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(Durgan Family) Christmas Traditions –

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you to be of good cheer its the most wonderful time of the year! (Andy Williams 1963). This time of year, perhaps more than any other, seems to be full of tradition, which may be why it is known…

Finding Abundance in the Holiday Season –

With food to make, rooms to clean, gifts to purchase, homes to decorate, parties to attend, school functions to volunteer for, church services, cards to send… the holiday season can be one that is both beautiful and simultaneously full of stress. Especially when we are trying to do it all and to do it all…

The Cultivating Jewels Podcast Episode 007 Show notes

What we chat about in today’s episode: This episode is all about how we can plan for Christmas and keep our proverbial cup full. In it we talk about: – The importance of keeping Jesus first, even in the hustle and bustle of the season.– Walking by the Spirit in what our holiday looks like.–…

You are Safe (Hagar)

Genesis 16:1-6 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar.And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the…

You Can Be a New Creation –

We hear the words “you are a new creation” often enough in the church that sadly, I think they may have become a catch phrase many of us struggle to believe fully. What does it mean to be a new creation anyway? We know from the story of Nicodemus in the New Testament that we…

You are Loved – Leah (the first wife of Jacob)

Tucked away in the pages of Genesis is a story about two sisters, a man who only had eyes for the youngest and the Lord lovingly pursues us even when no one else does. These sisters and Rachel and Leah, eventually became the wives of Jacob, who very clearly favored Rachel. There was another man…

The Cultivating Jewels Podcast Episode 006 Show Notes

Introduction Saved by the Lord’s wondrous grace, Courtney Shevchenko is happily married to her Australian sweetheart, Daniel. Together, they run Our Urban Farmstead, a suburban-homesteading effort on their one acre neighborhood lot. She and Daniel have two children earth-side, Oliver and Esmeralda; who stay busy learning and growing by the day, with baby Beatrix due…

You are Valued – Elizabeth (Mother of John the Baptist)

Picture with me if you will, living in a society where your value comes not from anything intrinsic but instead solely from what your culture tells you you were born to do. And then not being able to do that very thing. In the society of the time, a woman’s single responsibility and purpose was…

You are Known – Mary of Magdala

Starting this week and going through to Friday November 12th I will be sharing 5 excerpts from a resource I am working on for women who have walked through domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month. If you or anyone you know is walking through this please get the help you deserve. This post…

The Cultivating Jewels Podcast Episode 004 Show Notes

Bella lives in Austraila with her husband and two sweet sons. She is passionate about knowing God’s Word and helping other women become well acquainted with it as well. To that end her latest project is A Holy History which you can find on her blog. A Holy History is a short booklet which has…

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