Free, Printable Advent Devotional

Free, Printable Advent Devotional

Advent is here... and I'm so happy to share this free, printable, four week devotional with you all. I created this book with the hope that it will provide a moment to slow down, and recenter our hearts on the hope of Christmas - yet without being an overbearing and unrealistic commitment. (We've all abandoned devotionals and plans just a few days in, right?)

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For a Weary World (Plus Free Advent Devotional)

For a Weary World (Plus Free Advent Devotional)

’m wondering if you’re feeling the way I’m feeling? Like we’re entering the holidays with a good measure of anxiety and stress, with a bit of cheer sprinkled on top?

I mean, it’s been a long year, right? Aren’t we all kind of a little worn out?

It’s almost like Advent arrives at just the right time. When the world feels darkest. When we’ve had more than our fill of tragedies, hate, division, and unrest. When we’re just done from all the projects, responsibilities, needs, and expectations. When it seems that everywhere we turn we see wounded bodies, souls, and hearts.

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Free Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar for Kids

Free Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar for Kids

Advent begins on November 27th – this is a special four weeks in which we can look forward with great expectation to Jesus’ birth, and proclaim the good news of his love to all. This year, let’s invite our kids to be a part.

But wait – am I really asking you to DO MORE this time of year? Yes and no.
Yes, this provides a way for your family to come together in spreading HOPE.
But no, you won’t need to purchase craft supplies, sew dozens of ornaments, or collect endless goodies and treats.

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The Only Two Chocolate Cakes You'll Find in My Oven

The Only Two Chocolate Cakes You'll Find in My Oven

It’s not that I dislike chocolate – it’s that sometimes chocolate desserts feel a bit like the lowest common denominator. If you throw enough chocolate and sugar into a recipe, it will be consumed without question or discernment.

Eaters, (this means everyone), when you take a bite of dessert, do a favor for yourself and pause to consider is this good, is it WORTH EATING, is there anything noteworthy happening here? If any of these answers is a ‘no’, consider not cleaning your plate. This may be a good time to take the advice of one of my all-time favorite quotes: “I don’t like food, I LOVE it. If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow.” (Bonus points if you know where this quote appears.)

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Harry Potter, Cosmo Kramer, and The Hand of God

Harry Potter, Cosmo Kramer, and The Hand of God

The accuracy of the test depended on complete honesty – and I took it seriously. I knew some of the answers immediately, but others required a certain amount of self-reflection. I’d pause, and consider, “Who am I at the core? Which of these options is my real self?” I was, after all, wanting to be placed in the correct house at Hogwarts.

(If you’ve ever wondered if I am cool and hip, you now have your answer. No. No I’m not.)

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The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

It took just over 24 hours to cry through the entire box of tissue. We’d driven up the coast, through a steady rain, for a long weekend on Cape Cod. We had no real plan other than resting up, exploring the area, and working our way through a stack of favorite family games. We’d packed cinnamon tea, red wine, books, sweaters, and walking shoes. 

We were, after all, following doctor’s orders. Last

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Ten: A Playlist for Fall

Ten: A Playlist for Fall

Did you download my free devotional? It’s a little heart-burster of a journal, aimed toward a healthy, courageous, grace-filled new season. Isn’t that what fall is all about? As the air crisps and the windows open, we begin to find new rhythms, meet new people, and nurture a fresh self. And here’s the soundtrack for all our new ventures and new growth.

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Why Past Wounds Control the Present (And How to Find Healing For the Future)

Why Past Wounds Control the Present (And How to Find Healing For the Future)

I crashed out of my seat in the Barnes and Noble café. I fell straight to the ground, with such force that the wooden chair shot across the floor like a rocket. I had been, of course, checking out a hot, tall dude with curly hair. And let’s just say my little stunt didn’t go unnoticed – he asked me out 24 hours later, and the rest was history...

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