How Should a King Come?
by Victoria Duerstock
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as king . . .” Jeremiah 23:5 (NASB)
There’s a lovely Christmas carol that talks about the expectation of the King’s arrival for the Jews. The Savior, the King who was promised to the nation of Israel didn’t come as they expected. He came not as a King who conquered and vanquished all their human foes, but instead wrapped in our limited flesh as a helpless babe in a humble manger.
Do your expectations ever get shattered? Is reality a much different place than you expected it to be? The lesson here is that sometimes our expectations are just wrong. What expectations could you let go of today to make your heart a readier place for the Spirit of God to work in a mighty way and bring you joy?
Tip #1: A lovely feature I’ve seen lately in decorating with natural outdoor finds is a medium-size tree branch or small tree trunk turned on its side on a wall or in a corner. From here silk ribbons in various lengths can hold ornaments, trinkets, or other hard-to-place decorations.
Tip #2: Consider using words as part of your decorating this season. You can find ornaments, wood/tin cutouts, and wall art featuring different words for the season like Hope, Joy, and Peace. Our world especially needs these reminders today. Hope has come, and He walked among us.
Tip #3: While not everyone has the time, resources, or ability to hang a bunch of outdoor decorations, consider something small—a bow on the mailbox or a cheery front door. Even the small things encourage others to know you are celebrating. Celebrations don’t have to be elaborate to matter.
Tip #4: A fun way to combine items you likely already have is to take picture frames with glass removed and combine ornaments with a plush ribbon and hang in a gallery fashion on a wall. Vary the lengths of ribbon and use a variety of greenery, ornaments, and frame styles.
Tip #5: Wreaths aren’t just for doors anymore! Use a variety of sizes to create an interesting wall display during this season. Hang them at different lengths on the wall for a unique look. You can also wrap a mirror with a wreath to give it a festive touch.
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