Saturday, December 6, 2014

On Modeling Advent for our Little Ones

'Place these words on your hearts.  Get them deep inside you.  Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. 

Teach them to your children.  Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking on the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night ...'
~ Deuteronomy 11:18-19 {The Message}

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Precious Jesus ~

When all is said and done, there's not a more urgently essential calling than authentically living out our faith for the next generations to see.  To absorb.  And to claim as their own.

As we light candles in this holy Advent season, may the powerful truth and radiant beauty of those shining beams of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love be seen not only in beeswax pillars, but in the daily ways we do life together.

For there is a watching world.  And this we take very seriously.

We praise You for every opportunity to share Your birthday celebration and Your steadfast love.  Wow, what a privilege we've been given.

Yes, even when it exhausts us!

Please give us boundless enthusiasm and great patience as we gently cuddle and faithfully read, endlessly tend to and energetically play with these little people you've entrusted to us.  May we bring comfort and joy and security to their lives, these, our precious children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, students, and other tiny folk who You've seen fit to bring into our world.

Help us to model Advent well all year long.  For Your sake ... and their eternal salvation. 

Amen.

 
*  sharing advent with Courtney

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful prayer, Linda. Praying in agreement with you over the little souls in our lives. Blessings.

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    1. Prayer is our biggest responsibility, our highest joy, our greatest release!

      Thanks for spending a bit of Sabbath here with us, June ...

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  2. "give us boundless enthusiasm and great patience"--love these words! Trying to live faithfully---as He loves me faithfully!
    Blessings, Friend!

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    1. mmm ... yes, yes, Lulu. For great is His faithfulness!

      May you find that to be true right and left as you make your way through this week ...

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  3. Sweet picture! I love 3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

    So much is modeled and prayed for by us!

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    1. I love that verse, Sarah ... a continue to praise Him for the way He has brought that to pass over the years ...

      And I love the beautiful way you are raising your little ones for Him!

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  4. Such a beautiful prayer, Linda. I need to slow down a little so I can be fully "present" during this advent season. I was singing the advent candle song the other day with my little one, and even just doing that lifted up my spirit and shifted my focus. Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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    1. I would love to hear that advent candle song, Yuko ...

      Thank you for the gentle reminder that worshipping Him through music is a huge heart shifter, lifting our focus to His loving faithfulness. I'm determined to keep bursting into song!

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  5. Not only kids...our spouses, too.

    And we should accept their modeling advent for us, because it's so easy to forget.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2014/12/what-we-hold-dear-five-minute-friday.html

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    1. Yes, this surely is a gift we give each other, big or little. Now ... to be more purposeful as we make our way through these way too frenetic days.

      Thanks for being here, Andrew ...

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  6. Just wow. Your prayer . . . so lovely. Our pastor shared this verse today: "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect." Not quite sure how to explain myself but this living out Advent every day of my life . . . yes and Amen! His grace to me was not without effect but may I allow to continue to let His grace change me, and may that effect spill over to the lives of others.
    Blessings to you, friend.
    xoxo

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    1. His grace, that unmerited favor. Oh do we need to soak that up, rest in it, let it spill up and over on to all around.

      I'm trying to claim more time with Him during these days of waiting. Otherwise, I simply am grace-less.

      Thanks for sharing what He's showing you, Beth. And blessings back at ya' as you jump into yet another week!

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  7. Hi Grandma! What a beautiful photo of family closeness and love.
    I was at my table today, with now two Advent candles lit. The light broke up the darkness, and even felt warm. Walking the Advent way, I am so filled with hope. I can see why you would pray to be like that all year. Pouring love on our loved ones, especially the children, will show them that they are so lavishly loved, that they can do anything. And that the love comes from a God who sees no limits for them. Or for us.
    Sunday Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. We were cozying up together, deeply engrossed in reading a pile of Christmas books, and I spoke up to the adults in the room and said 'get the camera' without missing a beat in the telling of the story.

      These are my absolute favorite moments as a Grandma ... one-on-one or one-on-two time, quiet moments, cuddling close.

      Walking the Advent way with you, my friend ... and deeply longing for His coming.

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  8. Love this and your prayer! I pray that I am a model still for my adult children and I'm so looking forward to the day that the next generation in the form of grandchildren come along. Blessed by these words and your willingness to share so beautifully. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. And what a grace it is when it hits you hard that your adult children are modeling for you the Christian life. I learn at the feet of my daughters ... and their men.

      Have a great week, Mary ...

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  9. "Help us model Advent all year long." Amen.

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    1. I know I can't do it on my own. But in all that weakness He can be so very strong and do the work that needs to be done.

      Thanks for joining us here so very early today, friend! May you rest up after your your day of ministry.

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  10. Such a beautiful prayer, Linda. I'm so grateful my parents and grandparents modeled this for me and made this time of year so special. Also, Jesus was a part of our lives all year long. Something I hope our future grandchildren will know and embrace.

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    1. This is the legacy that we are most grateful for, isn't it, Kim. And it shows the power of prayer that impacts generations to come.

      Praise God!

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  11. Amen. It's not what we say, but what we do that leaves a lasting impression on our children, and their children, and the people around us.

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    1. Words ring hollow when our actions don't match up, don't they ...

      Thanks for stopping by on this gray winter's day. A bright spot you are, Anita!

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  12. Aw, I love this picture, Linda. So precious! I can tell you are a loved woman. :)

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    1. Surrounded by little ones, right and left, on those rare, dear occasions? Yes, yes, Lisa. I am blessed.

      God has been gracious ...

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  13. Linda,
    What a tender photo and yes, I prayed right along with you, my friend :)

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    1. Yes, I live for tender moments like these. Thanks for hearing my heart, for praying with me, friend. I'm grateful to share in community with you!

      Comfort and joy ...

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  14. I love the picture!! What a precious moment to capture!!!!

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    1. It was a sweet half hour or so, Dar ... and then they were off and running again!

      ;-}

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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