12 Days of Christmas – Day 2; “Come and Talk with Me”

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Today is Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series! Did you have fun yesterday? Thanks to all who participated (winner will be posted on Instagram this morning)! Today, we have another extremely fun surprise to make the holiday season a little extra special for one winner!

Persimmon Prints is giving away a Joy Card Advent Calendar! Isn’t it just gorgeous?!

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If you remember, a couple weeks ago Kelsey talked about how to be a part of her Advent Calendar tradition – here’s your chance to make it happen without any effort, except for entering the giveaway, of course! You will receive the cards a few days late for the traditional December 1 – December 25 advent season, but who says you can’t start a little late? Plus, you can use the Joy Cards for years to come!

TO ENTER: Go to the GLOW instagram page and follow @glowliveaslight AND @persimmonprints. Then, REPOST the photo shown below including the hashtag #GLOWholidaygiveaway in the comments. 

For a BONUS ENTRY, LIKE GLOW: Live as Light on Facebook and SHARE the giveaway photo on your timeline. (Take a second and LIKE Persimmon Prints too while you’re at it!)

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The 25 Advent cards are filled with hand-drawn graphics, bible verses and daily application questions, providing purpose and enjoyment during the Christmas season.

Each card measures 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ and is stored in a 4″ by 4″ kraft jewelry box.

March of 2014 sparked the humble beginnings of “Joy Cards.” Inspired by the song, “Joy to the World”, Persimmon’s owner Kacie Feeney, teamed up with Marcia Furrow (a Christian lifestyle blogger, Bible teacher, and speaker) to draft the heart of this Christmas devotion. After months of fine-turning, this beloved advent calendar was born.

This product was lovingly packaged by Avenues to Independence, a non-profit organization that provides homes, jobs and community living programs to Chicago area adults with physical, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

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About Persimmon Prints

Persimmon Prints began two years ago, after owner Kacie Feeney felt God’s nudge to share her art with others. Once a full-time elementary school teacher, Kacie braved the ‘career changes’ God placed in her path and pursued her dream. Ever since, Persimmon Prints’ mission has been to creatively capture God’s divine words on clothing & decor, in hopes of helping our Creator speak to the hearts of customers. Also, with every purchase, Persimmon joins the efforts of various faith-based organizations through financially supporting them. Join Persimmon Prints by filling your live with print, fixing your heart on God, and fighting for those in need. To find out more about the story behind this family business, visit http://www.persimmonprints.com.

 


 

“Come and Talk with Me”

Scott and I got married very young. He proposed two months after I graduated from high school and a year later, we were married. A lot of people thought we were crazy and, maybe we were a little bit, but it was right for us. We prayed about our decision and knew that marrying each other, at that age, was the right thing to do.

About a year into our marriage, I was sitting in my adult human development class in college. We were talking about marriage. The professor began her lecture by asking if any of us were married. I raised my hand along with a few others. She zeroed in on me though. Perhaps because I was probably fifteen years younger than anyone else that raised their hand.

“Don’t you realize your chances of divorce are extremely high getting married at your age?” She asked me, shock leaking through her every word.

I understood where she was coming from. A lot of people that marry young do end up getting divorced. Maybe it’s because when you’re young, you’re still becoming you. You don’t know who you’re going to be yet so how can you commit your life to someone else? At least that’s what some people say.

When I look back at who we were six years ago, dressed in our wedding finery, I see two very different people. We’ve grown and changed so much since then but we knew we would.

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We knew we would have to be intentional. We planned from the outset to learn each other at every phase of life. I love studying the man that my husband has become. I love being able to anticipate how he’ll react to a story I tell him or what he’ll want for dinner. I love the fact that I can pick out his favorite drinks at the store or look over at him during the parts of movies that I know he’ll laugh at. I love that he can anticipate the things that will get under my skin or how he knows just when to suggest a date night.

I love that we know each other. But that took effort. We grew up together. We’ve changed together. So we’ve sought each other together. He has searched for my heart and my mind every day of our marriage and I love that.

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In marriage, there’s no room for growing lazy in seeking each other. You can’t take a day off. The heart of your mate is so very complex, it can take a life time to learn. How much more then is the heart of God?

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11 (ESV)

We are to seek Him constantly. His love is so wide and so deep, that no matter how long we swim in it, we’ll never reach the other side. We’ll never discover it completely and just like in a marriage, we should want to learn more about Him each day.

I have known the Lord since I was a little girl. Like Scott and I, we connected at a young age. Jesus has watched me change into the person I’m becoming and He has sought my heart relentlessly through it all. I haven’t always shown Him the same courtesy though. As I’ve grown and changed, at times, I’ve grown lazy in my pursuit of him. But He hasn’t waivered. He is the lover of my soul, the friend that sticks closer than a brother, the bridegroom to my bride. I am the object of His affection.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 NLT

Seek the Lord this week. Find something new about Him. Whether it’s in His word, in His house (the church), with His people, or through time in prayer, answer His call. Go and talk with Him, eagerly seeking His heart. Don’t let your love for Him grow cold for lack of attention. Practice seeking the heart of Jesus – a man who loves you more than you’ll ever know. You’re husband just might thank you for it.

What new things are you discovering about Jesus today?

 

 

  • http://alyssamartinphoto.com Alyssa Martin

    The winner of the Joy Cards was posted on Instagram just now! Be sure to check out the FIRST post about the Joy Card giveaway in our profile. Thanks to everyone who participated! Be sure to enter again today … Ashlee Proffitt is giving away a GORGEOUS coffee mug!