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Amanda likes to think up fun ways to tell her kids about Jesus and likes to share those ideas with others. Most of those ideas are on her blog, ohAmanda.com and the new ones she’s trying out usually show up on Instagram @oohamanda. Tens of thousands of families have used...

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  1. What a sweet reminder of friendship.
    I frequently need to be reminded of the importance of opening my heart to women. Women who like myself need a sister in Christ to share the good and the not so good in life.
    Have a blessed Christmas.
    Maggie

  2. What a beautiful and timely story to be reminded of today, when so many of us may be weary from all our own busy Christmas preparations and plans, caught up in traditions and family gatherings.
    Just what I needed to be set apart from, and sit down and prepare Him room. To honor Him and think on Him and all His love and faithful promises for us.
    I am reminded personally in helping a friend who thought her marriage was dead, yet through encouragement and prayer God is at work giving it new life,for a new beginning. Negative thoughts can rob us of the joy that is really within us, and leaps to life by His Spirit, when we just trust His purpose for us. Thank you for this timely reminder, it woke me up just right today. Happy Birthday Jesus.

  3. What a sweet reminder of Friendship. I did purchase the (in)courage devotional Bible and I really enjoy reading it. Thank you and May God Bless you.

  4. Amanda,

    We were made for community. It is important to have friends you can call in emergencies. I am blessed to have a few of those. When my aging dad’s dementia went south & he was hospitalized I called them. They were my support system. God placed them here to encourage me & get me through that trying time. That is what the church is supposed to do-help & encourage each other. When the Christmas story is told we never hear about Mary visiting Martha. She wanted confirmation & encouragement. We all do. There are times in our lives when things go haywire. The unexpected happens & we need someone just to be there. That is what friendship is & does. We are there for you in the good & the ugly. We hug, cry, pray or just sit with you. This Christmas & throughout the new year let’s encourage & be there for each other. I want to be that community someone needs.

    Have a blessed Christmas ❤!!

  5. Praise God for his provision for your baby and your hope and belief. Seeking out other Christian women for encouragement is so important and necessary in our faith walk. We are here for each other…Marys and Elizabeths. Merry Christmas!