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I failed. Although I had the best of intentions. I had decided to celebrate Advent in a personal celebration of worship of the Lord, to prepare my heart to make room for Him. To write a blog daily of my worship to share with fellow believers and to... read more
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I'm sure he must have been surprised At where this road had taken him 'Cause never in a million lives Would he have dreamed of Bethlehem And standing at the manger He saw with his own eyes The message from the angel come to life And Joseph... read more
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I don't even want to get out of bed. It's cold. I'm tired. Everything just seems to be too much of an effort to think about doing, much less actually getting up and accomplishing. I'm too tired to care right now. There are dogs... read more
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Thursday, December 13, 2012 There are people who come into our lives for a season, and we are forever changed. God has blessed me beyond measure with ladies who have made beautiful marks on my heart, and tonight, I was able to reunite with several of... read more
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Wednesday was a great reminder of why grace is so important to me. As I was searching for a devotional to direct my meditation and contemplation for the Second Wednesday in Advent, I ran across several conflicting pieces of information about the... read more
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Linda Young @savedbyegrace (United States)
Advent is a season of preparation. Since we don't need to worry about preparing a physical place for Him these days, we concentrate on preparing a spiritual place for him. This second week of Advent, the week of the Way or the week of Love, let... read more
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There are usually five Advent candles: three or four purple (if three purple, then one pink), and the fifth candle is white. Purple dye used to be the most costly and symbolizes the King, and are the first candles to be used. Pink, if used, is lit... read more
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Linda Young @savedbyegrace (United States)
The second Sunday of Advent is when we light the second candle. The second candle is sometimes called the Candle of Love, and sometimes called the Candle of the Way. I like to think of them as being interchangeable, because isn't Love the Way... read more
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Advent is about compassion. Today's Scripture verses are "This is the way, walk in it." (Is 30:21) along with "At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them." (Matt 9:36) How do these verses harmonize with... read more
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How appropriate is it that today, the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the Advent scriptures are about dark and light. Pearl Harbor, 911 were very dark times in our nation’s history. When we have the Light of Christ so pervasive in our world today,... read more
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I love the song lyrics, "Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus and His Righteousness." Hope is symbolized by the first candle, which is lit the first week of Advent. From Isaiah 26:16 "A strong city have we; he sets up walls and... read more
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Advent means being ready to learn and receive something new from God. When I was a child, I remember that Mom used to make us clean out our toy box before Christmas to make room for our Christmas gifts. Organizational experts suggest that for every... read more
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It is peaceful tonight in my living room, dark, save for the Advent Hope candle that is lit, a bit of white light from the Christmas tree, and a glow from the lamp in the den. Peaceful. But am I peaceful or am I pacified? What is the difference? ... read more
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Linda Young @savedbyegrace (United States)
Traditionally, Advent is a somber season as we prepare ourselves to accept or receive Jesus. It is the four Sundays, four weeks immediately before Christmas. One candle is lit each Sunday in Advent. The first candle is referred to as the candle of... read more
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Sunday, December 2, 2012. First Sunday of Advent. I have arranged my advent wreath and figurines on the coffee table in the formal living room. Baby Jesus is put away for now, it is too early for him to appear. But Mary and Joseph, three wise men, two... read more
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Preparing my heart for Christmas isn't about being gifts, being organized, decorating or baking or parties. It's about the journey to the manger. Here begins a brief account of my Advent 2012 journey. In all seriousness, I think I've... read more
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Today is the anniversary of the 911 attacks on America by terrorists. Oh, I know, it's more politically correct to call them "extremists" now. I want to call them terrorists, because that is what they arewere. A rose by any other name... read more
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Somehow, there's nothing like attending a wedding to bring out the worst in me and to remind me how strong a force pride andor self can be. And today, I went to a wedding. You may wish to remove me from your friends list once you read about the... read more
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When the Lord answered our prayer for a puppy with a resounding yes, our sad and cold and dead house began to come alive again. Our hearts slowly began to thaw and melt, our faces softened, and we began to laugh and feel again feel laughter, feel... read more
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A year and a half ago, my family lost our beloved fourteenyear old, fourlegged furry child. "Dog Who Hunts Everything" was the subject of more than one blog and lots of object lessons in my spiritual life. With several other challenges and... read more
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Grace to Avoid Resignation I think the last two blogs I wrote a year and a half ago before my unintended and unexpected hiatus from CB dealt with losses my family had suffered. These were the proverbial icing on the cake of two years of challenge and... read more
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It's been said that you can't go back home again. Of course, this cliche is not meant to be taken completely literally, because we almost certainly can go back in the physical sense of the word. Even if the building that we once lived in is... read more
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Our friend committed suicide last week. An intelligent, handsome beam of sunlight who had his entire life and a world of promise in front of him at age 22, decided he was done with this life. He was my son's friend, and he was the son of a dear... read more
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Last year I discovered a unique way to meditate on Scripture, to extract more obscure facts from a passage, and to understand it more deeply. What I have learned to do is to draw the verse on a piece of paper. As I read the words and try to reduce it... read more
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Two weeks ago, I was lower than low, bluer than blue. My anxiety closet was wide open and the vortex was pulling me inside. I was desperately digging my fingernails into anything and everything to avoid being completely sucked in and gone forever. I... read more
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