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Things have been a bit crazy around my Sandwich Generation family, with one set of guests leaving, and another arriving. Caregiving duties centered around doctors and physical therapy are also keeping my senior mom and myself on the go more than normal. Thus time with grandkids has been busier than ever. So I'm really appreciating the Amanda Bennett Christmas eBook I downloaded and am using as my "roadmap" for this season of Advent and Christmas activities, devotions and ideas for kids and grand children, along with another favorite, The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel. I ordered some of the books she recommended and three are on their way, with the fourth already here – I'll be writing about it (them?) on Friday. I must say, one of the things I'm especially enjoying about her eBook is its focus on how Jesus was the fulfillment of so many prophecies made hundreds of years before He was born.
Here's some of the encouraging Bible verses from this week:
The angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying , Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:20-23
One of the things I often ask my grandkids is, "What is the BEST gift for Christmas." And they know me well enough to reply, loudly and with gusto, "JESUS!" And my next question is usually, "What is the BEST gift we can give GOD for Christmas," to which they replay, "ourselves!" My prayer is that, as the years go by, these questions and answers will dig their way ever deeper into their hearts, my heart, and your heart, as we rejoice in the miracle of God's precious love for us!
Have a blessed week of Advent and Christmas joy. For more encouraging and comforting Bible verses, be sure to visit Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday. And don't forget about our Caregiving.com Holiday Progressive Blog Party. Be sure to leave a comment below to join in the giveaway fun for all of us. 🙂
P.S. Another great book full of Christmas and Advent devotions and activities for our kids and grand children is the ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel. It's fun to read and fun to use.
P.P.S. Point of Grace has a lovely praise and worship hymn song that goes so well with these encouraging Bible verses – For Unto Us. Click here to enjoy one of my Smilebox eCards Creations with it. It's a sweet treat for your whole family – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation!