Christmas Cookies and God’s Deliberate Timing (Make Ready 14)

anything to do with baking

Advent Day 14

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman… Galatians 4:4

Baking can be an opportunity to slow down and contemplate a bit. It cannot be rushed. If you try to multitask while doing it, chances are something’s going to spoil or burn. The deliberate movements of measuring, pouring, stirring, dropping, rolling or cutting…there is a rhythm and a purpose to it that often is lost during the hectic chaos of this season. Contemplate for a moment the deliberate timing of Christ’s coming: the time, the place, and the people. For you, and for me.


Songs of Making Ready (Make Ready 13)

Christmas music, song, or hymn

Advent Day 13

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Christmas music, whether the Christmas favorites on the radio, the instrumental Christmas tunes in the background at the shopping mall, or the hymns sung in church, all spark in our hearts a bit of the spirit of the season, a touch of Christmas joy. We are preparing, we are making ready, for the celebration of the advent of our King, the coming of our Savior. Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks! Our King is coming!


The Joy of Holiday Hand-Me-Downs (Make Ready 12)

My Spode dishes were handed down to me from my mom, who knew how much I loved them. Thanks, Mom!

something from another generation

Advent Day 12

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4

Faith goes from generation to generation. Some of us are taught as children of the little Baby Jesus, sleeping on the hay, who came to save us. As we grow, the lessons broaden slowly but surely, to encompass more and more of the significance of what all that means: Baby Jesus came to save us, to free us, to restore us to Himself. Today, thank God for someone who shared the faith with you, who and Make Ready and share the message of Jesus to someone in the next generation.