I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. (Ephesians 3:16)
Ephesians 3:16-18 proclaims God’s love for us. The verses reassure us that as we trust in Him our faith will grow, it will take root in God’s love, and keep us strong. Faith that has strong roots stands the tests and the storms in life, and remains resilient. When Christ is in you His strength keeps you rooted and strong. The same power that raised Jesus from the grave lives in you!
If you are feeling weak or uncertain remember Paul’s words “from His glorious, unlimited resources, He will empower you with inner strength from His Spirit“. Meditate on the promise of inner strength from His Spirit, and the promise that your faith will grow deep roots and keep you strong.
And now a note about Advent:
This year Advent begins on Sunday, November 29 (countdown:85 days). I promised to share some preparation ideas each Saturday between now and then so that we have time to prepare.
Advent sometimes seems to sneak up on us and while we’re putting away the Thanksgiving dinner we’re hunting around for our Advent wreath or display. Last year Advent had already started and I sort of jumped in at some point during the second week. I wondered how I had missed the start, so this year I was committed to preparing for Advent so we were ready to celebrate! Here we go…
Advent note 1: incorporate Advent preparation into your Thanksgiving celebration.
If you have little ones joining you for Thanksgiving invite them make their own Advent display (wreath) using flameless (battery operated) candles.This is a great way to involve young ones in the Advent celebration as they “light” the candles in their own Advent display each week. Some items that you might consider sourcing for this project:
- unbreakable cake plate, platter, pie tin
- pink and purple flameless candles (traditional colors of the Advent candles, but you can use silver, gold, or any color you want to)
- unbreakable votive holders for the flameless candles
- evergreen garland, pine cones etc…
- Craft glue/tack- I suggest using some glue or craft tack to hold the candles/items in place on the cake plate/platter once the little hands have put everything where they want it to be; that way it won’t all slide off when the cake plate is moved.
Coming up in next week’s Advent note I will give you the craft ideas for a “make your own nativity”. Each week during Advent you and/or your child make certain parts of the nativity and at the conclusion of Advent you will lay Jesus in the manger.
The Advent 2015 series is posted on the blog. I may add to it over the next few weeks but the basic presentation will remain the same. If you want to read ahead, it is ready for you.