7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; We wait for the baby we've dreamed we'd hold in our arms. Fill my days with laughter and joy through hardship and uncertainty. Encourage: Encourage someone you know who is weary of waiting. See our holiday shipping schedule to receive your gifts on time. Jesus encouraged his frustrated followers this way: "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Who will contend with me? That's OK. We expect everything to be at our fingertips the moment we have the desire for it. A patient teacher. First, I love the beginning verses, because they remind me that God is also a teacher, committed to challenging us and making us Christ-like. Most of us try to grow a forest in one day. Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion, Week 1: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth The word Advent means arrival, and it refers to the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. If you have kids, invite them be a part of the project. There is something about being emptied that leaves us more open to the possibility of learning and gaining the new wisdom God has to offer us. Week One focuses on how waiting on God can strengthen our faith in God and His promises. Please teach me to enjoy You and not just the blessings I see in Your hands. The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Week One focuses on how waiting on God can strengthen our faith in God and His promises. At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven.” — Matthew 18:1-3. 6 Lord speak, for I am … For many in the U.S., it’s nearly the beginning of the school year. Are you willing to plant faith and wait upon God?