Saturday, November 29, 2014

Slow Christmas


Advent is Slow - On Purpose {and free ebook with Advent devotional readings}

Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar - we received this as a gift last year and it was SO fun and such a highlight to see what was new each day! This year I ordered two because we couldn't choose between them!

Thriving Family Journey to the Manger printables

Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt plus gift tags, coloring pages, Jesse Tree ornaments and more - lots of free printables and inspiration!

Advent Art Journal - free printable with blog subscription

Nature Study Through the Holidays

Stained Glass Nativity Craft

Creative Worship in our home - this post from last year also has links to all previous years

She Reads Truth Advent study - starts tomorrow!

Night Before Advent printable bookmark

The Grateful Christmas Project

Friday, November 28, 2014


Let’s take a look at what God’s Word has to say about Evening.

Genesis 24:62-63, “Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the Negev. Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.” Picture the scene: a field is quiet and solitary, evening light is different and it has a quieting affect to our hearts, a field is a beautiful picture of a place that brings life and nourishment. Evening is for quieting of our heart and focusing on God and His Word; a feeding of our souls.

Exodus 16:11-13, “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, ‘I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”’ So it came about at evening that the quails came up and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.”  God provided food for the people twice a day; we saw soul food in the first passage and now we see physical food. Evening is for nourishment.

Ruth 2:17-18, “So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. She took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also took it out and gave Naomi what she had left after she was satisfied.” Evening is for a ceasing of work and nourishment of food.

Psalm 104:23, “Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until evening.” Evening is for a daily end to work. Consider this is as moms when we don’t leave our work place and the work is never done. Do we stop work?

Zechariah 14:7, “For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.” Morning and Evening are earthly boundaries of time. God is not limited by these boundaries, but He is the Creator of them. 

Matthew 26:20-30, “Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. As they were eating, He said, ‘Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.’ Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’ And He answered, ‘He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.’ And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, ‘Surely it is not I, Rabbi?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said it yourself.’ While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.’ After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”  This is probably my favorite picture of an evening – reclining, eating together, conversation, singing a hymn, going for a walk. Beautiful slowing we can do with our dear families. How many times do I jump up from the dinner table to clean up, change the laundry and get back to work? Again – here is the picture that I need to aim for a finishing of my work for the evening. 

Acts 4:3, “And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening.” This may seem obscure to include, but I like how they did not feel like the job had to be finished and carried through as the day was winding down. What can wait until tomorrow?

Closing evening thoughts – as I read through the NT passages about evenings, it strikes me that Jesus was mentioned as teaching His disciples in the evenings rather than the masses. Perhaps He did teach the masses in the evenings but there are several references to reclining, enjoying a meal and a good teachable conversation with the disciples. This strikes me that evenings are for fixing our gaze inward into our own homes and those God has allowed us to share these mornings and evenings with. It is a drawing in, quieting, focusing our ministry on those closest to us and a stopping of work.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! We've had a great day! I love the stay-home low-key kind of days like we had today. We started with cinnamon rolls for breakfast and fun coloring place mats courtesy of Target clearance. Then there was baking to do and an outdoor lunch. What a gorgeous day - chilly, leaves changing colors {finally!} and blue sky after days and days of rain, sunlight through trees - gorgeous! Oh, and a thrifted corduroy jacket found recently, love!

We hunted turkeys and got goofy and then I had fun fluffing all afternoon - that is my favorite part of holidays! Slowly moving through the house, cleaning, gathering from the yard, chalkboard art, pie decorating, scrapbook paper for placemats, cozy welcome on the front porch - I love it!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Slow Day

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prayer Journal
My friend Ashley makes the Stress Less cream - I've decided it is my new favorite smell: lavender and peppermint together. Bliss!