Dec 04 2011

The Second Sunday of Advent…”Let your light shine!”

Happy Second Sunday of Advent!!!  I had a wonderful day with Annie and my parents yesterday.  Annie, our 16 year old daughter, was with us for her weekend visit and my parents came down to have an early Christmas visit with us.  It all went very well…the adults had a very nice visit and the children had a blast playing games and with trains with Grandma and Grandpa!  Such a blessed day!  We are enjoying our time with Annie all weekend too.  She is such a sweet young woman with a deep love for God and serving Him in her life!  It is so good to talk with her and be able to hug her neck in person!

I am especially looking forward to church today because our church’s children’s choirs (there are four divided into age groups) are working together to put on a Christmas Musical and they will be performing it during our service time!  One of my favorite things is listening to and watching the excitement of children sharing the story of Jesus’ birth!!!!

I hope you all have a very special Sunday, today, as we all prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior!  The weeks of Advent are a wonderful time to prepare ourselves for Christmas but to also prepare ourselves for the special role that God has prepared especially for each one of us!  We look at our own hearts and lives to determine how ready we are to really say “Yes” to God.  A very important part of being ready to welcome our Savior can become an important part of focusing on spending our lives serving others.

Here is the verse for today…it is one of my favorites!

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  

Matthew 4:16 (NRSV)


Suggested Advent Readings for this week…

Sunday… Matthew 3:1-11

Monday… 1 Samuel 16-1-13

Tuesday...Luke 1: 26-38

Wednesday…Read Psalm 30

Thursday...Jeremiah 18:1-11

Friday…Matthew 1:18-25

Saturday…1 Corinthians 13

Today I would like to leave you with a thought that I read in my “Upper Room” devotional today regarding Matthew 5:16 as we prepare for Christmas…“The most valuable Christmas decoration is a Christ-like life.”  Isn’t that powerful?

I invite you to join me for Week Two of my Advent Bible Study/Devotion on Tuesday, December 6…

“The ‘Yes’ that changed Everything…It’s all Him!”

If you missed the first article in the Advent Bible Study of Luke 1:26-38, The ‘Yes’ that Changed Everything…”Highly Favored”, I encourage you to check it out.  I hope it blesses you.

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Unwrapping His Grace,

Mary Joy

**Suggested readings were taken from the November-December 2011 “The Upper Room” Devotional.**

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Mary Joy

I am a broken daughter of God and a work in progress. I am passionate about encouraging women to embrace God's grace and faithfulness as I discover and share His faithfulness, grace and even joy in the messiness of my journey as a widowed (less than 2 yrs), homeschooling mom with a missionary's heart. I am in awe of how God fills me up and carries me through each day. My Heavenly Father leads me as I continue to parent and home school my two recovering and very active boys and encourage my beautiful teenage step-daughter (long distance) during her first year in of college. In every moment I see incredible evidence of God's healing love, grace and faithfulness. I am so blessed to be the creator, manager, and an author of Unwrapping His Grace as I lean on my Savior to lead us in this special web-ministry.

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  • http://pollywogcreek.blogspot.com Patricia

    Yes….may we let the Light of Christ shine in our lives that the glory of God is revealed!
    My recent post {I LOVE} Sunday::to consider the steadfast love of the Lord…

  • http://www.myreflectionofsomething.net Branson

    I love hearing children share the story as well! :)
    My recent post Be Still…

  • http://www.jumptandem.net Deidra

    Yes. Glory to God.

    So grateful to have you linked up this week!

    • Mary Joy Pershing


      Thank you! I was so thrilled to find your blog! What a special thing to join together to share His Word on Sundays. I can't wait to visit the other ladies!

      Unwrapping His Grace,

      Mary Joy
      My recent post The Second Sunday of Advent…”Let your light shine!”