Greatest Gift of His Rest
2020… a year like no other! Back in March, when this whole shutdown started, I distinctly feel God telling me it’s time to rest. I don’t mean rest entirely, but rest in Him, rest in His faithfulness and goodness, His provision and His mercy. It has been quite a year, but He has brought us through until now!
2020 into Focus
Christmas is soon upon us. We celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, whether with our families physically, virtually, or in spirit, and we need to wrap this year up with a renewed focus on our Creator. 2020 needs to put our lives into focus, which I suggest, may be why God allowed all of these things to happen?
I am in my office, looking at page traffic on Mom’s Priority, and a popular page is a product for Ann Voskamp’s Greatest Gift set. It has been around a few years, but I’m looking at it now, and I think the time is right for our family to renew our focus on Christ.
Greatest Gift Advent Devotional
We have a tradition to read a Bible verse relating to the coming Christ every day in December. The Bible verses are clothespinned to a strand of garland strung along our bannister. As we take turns reading the verses, we take an Andes mint as a reward (usually just for our son- he is the only one who really appreciates them!). It’s just been a fun tradition and Bible reading time for our family for Advent. Maybe we miss a night or two and read several at a time- we’re not super strict about it. But, that time, coming around the table to read the Bible…it’s holy and I hope the tradition sticks with our kids and they pass it down to their families.
Anyways! This Greatest Gift book and set… it hit me this morning and I think we need to get it, to go along with our Advent tradition. Our kids are getting older and it is somewhat juvenile, but the message of God’s sovereignty…how he cared for us and planned it all before even Jesus came along, way back in the Old Testament… I want to reflect on that before our kids are grown!
Advent in 2020
Our church routine has not been what it used to be, and maybe you are in a similar situation. As parents, we still have the most important responsibility to teach all of these eternal things to our kids! (Deuteronomy 5:6-9) Here is the link (from DaySpring) or here (from Amazon) if you are interested in this advent devotional as well. Just enough time to get it here before Advent begins! There are plenty of other great devotionals out there. I’d love to hear what you are planning for Advent this year! Send me an email or comment below!
Do you know someone who needs a word of encouragement? More likely, do you know anyone who does not? Since March, our lives in the United States (and a little earlier in other countries) have been upended by this virus called Covid 19. Counting back…can you believe it has been six months?!
I believe we are all stronger for it. This time has demanded a ton of flexibility, creativity, love for others, and resolve. We realize more than ever the importance of community, even if it is virtual. Now as our kids are getting back into school, whether virtual or in person, we have to work together to make it all work.
Quickly, I want to share with you some great encouraging gifts on Dayspring that are affordable and perfect for gifts! If there is someone in your life you want to encourage, take a look at these great encouraging gifts: decor, mugs, calendars, kids books, and planners. These clearance prices on encouraging gifts are fantastic, and I cannot think of a more appropriate, simple way to let someone know you are encouraging them and praying for them. Extra 25% off Clearance Items with Code CLEARANCE25 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8!
As much as we all want this virus to go away, it isn’t leaving fast enough! As you make plans for back to school and other events, don’t forget to get a few face masks for your family. If your kids are required to wear them daily, you will want to have multiple.
I am predicting places will sell out again, so I have bought several Vera Bradley face masks for each of us. We also have more masculine masks on hand for the guys like these masks here. We can make them if we have to (hopefully not, because my sewing skills and more importantly, my patience (!) are little), but having one that fits well is so important!
Well- made Face Masks
I purchased these Vera Bradley face masks online and and I am so pleased with them. I don’t tolerate anything on my face well but these were surprisingly good. Vera Bradley even created liners to go inside of them. The elastic fits well over our ears, and the size of the mask is great for me. My daughter says her mask is a little too high over her nose, but she loves the Vera patterns. Made from Vera Bradley’s soft signature cotton, these non-medical face masks come in a ton of amazing prints and colors. Plus, they’re designed with care to be washable, breathable and comfortable to wear.
God is in Control
You moms probably agree with me that having everything up in the air is hard to get used to! Nothing is set on the calendar like it used to be, and while I love that freedom in a way, it’s also painful! So, we literally have to prepare for multiple plans at the same time. Buying face masks and lots of food is my only way of planning!
As we pray and prepare, wait and see, we remember that God is still on His Throne and He is sovereign over all of this going on in our crazy world! We prepare for this and that, but we stay focused on Him and wait with expectant Hope.
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One of our favorite spots to gather is the backyard fire pit. Settled under large shade oak trees, this spot is peaceful and with all of the shade, much cooler than the rest of the property. We like to roast marshmallows and make smores, and have even cooked dinner over this fire pit! We can sit and stay awhile because the chairs are so comfortable.
I want to make memories with our friends and family that last, and this has been a great spot for that already, since moving here six months ago. We didn’t bring the old Adirondack chairs from our other house because even though they were teak, they were really worn and we wanted to get a new set. The previous chairs, though, lasted for a good 15 years! They were made of long-lasting teak wood, and they will still probably last for more years. I found the new Adirondack chairs at the same place- Sam’s club- for an amazing price- less than $150 each. I am hoping we get as much use out of these as the previous couple of chairs.
These Adirondack chairs are also made of teak wood and are incredibly comfortable. We’re not tiny people, but we fit in them well and they are a relaxing spot to rest. They are not too difficult to assemble- my 10 year old son with the help of my husband put them together in little time! I am so in love with them! We’ve moved them to the lawn when we’ve had people over and they look great.
At the beginning of the quarantine, our son cooked this amazing one-skillet meal on the fire pit. We need to make it more of a habit because the flavor from the smoked wood chips was amazing. The cast iron skillet worked out perfectly, and I loved it because I didn’t have to cook! Find more campfire recipes on Mom’s Priority Pinterest board here!
Backyard Fire Pit String Lights
Our fire pit is not neatly manicured, but so peaceful. We love light strands over the fire pit and in the backyard in general! They add an ambience to the yard that makes you want to hang around. Some of my favorites are found here and here.
The Adirondack chairs for your reference were purchased online from Sam’s Club. If you have a premium membership, you do not have to pay shipping for any orders, which came in handy for these chairs as well as other nonperishable food and toiletry items during this time. These chairs are such a bargain compared to other places I’ve shopped! We are loving this fire pit and these Adirondack chairs and hope we get 15 years out of these at least like we did our last pair of chairs! For other projects we are working in, check out Mom’s Priority.