Last year our family attempted to do the Jesse Advent Tree with our children…around the 25th of December, the kids reminded us that we only had 5 ornaments on the tree. I think even Santa probably had more success getting all his little elf’s on all the shelves to participate. (Can anyone relate?)
I want to warmly invite you to join our family as we “Unwrap the Greatest Gift,” this Christmas season. I don’t know about you, but I need the accountability and encouragement of other mamas out there, moms who desperately want to share Christ with their children this year but easily become discouraged with the business of the season. Will you please join me in walking through this season of Advent? Whose with me!
Our family will be using Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift but there are several other Advent Jesse Tree devotionals out there. I absolutely love this one because it is beautifully written and illustrated, with questions that are thought provoking as well as simple activities for busy moms to do with their children. There are also free printable ornaments to put on the tree! (click here)
I plan on posting every evening starting tonight (Day 2). Make sure you subscribe via email in order to get the updates in your inbox. Please share your thoughts, encouragement, and prayer request in the “comment box” below each days devotion. I am so excited to get started!
The PLace Where Love Grows
Today’s Reading: Isaiah 11:1-2, 10
“Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot-yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord…In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to him, and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.”
There is a huge-eye sore of a stump in our back yard. I have looked on pinterest several times for ideas on how to make it pretty-I have found nothing to remedy this problem. Yes, I am sure many years ago there stood a beautiful tree, a tree that stood tall and proud, a home to cute little critters and birds of the sky, but right now the only thing it is home to is the termites and fungus.
King David’s family was an eye-sore of a stump. These were Gods chosen people but they kept on sinning, they just couldn’t seem to fear the Lord more than they feared man. A good read through the old testament will make it very clear that Jesus’s family tree wasn’t exactly sprouting the most impressive men and women. I remember reading of concubines, deceit, impatience, lying, murder, adultery and that is just the book of Genesis! I love to remind myself that Jesus’s family tree was not filled with superheroes! Yet, there is hope! There is one superhero in the bible and the spirit of the Lord rested upon Him and this Hero feared God, not man.
Life will sprout up from what is dead and old. Do you feel like that lifeless, rotting, and purposeless stump? I know I have BUT for the Christian there is hope! A small tiny shoot. (It is so small you might just miss it, many did) It is easy to forget the importance of the small and tiny this season, isn’t it? When stores and commercials are fighting for our attention, it is hard to look at what is truly important…Ann Voskamp calls this the “little-yet big miracle,” Jesus asleep on the hay…the hope of the world! God is taking the old and making it new. He is taking the dead and breathing in life. He takes a stump and makes it into a home for weary hearts.
What do you think about December 1? What are some ways in which we can draw our attention to “The tiny-yet-big miracle?” Please share your heart in the comment section below. I will be back tonight with December 2.