Living Outside the Stacks

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Love {Advent Bible Study}

The focus of this week’s Advent study is LOVE. Love means to have a strong affection for anther arising out of kinship or personal ties. It also means to have an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.

Love ~ Advent Bible Study {Living Outside the Stacks}

SCRIPTURE

1 John 4:7 {KJV}

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

OBSERVATION

When I first looked up “Love” in the Webster’s Dictionary, the first entry was for maternal love, the second for romantic love and a bit further down, the love God has for mankind. This struck me as wrong. I know the dictionary isn’t a religious book but the first act of love ever demonstrated was when God sent His son to die for us {John 3:16, John 15:13).

God’s love is sacrificial, benevolent and unwarranted, this is how our love for one another should be.

APPLICATION

This week, we’re challenged to demonstrate our love for one another through random acts of kindness. I love this. For the last week, we’ve had a mitten tree at work for collecting articles of clothing such as gloves, hats and scarves for those in need. So I decided to crochet scarves to go on the tree. To me, nothing says love more than something handmade. And while, I may not ever meet the person who gets one of my scarves, I’ll know that somewhere out there, someone is keeping warm with God’s love through my hands.

PRAYER 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the example that you gave us of perfect love. Thank you for giving us the greatest gift of all, eternal life through your son, Jesus Christ. I ask that on this week, you help me to find ways to demonstrate your love to anyone who crosses my path. Let them see you in me. And, Lord, bless each person who receives something from the mitten tree. Keep them strong and healthy. Reveal your love to them.

Amen

ABOUT THE STUDY

This month, I will be participating in the Advent Study, Keeping Our Hearts Focused on Jesus, hosted by the ladies at Good Morning Girls. Good Morning Girls are a group of Christian women who email, Facebook, Twitter and text message each other to keep them accountable for their quiet times. You can even catch them on Instagram, just follow the hashtag #goodmorninggirls.

Having quiet time in the Word is a great way to begin or end the day. It gives you time to focus on God and His will for your life as well as to renew and refresh your strength. I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day and spend some time just reading and thinking about the Lord.

If you’re joining in, please leave a comment below so I can pray with you.

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Yarn Along

Yarn Along: Iced Pumpkin ScarfA few weeks ago, my friend, Mylynka from Finding Myself Fit by Forty, posted a picture of herself on Facebook wearing a scarf that I’d made for her so that I could see her in it, this led to a few of her other friends admiring the scarf  and asking about it. After getting some introductions, one of Mylynka’s friends and I worked out a trade ~ a scarf in exchange for some soy candles… I’ve never bartered before but I’m pretty stoked about the idea of exchanging handmade products with someone. There really is something so comforting and, I dunno, homey about knowing that someone used their time and skill to make something for me.  Which has started me thinking about Christmas…

My family and I are not big on the commercial aspects of Christmas because we don’t want the real message of Christmas to get lost behind all the gift giving. Besides, we’re one of those families who wait for special occasions to buy each other things, if we think someone’ll like it and we can afford it, we get it. Anyway, this year, I’m thinking about crocheting gifts for my kids.

I’ve seen other families who have articles of clothing and other memorabilia that has been passed down through the family and I just wonder if this is something that you’ve ever considered?

What are your thoughts on handmade gifts? What about bartering and trading, do you do it?

I’m joining up with Ginny from small things for Yarn Along.  To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your current crocheting or knitting project along with the book you’re reading and hit the link.  Make sure you visit some of the other participants and share some comment love.

What about you?  What are you looking forward to this weekend?

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