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Advent: Enlarged in the Waiting, Christian Parenting and Family

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The Heart of Advent

In Advent we focus on three “comings” of Christ: his arrival in history as a baby born of Mary, his return in fearsome glory at the end of time and his intermediate entrance into our own lives. During Advent we are engaged by the prophets of Israel – Isaiah, Zephaniah, Micah, Malachi – and their messianic visions. We are confronted by John the Baptist’s stern call to prepare for Jesus by repenting. We are beckoned to walk with Mary and Joseph in their anxiety and expectation. We are sobered by the teachings of Jesus and his apostles on the judgment to come at the end of the age.

But to seriously attend to things both eschatological and historical in a few short weeks (Advent lasts twenty-two to twenty-eight days, depending on the year) is not easy, especially when these weeks are for many of us the busiest and most demanding of the year. How can we experience Christ coming anew into our already full lives? How can we be absorbed in hope when we are so harried? How can our lives be enlarged in so brief a time?

Clearly it takes some work, some wrestling against the culture and our own proclivities. But making it happen isn’t all on us. A grace is also at work in this season. Think again of a pregnant woman. Yes, she must pay attention to her body and take care of herself, but the life within her mysteriously takes shape and steadily grows of its own accord. As Luci Shaw encourages:

“During the waiting times God is vibrantly at work within us. And if through the Spirit of God we have been united with the Father in dynamic relationship, if God has sown his gospel seed in us, then Jesus is being formed within us, little by little, day by day. But we have to wait if the Word is to become flesh in us. And that kind of waiting feels like work.”

The paradoxical work of waiting. The prophets and psalmists can help us. Old Elizabeth and Zechariah can help us. Their son John can help us. Young, expectant Mary can help us. We can enter their stories, listen to their words and pray their prayers over these weeks. By so doing, we deepen our longing and heighten our hope for God’s coming. By so doing, we become more attuned to the joyous wonder of Christ’s incarnation and better prepared for the fierce glory of his return. By so doing, year after year, we will be changed as Word becomes flesh in us.

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Sarah’s Attic of Treasures posted: ”  Free for Subscribers:12 Days of Christmas Activity Book December 2, 2016 by Misty Leask 11 Comments Each year my kids love to sing the song, The 12 Days of Christmas, throughout the month of December over and over again. We truly do enjoy singing”

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12 Days of Christmas Activity Book

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Affiliate LinksEach year my kids love to sing the song, The 12 Days of Christmas, throughout the month of December over and over again. We truly do enjoy singing this silly song together and sometimes one of us sits down to play it on the piano while everyone else sings!

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Sarah’s Attic of Treasures posted: “http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/let-every-heart-prepare-room/ Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room By Liz Curtis Higgs Read Deuteronomy: I know, I know. This should be my 12th post of 2016 and it’s only my 5th. Deepest apologies, friend. What can I say? Li”

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room By Liz Curtis Higgs

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Read Deuteronomy:

I know, I know. This should be my 12th post of 2016 and it’s only my 5th. Deepest apologies, friend. What can I say? Life happened. A lot of life happened. Some things were wonderful, others were not, but even through the hard times —no, especially through the hard times—God overwhelmed us with His love and faithfulness. Thank you, Jesus.

Now at Christmastime I come bearing gifts for you, along with the best news of all: He is coming.

We stand on tiptoe. Waiting. Anticipating. Counting the days of Advent with our calendars and our candles.

The Bible tells us there was no room for Him in the inn, but there’s more than enough room for Him in our hearts and in our homes. This year, let’s clear away the clutter and make His Word the centerpiece of our celebration.

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You can do this, beloved.

  • Place a Bible, open to Luke 2, on your dining table.
  • Surround it with the lovely colors of the season.
  • Read a verse from the Christmas story each night.
  • Talk about what Mary and Joseph experienced.
  • Think about what the truth of His birth means.
  • Commit one (or two or four) verses to memory.
  • Pray for the chance to share His story with others.

When God laid out the Ten Commandments, this is how He taught people to honor His Word.

On your hearts Deuteronomy 6:6

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” Deuteronomy 6:6

We can have God’s Word on our laptops, our smart phones, our tablets—but this method is hands-free. When you write His Word “on your heart and mind” (AMP), it’s truly mobile and lasts forever.

And think about this: If you memorized just one verse a week, that would be 50 verses a year, with a little vacation time thrown in. Good plan for 2017, yes? (You’ll find more ideas in 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart.)

You don’t have to memorize the whole Bible. Pick a verse. Begin.

On your children Deuteronomy 6:7

“Impress them on your children.” Deuteronomy 6:7 

When you say your favorite verses aloud and “rehearse them continually” (GNV), they’ll land on the fertile ground of your children’s hearts. You say your kids are grown and gone? Put Christ-centered books in their hands and point them to Scripture when they come to you for advice (and they will, eventually).

If you’ve been blessed with grandchildren, “teach them carefully” (CJB). Moms never stop being moms, right? And no one is ever too old to learn. Even if they roll their eyes, they’re still listening. Even if they shrug their shoulders, their ears are open.

Keep pouring out His truths. They will not return empty (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Talk about them Deuteronomy 6:7

“Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7

Gotta love this 24/7 approach to sharing God’s truths. “Talk about them all the time” (CEV), especially “at bedtime and the first thing in the morning” (TLB). More than three thousand years later, that’s still how it works at our house. Maybe yours too.

Driving down the road is a great time to talk to your kids about spiritual things. Since you have a captive audience, captivate them with God’s Word. Your passion will become their passion. Enthusiasm is positively contagious.

Bind them Deuteronomy 6:8

“Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Deuteronomy 6:8 

Walking the streets of Jerusalem I marveled at Orthodox Jews with small boxes, called Tefillin, strapped to their arms and foreheads—a literal response to Deuteronomy 6:8, with verses from the Hebrew Bible tucked inside.

Even if you don’t “write down copies” (CEV) and “fix them as an emblem on your forehead” (NRSV), you might wear jewelry engraved with your favorite verses. When you “bind them around your neck” (Proverbs 3:3), you can be certain your faith will be showing.

Write them Deuteronomy 6-9

“Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9

The idea is to put His words where our families and friends will see them coming and going—“on the lintels, and on the door-posts” (WYC). Or maybe on framed prints and decorative pillows and serving trays. The idea is to see His truth everywhere we turn. Even a single word can prompt us to think about Him.

Though it may not be on their wish list, this is what people really want for Christmas: To know the One who came with salvation in His hands, offering His gift of love to a world in need. Thank you, Jesus.

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Sarah’s Attic of Treasures posted: ”  From Sarah: I am so sorry I didn’t get this out on December 6Th Day 6 | Advent Calendar My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent https://solveigwerner.com/2016/12/06/my-first-taste-of-christmas-at-mcdonalds-in-geneva-by-d”

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Day 6 | Advent Calendar By Solveig Werner

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I am so sorry I didn’t get this out on December 6Th
Day 6 | Advent Calendar

My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent
My First Taste of Christmas at McDonald’s in Geneva by Dr Gulara Vincent | Day 6 | Advent Calendar 2016

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‘Let’s go to Geneva for Christmas,’ my friend said.

It was late autumn 2004 and we were taking French classes. As our vocabulary was expanding, my friend had a bright idea of putting that knowledge into practice.

‘Why not France?’

‘It’s harder to get a visa to France. Let’s go to Geneva for Christmas, and get back in time to celebrate New Year. We’ll have the best of both festivals.’

It sounded like a good plan, so after a few rounds of this conversation, I agreed to go. She had a friend working at a travel agents, and all I needed to do was to hand over my passport and money for her to sort it all out.

Finally the big day arrived and we headed to celebrate our first ever Christmas in Geneva. Arriving at a deserted small town with a giant lake and a tall fountain gushing in the middle of a lake was a shock to the system. There was nothing festive about Geneva. Coming from a country with no tradition of celebrating Christmas, we had no idea that it was a family festival, that everyone was either at home, or had booked every available seat in the restaurants. The next day, we walked the empty streets of Geneva with rubbish flying around us. It was surreal, almost like a scene from one of Stephen King’s books. All the shops were closed, you couldn’t see a single person on the street, and there was definitely no one to speak to in French.

The next day was no better.

What was going on, we kept wondering. Public transport didn’t work either, so the height of the visit was walking to look at the Red Cross building … from the outside. Eventually we managed to quiz a Russian-speaking receptionist from Latvia, who explained that during Christmas everything shuts down for three days. Doh! How were we supposed to know that? The worst part was there was nothing much to eat. The only place that was open was McDonald’s. We had our breakfast, lunch and dinner there, and after five days of that diet I vowed to never go anywhere near McDonald’s again.

Towards the end of our visit, sleepy Geneva started waking up with people bustling at the train station. I even managed to speak to a cashier in broken French. It was worth the visit after all.


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Home for Christmas.

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That’s a cosy place to spend Christmas.

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Sarah’s Attic of Treasures posted: “Holiday Affair, 1949, RKO Radio Pictures. Starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey. Directed by Don Hartman. B https://classicforareason.com/2016/11/29/holiday-affair-1949/ Source: Holiday Affair (1949) Holiday Affair, 1949, RKO Radio Pictur”

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Holiday Affair (1949)

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Holiday Affair, 1949, RKO Radio Pictures. Starring Robert Mitchum, Janet Leigh, Wendell Corey.  Directed by Don Hartman. B&W, 87 minutes.

Don’t be fooled. It would be fair to expect a film noir mystery from Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh, seeped in mood and angst. But this one is a holiday love story, a charming light romantic comedy.

It’s Christmastime, and the stores are filled with shoppers, including the toy department at Crowley’s, where Steve Mason (Robert Mitchum) is working. He just sold a toy train to Connie Ennis (Janet Leigh), whom he correctly suspects is a comparison shopper for the competition.

 

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Sarah’s Attic of Treasures posted: ” From Sarah: This is one of the best blogs I know of for reviews on CLASSIC Movies… Miracle On 34Th Street is one of my all times favorites. Not just at Christmas but anytime…. Miracle on 34th Street, 1947, 20th Century Fox. Starring Maureen O’H”

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Miracle On 34th Street-Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood

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This is one of the best blogs I know of for reviews on CLASSIC Movies…
Miracle On 34Th Street is one of my all times favorites. Not just at Christmas but anytime….

cfar4.pngMiracle on 34th Street, 1947, 20th Century Fox. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn. Directed by George Seaton. B&W, 96 minutes.
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Justifiably one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, this film is a joyous celebration of how optimism, faith and a little magic can overcome skepticism and the loss of Christmas spirit. It’s also a story of romance, childhood hope, and the security of family for young and old. Most importantly, it’s here you’ll find the best Santa on the silver screen, bar none.

Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) is in charge of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and finds herself with the worst sort of dilemma in that job: a drunk Santa, staggering near his sleigh only minutes before the parade is to start. Thankfully, there’s another Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) by her side, and he reluctantly agrees to take over, “for the children.”……..

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Unlike many movies, this one didn’t use a set for the department store scenes. It was actually shot in the real Macy’s flagship store in New York. The work was done at night so as not to disturb regular business during the day. The scenes with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade were from the real parade as well, including those with Edmund Gwenn riding in Santa’s sleigh.

Maureen O’Hara recalled initially being “furious” when her film studio called her back early from a long-anticipated trip to visit family in Ireland. However, upon reading the script, she immediately changed her mind. Over the years she remained proud she was a part of Miracle on 34th Street. As would John Payne, who, until the time of his death, wanted to make a sequel to the movie, going so far as to write a screenplay.

In her memoir, ‘Tis Herself, O’Hara wrote, “I don’t think I will ever tire of children asking me, ‘Are you the lady who knows Santa Claus?’ I always answer, ‘Yes, I am. What would you like to tell him?’”

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Sarah’s Attic of Treasures posted: “http://worshipfulliving.com/2016/12/01/little-christmas-kindness/ Kindness goes a long way -, especially at Christmas time! It seems like there are tons of people who are down. They might have family that is far away from them at the holidays, recently l”

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Spread A Little Christmas Kindness This Year -Worshipful Living

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Kindness goes a long way -, especially at Christmas time! It seems like there are tons of people who are down. They might have family that is far away from them at the holidays, recently lost a loved one, or it has just been a hard year. No matter what the case- a little kindness is always needed in our world.

Are you looking for some ways to spread a little Christmas Kindness this year? This calendar will help you be intentional with the kindness your spread!

I have determined that this year, we are going to have a kind Christmas. Not just a Christmas where we do things because it is the thing to do – but we are going to be intentional about showering those around us with kindness. We are going to really listen to those around us, and hear what they say. By taking time and listening, we will know the people we need to spread a little extra kindness to.

But, if you’re like me, sometimes, in order to be intentional about these things, you need a game plan. So, I came up with one. I want to be intentional and listen for those moments where God moves and prompts my heart to just go about and beyond. I also want to be sure that even if I am not listening, I have a game plan for being kind.

This calendar is super simple, but I truly hope that it will help you spread a little Christmas kindness to those you meet – and even those you have to be a little more purposeful in meeting – this year!
Mandy Kelly Of Worshipful Living

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Sarah’s Attic of Treasures posted: “5 Ways to Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays Organized Junkie http://orgjunkie.com/2016/12/5-ways-stay-stress-free-holidays.html From Sarah : I am only sharing the last 2 ways . The first 3 are mainly to do with starting early. Set Realistic Expecta”

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5 Ways to Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

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5 Ways to Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays
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From Sarah : I am only sharing the last 2 ways .
The first 3 are mainly to do with starting early.

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Set Realistic Expectations

Sometimes, I think I am super mom. I think I can get a lot more accomplished in a given day or even season than I actually can. I have learned to be more realistic these days. For example, we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, so I am focusing on getting a Christmas tree up this year. I am holding back from doing all of the festive kitchen items and living room decorations. I can’t get it all done. Finishing my kitchen project is more important than decorating the entire house. Once I realized to keep my goals attainable, my stress was reduced greatly.

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Remember the Reason for the Season

Sometimes, I know I can get wrapped up in the presents and decorations and totally forget about the reason we are celebrating. When that happens, I have to step back and re-evaluate what I am focusing on. Those things are not the reason we celebrate.

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How do you stay stress-free during the holiday season?

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My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!

See also the Organized for Christmas series

Set Realistic Expectations

Sometimes, I think I am super mom. I think I can get a lot more accomplished in a given day or even season than I actually can. I have learned to be more realistic these days. For example, we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, so I am focusing on getting a Christmas tree up this year. I am holding back from doing all of the festive kitchen items and living room decorations. I can’t get it all done. Finishing my kitchen project is more important than decorating the entire house. Once I realized to keep my goals attainable, my stress was reduced greatly.

christmas-mantel-2014-2

Remember the Reason for the Season

Sometimes, I know I can get wrapped up in the presents and decorations and totally forget about the reason we are celebrating. When that happens, I have to step back and re-evaluate what I am focusing on. Those things are not the reason we celebrate.

holiday-less-stress-2

How do you stay stress-free during the holiday season?

kristin profile pic new

My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!

See also the Organized for Christmas series

 

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My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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