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.
November, a time of Thanksgiving, when we sit together and reflect on our year, what we are thankful for, and come together and share a meal with family and friends.
Step away from the turkey for a second this Thanksgiving and think about, talk about, reflect on , pray about , and give to some great organizations that are doing all they can to provide for those in difficult circumstances.
I challenge you, sit down at your Thanksgiving dinner, and discuss these three organizations with your family and friends and then choose one to give to this Holiday season.
http://www.mercyhousekenya.org – An Organization in Kenya providing protection, care, counseling, and health care for women surrounded by slavery, aids, and unwanted pregnancies.
http://freethegirls.org- A group giving women a great opportunity to escape human trafficking around the world and have a new life.
http://www.ijm.org- A human rights agency that rescues men, women, and children from slavery and oppression of every kind.
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.