December is HERE! The craziest month of the year. The month I look forward to and dread all at the same time. Whew….ready or not here we GO!
In preparation of this month’s arrival I sent the boys (big brother took the pic) out into our woods on a quest to seek out the perfect branch for our “Jesse Tree” (one of my little boys appropriately calls it our “Jesus tree”). Somehow we didn’t do this tradition last year. I don’t even remember why. UGH! My guess is the month, and all it’s chaos, got away from us. This month, more than any other, can tend to do that after all.
Within the mayhem this month will surely bring once again, my desire is that our family remains filled with the Hope in our Savior! I want to seize the moments to make that happen and my kids to never doubt how big a deal that Hope is in the lives of their Daddy and I! Truly I want that EVERY day…not just December, but this is a great way to incorporate that into this otherwise hectic month. I want them to know that remembering and rejoicing was/is an important part of our holidays and lives! Nope, we have zero clue when Christ was born since the Bible doesn’t give us a date, but the world is celebrating His birth and I want my kids to be filled with the truth of His coming straight from God’s Word! He’s worthy of great celebration! I want to seize every single opportunity I can to share with my kids God’s absolute goodness in sending His son!
Here is a link to the devotionals we will be using thanks to my sister and her husband who put these together several years ago. I like these devotionals better than the ones we had found and used before they did this. These are just a great length for my little guys!
Perhaps this is the year I will finally complete my ornament collection. Or maybe I will only get as far as pinning a bunch of cute pictures on Pinterest. But no Mommy guilt here. There are ornaments to color and cut out on each devo we use on my sister’s blog. There are even ones that don’t have to be colored. Because… let’s be real… some days even cutting and coloring seems as likely as me climbing Mt Everest….in a bathing suit….while wearing my trusty Old Navy flip flops….and playing the bagpipes.
(They are proud of their, bigger than usual, branch! I am thrilled this year my fabulous husband kindly cut a stump for me to stand it in. In the past we’ve just put a branch into a pot. And, yes we are replacing the floor in this room…we live in a fixer upper/construction zone)
Isaiah 11: 1-2
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.