Sunday, December 2, 2012

Chocolates and Compassion

Yesterday, being December 1st, was the first morning Brooks was able to open one of the golden boxes of our advent calendar. Adam and I loved seeing his eyes light up when he saw the "nummy hot chaw-let!" inside the box (he calls all chocolate "hot chocolate"). That Rolo was gobbled right up. And, as I expected, this is giving us a chance to work on patience with Brooks...he wanted to open up another box two minutes later. ;) One day, and one box at a time sweet boy. 

Then, while we ate our scrambled eggs, we read the special verses for that example of Christ's compassion in the book of Luke (Luke 8:41-56). Yesterday and this morning, I loved reading the scriptures to Brooks during breakfast. I hadn't ever done it while he was eating, and I think it helped him stay seated and focused better. As always, restating a few of the verses in a way he would understand definitely helped. :) I told Brooks about how Christ went to the house of a man named Jarius, to help his little girl who was sick and sleeping. Jesus held her hand (so Brooks held Ava's and my hand) and said a prayer for her...and He helped her wake up and feel all better! Brooks got excited and said, "Feel bettoo! Good morning Jesus!" It was such a sweet moment. I'm looking forward to reading more of these inspiring accounts of the Savior's life every morning 'til Christmas...and after. It really is the perfect way to start the day.

After seeing the list of scriptures my friend Rachel shared, which she found here, I changed and replaced the scriptures in our advent that we'll be reading each day leading up to Christmas. And I thought I'd share too. :) 

12/1    Jarius’ Daughter raised, Luke 8:41-56, Was compassionate
12/2    Sinful woman forgiven, Luke 7:36-50, Was forgiving
12/3    Nobleman’s son healed, John 4:46-53, Had power to heal
12/4    Temple cleansed, John 2:13-17, Was reverent and opposed to evil
12/5    Storm calmed, Mark 4:35-41, Had power over elements
12/6    Children blessed, Mark 10:13-16, Loved children
12/7    Savior dined with Mary & Martha, Luke 10:38-42, Made people happy
12/8    Savior suffered in Garden of Gethsemane, Luke 22:41-45, Was Submissive
12/9    Apostles’ feet washed, John 13:3-17, Was humble
12/10    Apostles chosen, Luke 6:12-13, Was prayerful
12/11    Christ’s wisdom advanced, Luke 2:51-52, Obeyed parents
12/12    Christ baptized, Matthew 3:13-17, Obeyed God’s law
12/13    Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:2-16, Gave counsel
12/14    Christ in the temple, Luke 2:42-49, Taught when twelve years old
12/15    The Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:9-13, Taught proper way to pray
12/16    Parable of the Sower, Luke 8:5-16,Taught with stories
12/17    Parable of the Lost Sheep, Luke 15:4-7, Helped sinners
12/18    Story of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:29-36, Was kind
12/19    Promised the Comforter, John 14:26-27, Promised the Holy Ghost
12/20    Fishes and loaves shared, Matthew 14:15-21, Performed miracles
12/21    Story of Lazarus, John 11:40-44, Raised the dead
12/22    Mary’s visitation, Luke 1:26-33, Is the Son of the Highest
12/23    Christ’s Birth, Luke 2:1-11, Fulfilled prophesy
12/24    Shepherds visited & Wisemen brought gifts,  Matthew 2:9-13 & Luke 2:12-16, Was worshipped as Savior


Heather Audrey Lapier said...

Thanks you for sharing that list of scripture, I am going to work my way through these readings.

Also, it sounds like you are staring a great new Christmas tradition.

his little lady said...

Yay, your advent calendar is a huge success! And these scriptures are all beautiful! Might just read them each day in general since I never got around to making an advent. I guess there is always next year ;)
xo TJ

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

We just started an advent calendar tradition this I am beyond excited to see that you have shared this list of scripture!! I am going to go over some and try to add some to ours!

I love how Brooks responded to the story of Jarius' daughter....out of the mouths of babes. Precious boy.

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