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I choose…joy – {Advent}

Attending a wedding recently, I loved the vows written by the Bride and Groom. "I choose you above all others, I choose to love you, I choose to grow old with you..." Beautifully vows expressing their choice, their decision to marry each other. Everyday we make thousands of choices. Some small and rather insignificant - what shoes to… Continue reading I choose…joy – {Advent}

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Peace. Love. Joy. Hope – {Advent}

Peace. Love. Joy. Hope. The themes of Advent. This is the promise of Christmas. Through Jesus we have access to a peace that passes understanding, a hope that is secure, joy that is rooted in God and the unconditional love of the Father. All beautifully interlinked. This is why Christmas is something to celebrate. The enemy seeks… Continue reading Peace. Love. Joy. Hope – {Advent}

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Abide with us – {Advent}

It's that time of year where most workplaces or social groups are engaging in Secret Santas. Those fun occasions when you pick a present and have no idea whether you'd end up with a beautiful Christmas decoration or a christmas collar for a cat (that you do not have...), or even a bag of manure (which as… Continue reading Abide with us – {Advent}

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Exceedingly Great Joy – {Advent}

Every morning since the 1st December, three, often bleary eyed, very excited boys have made their way downstairs to open their Advent Calendar. And yes somewhat motivated by the chocolate treat hidden behind. A picture of expectant joy of the boys beneath the Christmas tree opening the day's Advent window. Yet this is just a shadow, a fleeting… Continue reading Exceedingly Great Joy – {Advent}

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Christmas Lights – {Advent}

If there is one thing I love about Christmas, it's the lights! The lights on houses, on trees - inside and out! Darkened houses transform into beautiful luminescent displays. This year I may have gone a little overboard with the lights in our home. The boys all have Christmas Lights strung across their windows, the tree… Continue reading Christmas Lights – {Advent}

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Making Room – {Advent}

My family is in a season of great anticipation as we look forward to the birth of a baby next year. For the boys the excitement turned into plans as they put forward their ideas of what we could do to prepare for the baby's arrival. A cardboard box was found and a tea towel laid in… Continue reading Making Room – {Advent}

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Believe

There are so many beautiful Christmas tales and legends out there. Stories of love and joy, of peace and reconciliation. Stories worthy of the Disney movie, a carol even, that so many become. From the grumpy Grinch, Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, to the beautiful story of the Nutcracker and of course Santa… Continue reading Believe

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No room…

All those years ago, in that tiny town of Bethlehem, there was no room for Joseph and Mary and the baby she carried. The town focused on the requirements of Caesar Augustus for a census paid little attention to more visitors, let alone one about to give birth. And so, while Bethlehem slept they missed the… Continue reading No room…