It was interesting to me to listen to other shoppers when I was in the stores earlier this weekend. I was amazed at how intentional and sometimes intense people were in finding and deciding upon their purchases. Most of us have a plan in mind when we go shopping, or even when we begin our Christmas decorating.
How many of us have a personal plan for the Christmas season?
Often we are so busy doing….that we don’t take time to be in the moment. We don’t take time to ponder the reason for the season. We just go. And I am very experienced at getting into that mode. So…
Last week I invited you to join me in observing Advent.
I shared with you links to digital or print devotionals for helping you along your Advent journey each day and to consider creating your own Advent candle ‘wreath’ as a way of taking time each day to breathe.
Each Sunday, a new Advent Candle is lit for the week. And so I thought it would be meaningful to observe Advent together on Joy Day!
Shall we begin?
This first Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Hope.
As light shines in the darkness and the darkness can not extinguish the light, so the candle of Hope represents the hope we have in Jesus. Especially during Advent we look forward to his coming. We look forward to when he will finally right all the wrongs, when we will live in peace with one another.
2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s Temple
will be the highest of all mountains.
It will be raised higher than the hills.
There will be a steady stream of people from all nations going there.
3 People from many places will go there and say,
“Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the Temple of the God of Jacob.
Then God will teach us his way of living,
and we will follow him.”
His teaching, the Lord’s message, will begin in Jerusalem on Mount Zion
and will go out to all the world.
4 Then God will act as judge to end arguments between nations.
He will decide what is right for people from many lands.
They will stop using their weapons for war.
They will hammer their swords into plows
and use their spears to make tools for harvesting.
All fighting between nations will end.
They will never again train for war.
Isaiah 2:2-4 ~ (ERV)
Let’s rejoice in the hope of Jesus.
Life is not easy. Many of us have challenges we never dreamed we would be facing. But, we can face each new day and its challenge in the power and strength of Jesus. Because He is our Hope.
These verses from the Book of Romans say it so well…
Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. 2 Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory. 3 And that’s not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, 4 which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness. 5 And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.
Romans 5:1-5 ~ (VOICE)
May your be filled this week with Jesus, our Hope.
It’s Joy Day!
The day when we take time to count ‘seven.’ Seven things we are grateful for from the past week….the good and the not-so-good. We take time to list them here.
I’m grateful for…
- the living Hope….Who is my hope.
- a snow-free drive to and from family for Thanksgiving.
- getting together with a long-time friend.
- an unexpected gift and the method of delivery.
- the beauty of gorgeous snow-covered trees.
- the power of prayer.
- finding and clipping Michigan holly for my friend.
Okay…it’s YOUR turn!!
Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’
I can guarantee it will change how you see the world around you. It really does make a difference.
Want even more joy? Take the Joy Dare here.
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