Sunday, December 2, 2018

Hope * Advent Open House

#adventphoto2018

'The frenzy we call the holiday season is a mad dash of tinsel and toys, driven more by consumerism than anything else, and creating a perfect storm of anxiety that can easily cause us to miss God's voice.

Ironically, the season that marks the arrival of the Prince of Peace has somehow begun to leave us feeling frantic, stressed, alone, and peace-less.'
Waiting Here for You:
An Advent Journey of Hope
-  Giglio -

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Welcome to Advent Open House.  Each day until Christmas, we'll join hearts as we gather together in the seasonal waiting room we call Advent.  For we are linked by hope and wonder, yearning and contemplation ... kindred spirits, courtesy of our Savior's lovingkindness.

Here you'll find a simple photograph and just a few words ... maybe Scripture, a prayer, or a song.

My hope is that in this hustling, bustling season, you'll find your visits to be a gently peaceful oasis, a bit of needed white space, and a calming grace in the crazyness of all that pulls at you ... the seemingly endless planning, shopping, decorating, wrapping, baking, cooking, and get-togethers.

Perhaps what happens in our moments together will fortify us all to say 'yes, please' to what is most needed and necessary as we wait for Jesus ... and that we'll find a courageous discernment to let go of everything else that clamors for our wearied attention.

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Want to join me in creating your own Advent Photo-A-Day?  All the info you need is right here at Tim and Olive's.  If you share your photos on social media, please tag them with #adventphoto2018.

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HOPE


And hope does not disappoint us, 
because God has poured out His love into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
- Romans 5:5 - 

18 comments:

  1. No hustle and bustle here, just a grim and deadly struggle to fight down the cancer-demons.

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    1. Dear Lord, please bless my brother with a blessed comfort and hope that nothing can take away. For Jesus' sake, Amen.

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    2. I pray this for you, too, Andrew.

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  2. Such a lovely idea. Obviously, I'm a visual person so I'll enjoy seeing your reflections of these prompts.

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    1. And I appreciated your beautiful Hope post today, friend ...

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  3. I'm going to enjoy seeing your picks of pics and verses all month, Linda! I'm going to try to do this on Instagram as many days as possible.

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    1. I'll be stopping by to enjoy your creations on Instagram, Lisa! Fun ...

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  4. Oh, yes, we so need an oasis of hope, don't we? As I looked at the wreath, I decided to look up what the color green stands for, and I found this it is the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy. :) Love it! Blessings of hope and renewal to you, Linda!

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    1. Thanks for doing that bit of research for us, Trudy! Life, renewal, nature, energy. That's a pretty powerful picture you've painted...

      ;-)

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  5. Ah, Linda ... you have described how I see your online home perfectly: "a gently peaceful oasis, a bit of needed white space, and a calming grace in the crazyness of all that pulls at [me]." Even when I'm not able to comment, your words and pictures are a welcome respite. I am looking forward to seeing Advent through your eyes this month.

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    1. I'm grateful to walk through this season with you, Lois. May you find rest and encouragement here ...

      Bless you, friend.

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  6. What a beautiful idea! I love this concept. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. This is a fantastic idea! Really helps focus on that moment on being in the moment. Thank you for sharing!

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Linda