Advent= is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.
I have always loved to focus on Advent right before Christmas. Especially when I find a good devotional book for that year. However, I have always focused on observing advent as a time of waiting for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. That is when I get confused on why I still feel the emptiness and longing for God in my heart after Christmas is over. I have just realized advent is also about waiting and preparing for the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. There will always be a part of me that aches for God until His return. It is okay for me to continually feel the longing for God as soon as Christmas passes. There will still be times that I will not feel God’s presence. That is the beauty of our hope and faith in God. Feeling His absence is what causes us to seek Him out. Also we should know that He is never really absent. We can’t rely on our feelings and emotions. This year I will continue to reflect on the advent season all year long. I will do this order to focus and have hope for His Second Coming.
Daring to Hope: Finding God’s Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis (5/5) – This is a wonderful book about a full time missionary in Uganda. She shares a lot of tragedies she has walked through in life. There have been a lot of deaths in her life and yet she still has hope.
https://www.churchclarity.org – This website tells you which churches are non affirming and affirming for the LGBT community and for allowing women to be in ministry. The only downside to this website the churches aren’t categorized by state.
- Party for One by Carly Rae Jepsen
- I dyed my hair for the first time in my life at age 27.
- We Adopted a Rescued Greyhound Racer Named Monica. She is sweet, huggable, but skittish because she was used to living in her kennel all night.
I notice Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature. -Friedrich Nietzsche
I actually am ashamed to say I didn’t finish any books this month. Let’s hope november will be better.
- Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne (5/5) – She usually sings secular music but this song points to God. It is about her journey through lyme disease. I think this song can help all of us in our times of struggle.
- Little Italy (5/5) – This is a super cute chick flick about two adult children falling in love. They are from two different families who are in rivalry against each other.
- I went to the She found joy tour. It was about living a courageous faith. This is What I Learned.
I got a coupon so even though I didn’t care for the first box I ordered again. I LOVED second box.
- Violet Harper Silver Knot Bangle (5/5) – I don’t think it is worth 78 dollars but it super cute so I am definitely going to wear it.
- Jules Kae Copper Pouch (4/5) – I don’t think the product is worth what it cost (65 dollars). However, it is a pretty color and I will use it when I need another make up bag.
- Nelson J Moisturize Healing Mask (4/5) – Even though I am not 100 percent if it is working yet. I have high hopes for this product.
- Seraphine Botanicals Apple + Mint Lip Polish (5/5) – This is meant to get all the dry skin off your lips. I love it because it makes my lips so smooth. I think it is a lot better than chap stick.
- PreHeels – This product is spray is supposed to keep your heels from rubbing with any shoe.
- Byrd’s Toasted Pumpkin Cookies (1/5) – I didn’t like last months snack and I don’t like this months snack. It was VERY disgusting.
- NCLA Compact Mirror (1/5) – I never can see my whole face in compact mirrors so I don’t really see a use for them.
On My Blog:
The phrase “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” gives me all the feels. It brings me back to evangelical world during my teen years.
1.Have you ever used this phrase with others? What was the outcome?
Yes, I have used the phrase with others. Honestly, I became more bitter and hateful towards people. I couldn’t seem to separate the sin from the sinner.
2. How would you define “sin” today? How did you define it earlier in your life?
If I remember correctly my former christian counselor described sin as a misguided intention. This softened my heart. This didn’t cause me to condone sin. But this definition helped me not to be so harsh toward others who sinned.
3. Is it possible to love a person and hate their sin?
I think it is possible to be deeply saddened by the choices of the world. You still lift people up in prayer and have compassion on them.