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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Inspired by . . . Advent: prepare Him room



Joy to the world! the Lord is come: let earth receive her King.
Let every heart prepare Him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.



I can remember the first time I heard this song. I mean, really heard it; with my spiritual ears.

Let every heart prepare Him room,

I love the hymns because they speak Truth and are grounded in theology. Few churches even sing them anymore . . . except at Christmastime. When we do sing them, I often look around and wonder, "Do they hear what they're singing? Does it even register? Do they believe it?"

Imagine what our world would be like if every heart prepared Him room?

That's part of what Advent is; a time of preparation.

So how do we prepare our hearts for Jesus? It's a little bit like preparing the ground for seed.

We want our hearts to be tender toward Him, free of the sin that entangles us. Repent. We want our hearts to be fertilized by His Word, ready to receive. Read.  Most of all, we want to be awake to His presence. Receive.

Being awake and receptive to His presence often means that we have to clear some of the noise out of our lives. While fasting is typically associated with Lent, Advent was often a time of fasting as well.

This year part of my preparation is going to be fasting from the busyness of the season. I'm going to purposefully slow down and savor each moment. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Laura Boggess' book, Playdates with God:
Every moment is sacred when you pay attention to it.
I cannot be reminded of this enough. The Sacred is here with each of us right this very moment. No matter what you're doing. Immanuel is God with us.

The world would not have us see or experience this truth. The enemy will always try to make secular the sacred.


But when we shut out the noise, when we purposefully pause and open our eyes, our hearts to Him - in that moment we will know . . .



the wonders of His love, and wonders of His love,

and wonders, wonders of His love.




Blessings,



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Small WondersTestimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Thought Provoking Thursday, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty

Monday, November 28, 2016

Inspired by . . . Advent: the waiting




O Come, O Come, Immanuel . . . 

Advent, I'm realizing, is a bit of a paradox. 

He has come. 

He is coming. (As in, His presence is constantly with those who believe. And He is coming, into hearts and lives every moment of every day as they welcome Him anew.)

And He is coming again.

So what, exactly, are we celebrating?

What are we waiting for?

All of it.

All of Him.

Immanuel: God with us

O Come, O Wisdom from on high . . .

Lord, show us the path to knowledge. Teach us the way to go. Give order to the chaos of our lives.

We ask. We wait.

O Come, O Come, great Lord of might . . .

When the Lord descended upon Mount Sinai the people were so afraid, they wouldn't even go near the base of the mountain. To the Lord Who is majestic, fierce in power, and awe-inspiring, may we humbly draw near.

We pray. We wait.

O Come, O Branch of Jesse's stem . . .

During Advent, we read the genealogies. We learn where Jesus came from. We watch God's mysterious plan unfold. Only Jesus gives victory over the grave. Only He can save us from the penalty of death.

We repent. We wait.

O Come, O Key of David, come . . .

Only Jesus can unlock for us the way to God. Only by His death on the cross was the veil torn giving any and all who proclaim His name access to the God most High.

We rejoice. We wait.

O Come, O Bright and Morning Star . . .

He is our Comfort. Only Jesus dispels the dark shadows of our fear and shame. Only His great Light can turn our darkness into light.

We receive. We wait.

O Come, O King of nations, bind . . .

Peace. Isn't' that what we all want? Isn't that what we're all truly longing for? Not just for ourselves, but our world? Only Jesus, the King of Peace, can bind in one the hearts of all mankind. Only by His bidding will these sad divisions cease.

Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

We wait.




I pray for us {all}, as we travel together this Advent season, that our hearts would be further opened to the Holy Spirit and that in the deliberate rejection of the hurried, harried, frenetic cadence of the Christmas season we would encounter Christ in our midst– right here among us even as we wait for Him. Camealy, Kris. Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting  



Shalom,


Sharing inspiration here:
Small WondersTestimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Thought Provoking Thursday, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty,
Life thru the Lens

Friday, November 25, 2016

Inspired by . . . anticipating Advent

I am so very eager for Advent this year. Eager to focus on something greater than this world, greater than myself.

Eager for the enchantment of the season to find us all.

In a year that has been so focused on negative things, I'm looking to end on a positive note.



For me, Advent begins with an exhale. A release. An emptying.

Doesn't that sound wonderful?

It all begins this Sunday.

There are many wonderful resources available for Advent. I've chosen two:

The Women of Advent: a Gathering of Scattered Hearts, Past and Present by Sheila Atchley
Sheila has a created a beautiful offering here. Through her words and artwork, she explores the lives of the women in the genealogy of Jesus.

Come Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting by Kris Camealy
Looking forward to this quiet reflection, daily prayer and contemplative questions from this author. I haven't received my copy yet, but several blogger friends have recommended Kris' offering.

And for a bit of fun, the season wouldn't be the same without Jacquie Lawson's annual Advent calendar on my desktop. It's a daily delight!



For many, the next few weeks are some of the busiest of the year. I hope you have a plan for tapping into the quiet and reflective side of the season. Please feel free to share in the comments.


Shalom,


Sharing inspiration here:
Small WondersTestimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Thought Provoking Thursday, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty