Last year we talked about ADVENT as part of Real Moms (our weekly gathering @ Grace Church for Monms of young children).  With the ADVENT season fast approaching -- it seemed like a good idea to offer this quick reference guide for moms and others who might want to integrate ADVENT into their holiday season.  Thanks Amanda Congrove for pulling this guide together. 

Advent Guide                                

Believe!
The English word advent comes from the Latin word adventus which means “coming”. The Greek word for adventus is parousia.  The meaning of parousia is also “coming” but refers specifically to the second coming of Christ.
Advent is celebrated in the four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve.  These four weeks of anticipation are the WHY of Advent.

 Week 1: The Prophesy Candle

Sunday:   Scripture–Isaiah 9:2-6                                                   

Song - “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel”

Activity – Give each child a flashlight. Turn off the all the lights and walk around a little in the dark. Then one by one, turn on each flashlight. Ask these questions: Was the darkness very helpful? Did you like it dark? How did the flashlight help you? Does it take a lot of darkness to cover the light? How much light does it take to overcome the dark? How is Jesus like the light? Re-read the scripture.
Nativity - Get out the stable.

Week 2:

OUR World: Broken and Beautiful

I am undone by the stories of these women.  Their perseverance and strength amazes me.  They may live thousands of miles away in what we see as a remote pat of the world. However, we must realize that we share this worldWe must open our eyes and hearts to OUR world
 
We must be willing to look around. 
 
Take a look and you'll see some of the broken places of OUR world.  It's heart wrenching. 
 
Yet, there is beauty as we look through windows bursting open with hope in some of the most difficult places.  
 
I invite you to join me as I link arms with ALARM -- an organization who leads and serves in Western Africa.  Here is a short video of just one of the ways ALARM is helping women find hope and healing. 
 
Take 2 minutes right now -- to watch this video.
 


 
Not sure how to feel or what to do?  Pray for these women.  And pray for the hundreds of thousands of other women in OUR world who are being harmed by the hands of others.  And pray, asking God what He would have you do.

Together, we can make a difference in OUR world.

Like a Tree - Corinne speaks to discipleship





What if there were another way?

Another way to be.

Another way to live.

What if we could be like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.  - Psalm 1:3





WOD Conference Session 1 • Corinne Gunter from Grace Church on Vimeo.

I had the chance to speak to this way of life.  This way of being at the Way of Discipleship Conference at Grace Church -- it begins with our own walk and journey with God. 


 
 



 

A New Year




At the beginning of a new year, it seems natural to pause and reflect. 


I have to be honest last year was hard.  Sure there were great things, fun and excitement. 


Yet in midst of living our family experienced a life-altering loss on October 10, 2013.