Daily Dose of Scripture: Psalm 25:15, “How the Snares Fall Off”

Are you facing a difficult season? Does it seem like every time you take one step forward, you take five steps back? Are you stuck in a pit, that keeps pulling you in? If you feel hopeless in your situation you’re not alone. God is with you. It’s tempting to unload on your friends, family or even a counselor, but when you keep your eyes on the “Mighty Counselor,”that is when you will let go of the burdens and place them at Jesus’ feet. When our feet are in the snare we must humble ourselves at His… the only one who will release us.

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Seek Him…God Hears You

Do you ever wonder if God hears you? Do you ever feel like you’re walking on a path alone? If you do you are not alone. This week, I’ve struggled. Struggled with life, with uncertainties, and difficulties. I’ve been feeling like the weight of the world is crushing me, like I just can’t do it all and I’m failing. I tried to distract myself with a number of to do’s and then I could no longer ignore what I had to do… I needed to surrender, to seek God and so I did. I cried, I read scripture and then I wrote a prayer. My prayer was of thanksgiving, but I also prayed for three specific things that have been heavy on my heart. I let it all out and made it clear that I felt alone and afraid. Afterward, I started working and have been in a kind of silent contemplative mood.

As the hours ticked past, each of my prayers were answered in different ways. I am in awe.  I’ve had to get on my knees and thank God for reminding me that I am not alone on this path. Today, God whispered to me as only he does, “When you are broken and weak I will give you hope, I will  sustain you, I will lift you up when you have fallen. Seek me and trust me with all your heart, because I am God.”  This sweet flow of grace overwhelmed my heart and I needed to share it with you.

If you are facing a difficult season, please believe that God hears you. He has not turned a deaf ear. His power is so great, so awesome and it is always at work. When you are broken don’t try to put the pieces back together, give them to God and he will arrange them perfectly.God is with you in your darkest and brightest moments, he will carry you beyond the heights you can ever lift yourself. Seek him, be vulnerable, and allow him to work in your life. I was blown away today and reminded that He hears me, He loves me and He is Sovereign.

This photo of my daughter reminds me of our walk. We may be walking down our own path, but as we are walking we’re surrounded by God’s beautiful grace that keeps falling on us like the petals around her.

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Celebrate Advent!

Christmas, ahh don’t you love it! The presents, the tree, the food, the fun and the priceless excitement in your children’s eyes on Christmas morning. It is a spectacular time of year. During all of the hoopla it is easy to loose sight of the real reason we are celebrating Christmas, which is the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Years ago,  I made it my mission that in our family we acknowledge and praise Jesus during the days leading up to Christmas. So I decided that Advent would become one of our holiday traditions. If you don’t already celebrate Advent, I encourage you to try it with your own kids. Here’s a quick rundown of what Advent is and what you’ll need.

What is Advent

Advent means, “the coming or the arrival.” It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year it begins on Sunday, November 27th. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas we celebrate the gift God gave us his son Jesus Christ our Savior! Advent is a time to reflect on how significant this gift to us as believers.

What do you Need for Advent Wreath Tradition?

1. A Wreath- the wreath is a circular garland of evergreens. The circle of the wreath represents eternity. You can buy the wreath that has the candle holders in them or you can just buy the candle holders separately

2. 5 Candles– You’ll light one candle every week and then all five on Christmas Eve or Day. The 1st 4 candles go outside of the wreath and the 5th candle is placed inside the circle.

1st Week- Purple Candle- represents Hope often called the Prophecy Candle
2nd Week- Purple Candle-represents Peace it is often called the Angel Candle
3rd Week- Rose Candle- represents Joy and is often called the Shepherds Candle
4th Week- Purple Candle- represents Love and is often called the Bethlehem Candle
White Candle- represents Christ

How do you Celebrate?

This is the fun part! Each Sunday you’ll light one candle that represents that week and read a verse of the bible for example, the 1st week is prophecy read Isaiah 9:1-7. I’ll be posting a calendar of suggested verses this week to help you along!

The second week light the second candle and so forth until Christmas Eve or Day and then light all five candles, this leads to lighting the white candle representing Christ and celebrating his final arrival. This is the perfect to read the scriptures on the birth of Christ, discuss the role each person played, and talk about the characteristics and virtues of those at the manger that blessed day.

Advent is a wonderful tradition to introduce your family to and to keep them focused on Christ.  I’ll be sharing our Advent traditions and would love to hear your traditions.