Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {Hope}

Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name (Psalm 100:4 NASB).

IMG_0034Two days ago my sister had her fourth baby. We all loved her before she born into our family. How amazing to see her perfectly designed little fingers and toes and to think that God already has a plan for her little life.

With grateful hearts filled with thanksgiving, we enter the season of Christmas.
We prepare the tree, the home, and the presents.
We prepare our hearts to celebrate His presence.

The presence of a baby sent to our world over 2,000 years ago who brings us together as ONE in the same Spiritual family tree.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men (John 1:1-4 NASB).

Our hearts rejoice with HOPE as we await one great birthday celebration.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14 NASB).

During this season of preparation, otherwise known as Advent, we take time to prepare our hearts by looking at our “faith roots” because the reason for the season is embedded in the faith-family tree in which we are grafted.

With the headlines that surround us today, what else do we have to hold onto tightly? 

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them (Isaiah 9:2 NASB).

The Light shines for our eyes to look backward to the beginning of time and for our hearts to look forward with hope.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NASB).

Today, the first Sunday of the Advent season, we light the candle of prophecy, otherwise known as the candle of HOPE.

And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 15:12-13 NIV).

With thankful hearts, we begin to understand the depth of the season and we. slow. down. because if we don’t slow down we will miss it.

When our children see hope through His Light which shines in us, they begin to understand.

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations (Psalm‬ ‭100‬:‭5‬ ESV).

The Spiritual seed is passed down from you to the next generation when you take time to remember the Greatest Gift.

You don’t want to miss this.  I don’t want to miss this. We don’t want to be so distracted by the things of the world that we would miss the true meaning of the season.

It is the greatest story ever told about the greatest gift ever given. 

It’s a story about the light of HOPE who came down as a baby, who shines in a dark world, and who will come again one day.

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:25-28 NIV).

We don’t have to be afraid of today because we place our hope in the one who overcame.
Victory is found in Him.

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers (Revelation 17:14 NIV).

Not everyone will slow down.
Not everyone will stop what they are doing.
Not everyone will recognize the Lord of lords and King of kings.
But the called, chosen, and faithful will follow, and with thankful hearts, we prepare to celebrate our Living Hope.

Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God (1 Peter 1:21 NIV).

Shift your focus from self to Savior and let Him love you as He brings us together as one family this Christmas season, and fills our hearts with the gift of His presence and the wonder of His love.

Please join us for the Advent season this December as we slow down enough to bask in His Light.  We will look at our faith-family tree to see snapshots of our roots from the beginning of time as they lead up to the birth of our Savior.

Together, let’s slow down and savor the season.

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It is my prayer that our hearts will move from where we are to where God wants us to be – for this season and always.

I’m looking forward to traveling with you through our family roots this Christmas season.

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