When Advent Feels Out of Your Grasp

Can you hear it?

The gentle cadence of everyday marvels: the plink of the first quarter into a tin bucket at the lemonade stand; the buzz of the doorbell announcing a friend’s arrival; the beep of the timer in an oven with chocolate chip cookies inside.

Can you feel it?

The rhythmic beat sweet baby kisses on your cheek; knit socks hugging your feet; streams of sunlight on your face.

Can you see it?

The harmony of a rainbow spectrum in a rain puddle; a toddler’s extra long eyelashes; a fresh dusting of snow.

He’s singing over you.

He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing. –Zephaniah 3:17

What elicits your smile? Moves you to tears? Makes you laugh out loud?

Is it a first row parking spot in a crowded lot? A cozy, turquoise infinity scarf? A certain song on the radio that you can’t help but sing out loud?

It’s His love song to you. Each moment, He reveals how He knows you.

How He is blessing you.

It’s a love that promises to be faithful, provide, sustain, redeem.

A love that came down to earth.


For you.

A love that sings over you every moment.

I have loved you with an everlasting love. –Jeremiah 31:3

When the tree is still in a box in the basement or waiting to be cut down; when cookies don’t get baked; when the elf doesn’t make it to the shelf, let alone poop peppermints; when the whole of Advent seems out of grasp.

Just pause.


And listen for the beat of His song to you.

Do you hear the serenade?

Use Advent to soak it up.

And dance.



How do you experience God’s love?

What are your tips for a meaningful Advent?

17 Responses to When Advent Feels Out of Your Grasp
  1. Barbie
    December 6, 2013 | 2:27 am

    Mandy, this is perfect. I experience God’s love through worship. It’s when I feel closest to Him. Blessings!

    • Mandy
      December 6, 2013 | 7:54 am

      Thanks, Barbie! Yes, worship! How do you like to worship? I experienced a whole new level at Allume this year that I want to write about soon. The music was amazing, and I discovered the charismatic in me:)

      • Melissa Ann
        December 6, 2013 | 9:36 am

        Finding the charismatic side is just a wee bit fun 🙂 Love you and the way you worship, friend, especially these words.

  2. Stacey
    December 6, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Oh I love this. So often we get wrapped up in the wrong stuff. Thank you for redirecting us!

    • Mandy
      December 6, 2013 | 10:06 am

      Thanks, Stacey! I am speaking to myself so much in this post 🙂 It’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged. Love seeing your name here, friend!

  3. Julie Anne
    December 6, 2013 | 8:12 am

    Oh, friend, these words are just perfect! Just what I needed to remember to pause, breathe deep and reflect. I’m trying to keep advent and Christmas simple this year, but it keeps overwhelming me!! Taking some time to hear HIS song to me this morning!!!

    • Mandy
      December 6, 2013 | 10:07 am

      LOVE this, Julie! I pray He sings it over you loud and clear!

  4. Kari Scare
    December 6, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Love the emphasis on seeing God in the details of life! We sometimes get so busy we miss out on these details that really can bless us daily & continually.

    • Mandy
      December 6, 2013 | 10:08 am

      Thanks, Kari! Starting to be present to those details seems to cause a slow down in the rush of life too. Thanks for reading today.

  5. Alecia
    December 6, 2013 | 11:04 am

    What a blessed reminder. Thank you, Mandy. I can hear it.

    • Mandy
      December 6, 2013 | 1:11 pm

      Yay!!! I pray it plays loud and strong for you, friend! XOXO

  6. Lyli
    December 6, 2013 | 11:31 am

    This encouraged my heart this morning. Thank you 🙂

  7. Chelle
    December 6, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    Thank you for the words. They made me pause and remember the beauty and the power of Grace, and stillness, and an oasis of quiet.
    I need to add these moments to each day.
    Peace and good to you dear friend during this blessed and Holy season.

    • Mandy
      December 6, 2013 | 1:11 pm

      May you feel the blessings and grace He sings over you, sweet Chelle! XOXO

  8. Christine Wright
    December 6, 2013 | 7:46 pm

    You have a gift. Never forget that. The way you write is His way of singing over me. Thank you, friend. : )

    • Mandy
      December 6, 2013 | 7:56 pm

      Holy, moly, girl…I’m blushing. You are too kind. Thanks for for being His hands and feet to me, over and over again. XOXO

  9. Jenn Hand
    December 9, 2013 | 8:08 pm

    wow.. this.. was. simply.. stunningly.. beautiful!