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ADVENT – WEEK 1 – CANDLE OF HOPE

1 Dec

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Sunday was the first day of Advent.  Christmas is almost here.  It’s time to prepare  and decorate our homes for company,  address Christmas cards, wrap presents and dig out those treasured recipes.

Advent means the coming of or arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the greatest gift we have ever received.

Sunday evening as I lit that first candle in expectancy of this beautiful time of the year,  my thoughts went to how I want a slower, less hurried, stress-free, more worshipful, more holy Christmas.  You ask how do we do that.  For me it’s been a whole change of attitude.  It’s a change as I go to town to buy gifts or groceries, and not get upset by lines and crowds, and rude people in the aisles.  It’s a less hurried, worshipful attitude as I bring down decorations and reflect Him in each ornament or piece of tinsel I handle.

As I prepare my home this year, as always I begin to prepare my heart, turning it inward, I want more this year.  I want more of Him, less of me.  I want His illuminating light to fill my heart and my families hearts and my home.  I want this year to be one we remember like never before.  One that will be savored long after I am gone.  I want my life to create an atmosphere of joy and serenity.  I want those who enter my home or I come in contact with not only this season but every single day to feel special.

Hope is God doing what He says He will do.  Hope is believing He will do what He says He will do, and believing His promises.  He is the reason we have hope.  He is the reason for this Christmas season.  He is the reason I want to get out of bed each day.  He IS!

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23 Responses to “ADVENT – WEEK 1 – CANDLE OF HOPE”

  1. Sandi December 2, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    Hi Debbie,
    This is lovely. We would all enjoy the holidays more if we slowed down and thought about His coming and what He did for us. He is the Reason for the season and He is our Blessed Hope! Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    • bloggerlovestheking December 3, 2015 at 2:50 am #

      Thanks Sandi for providing a place to share each week. I need to share more of my tea cups. Mom left me all hers.

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    • bloggerlovestheking December 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      Thanks Sandi for stopping by and commenting.

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  2. hopeful50 December 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Because HOPE changes everything! I’m number 57 at WWI, right next to YOU!

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  3. messymarriage December 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    I want those same things too, Debbie. We all need to reflect on what being like Christ means this Christmas season. Thanks for getting us started!

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  4. Lissette December 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me at the #FFBH. This time of year is definitely one of introspection and giving.

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    • Blogger Loves The King June 9, 2017 at 1:15 am #

      Thanks Lissette.

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  5. Stephanie December 5, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    My dear friend, what a beautiful post to remind us to slow down and ponder all that we have to celebrate this time of year. The birth of our Savior….what a gift to mankind! Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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  6. bcb0 December 5, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Yes, Amen…me too. I can’t believe it’s advent season already. Thanks for this sweet reminder of the hope that this season expresses. ((blessings))

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    • Blogger Loves The King June 16, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

      Thank you for visiting.

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  7. Michele Morin December 5, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Our advent candles are one of my favorite things about our celebration, and I can remember when my boys were all small explaining to them as we decorated that we were preparing our home as a reminder of the fact that we prepare our hearts. Thanks for your lovely words.

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  8. inspiredbyjune December 5, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    He IS the reason we have hope, amen! Blessings on your advent.

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    • Blogger Loves The King June 16, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

      Thanks June. Your comment was hidden in moderation. I found a bunch last week and trying to respond to all of them and visit all of you.

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  9. Gail December 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    With all the evil in this world, your post was a fresh-air reminder of God’s truth. Like you, I will try to worship throughout every activity of this season.

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  10. Carrie December 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    I too want to slow down and savor every single day through Advent. It is the anticipation that I’ve grown to love, the anticipation to celebrate at our Christmas Eve service, to sing for His coming. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Blogger Loves The King June 9, 2017 at 1:15 am #

      Thanks Carrie for stopping by.

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  11. pamecrement December 6, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    Hi Debbie! This is your Linkup neighbor! I enjoyed visiting and hearing again about the meaning of the first Advent candle. Focusing on hope when the news has been dismal is exactly where we need to be as we remember who our hope is in and why He came to give it to us.
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  12. Ann December 6, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    Love what you wrote – “Hope is God doing what He says He will do. Hope is believing He will do what He says He will do, and believing His promises.” Without hope, especially a hope in God’s promises and trusting in His Word, I am sure we would all be totally lost!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Joanne Norton December 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    He is what I count on day-by-day, and forever and ever. His HOPE is all I can truly count on. AND according to my brain and body, I’ll be in Heaven in the not-distant future and to see Him and so many thousands that are in my brain and heart, that’s all I can count on. Thank you!

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  14. kim December 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    Amen to all of this. It is so easy to become discouraged at this time of year, but it is because we have lost focus on what really matters.

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