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This post is part of the Deeply Loved Advent Blog Hop series.

A favorite Advent reflection for me is meditating on the many ways Jesus comes to us:  He comes as the Living Word and the Living Water, as the Way, the Truth and the Life, as the Bread of Life and the Light of the World.  And so much more.

One of my favorite ways that Jesus comes is as the real Promise Keeper.

As I have joined with others in going through advent with the Deeply Loved devotional by Keri Wyatt Kent, I loved stopping at day 11 to “Meditate on the Promises of God. “

I promise

And oh what promises our God has made to us:  forgiveness, a relationship with God, abundant life and eternal life, peace, comfort, hope….

And one more that I love: He hears and answers prayer.

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I will never forget the first time my mother came to visit after Steve and I were married.

My mother was an impeccable housekeeper.  I am not.  Everything in her home was clean, neat and in it’s place.  That might have been true in our home right after we moved in, but not since.

So I went into a frenzy trying to restore order, hide messes and clean every inch.  When she arrived I was exhausted.

At this season of Advent we anticipate the arrival of Jesus, the Lamb of God, the King of Glory.

And yet most of us scurry about getting ready for the coming of Christmas, not the coming of Christ.

Just think of it!

Jesus came to earth to be like us so we can be like Him.

Jesus came to visit us to tell us how much He loves us.

Jesus came into the darkness to shine as the light.

Jesus came walking on water, subduing the storms of our lives.

And so much more.

Every day during Advent I will post a very brief reminder of the gift to us that His coming is.

I will also be taking part in an Advent Blog Hop Series, based on Deeply Loved:  40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus by Keri Wyatt Kent.  It is hosted by Angie Mabry-Nauta.

I would also recommend you look at Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent, a “lovely, thoughtful book” by Enuma Okoro.

Most of all, I invite you to welcome Jesus into your heart and life, letting His coming be the center of your Christmas season.

And you don’t have to clean up the house—or your life—first.  He comes to you as you are.

What about you?  How has Jesus come to you lately.

C2012 Judy Douglass

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If I really stop to think about Christmas and what it means, I am truly in awe of my God.

He loved me—and you—so much He was willing to be “incarnate,” to become a human being.  He so desired to be with me—and you—that He called Jesus “Immanuel,” God with us.  Jesus lived among us, healed,  taught, modeled—and died.  And He rose again.

Advent is truly just the beginning.  And we only truly experience Christmas when we receive His gift to us, and we crown Him as King in our hearts.
Day 22:  Jesus comes healing—our bodies, our hearts, our minds, our emotions, our pasts, our relationships.

Day 23:  Jesus comes seeking the lost—those who know they are lost and those who don’t.

Day 24:  Jesus comes as the Resurrection, triumphing over death and grave, now and forever, and raising us with Him.

Day 25:  Jesus comes as the LIFE, offering us eternal life with Father, Son, Spirit and all of us together who believe, and abundant life today on this earth.

Day 26:  Jesus comes as Messiah/Savior, saving us from sin and from ourselves, reconciling us to our God!

Christmas Eve:  Jesus comes as Immanuel, promising, desiring to be with us.  God living with us!

Christmas Day:  The King has come!  He humbly awaits His crowning in our hearts!

May we daily make Him King of our lives!

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I am loving pondering the ways Jesus has come to us, the reasons we celebrate the Advent Season.

Here is the third week of my reflections on “Jesus comes as…”  For each one, I am asking God to reveal its meaning for my life today.

Day 15:  Jesus comes as the Son of Man, fully human, understanding and identifying with us, imparting and imputing His righteousness to us.

Day 16:  Jesus comes as the Son of God, dependent on the Father, holy, righteous, eternal.

Day 17:  Jesus comes to set us free from slavery–to sin, to selfishness, to our fears and insecurities.

Day 18:  Jesus comes as a servant, washing our very filthy feet.

Day 19:  Jesus comes bringing good news to the poor, inviting them to His banquet and promising them the Kingdom of God.

Day 20:  Jesus comes bringing freedom and hope to prisoners and the oppressed.

Day 21:  Jesus comes giving sight to the blind—opening physical eyes and spiritual eyes.

As we approach the birthday of our Savior, may He come to you in the place of your deepest need.

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Celebrating Advent—remembering why Jesus came—has been special to me this year as each day I have reflected on who/what/why Jesus came to this earth.

In this post are the first two weeks of my Advent reflections.  Each one has added depth and meaning to my Christmas devotions.  May they do the same for you.

Day 1:  The King is coming. Let us prepare our hearts for His arrival.

Day 2:  Incarnation: Jesus became like us so we could become like him.

Day 3:  Jesus, the Light of the World, came into the world scattering the darkness.

Day 4:  Jesus comes as the Good Shepherd who leads us in valleys and on mountains, who protects us from evil, who provides all needs.

Day 5:  Jesus comes as the Bread of Life, sustaining, providing, giving meaning and purpose.

Day 6:  Jesus comes as the Way.  Sometimes whispering, sometimes shouting, always loving—He guides our feet on the path, the way He has for us.

Day 7:  Jesus comes as the Truth, giving us foundation, assurance, confidence, knowledge of right and wrong.

Day 8:  Jesus comes as the Living Water: “The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Day 9:  Jesus comes revealing the Father:  “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”

Day 10:  Jesus comes as the Yes! Amen! to all the promises of Scripture.

Day 11:  Jesus comes walking on water, subduing the storms of our lives, raising us up when we go under.

Day 12:  Jesus comes as the living Word of God, revealing to us all that God has said and wants to say to us.

Day 13:  Jesus comes as the first born of God, making possible my adoption into the Family of God.

Day 14:  Jesus comes as Redeemer, able and willing to purchase our freedom and forgiveness by His blood.

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c 2010 Judy Douglass

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