Weekend Whispers

Joy To The World // Weekend Whispers

*This post originally published December 20, 2011.

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
and Heaven and nature sing,
and Heaven and nature sing,
and Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

I sing this song every year at Christmas time.  Joy to the world.   And I stop and I ask myself, “Am I allowing the JOY that is Christmas to flood my heart as I prepare to receive Him?”

Let every heart prepare Him room.

My heart gets cluttered at times.  Some days I am afraid to look deeper, for fear of what I might really see.  It’s hard to look beyond the places where

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Faith

Embracing The Simple Joy Of Being Loved

Red polka dots cup on wooden table over wallpaper with snowflakes

Red polka dots cup on wooden table over wallpaper with snowflakes

There is this story I’ve been reading a lot this week, that of the birth of a King, who left His Kingdom, came as a baby, born in a stable, laid low in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes.  He is a King for all the world, yet so much of the world does not know Him.  And some who know Him struggle to understand His coming.  Why did He come?  And if He is a king, why didn’t He come in a more glorious fashion?

For me, the story of Christmas goes back to one of the first verses I ever memorized in God’s Word:

“For God so loved the world, that

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Weekend Whispers

The Weekend Brew: The Promises In His Name

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Jesus.  There is so much hope and promise in Your name.

Jesus, Wonderful Counselor,
the promise of a life of wonder and delight, of anticipation for those who seek You and guidance and wisdom for all our days.

Jesus, Mighty God,
the promise of strength to the weary, hope to the hopeless and power to the powerless.

Jesus, Everlasting Father,
the promise of love, complete acceptance and continual forgiveness.

Jesus, Prince of Peace,
the promise of peace that surpasses all understanding and the calm in the midst of the storm.

This week I am turning my heart and my gaze toward Jesus, reminding myself of all that He is, and all that He has done for me.

What promise in His Name are you most clinging to today?

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family

Embracing the Simple Joy of Family

Red polka dots cup on wooden table over wallpaper with snowflakes

Red polka dots cup on wooden table over wallpaper with snowflakes

Embracing the simple Joy of FAMILY

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Burton Hillis

I tell my kids ever year, “Christmas is about family.  It’s about being together.  It doesn’t matter what is or isn’t underneath the tree.  What matters most is that we, as a family are all together — healthy, happy and loving Jesus.”

Over the last four years, I’ve said that more often than I am sure my children would like to hear. It’s hard to keep a balance between wanting to give your children the desires of their

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