Our Jesse tree is covered with ornaments and our Amaryllis is about to blossom! We have tried to focus even more on stillness and peace but in the midst of a busy world it can be difficult. Yet, even the smallest effort toward Christ counts because in reality, He is the faithful one. He is the Prince of Peace, the Stillness in the Choas, the Promise Fullfilled.
I have been inspired by Ann Voskamp lately and this advent she has a lot of great ideas she is sharing! We have had the annual Advent tradition of watching an Amaryllis grow. It has always been a great way to ponder on spiritual growth so when I saw Ann's idea to write "Grow" on her chalkboard tag and attach it to her pot I was thrilled! I am into the whole chalkboard "thing this year. She also said " Grow deep roots" which I thought would be the perfect saying to put on our tag as a reflection for all of us this Advent! I hope you and your family can grow a beautiful plant or flower to give to God as a way to show our devotion to Him. Blessings and Peace to all!
"The Greatest Gift" by Ann Voskamp arrived today! A meditation from her blog... Miracles happen whenever I look for shoots of Jesus' love everywhere because this grows deep roots in Jesus' love for everyone.
The miracle of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are all around us. The very simple things we take for granted are the everyday miracles right under our noses. God has given us these great gifts and we can share them with each other. Reading a Christmas story, singing a carol or two...
can bring about joy and hope in each others lives!
As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of Christmas and Jesus, we not only ponder Jesus, we ponder His family and ours. We focus on the Jesse Tree because through a family tree, we have been branches grafted together. A family, from the beginning of time has been possible because like a tree they, the husband and a wife are able to bear fruit. A tree full of fruit is always a prize to a harvester. Joe and I ahave been blessed to be able to share a meditation and scripture with our children each night. We take seriously the family dinner and coming to the table together. God has given us a grace as a family to share and become a domestic church. Bringing God into every part of our lives is His gift!
I think that is exactly what this red and green Holly is doing, singing it's Creator's praises! The beauty captured in these leaves and berries exudes love for His Children. I am in awe when I gaze upon it's lushness and fruitfulness. Thank You Jesus for this tree that brings the season to life!
The Jesse Tree, a simple way to remember the way God prepared His people for His First coming, and a way to Prepare His people, us for His second coming!
These beautiful paper ornaments can be printed out at Ann Voskamp's blog, " A Holy Experience", If you purchase her book, " The Greatest Gift", there is a password to download them. The book is an Advent meditation and a reminder of Jesus as our greatest Gift.
My daughter is one of the best at kitchen assistants. She never hesitates to help me chop up seasoning and vegatables at dinner time, as a matter of fact she asks me if she can do these jobs.
I look forward to spending time with her and watching her as she plays an important part in our family's dinner preperation.
It is a big deal each night because we usually try to eat together as much as possible. Not that we have fancy meals but we do have wholesome meals. We try not to use box mixes or canned goods for the better nutritional value.
We have certain nights of the week for certain dishes making the menu simple and dependable. Our family tends not to like new or different dishes. Works for me and keeps life practical and simple.
A good leader is one who is a good server. In our home it is very important that the kids have jobs and chores they are responsible for. This may lead to many opportunities later in life. A tiny little job like chopping kitchen veggies can lead to the joy of cooking and a maybe a vocation as well.