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Advent day 1: Believing God's Promises

It's almost midnight.

Everyone's asleep.

The tree is up.  The front porch has lights.  And 3 out of 4 Advent candles are on the table.

Advent has meant more and more to me over the years.  It really is a gift from God that I treasure.

It started when Ryland was born.  10 years ago (almost 11).  Having a Christmas baby during a very stressful and sad time in my life was like a behind the scenes peak for me at the wonder of the Incarnation of Christ.   God used it like that anyway.  He really gave me eyes to see what a wonder it is that Christ was born as a baby through Mary.

When your circumstance seem impossibly hard and you can't see how this could possibly line up with God's plans and purposes and He breaks through with a gift of unexpected joy, the circumstances- painful as they are- fade in the light of hope.

Today's reading in the Jesse Tree Advent devotional was from Genesis.  About how God promised Abraham decedents that outnumbered the stars and he look…

Sunday thoughts and an open letter

It always feels good to sleep in. For me, 6:30 is sleeping in. So when I woke up at 7:15 this morning I felt like I'd slept my life away!  But boy did it feel good.  
The girls were ready for me when I got out to the milking area this morning.  All their calls said, "Where have you been?!"

I love the quiet mornings filling feeders, collecting eggs, and the tinny sound of hot, fresh milk hitting the empty stainless steel bucket.  And now that it's cold outside in the morning it's just so refreshing and quiet and peaceful.



I haven't been able to be at church for several weeks now.  Between having to work on Sundays (more than I'd like) and Connor's baseball tournament schedule I haven't been able to make it.  But in the hit and miss months I think we've settled on a church family.  The Refuge meets at a community center near 107th avenue and Camelback.  Good friends of ours recently started meeting there and invited us.  There is no perfect…

Yeah, I'm sitting here playing

I have been sitting here playing around with my blog.  My abandoned blog.  Turkey is in the oven.  Our turkey is farm-raised, free-range from my neighbor across the alley. I watched her grow.  The neighbor did the dirty work and traded me 3 loaves of soap for this beauty of a turkey. 

Of course, my tried and true method of buying a frozen turkey with that automatic pop-up thermometer that takes the guess work out of when the turkey's done is out.  And it's not just the blog style or the turkey that's new this year.  I soaked the turkey in a brine this year for the first time.   I sure hope it turns out O.K. 

I've taken a break from soaping for today... although I may just make some avocado soap today... I can't help myself! Today I'm enjoying my family, rest, the farm, the cool weather, the food and meditating on the wonders of the truth that I am a daughter of God through Christ.  That's a billion universe statement.  

I'm thinking of my mom and dad and b…