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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Trusting God Around Lions-18th Day Of Advent

Today is the eighteenth 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.

My parents have a cat which I think is kind of mean and grumpy. And not grumpy in the ha ha internet kind of grumpy. He is grumpy in the ‘I am going to jump in your lap so you will pet me, but then I will decided that if you touch me I will scratch your face off‘, kind of grumpy. I am exaggerating a little. He has never scratched my face off, but he has given me a few good whacks, and more than a few scars to my sister.

Animals make me nervous. I think they are all teeth and attitude. But my (middle) name sake, Daniel had more reason to be nervous around animals. You see Daniel faced an issue. Some very powerful people didn’t like him, they didn’t like that the king liked him, and they didn’t like that Daniel loved God. They came up with a plan to get Daniel in trouble.

If Daniel worshiped God he would be tossed to hungry lions. He did, and he was. God did something I don’t think Daniel knew God would do, he ‘closed’ the mouths of the lions, he kept Daniel safe.

You won’t likely be thrown to lions, at least I hope you won’t be. But you will likely face things that make you wonder if faith is worth it. It is times like these that we have to trust God. He can close the mouths of lions. He can help you face your problems too.

Today on the eighteenth day of Advent we remember that we can trust God in the face of any problem.

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