Celebrate Advent Simply 6

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7Peace is something we can experience whether we are alone or with a group of people. It is a gift that has more to do with our state of being than rational understanding. It is a gift exemplified and promised by Jesus.Share one way you will practice peace today.Pray: God, make me an instrument of your peace,…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 5

Nothing is better on a cold day  than sitting with one or some of your favorite people and enjoying a hot drink. It’s a way to feel warm, inside and out, not just because of the drinks you share but because these people remind you that you are connected, loved, and safe.Make some hot chocolate and drop marshmallows on top. For every marshmallow, name a person who makes you feel loved and safe. Close with a family prayer,…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 4

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.  - Psalm 136:1Some days feel like we can never stop thanking God for all the good things that fill our lives while other days feel like it’s hard to even think of one thing. But guess what? It’s okay because God’s love endures forever. That means, God’s love lasts—no matter how we are feeling. If all else fails, God’s love never will, so give thanks for that!Pray:…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 3

A handwritten note is more than just words - it shows you have taken time, gathered supplies, and thoughtfully considered what you will say, how you will deliver it, and to whom you will give it. When we share words of thanks and gratitude, we acknowledge that our life just wouldn’t be the same with out that person, their words, or actions. Thanking someone is an act of service! How many times can you thank someone today?Pray: God,…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 2

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:4-6Every day is a gift in and of itself. Every breath, every heartbeat, every blink of an eye… these are God’s gifts to us. These are things we don’t even have to think about.…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 1

On this first day of Advent, we remember the power of hope. Hope is like a spark that lights up even the darkest of days. So light your candle and remember that it only takes a spark for our hope in Jesus to change everything.Share one hope you have for this season.Pray: God of sparks and bonfires, light our lives with hope in you. Amen. These simple, daily devotions are written by Casey Cross for Hope Lutheran Church…

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Safe Haven

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NRSV) Lately, I have found myself restless at night. All the things I didn’t get done or need to get done run through my mind. Worries and what ifs pop up to keep me unsettled. This is common for me at the end of summer and into early fall. I have to keep reminding myself that…

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The Preciousness of God’s Kingdom

This children's message and devotion was made in response to Matthew 13:44-46. I found myself thinking about small, precious things and was led to one of my favorite mystics, Julian of Norwich. I was so happy to discover this lovely prayer practice from Episcopal priest, Matt Gunter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.https://youtu.be/BNKHTHUb2Jo

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Lost or Found

If we took a moment to reflect on our lives, I am sure many of us could locate at least one moment that we found ourselves lost and confused about our future, the decisions we need to make, or simply uncertain about what is next. We are used to thinking about these moments individually, focused on how God is speaking to us, personally, guiding and directing us through it. It is no wonder that at this moment in…

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A Litany for the New Year

This litany is inspired by Psalm 136 and written to be part of a worship service kicking off the new school year. In reflection, it became clear that this new school year represents so much more than the physical act of going to and from the school building, so I wanted to be sure to use words that represent the full meaning of a new year for all of us, no matter how that may look.When we do…

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