Holidays

0

Christmas Eve at Advance

Has it been 12 days yet? I’m too stubborn to cry uncle, but I really want to. I’m getting pretty sick of myself, so I can only imagine how you must feel. 🙂 Well, anyway… I’ve been praying for what’s going to happen at 4 PM on Saturday since we were holed up in that…

0

A Tradition Worth Skyping

We’re in a new city this year, so we are going to have to rely on technology to help us keep one Minnesota Christmas Eve tradition alive. Ryan’s parents started this very special reading of the Christmas story two years ago, and on Saturday night we are going to throw Skype on our TV to…

2

The Christmas Daddy Date

“She probably won’t remember the heart necklace I bought her for Christmas this past year when she’s 12…but I am guessing she will remember our Saturday morning trips to the Waffle House…and it is my prayer she will treasure those times deeply.” ~Perry Noble     Tonight was Ryan and Selah’s Christmas Daddy Date, and there…

1

Kiva Giftcards

Another gift-giving idea for you today… Two years ago, our meal group at Crossroads pooled togther $200 at our last gathering of the year and invested it in Kiva, a network of microfinance institutions that provides a way for individuals to lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. We started…

0

When December Sucks

“If you are sad this Christmas, it might be tempting to try to ignore the season altogether. But may I suggest instead that you do the opposite?  Move into the very center of it. Stand for a moment – not around a perfectly decked Christmas tree – but at the foot of the manger and…

0

Seeing Through the Simple

“Joy is always a function of gratitude–and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.” ~Ann Voskamp My parents’ friend, David, used to stay at our house from time to time while he finished his Ph.D at…

0

Madonna, Meekness & Walking in Dimness

Confession time: My favorite “Christmas” song is Madonna’s version of “Santa Baby.” It’s a surly reprieve from all the sappy, happy, holly jolly-ing, and, frankly, I like that. Judge me if you must, but I know you know all the words. I’m ashamed that I do, too, and not because they are ridiculous (which they…

2

DIY Gift: Encouraging Wall Art

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” ~Romans 12:8 Let’s ease into this series of Christmas posts with a little gift-making idea, shall we?…

1

12 Straight Days of Christmas Blogging

Sometimes I force myself to do stupid things just to see if I can. As a kid this meant sorting my Skittles into piles by color and seeing how many yellow ones I could call out as actually being red ones “trapped” inside yellow “bodies”…all without biting into them. My tween years are best remembered…

 

© 2017  Kristen Lunceford