Friday, December 12, 2014

Road to Bethlehem

Another person unsolicited told me they love reading my blog...

Humbled...I have no idea how much exposure it has...but God is using it...and I've been neglecting it.

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a big fan of Ann Voskamp's writings and blog.  I purchased an advent "wreath" handmade by her son, Caleb.  It was so fresh, I could smell the shellac when I took it out of the box last year.

Adding a candle for each day in December, it leads the donkey, Mary, and Joseph to the manger.

Another new advent tradition has been reading these 3.5 x 3.5 sticky notes from Ann you can download here.  Reading one a day has made a huge difference this Christmas...

I know many our experience desperate circumstances when this season emphasizes cheer and "troubles will be out of sight."  I sent a set of these to an incredible friend of mine who is hurting because I knew how they were helping me.  I've had my share of heavy, loss-laden Christmases. Mind if I share one?

I will believe in God's grace for
impossible things today.
Because no situation is more hopeless than
my Savior is graceful.
And no personal choice that
muddied my life can ever trump
the divine choice to wash my life clean.
That is always the secret to unwrapping
the biggest, greatest, grandest gift:
believe that the love of Jesus is in
the place where I don't expect it.

And THAT my dear friends is TRUTH!  Let's remember Bethlehem...where it all began...

...and let it lead us to the Greatest Gift.

PS:  My 31 days will finish before the end of the year...I'm waiting on God's timing for the next post as it is a difficult one.  Stay tuned!


  1. Uplifted by your words and quiet photos.

  2. So glad to see you writing friend. That Advent wreath is beautiful. I'm reading Ann's book The Greatest Gift and I'm loving it.

  3. Love the Advent weath. Hubby and I did the the Greatest Gift last...and we are doing it again this year. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. I love love LOVE this post. Your blog is a gift!


  5. Beautiful post, Denise! The Advent wreath is simply beautiful!

  6. I'm back! Thank you for the link for the cards. The month is half over, so I think I'll read one in the morning and one at night. Next year I can start on Dec. 1!


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