Expect Jesus - Sarah Markley -

Two years ago we spent Christmas with my sister-in-law and family in England. Then we spent the New Year holiday in Northern Ireland with some friends. We explored the countryside, […]


Being single during the holidays sometimes feels like a mess. I’m a pretty confident fun-loving gal who appreciates the life I have. But something happens during the holiday season—my friend […]


Smooshed together in the back of the Guatemalan jeep, our four teens peered out the window, eyeing the edge of the cliff. I watched as our thirteen-year-old daughter clutched her […]


Whether we like it or not, the month of December can be busy. Really busy. Parties, shopping, Christmas programs, baking, extra cleaning, and decorating all add to our regular routines. […]

Ann Voskamp - Life Turns Lovely -

Why it happened right then, when she turned toward the stack of dishes on the counters, the squash peeling and apple cores and crusted pots, she had no idea. No […]

Jennifer Dukes Lee - PreApproved 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) […]

Christmas Isn't About Me - Dawn Camp -

It’s the first week in December and I’m already prepared to fail at Christmas. I never complete a Jesse Tree devotional with the kids; I shop at the last minute; […]

(in)courage Advent RoundUp

Tis the season, friends, to focus our hearts on the coming Babe who changes everything! Advent is here, and we are l-o-v-i-n-g this season of anticipation, of holy, of grace. […]