A Break Before the Beginning

Dear lovely readers,

We at Dearly Beloved are taking the month of December to rest. We want to cozy up at Christmas next to the Lamb of God to cherish Him and be cherished by Him. During this month of rest and seeking we’re asking Jesus to fill us up and direct our writing for the next year.

So, please pray for us.

We’ll be praying for you sisters!

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

Psalm 33:1-3

As I’ve been made new in Jesus, praise is what I wear — it’s the best fitting wardrobe for those who know Him. He’s invited us, even commanded us, to praise Him skillfully, with the best of our gifts and talents and person. We’ll experience the best of Him when we do! Praying this for us during the advent season. xo, Molly

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

—Colossians 3:17

Praying for you us in this next season, to give glory to Jesus especially around our families during Christmas. That we’d not seek to be served, but to serve one another. xo, Morgan

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those
who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love,
that He may deliver their soul from death
and keep them alive in famine.”

Psalm 33:18-19

The eyes of the Lord are on those who honor Him (fear) and depend on Him (hope) for salvation. But He’s not only watching to save our souls from eternal death, He is sustaining us even when life feels famished and futile. Behold! We look to Him who looks upon us with the power to save and sustain. Praying we remember this during Christmas! xo, Katie

“When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?”

Psalm 56:3-4

The psalmist does not say, “I’ll never be afraid,” he acknowledges that there will be times when we are afraid, BUT when he is afraid he knows what to do. He declares that he will trust in God, in His word, and in His unfailing promises. Fear is inevitable, but we have somewhere to take it, beloved. Praying this for us this December – xo, Adria

 May you be strengthened with all power,
according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
giving thanks to the Father,who has qualified you to share in the inheritance
of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and
transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

-Colossians 1:11-13

December has just begun and I already feel more frizzled than Ms. Frizzle just trying to plan trips around the holidays! These verses anchor me back to the gospel and the really important mission that I’m living. The Jesus-glorifying, sacrificial-loving, and gospel-clinging work doesn’t stop because we get really busy. Praying these verses for us all. May we breathe the gospel in and out during this season, xo Lauren

 

We’ve come up with a list of ideas for ourselves of how to better love and serve our families and friends during the holidays. It was so good, we thought we’d invite you in on it. Please leave us a reply if you have an idea to add!

Christmas Lovin’

-Be faster to ask questions (and engage with the answers) than to talk about myself.
-Accept praise graciously, not belittling self, but making much of Jesus.
-Imagine what my loved ones would be like if they lived loved — and then participate in loving them!
-Rub someone’s shoulders, especially if they’ve been hunched over preparing my meal.
-Forget trying to impress extended family and pray they’re impressed by Jesus instead.
-Hold my grandma’s hand and just sit close to her when everyone else is loud and distracted.
-Text my family now and tell them how excited I am to see them in a few days.
-Take a family member on a coffee date one afternoon

-Do the laundry for my parents!
-Take my sister somewhere fun
-Read scripture about Jesus being born (Matthew ch.1-2) before or after a Christmas meal
-Plan and initiate a family game night
-Decorate the house with scripture
-Bring my family to Church on all the Sundays I am home (other than Christmas Eve of course!)
-Practice patience with my parents, and make an effort to do something fun with them.
-Serve my family instead of always jut resting or being served
-Initiate and do a prayer with my family before meals
-Make a list I post on the refrigerator of things I am thankful for, that I add to throughout the holidays and ask my family to add to as well!
-Encourage my family to serve our community sometime during the holidays (soup can drive, go through our clothes and give extras to a homeless shelter, make neighbors cookies)

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