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December 31 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Anne Williams - To see the first part of this devotional, please go back one day, then come back to continue reading here! ...

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December 30 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Anne Williams - Are you like me? Do you make a list of resolutions, goals, or aspirations for the New Year and promise yourself that the coming year will be different from years past? As women who desire the godly qualities of perceiving, discovering and growing more Christ-like with each passing year, becoming wise from our experiences, and rich w...

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December 29 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Stephanie Edick - Autumn is a season of such interesting extremes, particularly when you consider the beautiful trees in this part of the country. Early on, there is a profusion of color among the trees that is so intense, it's almost blinding against the blue sky. Then, as the days grow shorter and the holidays draw near, branches are suddenly str...

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December 28 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Stephanie Edick - When I was five-years-old, my best friend smoked cigars, was missing part of one finger and stood well over six-feet tall. My buddy, Harry, was my next door neighbor. He was a retired coal miner, a giant of a man with a raspy voice and a wry smile who smelled of a blend of Ben-Gay ointment and the huge cigars he constantly held in...

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December 27 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Jan Garman - This is the season that we especially love to "give." We open our hearts to those we love, we open our wallets to those in need and we open our schedules so that others will enjoy the holiday season....

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December 26 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Esther Cahal Walker - My life has been blessed with two women who have been great prayer warriors for me and many others… my mother and my grandmother. To them prayer was a way of life and nothing was too small or too big to pray about....

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Christmas Day Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is from Luke 2:1-20....

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Christmas Eve Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by an anonymous author - 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the earth, Every creature was stirring, awaiting a birth....

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December 23 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Matt Avery - No matter how busy we are in the weeks leading up to Christmas, there always seems to be this one moment (at least) when we feel this compulsion to take stock of our lives. How am I doing? Is all of this going in the direction I saw it going as a kid? As a college grad? As a young parent? What is my life building toward? Where is all o...

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December 22 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Suzanne Stelling - It is a myth that the Magi visited when Jesus was an infant, right when He was born, waiting behind the shepherds for a peek at the child in the manger. They saw the star when Jesus was born, did their calculations, consultations, and planning and then began traveling. There were no iPhone apps about the constellations and stars;...

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December 21 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Susan Seaman - I don't know about you, but at Christmas-time, I struggle with all that is demanded of me as a Mom. The days are very full but I often feel surprisingly empty. My biggest temptation during the Christmas season is to go full-blown "Martha" on everyone - trying to do too much and complaining to others that they aren't helping....

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December 20 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Steve Moldrup - We eat because we are hungry; we sleep because we are tired. But there are many other things we do without a clear sense of why we do them. A college professor asked his students, "Why do human beings sing?"...

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December 19 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Rebekah Peterson - As much as possible I live a quiet life. I enjoy silence and solitude. That is how I refresh and energize myself - I am an introvert. But my life is rather loud. The other day I was awed at how loud everyday life has become - cars, radios, cellphones beeping and dinging at all hours, TVs, refrigerators and water heaters engaging ...

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December 18 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Rebekah Peterson - I live in a weird place. I live feeling like I never fit in, I am on the outside looking in on everyone else - and dislike it. I also live striving to stand out, be different, unique - and love it. So I fight between loving and hating being unique. And when I am not able to embrace being different, when I am fighting the unique w...

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December 17 Holiday Devotionals

Today's devotional is by Rebekah Peterson - I love fashion. But being only a bit over 5 feet tall - it doesn't often work out for me. So I have become a fan of shoes - the artistry and joy of a new pair of shoes! I will take chances with my shoes that I would not take in other areas of life. The one thing I dislike about shoes - breaking them in! I am almost constantly mak...

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December 16 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Heather Peters - If you're like me, I start desiring to play Christmas music as soon as I turn the calendar page to November. I wrestle with the idea for a few days before I finally begin listening to treasured tunes that take me back to Christmas pasts and warm my heart because of their traditional melodies and peace-giving lyrics....

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December 15 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Barbara Nichols - It was during the Feast of Tabernacles, a time of celebration for the Jews. Families came from all over Israel to pilgrimage up to Jerusalem to take part in one of the seven God-appointed major Feasts for the Jews....

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December 14 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Michelle Johnson - You've seen them as you've driven through the Great Smoky National Park. The small, unassuming wooden signs pointing off the main roads running through the park: Quiet Walkway. Every time I pass by the small parking area dedicated to those who chose to see what's on that path, I may only see one or two cars, if any at all....

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December 13 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Alisha Ballenger - I once heard Brennan Manning tell this story. There was a nun who had a classroom of children draw a picture of a verse of scripture. She went over to a little boy and asked him about his picture. "What does the airplane represent and who are the people inside?" she asked. He then explained proudly, "This is a picture of the flig...

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December 12 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Alisha Ballenger - I was reflecting on Mary's time of praise when I noticed the portion of her declaration that said "He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him." Mary was part of a tradition that passed down stories of God's faithfulness. It is evident that the generations before her had made an impact on her view of God and ...

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December 11 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Jane Morrow - In looking at various translations of this verse, I discovered each translation adds meaning to this often-quoted familiar verse. Not being a biblical scholar, I will not get hung up on which is closest to the original text. I am just happy someone translated this for me and I did not have to learn Greek. I read from all translations ...

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December 10 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Barbara Nichols - Maybe you're like me with more things to do than hours in a day to do them. One more thing added to the list is too much for one day or even for a week. Are we too "busy" for God's "divine interruptions?" Being so "agenda-driven" can get in the way of the most important moments of the day....

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December 9 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Carianne Meystrik - We see those three words all the time on cards and wedding invitations, on paintings, and on wall decorations made out of wood for our homes. They invite us to embrace the good things in life, the stuff that really matters in the big picture. But, if you are like me, everyday life can make it really hard to focus on the bigger p...

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December 8 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Lauren Spradling - While I had a wonderful experience reflecting on Mary's journey while I was pregnant with my daughter, the next two Christmases left me feeling like Elizabeth… before her pregnancy with John. I wanted to sleep through Advent - my favorite time of the year. I was dealing with infertility. I had a strong desire for more children,...

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December 7 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Lauren Spradling - I LOVE Luke's gospel. Luke was a well-educated man, and he knew what topics were acceptable for public and which matters were private. Luke just dives right in there. Infertility! Pregnancy! Virginity! Post-menopausal women! Conception! Luke shares these women's stories, so that as women we see our part in Christ's coming. We are...

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December 6 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Lauren Spradling - I may or may not have seen a perfectly posed Starbucks Peppermint Mocha cup beside an open Bible on Instagram this week with the #blessed. I know I have seen several friends' perfectly posed, clean children photo followed by #blessed. Social media has really tainted this divine word. The "#blessed" hashtag has been used so often ...

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December 5 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Amanda Rader - Have you every hosted that "perfect" Christmas party? You know the one… your home is decorated beautifully as the tree glimmers, the mantle is perfect, and scented candles fill your home with sweet smells. The presents are all wrapped in coordinating papers and look like they came right out of a Norman Rockwell print. The table is ...

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December 4 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Susan Messer - Christmas… the day we celebrate Jesus' birth. We sing about Jesus, tender and mild, lying in a manger. The animals are lowing, the star is in the sky. It is a sweet picture, but there is much deeper purpose in Jesus coming to the earth in such humility....

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December 3 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Dani Moses - I sat on my worn out comfy chair by the fire with a cup of spiced cider and smiled to myself as I surveyed the sea of wrapping paper scraps, ribbons, and bows. Off to the side were brightly wrapped gifts all lined up and ready to go. I had spent countless hours painting, baking, knitting, and sewing all my gifts this year. I had been s...

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December 2 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Ashley Baisley - After the birth of my third child this summer I found myself floundering. I was overwhelmed and exhausted and just plain struggling (and still am if truth be told). I reached out to several friends who are mothers of three and asked for advice, tricks, tips, anything that they thought might help me during this season and time of tr...

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December 1 Holiday Devotional

Today's devotional is by Rachel Kimrey. - "Joy to the World" has always been one of my favorite anthems of Christmas. I love the passion in which the young and old alike seem to belt it out in harmony as we turn our hearts from an Advent focused on anticipation to the jubilance of Christ's arrival on earth....

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