Monday, December 1, 2014

Gifts of Christmas

Gifts of Christmas 
December 1st: Joy
Using the Christmas tree cuttings Daddy picked up in town...

Today is the very first day of December! Today we started reading the passages of scripture that continue to build upon each other for the next twenty five days until Christmas day. The day we celebrate Jesus' birth!

We also started playing our Christmas music...if you stood in the middle of the house today, you could hear three different sources of Christmas music. Alexis had carols blaring down from the attic where some of us were working to put away fall decorations and orange pumpkins while at the same time passing down the Christmas lights and Florida snowman. Today I found joy in anticipating the day set apart to celebrate Jesus! After all, Jesus' coming to earth brought the gift of true joy, regardless of the circumstances that surround me.


"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. 
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. 
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious." Isaiah 11:1-10

Our advent tree

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