My friend Claire is graciously hosting us over at her blog, Radically Broken today as part of her Advent series. Talking today about Emmanuel, one of my favorite Christmas words. Go check it out and, while you are there, read back through the first 9 days of posts. A wonderful community of writers gathered here. Thank you for your hospitality, Claire!


It is day 10 and we are one third of the way through our advent calendar, but it seems to rush by so fast! Today my friend Kelly captures something that has been weighing heavily on my heart, a yearning for Christ with us. I’m so excited to share her wise words with you today.


Kelly Johnson is a counselor, writer, speaker and teacher with a passion for helping people. She leads a weekly bible study at the Lamb Center, a day shelter for homeless individuals in Fairfax, VA, where she also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. Kelly leads women’s retreats on the topic of Being Brave. Kelly is married to her high school sweetheart, Steve and is proud mom of two college-aged daughters, Alexandra and Brooke. A long time blogger, she writes about life, faith, being brave and loving well at

Matthew 1:22-25 (NIV)


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