How To Feel Awe And Wonder Again On Christmas Morning

By One Thing Alone How to Feel Awe and Wonder Again on Christmas Morning In the middle of playing patty-cakes, my toddler stops short, awe and wonder written on her face, lips pursed in rapt attention, eyebrows knitted, finger stretched to the sky. And then I hear it: a plane buzzing overhead. A grin spreads…

Decorate Your Heart With Joy This Christmas

Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.” Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as they share with you creative and practical ways you can keep Christ in the middle of all of your celebrations. Our prayer is that you…

The Light of the World Brings Hope at Christmas

The Light of the World Brings Hope at Christmas The Light of the World Brings Hope at Christmas Don’t you just love this time of year? As soon as the turkey is cold, many people rush to the attic for the red and green boxes full of Christmas decorations. They tack lights to the eaves…

Devotion: The Carol of Traveling Sounds

Devotion: The Carol of Traveling Sounds Devotion: The Carol of Traveling Sounds By Kelly Smith “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” ~Marjorie Holmes The sound of travel thrills me. My earliest memory of this auditory obsession dates back to the early 80’s. I remember walking up and down the dirt drive in front of my…

Why I Don’t Get My Panties In A Bunch Over “Xmas”

Why I Don’t Get My Panties In A Bunch Over “Xmas”  http://aimeeimbeau.com/2016/12/04/why-i-dont-get-my-panties-in-a-bunch-over-xmas/ December 4, 2016 by Aimee Imbeau Last year, we had the infuriated red cup guy.  Remember him?  Wait, how could any of us forget.  This guy was stark, raving MAD that Starbucks had the audacity to not have Christmas symbols on their disposable red…

for all the forgetful, messy, broken people out there – an Advent promise

for all the forgetful, messy, broken people out there – an Advent promise for all the forgetful, messy, broken people out there – an Advent promise It was a busy afternoon. I was distracted and overwhelmed, as many of us are during the holidays. But I urgently needed to buy some laundry detergent — unless our family was…

Spread A Little Christmas Kindness This Year -Worshipful Living

A Little Christmas Kindness Kindness goes a long way -, especially at Christmas time! It seems like there are tons of people who are down. They might have family that is far away from them at the holidays, recently lost a loved one, or it has just been a hard year. No matter what the…

No Crib for His Bed – God With Us Advent Bible Study

No Crib for His Bed No Crib for His Bed by Angela Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head, The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. The circumstances of Jesus’ birth were…

Joyous Response : A Very Diva Christmas

Joyous Response joyous-response A Very Diva Christmas [Editor’s Note: A Very Diva Christmas is here! This is a guest post by Alisha Ritchie, who we are welcoming back to kick off the series! As you recall, (or not if you are new…welcome!) this is the 3rd annual Christmas series at Devotional Diva. All of the…

Christmas: The Messiest Of Holidays

Christmas: The Messiest of Holidays My dear friend, as you head into the next season, let’s think about the first Christmas. It’s almost audacious to consider how our culture attempts to create Pinterest-perfect holidays compared to the first Christmas. Jesus came to earth in a dirty, smelly barn! Surrounded by, well…animal crap. I mean no…

Ornaments and Conversations

Ornaments and Conversations November 30, 2016 by Joanne Ornaments and Conversations Yesterday was a typical Tuesday and yet one like none other. An ordinary day became extraordinary as I spread the sheets, colored pencils, construction paper, glue, scissors, hole punch, and ribbons out on the table before us. We were going to spend some time…

Christmas Devotions Epic Fail- (A Learning Experience)

Christmas Devotions Epic Fail By Melissa Spoelstra Christmas Devotions Epic Fail {From Sarah : I disagree that it was an epic fail. Their 6 year old loved it. That alone was worth it. The infant wasn’t going to enjoy it either way. The 2 year old twins would have enjoyed bits and pieces of it….

Six Steps to a Guilt-Free Christmas

Six Steps to a Guilt-Free Christmas Six Steps to a Guilt-Free Christmas In our early years as a family, I transformed our house into a winter wonderland every Christmas. I set up tiny ceramic villages on fake snow. I baked (and burnt) dozens of cookies, mailed an avalanche of Christmas cards, purchased far too many…

Unwrapping The Names Of Jesus

One Thing Alone Home Jesus She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 The name “Jesus” is a transliteration of the Hebrew name Joshua, which means “God is salvation.” It was not an uncommon name, just…