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Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Christmas Prayer

My children are out of school for the Christmas holiday, so I’m going to take a couple of weeks off to spend as much time as possible with them and the rest of our extended family. I pray that anyone who reads this will have a peaceful and meaningful Christmas. I pray that if you … Continue reading »

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Lessons from Mary and Joseph

In an attempt to keep fresh in my mind what Christmas is truly about, I recently read through the Christmas story in Luke and Matthew. I really gave some thought to who Joseph and Mary were and what qualities they had as human beings that would allow God to choose them to raise His son. … Continue reading »

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Holiday Christianity

My hubby and I did a little Christmas shopping yesterday. As we approached the entrance to one of the stores we visited, there was a bell ringer from the Salvation Army. My hubby asked me if I had a dollar. I quickly scrounged for one. I rarely carry cash these days. My teens make sure … Continue reading »

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God With Us

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing particularly good happened? Have you had one of those days where nothing catastrophic happened, but as you sat down from a long day of being productive, you couldn’t think of much to be thankful for? Yesterday was one of those days for me. I went … Continue reading »

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Panic or Pray

Last weekend, my sixteen-year-old, attended a high school basketball game. It was at the opposing team’s school. Thanks to a Georgia law prohibiting teen drivers from transporting any passengers who are unrelated to them for the first six months of having their license, she had to drive alone. Getting to the game was not a … Continue reading »

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Participating in the Story

Yesterday, our church choir performed a Christmas Cantata. It was complete with readings that told the story of Jesus’ birth. A narrator would read about an event like Mary’s visit from the angel Gabriel, and then the choir would sing a song about it. I didn’t really love the music selection this year for the … Continue reading »

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A Time to Dance

Yesterday, I subbed in a PE class. It was a PE/Music class combo. The third and fourth classes were to take the period and choreograph a dance sequence to be performed for the other students in their grade. They could pick their own groups. Their steps could be as simple or as intricate as they … Continue reading »

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George Bailey Wisdom

It’s Christmas time and tis the season for Christmas movies and specials. Thanks to cable, you can see everything from Rudolph in claymation, to Frosty the Snowman in animation, to Christmas Vacation, all in one evening. Last weekend, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” was on and due to some type of Christmas miracle, my sixteen-year-old, was not only … Continue reading »

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Can You See Jesus?

Yesterday, I subbed in a gifted classroom. My first two classes of the day were fourth graders. Their task for the first fifteen minutes of class was to make a drawing of their own using these squiggly lines. They could draw anything they liked, but they were supposed to include lots of details and give … Continue reading »

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Upsetting the Status Quo

The season of Advent is a time when we are supposed to prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus. The prophet Isaiah often gets quoted during this season. “A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3 … Continue reading »

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