Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
Yesterday we began Day 1 of Advent. We were given a beautiful advent book called Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. The book begins with the stump of Jesus’ family, the Jesse family tree. As we begin to see a sprig of hope grow from this tangled mess of a family, our anticipation grows awaiting the birth of our Savior.
“Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot- yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root…In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to him, and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.” Isaiah 11:1,10
I would encourage you to begin this journey with us as advent continues. Along with this beautiful book, Ann provides free downloads or purchases of the ornaments that correspond with the book at http://www.incourage.me or http://www.annvoskamp.com.
“I’m a Mess. But I’m a Beautiful Mess. I’m His Masterpiece, and that’s Enough.” – Mom’s Night Out Watched this treasure tonight. Recommend it highly!!! To moms everywhere, you are not alone. This is a lighthearted, family friendly, hilarious movie … Continue reading →
As we were driving home my daughter looked out the window and said, “Look at the stars mom!” I replied about how pretty they were but how I miss when I was a child and could see so many more. She agreed that she wanted it to be that way as well. An idea came to her, “I wish there was a day, like every month or year, when everyone in the country has to turn off all of the lights and just stare at the stars.”
How true was that statement?! Our light pollution makes such a haze that it is difficult to truly appreciate and see the beauty of our universe. It made me think that it applies to even so much more. Let’s not stop at turning off the lights, let’s turn off the sounds as well. Turn off or unplug anything that creates distractions and takes away from the creation and beauty that surrounds us. Whether it is a television, phone, or ipod, turn off or unplug and listen. Listen to the wind, rain, snow, crickets, and birds.
We need to learn to unplug in order to plug in to our Creator. There is so much in nature that He can speak through, to show us or teach us. There is so much in nature that He has just to remind us to breathe and be with Him, covered in peace and beauty. Sometimes it takes a quiet car ride in order to listen to that gift of a child’s voice to speak volumes to our heart.
My husband is a principal and we are often out shopping for gifts for the staff at his school. We are always on the lookout for something we can buy in bulk, visually looks nice, is useful, and is inexpensive. This is our week’s find for teacher appreciation and it is even in the school colors.
One green and white coffee mug purchased from the 99 cent store, stuffed with white tissue paper also from the 99 cent store, and last but not least a five dollar Starbucks gift card laid in the mug. Our little note attached on the outside (meaning to look like a tea bag) was a free download from http://cupcakeexpressinc.com and the ribbon was also from the 99 cent store.