Bear and King Herod Face-off

Hey, did you catch the Tuesday morning news? I did while finishing up a cool Christmas/New Year’s gift for those who subscribe to my newsletter email list, which, btw, goes out this Sunday, the 20th. (My love language is gifts. So lucky you if you’re a subscriber!) I was feeling

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