Advent—Week 3

Yesterday was the first day of the third week of Advent. I have so many things on my heart as I meditate on God’s Word and press in to experience His Birth in a fresh new way this Christmas

Yesterday we visited our middle son’s church to hear our 4 year old “G-Girl” sing in the children’s choir. Turned out that she chose to be “silent” for “Silent Night” but we were blessed anyway. The sermon was on…suprise!!!….Advent and the focus was on HUMILITY. Wow! Does that Spiritual Fruit EVER not need to be reconsidered.

We were reminded that the King of Kings came to a small unimpressive town, as a tiny unassuming baby. His example of humility preceded His sovereign embrace of mankind.

I was very touched and stirred by the message and pondered it in my heart all day yesterday and into today. During my quiet time this morning I read Mary’s “Magnificat” found in Luke 1:46-55

Mary’s Song

46And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”

I found it so interesting to read Mary’s references to humility.
There is a message in there.
I think I will stay with it for a while.
Today also marks the beginning of Boo Mama’s Christmas Tour of Homes.
It is just too much fun to resist!

My decorating is FINALLY finished so I decided to go ahead and enter even though I think I might be number 50 thousand!
I hope that you enjoy your visit to my HUMBLE home.

Updated Saturday December 20th to join Hooked on Houses Christams Tour!
Why….Because I am!!!

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  1. Wow! I’m impressed! The video was very cool and everything looks so beautiful! You did a great job!

  2. Beautiful, gorgeous purple-decorated tree! Your garden is gorgeous too. I love your presentation! Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing your humble, awesome home!

  3. So pretty….I love the smilebox, too! Enjoy a wonderful Advent season and Christmas!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Pat, What a beautiful presentation of your lovely home and garden! I’m not sure where you live but it’s got to be somewhere warm!!

    I love your use of purple. All of your decorations were just wonderful!

    Blessings to you and your family for Jesus-filled holiday!

  5. His Doorkeeper,
    I am in sunny Florida and yes, the garden is part of decorating around here since we are usually playing outside on Christmas Day!
    Thank you for the visit!

  6. So cool! I love that nifty little slide show – way to go! Everything looks SO beautiful; I think your son was right calling you Martha Stewart! :o)

    Love you friend,

  7. I love the tree with the purple and your beautiful fireplace. Thanks for sharing and and vising my place. Merry Christmas!

  8. How fabulous! What a lovely home and wonderful way to present. Thank you for sharing Pat
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the whole Layton clan!

  9. WOW Pat, your Christmas decorating is gorgeous, but even more beautiful are the truths you've shared from His Word.

    Just last night I shared on my blog how God brought my attention to some pride in my life.

    "Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness." Psalm 115:1

    Love & prayers,

  10. Hi Girls,
    Yes, I am having fun with “Smilebox”. It is easy and fun to put together.
    Thank you for stopping by!
    Have a blessed December 16!
    As for me….I am packing offices!!

  11. Wow Pat- your home is lovely. And that smilebox thing was so cool!

    Your yard is beyond stunning.

    Are you a gardner? Sigh… I would love to have a green thumb. But, alas, I have a brain that forgets to water EVERYTHING.

    Anytime you get in the mood to come to my home and plant a few things green and teach me how to care for them- you know you are welcome.


  12. Lysa,
    You are sweet but truly I am a gardener “want-to-be” My garden is DEAD more than it is ALIVE!
    I am always giving it CPR!
    love you,

  13. I love your front door decor! Please don’t let my daughter see that purple tree. I’ll never hear the end of us until we get one.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us.

    Merry Christmas!

  14. What a beautiful home. I LOVE it. I have loved your style since the day I met you and loved your shoes! I hope that you have a Merry Christmas.
    Much Love,

  15. OH! My Goodness! I loved your presentation of your beautiful decorations, Pat!

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas!


  16. Thanks for joining my blog party. I loved your video tour! The purple tree is really pretty, and your garden is beautiful, too. Merry Christmas! -Julia 🙂

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