Looking For A Great Light

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UPDATE: ¬†First Advent Sunday, complete with sparkling cider ūüôā ¬†Come Lord Jesus, Come!

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Tonight at 7:00 p.m. our family will begin Advent.  Tonight is the first Sunday in which we will gather around our Advent wreath that sits on our breakfast nook and light candles, each representing a different aspect of the coming of Christ.

The candle that we light tonight is called the Prophecy candle. Once it is burning, we will take turns reading the following suggested Scriptures from “Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas”:

 

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“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. ¬†You shall multiply the nation,
You shall increase their gladness;
They will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor,
as at the battle of Midian.
For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,
and cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.  For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father,
Prince of Peace.”

                                                                                                Isaiah 9:2-6

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“The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. ¬†“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. ¬†“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” ¬†Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” ¬†The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason
the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.”

                                                                                                  Luke 1:30-35

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After we have read from the Scriptures above, we will read a story from “The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader” and we’ll listen to these words from Handel’s Messiah:

“Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. ¬†The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. ¬†Hallelujah!”

This part of Handel’s Messiah is based on the following Scriptures:

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“Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.”
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evelation 19:6

“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ;
and He will reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15

“And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:16

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Advent is a wonderful time to really stop and focus on Jesus Christ’s return for His Bride, the Church.

I pray this post is beneficial to you.  I would love to hear how you are doing and the different traditions you may have during this special time of the year when we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world and longingly look forward to His return.  Blessings to you and your family.

Merry Christmas!

Constance

Raindrops & Words

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It’s a beautiful rainy day today. ¬†Steady, big, drenching raindrops have been falling all through the night. ¬†Pounding out a rhythmic sound on the roof and in my head while I slept very well – surprisingly. ¬†After a long, hot summer, it feels as if each drop is watering my very soul… like each one is preparing me for something.

This morning as I sat down to write out Scripture and my prayers to my Lord, the rain reminded me of my two most favorite verses in the Bible:

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“For the ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;” ¬†-Hebrews 6:7

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;…” – Isaiah 55:10

Every time I read Hebrews 6:7, I pray that God will make me like the ground.  I want to drink the rain which often falls on me.  I want it to bring forth fruit in my life that is useful to those who spend time with me.  Those who want to dig deep and really know me.  As a wife and mom, I think of my Hon- and my kids.  When they are with me, I want them to benefit from me Рlike a harvest for them from God.

In these two verses I see that the rain often falls on the ground and in the form of both rain and snow it comes down from heaven.  It is coming from God, from His place in heaven РHe is sending it down to us here on earth.  And He has sent it with a purpose:

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Isaiah says that it does not return to heaven without first watering the earth and making it bear and sprout and furnish seed for us! This is so beautiful!  Thank You Father for the rain РYou are so good to us!

ūüôā There is so much in Isaiah 55 – I always read the whole thing for good measure ūüôā

I’m so thankful this morning as I read a little further in Isaiah 55:11 – God is not really talking about the rain. ¬†He is talking about His Word.

“So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” ¬†-Isaiah 55:11

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WOW! ¬†I wonder… ¬†What will I worry about today? ¬†There are so many things going on all over the world. ¬†How will it affect me? ¬†Will it take my eyes off the One who orchestrates it all? The One who ordains each raindrop and sends His Word forth which cannot be stopped and will be accomplished on this earth? ¬†O Lord, keep my eyes on You today.

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Here’s a picture of my homestead in the winter of 2013 – when God sent down the rain and the snow together ūüôā ¬†O Happy Rainy Day!

Remember to check out my new Bible study “November Thankfulness” provided free just for you in the right side bar —->¬† I’m writing it as you read this post – I’m getting it ready just for you!

 

Constance