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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Advent Activities - Days 9 - 14 Catching Up!

Aagh! I didn't keep up with posting the Advent activities. No surprise, but still disappointing. So, now I'm catching up. We did keep up as a family but just didn't get them posted.

Day 9 card reads:
Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. Isaiah 9:6; 2 Cor. 7:6
Activity: Jesus has all of God's wisdom and has given it to us through His Word. The Holy Spirit brings it to our minds as we learn His Word and He gives comfort and wise counsel through it. Today we set up the next two oldests' nativities.

Day 10 says:
Jesus is the Mighty God.  Isaiah 9:6; Rev. 5:8-14
Activity:  As God, Jesus is worthy of our worship and obedience. One of the best gifts we can give to Him, indeed we owe Him, is obedience. As He said, if we love Him we will obey Him. It's the least we can do for him and actually, we will be happier if we do obey. "There's no other way to be happy in Jesus thatn to trust and obey." Today we get to enjoy baking sugar cookies, most of which we'll freeze for future decorating.

Day 11 reads:
Jesus is the Everlasting Father.  Isaiah 9:6; John 10:27-30
Activity:  God has blessed us with an opportunity to know Him as Father through the loving earthly father He has given. Fathers love, sacrifice, encourage, inspire, strengthen, teach, hold accountable, provide and carry burdens for us. Our Heavenly Father does all this without sin or tiredness! Today we'll have a special Father/Daughter Christmas Tea.
(Another lady in our church helped me to prepare a tea for all the fathers and daughters of our church. We had lots of delicious goodies, a fine talk from our pastor about the relationships between fathers and their children and games of family teams as well as individuals. It was fun to make up a game of matching fathers and daughters of the Bible. You could just make a little tea time at home for your own family members to simplify this activity.)

Our family at the Father/Daughter Tea.

Day 12 says:
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6; John 14:27
Activity:  Jesus brought a peace that is everlasting, not just for the moment. We can have peace in our hearts even though there seems to be chaos and commotion going on all around us because we know that He is in control of all things and we have nothing to fear nor anything about which to worry.  Today we get to hang our stockings.

Day 13 is:
Jesus is the Light of the World.  Luke 1:78-79; John 8:12
Activity:  Sin has darkened our world. The light of truth, joy and peace cannot shine through the sinfulness unless Jesus breaks through that awful darkness and reveals Himself as the Light that allows us to see the Truth - God Himself.  Today we get to hand Christmas lights in the windows and outdoors.

Day 14 (today) says:
Jesus is the Cornerstone. Ps. 118:22
It is upon Jesus, His Godhood, His life on earth and His death and resurrection, that all our faith is built. Just as a rightly laid strong cornerstone causes a building to be put up correctly and to stand strongly for a very long time, so Jesus builds His church correctly and strongly. It's all about Him.  Today we building little buildings ourselves of gingerbread or graham crackers and decorate them with candies.

The Guinea Pig's graham cracker house from 2006.
This week we got to make use of the versatility of this advent system.  Since, for the most part, this plan doesn't have to come about in any certain order, the cards have blanks for the day numbers, so I pencil in the numbers as they fit into what's happening otherwise in our lives. We had originally planned to do the gingerbread houses on Monday with some friends, but realized that would be rushed because of a doctor appointment in the afternoon, so we changed the cards and are doing the gingerbread houses today instead. We have also made it that we don't actually get our tree till the day after The Guinea Pig gets home from college because it's such a fun family activity (snowball fights, cutting our own tree, throwing Mom into a snowbank, having hot cocoa, decorating the tree together, getting ornament hangers from the Hanger Doober Dude, etc.) that he couldn't be left out of it. So you can rearrange things to fit how your family does it.

I hope you're enjoying your Christmas season and are using many Christ-centered ideas.

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