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God’s Gift: His Choice

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Day 19 of Advent and God’s Gift.

Bible Reading: Micah 5:2-5

“Though you are small.”

What a significant phrase because we so often feel small in God’s great plan.  How can we ever do something that measures against the patriarchs, the martyrs, the church leaders?

But praise Him that we don’t have to!

Though you are small you are one for God.  God chose the smallest of nations for His son’s earthly birth.  

Though you are small, you will do great things through God’s anointing.

He has chosen YOU!

Thoughts for today:

What emotions do you experience when you are the one picked?

How can you bless others with that same sensation?

How can you help others understand that they too have been chosen by God?

Thank God that this life is not a schoolyard game of kick-ball where the captains alternate picking their teams and you just hope you’re not picked last.  We have been chosen first. Every. Single. One. There is no competition for God’s love and His choice. There is no fear that we don’t play the game well enough.  He chooses you.

God’s Gift: Restoration

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For the next 25 days, I intend to share with you my Advent devotional. I wrote it to remember God’s goodness and gifts while I grieved for our lost babies.  

I also wrote it with the intention of using it with a Jesse Tree, though this isn’t necessary.

Jesse Tree scriptures are relatively standard across denominations.  Sometimes the order is a bit different or the addition of another unlikely hero may be included.  I used the progression of scriptures included in Jesse Tree Journey by Ann Voskamp and Nancy Rodden from www.aholyexperience.com.  I wrote the scripture references at the top of individual pages in my journal, and then put their words away.

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Bible Reading: Isaiah 11:1-2

When I was growing up, we had a maple tree which my parents decided to cut down.  The stump marked the edge of a makeshift parking spot in our yard. After a season of “stumpiness”, it sprouted.  The maple tree came back more beautiful and full than it had ever been previously.

A stump seems dead, but when we wait patiently, it bears new life.  These verses remind us of the Trinity and the characteristics that are bestowed upon Jesus: wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, loving reverence of God.  We wait expectantly for these traits to appear from the stump of Judah. It is Advent.

We progress through all of God’s gifts, towards the One.

Thoughts for today:

How can you recognize beauty in the waiting? 

Where can you nurture to bring forth beauty and fullness that previously was missing?

Where can you display more patience in your life?

Ask God today to reveal areas where restoration is waiting in your life. Ask God to help you relax in the waiting.