Friday, December 14, 2012

Hope Begins Here and a {{Giveaway}}

** Updated - Our winner is Rachel!! Congrats and I will be in touch to get your mailing address over to the wonderful people at Dayspring and they will ship you your prize!! **

As we are counting down the days until Christmas we continue to try and keep our focus on what is truly important.

The HOPE that is found in the birth of the Christ child.

For our Christmas program at church, Elijah is singing "Away in a Manger"....the sweetest words I hear is when he is singing "the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay".

"Why was Jesus sleeping on hay mommy?" he asks.  "Because there wasn't anywhere else he could be...there was no room for Him"

"The little Lord Jesus can sleep in my bed mommy, we have lots of blankets and I can share".

What a perfect time to have that conversation, even if he is only three, to talk about having Jesus in our hearts all the time.

Hope began here...

At the manger. 

While the world rejected Him and had no room for Him...He still came. For me and for you.  We celebrate His coming, and the promise of His redemption at Christmas.

"Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in His Glory" Colossians 1:27 NLT


 Each day of this Advent season we have been trying to keep the focus of this time on Christ.  Having a tabletop advent calendar that we can read about the character of Jesus, helps us keep that right focus.

Jesus calls us His own. Jesus is Merciful. Jesus gives perfect peace.

Yes He is our hope. It began at the manger and we celebrate His coming.  Dayspring has a beautiful collection of products that celebrate that Hope.


I love decorating for Christmas - but even more I love having little touches all over that remind of of that hope.  This fabric wreath was the perfect addition to my kitchen and reminds us that Hope begins here....


And thanks to the generosity of the wonderful people over at Dayspring - one of my readers is going to get this beautiful wreath for themselves!! Drawing is for US residents only (So sorry Kate ;) just one more reason you should pack it up and come to MN!!)

So to enter just answer the question below and please leave your email address in the comments so that I can contact you if you have won! Drawing will be held on Friday December 21st!

**What are you doing this Advent season to keep the focus on Christ?**

I was provided the fabric wreath and tabletop advent calender for free from Dayspring in exchange for my post and honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.


Joy said...

So sweet that your little one would be willing to share his blankets with Baby Jesus :) (I'm hosting a DaySpring giveaway too so don't count me as a potential winner.)

Leah said...

what sweet words of your little boy! and how wonderful to know our hope started off there. when everyone else rejected Him, yet He refuses to reject us.

Mom said...

It has really been difficult to get into the Christmas spirit here in California. Very few Christmas songs on the radio, and most of those are secular--so not much Christ there. Very few stores or homes are decorated, either. I did the shopping before we left. And even though I don't love snow, it does make me at least think more about Christmas and the reason we celebrate. I love what you have done to keep Advent in front of your family daily. Is the Advent calendar from Dayspring, too?

Rachel Lundy said...

How sweet that he wants to share! It is neat to see God working in the hearts of children and developing a kind and and giving spirit.

This advent season we are keeping the focus on Christ by talking about Him. A lot! We talk about the season, the Story, the hope that we have, the incarnation, and the amazing gift that God has given us in His Son.

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