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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Chapter 12, Page 4, Book 18

 ¸¸.•*¨*• Joy to the world, the Lord has come!  Let earth receiver her King!  Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing!   ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Day 4 - joy in our heart

Christmas!  The very word brings joy to our hearts.  No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given — when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth enfolds our hearts and our homes.

Joan Winmill Brown

Advent is about waiting, but waiting with a purpose.  As much as we want to celebrate Christmas, Advent is meant to slow us down a bit and focus inward.  This season offers a beautiful time to grasp the deep meaning that brings joy to our hearts.

Remember:  Waiting is inevitable.  Joyful hope is a choice.

All life involves waiting.  We wait at stoplights.  We are caught in traffic jams. We agonize over medical test results.  Waiting teaches us about our passion and purpose.  

Waiting can be frustrating, challenging and overwhelming, but for the season of Advent, waiting is meant to be a joy filled occasion.  Waiting with a purpose.  We are preparing for Christmas, the most wonderful day of the year.

The wait is where we draw closer to God, test our determination and faithfulness. We wait so we can be prepared.  

All human wisdom is summed up in two words wait and hope.

Alexander Dumas


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

The pictures are of my grandchildren in years gone by: going for a Christmas tree, visiting with a reindeer, watching the train around go round the tree...all signs of joyful hope.

jack69 said...

Love the pictures. They look like PURE JOY! And yes waiting does give a chance for learning, if we will let it. We have learned a lot waiting (for the RV!) LOL
Love the picture of the kids being given a ride on the tarp, yep that is real joy!
Sherry & jack cloudy but nice here.

Chatty Crone said...

So your grands are more grown up now - they sure were cute!

betty said...

I'm trying to slow down this Advent season and really think of the birth of Jesus. Spending time slowly reading the gospel accounts of it and then doing some independent studies about it. Like yesterday I wondered if people actually knew what day Jesus was born since I know it wasn't December 25th like it has been the custom to celebrate it. The research I did backed by scripture was that potentially September 11th was the day he was born. It was fascinating to read and to have it all tie together. Then today I was reading the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew chapter 1 so I did some studying about that and found the 4 women that were listed in the genealogy were foreign born and 3 of them didn't have the most respectful of pasts. It fascinated me again how God can use anyone, even the broken, and how he continues to work for the good of those who love him for his purpose. So I'm taking this Advent season to really try to prepare my heart for the wonderful gift of Jesus!


Mevely317 said...

In this age of instant gratification, I don't suppose mankind is particularly adept at waiting. I hope this Advent season prompts me to pause with joy-filled expectation!

Love these pix, particularly the trains!


love the pictures of your family. the children are precious. like that reindeer.