Acts 15:31 (New Living Translation) reads ~ "And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message."
Since the purpose behind this blog is to encourage moms who homeschool, the above verse from Acts is fitting to post today. And since tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent, I thought it was fitting to blog about something truly encouraging - the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ.
I'm often encouraged by articles in homeschool magazines, blog posts from my fellow homeschooling moms, Sunday morning sermons, and weekly small groups. But the most encouraging thing that has ever happened for the whole of mankind was the birth of a tiny baby in a dirty stable, surrounded by animals and wrapped in swaddling clothes.
My prayer for you this Christmas season is that your homeschool days, and every moment you spend with family and friends, will be filled to the brim with understanding of the Lord's great love. The encouraging message, that Christ was born to save us from our sins, is indeed cause for great joy. It's not a gift you'll find in any store, and it cannot be wrapped and placed beneath the tree. But it is the only gift that really matters, and it's the greatest gift mankind has ever received.
Remember to celebrate Advent tomorrow, and praise the Lord for His willingness to born among the lowly to bring salvation to all mankind. He is the One True God, and He alone is worthy of our praise.
Day 135 done :)
Jan L. Burt