The Most Favored Woman Mary -21st Day Of Advent

Today is the twenty first  day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.

I am always nervous when I hear someone say something like, ‘Oh Christopher you are just the person I was looking for’. I am nervous about that because I know that greeting means they want me to do something. Normally I don’t mind doing what they ask me to do, but still I always get the sinking feeling right before. I get that, ‘oh goodness what do they want’ feeling. Have you ever had it?

One of my favorite lines in the bible is this; ‘The angel went to [Mary] and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.’ 

When Mary heard the angel’s greeting she thought, ‘Oh goodness what is this about?’ What the angel told her was amazing, and pretty unbelievable. She was going to conceive a child by the Holy Spirit, that she will name Jesus. And this Jesus will become a king over a kingdom that will have no end. This is a lot to take in for anyone, but Mary was likely only 13 at the time. Most of the 13 year olds I know are not ready for something like this. Come to think about it I am not sure I know anyone at any age that is ready for something like this!

Mary’s answer to the angel was just as incredible as his message. She basically said, ‘Ok I am in, let everything happen the way you say it will.’ Because of this Mary is a role model to me. I can be slow saying, ‘OK God I am in, do what you want’. Mary jumped right in.

Today on the twenty first day of Advent we remember that we need to say yes to God’s plans.

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You’re Going To Be A Dad-20th Day Of Advent

Today is the twentieth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.

Being a dad has changed my life. For example since I became a dad I have learned how not to gag when changing a diaper. And I have learned that the human body can function after being woken up at 1am, 3am and 5am, and finally at 7am.  Also before I was a dad I had no idea how funny jokes like, ‘Hi Mr Hungry, can I call you Very’, or `’Did I get a hair cut? No I got them all cut’ are. Turns out they are hilarious. Yes being a dad has changed my life.

Joseph discovered that his life was about to change too. Mary his fiancee told him that she was pregnant. But Joseph knew he wasn’t the father. Mary told him that an Angel told her that the Holy Spirit would give her a baby. Joseph didn’t believe her, and I can’t blame him. He felt hurt and betrayed, but he loved Mary so he decided to spare her any public shame and break off the engagement quietly.

All of that changed when an angel appeared to Joseph too, and explained that her baby really was from the Holy Spirit. From that moment on Joseph stuck by Mary. He put up with the mean things that were likely said to and about he and Mary. He accepted that his first born wouldn’t really be his. He became a great husband and dad.

Joseph reminds me that sometimes God’s plans for our life can be a lot different than our own plans. Those plans are good, but they can be hard.

Today on the twentieth day of Advent we remember that we need to follow God’s plans even when they are hard to understand.

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Eat A Book?!-19th Day Of Advent

Today is the nineteenth day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.

I don’t know about you but sometimes when I go to other peoples houses I end up eating strange food. Food that looks different than I cook and is made with different ingredients that I am used too. Sometimes when I take a bite I am surprised at how much I like this strange food. Other times when I take a bite and I do my best to be polite but all I want is for the food to go away.

Ezekiel in the bible is a prophet. That means God liked to tell him special things that he got to tell other people. Sometimes God talks to prophets in dreams, sometimes he talks really plainly, but with Ezekiel God seemed to really like appearing in visions and using props. Like one time God showed Ezekiel a book with God’s message on it, and he told Ezekiel to eat it. Can you imagine  that! Could you imagine God telling you to eat a book (scroll actually but still!)?

God was telling Ezekiel to make sure he really took in and understood the things God said so he could tell other people. This is good advice for us too. We really need to make sure we are spending time understanding what God has told us about him. We can do that by reading the bible.

I know that it isn’t always easy to understand, or even fun to read. But lots of people will tell you different things about God. Who he is, what he is like, what he cares about. But you don’t have to take their word for it. God wanted to make sure you and I, and everyone else could learn and understand for themselves.

So go and eat a bit of God’s book today too!

Today on the nineteenth day of Advent we remember that we need to spend time getting to know God through his book, the bible.

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