A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD - Isaiah 11:1-2
This Christmas, my family and I have been spending the evenings reading Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree Advent Devotional. I have to be honest here; I never knew this much about the Jesse Tree let alone it's involvement with Christmas until reading this devotional every night for the past few weeks! Then, I get this verse sent to me via The Daily Bible Verse. This Christmas I have spent a lot of time in my Word and trying to focus more on the true meaning of Christmas rather than the "celebrating" surrounding it! I have been trying very hard...and succeeding...at getting my Spirit where it needs to be this Christmas. It has felt amazing to be right where I need to be...wrapped in the loving arms of Jesus Christ; the Author of Life; the reason we celebrate Christmas at all!
Oh, to be that tree...rooted ever so deeply in the Spirit of the LORD!
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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27