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Celebrating the New Year with Renewed Hope in What Matters December 31, 2012

As we turn to the New Year and away from the old one, I celebrate Titus 2:11-14 (KJV) “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, [...]

Lifestyle Tip: Drop the Reins and Hang On! December 28, 2012

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in 2008 in Julie’s Fresh Air By Pennee Murphree, guest blogger and former Quadrille de Mujeres After repeatedly telling my grandchildren to stop wrestling and running through the house, I finally slowed them up long enough to explain how important it is to obey their parents and to immediately [...]

Lifestyle Tip: Snuggle December 26, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air At Patrick and Julie Jo’s the other night for a Christmas holiday gathering, Delaney Jane (my niece; I have four) came and sat down and snuggled us against me. Like a little bird. She eventually laid across my lap for me to scratch her back. Our family snuggles. We [...]

For Unto Us a Child is Born … December 24, 2012

To Us a Child Is Born … Isaiah 9: 1 – 7 1Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the [...]

The True Spirit of Christmas, Embodied in Balsam and Ribbon December 21, 2012

Guest Editorial  (originally featured in Julie’s Fresh Air in December 2011) By Tracy Taylor Grondine, American Farm Bureau They say that charity starts at home. And for nearly 15,000 people in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond, that sentiment is annually felt in early December as wreaths are laid on graves in Arlington Cemetery. In [...]

My Top 10 Christmas Carols December 19, 2012

By Julie Murphree Once again, I share my Top 10 Christmas Carols list. So do you want to know one of my main reasons I love Christmas so much? Even on your average, secular radio station, the gospel is preached. Wade through “Santa Baby,” “Hippopotamus for Christmas” and other dorky Christmas songs, and you still [...]

Christmas Traditions on the Farm VII: Lighting up the Farm Equipment! December 17, 2012

Final in the Series that was originally written in 2010. Oyster stew was first in the series. Second in the Series here. Third in the Series here. Fourth in the series here. Fifth in the series here. Sixth in the series here   By Paul Brierley, Arizona Farm Bureau One of the traditions from later [...]

Christmas Traditions on the Farm VI: The Christmas We Dressed the Chickens! December 14, 2012

Next in the Series originally written in 2010. Oyster stew was first in the series. Second in the Series here. Third in the Series here. Fourth in the series here. Fifth in the series here.   By Pennee Murphree, former Arizona cotton, wheat and alfalfa farmer My aunt and uncle moved from an Iowa farm [...]

Christmas Traditions on the Farm V: Daddy Hooks Up the Sled to the Tractor December 12, 2012

Next in the Series originally written in December 2010. Oyster stew was first in the series. Second in the Series is here. Third in the Series here. Fourth in the series here.   By Pennee Murphree, former Arizona cotton, wheat and Alfalfa Farmer Visiting my grandparents in Gilbert, Iowa was always fun. But Christmas Day [...]

Christmas Traditions on the Farm IV: Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Spirit is as Strong as Santa’s! December 10, 2012

Next in the Series originally written in December 2010. Oyster stew was first in the series. Second in the Series here. Third in the Series here. By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Who says Santa has a lock on the Christmas Spirit. I’m thinking Mrs. Claus really rouses the spirits of everyone around the North [...]

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