Advent…Be a dwelling space for God

Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!

Luke 1:28

she was told her promise

She was willing to accept it …this Mary mother of God

She asked How? and was given an answer

As my Pastor Spoke last week

..what was remarkable was that she didn’t ask why…

she didn’t think to disqualify herself when she was chosen

she chose to believe

When we are called how often do we say why instead of how

I said why when I was asked to take over the youth group

why me ? what makes you think I am the one?

give me proof of my worthiness

give me a reason to believe

I was a doubter…. and it has taken me a year leading the youth to decide to say HOW instead

ADVENT – the coming One comes to make you a place for Him to work through…can you believe?

Lighting One candle every Sunday and one on the day of His birth.

HIS COMING INTO MY WORLD …I light my 4th candle

 

Seeing this Jesus who came to give

Understanding that I can only receive

all in this life is but a gift from Him

I cant work for it, perform for it, perfect myself to get it

I can only open my hands and thank for it

Ann asks and will you join in answering

Who is one person you need to make space for today-someone who has been crowded out by the busyness of the season?

What do you need to surrender to to make space for Christ, to be a womb for Him?

Spend some time with God, asking Him to fill you with His all-consuming grace.

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This little boy

who begs for attention at every turn

I let go to see him today

I surrender my way

my doings

my goings

and let him enter into all today

Lord be a pitcher of grace water for me to drink today

fill all the empty places with You

consume me and my my my my’s with

grace to give and let go

 

Starla

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Monday Goodies – lists, links, likes and La La La

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1. A song:

 

2. Favorite Pin:

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3. Thanks …because all is grace:

*canopy of fall tree color

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* Clouds that look like they are holding hands

God is right there holding our hands!

 

* Beautiful pink sunrise

* quiet evening

* birthday gifts

* talks with my sister

* little boy art

* Knowing my Personal Calling Statement

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* Counting gifts with Ann Voskamp

* Finding thanks and grace everyday

* Listen to the Lord’s leading and being used as a prayer answer for another

* dear daughter singing overcomer for Janel

4. VERSE:

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5. Great moment – me and my kids heading to the Fall Festival:

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Monday Goodies – lists, links, likes and La La La

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1.  Love this voice – this is his original song…lovely:

 

2. QUOTES:

“Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be.”
Ambrose Bierce

Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.”
Stephen Colbert

3.  Favorite Pin from pinterest this week:

Be Thankful

4.  Thanks…because all is grace:

*his drawings that come home from kindergarten

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*gifts to husband

*Dinner with my family

* love visible

* joy on faces

* bible verses read and understood

* Little boy acting preacher with bible in hand has these words for us:

God’s best ways are showing kindness, being helpful, not being selfish, doing goodness. Being married to one person only. Honor your father and mother.

* dear daughter willingness to help

5. Good study we are doing at women’s group:

Chase Study Guide: Chasing After the Heart of God by Jennie Allen

Monday Goodies – lists, links, likes and La La La

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1.  OH yes beautiful song from the new album called HOME by Skylar Smith and Kim Walker-Smith:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FHbT40exk0

2.  oh would this solve the pimple problem that pops up in that area from thinking so much:

make me laugh

3. Quote because I love them:

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4. My thanks …because all is grace:

*his love of gardening

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* the smell of garden carrots

* the taste of homemade pot pie made with those carrots

* the joy on his face

* dear daughter making the top choir in school in sophomore year (front and center)

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* teens counting gifts, graces, joys and thanks on youth group facebook page

* the feel good feeling that rises when I think about teen youth group

* dear sons smile

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* music that fills me with knowing that GOD loves me!

5. Such Beauty :

by the the light of a new day by manyfires on Flickr.