It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 8, Book 14

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. 

Peter Marshall

Advent is such an incredible time to focus on prayer. You can make or buy an Advent wreath and light the candles every night at the dinner table. You can say a brief prayer as you do so. 

You could sit a while and meditate on the Nativity scene. One suggestion I saw said that you could even try a prayer nap and simply imagine you are resting in the arms of the Lord.

Advent teaches us God's timing is always better than ours. Too often one day looks like the next, everything starts to feel the same. Sometimes we’re exhausted, other times we’re overwhelmed with doubt. Sometimes we’re on top of the world and everything is going smoothly, other times we find ourselves standing in the midst of the wreckage wondering how it all went so wrong.

Advent is about the desire of that which is yet to come. That which isn’t here yet. And so we wait, expectantly. . Because all is not right. Something is missing.  We open up. We soften up. We turn our hearts in the direction of Christmas Day. 

 May your season of waiting be filled with hopeful anticipation! 

The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example. 

Thomas Morell



The quote is lovely. And I like the concept of HOPEFUL anticipation.

betty said...

I love that quote of Thomas Morell's. It is so true to be able to set a good example, especially I think in matters of waiting. How we wait can influence how our children will learn to wait.


jack69 said...

Great ideas, never heard of the 'Prayer nap' Not bad! What a nice take off of what my friend Tuck calls a Power nap.
This would truly be a "POWER NAP!"

JeanJournal said...

Nothing says loving like something from the oven ~ and MA you are AMAZING and SOOO spexial to all who read your blog ~ JeanJournal

JeanJournal said...

I cooked a supper last night and my son went back for another FULL PLATE of meatloaf,baked potatoes,corn,cabbage,and cornbread ~ and that was my "loving from the oven" ~ He is living with me since his wife died last December 30th. I seldom make deserts and just wish I LOVED TO COOK LIKE YOU DO ~ JeanJournal