May your word to me be fulfilled…
As we approach the second week of Advent, I want to share something that stuck out to me. We read in Luke 1:5-25 that an angel appeared to Zechariah in the temple. The angel told him that Elizabeth would bare him a son, and he would be named John. Often in scripture when an angel appears we hear the words, “fear not” or “do not be afraid. These words tell us this sight must be extraordinary and slightly frightening to behold. I imagine it almost like an explosion of light, brilliant and beautiful, but almost too much for our eyes to take in. Our eyes and heads are forced to bow at its brilliance. This week we will read of another person who will be visited. She will also be told to, “not to be afraid” But unlike Zechariah this woman will respond in faith, “May your word to me be fulfilled”
Luke 1: 30-38
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
My prayer for us this week to that we would be more like Mary, Lord help us to have complete faith and put our full trust in You. Open our hearts to all that You have for us and all that you plan to accomplish through us.
Read – Sunday – Luke 1:26-38 // Monday – Matthew 1:18-21 // Tuesday – Matthew 1:22-26 // Wednesday – Luke 1:39-45 // Thursday – Luke 1:46-56 // Friday – Luke 2:1-5 // Saturday – Luke 2:6-7
Questions to ask your children this week – Sunday – How do you think Mary felt knowing she was going to be the Mother of God’s son? // Monday – We are told that Jesus saves us from our sins. Do you know what a sinner is? Do you know why we need salvation // Tuesday – Jesus’s name means God saves. We heard another name for Jesus today that means God with us. Do you remember that name? // Wednesday – Do you remember the name of Elizabeth’s baby? We read about him last week. We were told he would prepare the way for the Lord. // Thursday – reflect on the words in Mary’s song // Friday – It may seem a coincidence that Mary and Joseph would need to go to Bethlehem, but if you read Micah 5:2-4 you will hear of the prophecy, and understand it was God’s plan all along. “out of you will come from me one who will be ruler over Israel.” Luke 2:1-5 tells us why they were going to Bethlehem, do you remember the reason? // Saturday
Reflection and prayer – Take a moment each night this week to pray together as a family. Reflect on each passage that you read together. Lord, when the angel appeared to Mary she spoke the words, “ May your word to me be fulfilled.” Help us to be like Mary. Help us to trust You with all thing, and open our hearts to all you have for us and all that you plan to accomplish through us for our good and your glory!
Books to Enjoy – My boys love when I read to them. I included a list in my last post so that you can prepare ahead of time. Choose one or two books to read each Sunday night or throughout the week. Last week we read, silent Night by Will Moses and The Christmas Mouse.
This week we will be reading – Sleep Tight Farm // An Orange for Frankie // Apple Tree Christmas
Songs to Sing – I do encourage you to set aside all electronics during your nightly Advent time, but if you’d like to sing along with the music you can search these on YouTube ahead of time, download them to your phone or on Spotify if you have that. This week we will be singing O Little Town of Bethlehem
Week Two Craft –
Create a star and orange slice garland. You are welcome to use air dry clay to make your stars or you can use the recipe below to try salt dough or cinnamon and applesauce dough. Don’t forget to place holes in your stars to string up your garland. The instructions to dry orange slices and make ornaments is provided below. If you’re using these ideas during your homeschool day, I wanted to suggest you do a little apple study I love this one from Steph Hathaway Designs. It would incorporate the book Apple Tree Christmas and you could even try making your own apple sauce for the ornaments for the craft project!
Applesauce and Cinnamon Ornaments
1/2 cup of applesauce + 3/4 cup cinnamon + 2 Tablespoon white glue (I’ve tried this and the glue and laying out to air dry works much better than baking!!)
Mix together well + knead several times
Roll out dough to about 1/4” thickness [sprinkle cinnamon on your rolling surface to roll dough more easily.]
Cut out your star shape with a cookie cutter and punch your hole using a straw.
Lay stars on a lined cookie sheet and allow to dry for 24-48 hours
String with twine
Salt Dough Ornaments
1/2 cup regular table salt + 1 cup flour + 1/2 cup luke warm water
Combine all ingredients in a bowl
Knead dough until smooth
Roll about to about 1/4” thickness, cutout your shapes + place on a lined baking sheet + punch your holes for hanging
Bake at 175 degrees for about an hour
Slice your oranges about 1/8’ – 1/4” thick. Pat with a paper towel to remove excess liquid. Place on an oven rack on a cookie sheet. Bake on your lowest oven temperate [about 175 degrees] for 3-4 hours. Flipping every hour.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope these Advent posts are speaking truth to your hearts this season. Blessings,