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Advent 2015: Born Is The King: Day 1

The First Sunday of Advent

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Today's Text: Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

- Isaiah 9:6a -

Being born isn’t what made Him a King.

Jesus was born into the family line of David, but this did not merit a crown. Even with His earthly royal lineage, the King of kings was born in a stable far from home. Paul tells the Church He existed “in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage.”

The Prince of Peace made Himself low. He made Himself poor—a servant.

In fact, “He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6-7). The already-King of kings gave Himself to be born to a woman, to be helpless and often homeless so He could redeem us once and for all.

We’ve always needed a Savior. From the time Adam and Eve chose their way over God’s way in the Garden of Eden, to this moment of Advent anticipation. The tale is as old as time itself, but this true rescue story also stretches to all eternity.

Join us this Advent season—this season of arrival—as we watch the people of the Old Testament ache for an already-coming King. Let us, the weary world, rejoice in the arrival that is worth more than all the bells and whistles, all the magnolia garlands and candlelight vigils, all the quiet pauses and whispered thank-yous.

Let’s enter into the anticipation and celebration, remembering our need, repenting of our sin, and rejoicing in the “already” of Jesus’ birth and the “not yet” of all it means for eternity.

“So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—
of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—

and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is  Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:10-11

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One way we make room for the coming King is by storing His Word in our hearts. Let’s take these four weeks of Advent to memorize Isaiah 9:6-7 in pieces so we can have it stored up in its entirety by Christmas. Save the lock screen below to your phone as a reminder throughout the week, and rejoice in the child who was indeed born to us— our God, Immanuel. 

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
-Isaiah 9:6a

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  • Cay babyyy

    The already and eternity!!!

  • Shea Callahan

    I am so excited to dig back into the word and stop neglecting my relationship with Christ. What better time to start something new than at Christmas. Glory to the newborn King!

  • A weary world rejoices!

  • Rachel Linch

    Last year, I bought the devotional book and was SO excited to follow along with the SRT Advent plan…but, honestly, I sort skipped some days half-way through & then my 11-year-old childhood dog died & I just stopped doing it all together- which I really didn’t like. So, here I am, a year later…ready to jump back into this great plan & FINISH IT all the way through. And yes, I’m aware there is a brand new Advent plan for 2016…I just really wanted to complete the book from last year & thought I’d share my story, in case any other She’s are reading along with this one, too. Either way, happy reading & may God bless you this holiday season. ❤️

    • Leslie

      Me too! I finished about half and want to complete the entire study this year.

      • Kelly L

        I bought it but didn’t get to it last year either. I’m reading along with you “2015ers” :)

  • Allie Graves

    I already have my home and lock screen set with Isaiah 9:6 through seven. I’m excited to see what God has in store for me

  • Candace Bre'Ann

    Hoping this App helps me with my walk with Jesus

  • I like this app and I hope that I can learn to understand scripture as much as I love being in faith through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Francina Herasme

    So beautiful! May our hearts be constantly thankful!!!

  • I’m also glad I am starting this because one day we might not have a bible so we need to learn God’s word in our hearts and I love this verse!¡ I can not wait to grow with God!¡

  • I’m so glad I’m starting this app. I always forgot to do my daily devotionals but know that it’s on my phone (which I’m on 24/7) I prolly will not forget. I love this message and the verse.

  • Victoria Ayegbe

    Jesus is the reason for the season. Thank God that we know “the reason”

  • Ora Allison

    I know Christmas just passed but it was difficult this year. This really helped me just to understand the importance of it again and remember why I celebrate it.

  • Jasmine Estrella

    This might sound like a stupid question but what exactly does it mean when it states “Advent”

  • Brittany

    I am a lost Christian trying to find my way back to Jesus. I am so happy to have found a community of strong faith women to share with!

    • Amanda Austin

      God led you here to this community at this time for a reason. I’m new to srt too but went through my own challenges finding Jesus and wow – is my life better because of that journey!!!

  • This is my first time on SRT and I am super excited

  • Brand new to SRT. So late to this advent but I’m excited to be here. I’ve recently come back into my faith. I’m someone who grew up in church and never really realized what a wonderful gift God’s love is. I’ve been trying to study and read the bible on my own but this is exactly what I needed!!! It’s hard to just read and then listen, waiting to hear God’s message.
    I’m grateful to be in an age where I can share this wonderful loving savior with all of you beautiful ladies. I’m praying for you and know you’re praying for me too!

    • Brittany Smith

      I am so excited for you! you re-made the best decision you can ever make! That is awesome you are searching and looking for truth and “food” to fill you up! Congratulations KaraJo! Welcome to the family of Christ!

  • I bought this with the intention of reading it every day and now it is December 16th and I am just starting! I am excited!

  • Angg Tucker

    Wow really exited to me reading this!!! Question I have and am really curious to hear your answers and input! Why is it significant that Jesus was born into this world poor, as a servant? What does this mean for us?

    • Rebekah Gale

      I think the reason its important is that he humbled himself to just the bare minimum in order to give us grace. That he was born as innocent and not placed in an important role in mankind but just as an ordinary boy. This allows us to practically follow in his example. it allows us to look at his life later on and apply it to our own ordinary lives.

    • Brittany Smith

      I think the significance is that he was willing to work! He was willing to fight hard for us. Who knows! If he was a king, with high respect and honor, would they have crucified him? Maybe, maybe not! He would have had guards around to protect him. He was born poor lived probably most of his life homeless to reach the lost and dying people! It’s an awesome witness he left for us! Super convicting! We get so comfortable on our homes, our way of life that we forget we are constantly on the mission field!

      • Emily Van Der Merwe

        So true! His kingdom is not of this world. If he was an earthly King it would be contradictory to the word of God. God calls us to empty ourselves of all riches on earth for eternal riches in heaven with him! So amazing!

    • Shawna Whitaker

      I think, too, that perhaps if he’d been an earthly king or even a wealthy man it would’ve been too easy for those around to follow him and believe the things he was saying. I think it required much more faith for someone to give up everything they had, let the dead bury their dead, and so on to follow a homeless man saying radical things. Just a thought.

  • Excited to catch up too!

  • I am just as guilty. I too got caught up in the business of Christmas and forgot what we are celebrating. I’ll be a little behind reading this advent series, but I am reminded what Christmas is truly all about: God becoming like us. What an amazing blessing from our Heavenly Father.

  • Same! Very late. What an awesome thing for us to read through. Sometimes during this season we can all forget to stop and take up the peace and good will freely given by our savior.

  • Catching up here as well! Not very spiritual, but I’m guessing a Magnolia garland is a southern tradition? I’m here in the PNW. :)

    • Amber

      I honestly think it started in the south and has moved up north. I’m a southerner and have not used magnolia leaves but we do use oyster shells and chestnuts in our wreaths:)

    • Wendy

      I hadn’t thought about it being “southern” but maybe it is?! I have had leaves on my patio waiting to be strung since the weekend after Thanksgiving. :)

      • Wendy

        PS Merry Christmas from a transplanted Louisiana girl in Mobile, AL!

  • Better late than never, right?! :) I am excited to catch up/read through this Advent plan as a community as well. For unto us a Child is born!!!

  • Edie Joritz

    As am I, what an awesome way to learn and grow. So nice to be able to share it with everyone!

  • Me too…coming to this late but rager❤️

  • Cindy Bumgarner

    My daughter introduced me to SheReadsTruth and I am so blessed. Both SRT and HeReadsTruth are two of the best emails we get:) Thank you!

  • Mollye Kvach

    I must be late also, just discovering this app this morning…plz reply with input about how to get the most out it… I feel that God wants me to reach out to other believers for my walk with Him to grow and deepen…I will go back and read the days I missed before today ! Love to you all, Mollye

  • Robin Moutray

    I’m joining all of you late comers as well! Never too late, though!

  • Mandy Ollila

    I’m joining late too, but I’m ready to catch up and pray and rejoice with you all!! Merry Christmas!!

  • Thankful to be part of a godly group of women!

  • Kristen

    Starting this late… But it is much needed reminder in the mists of a busy season!!!

  • Going back through the days we’ve done so far. I’m so thankful for this study and the opportunity to memorize scripture and reflect on all that Advent encompasses.

  • Just downloaded the app because I was looking for a reading plan. I’m not the best at just opening the bible and reading it. Love how this app helps me meditate on the word and focus on the quality and not quantity. Amazing how our Savior has felt all that we’ve felt or will feel in the future. When we say that “we can’t” just remember that in Christ “we can.”

  • Anna Hildebrand

    A teacher recommended this app in class one day- thought i would check it out! So far LOVING IT

  • How do you get into the study? I purchased it but cannot on it.

    • Gina Katz

      That happened to me too. I bought it then couldn’t not open it. I hit buy again and it said “you have already purchased this do you want it again for free” I hit “yes” and it brought me right to it. Now it shows up in my purchased plans.

  • Dielisse D.Ramirez

    I’m glad, I found this app. I’ve been looking for ways to do my own bible study at home and this is such a nice option.

  • Lauren Alleva

    This app is liking a refreshing spring. I am so excited to drink it all up and spend time with God!

    • Ashley Echevarria

      Me too!! I’m so glad to not be the only one who really was looking for something like this! I’m happy I’m not alone.

  • Deana Griffin

    I want to really hunger for Gods word daily to wait in excited anticipation of quiet time to be at His feet every day and I hope that this app will help keep me on track for doing just that! Heard the She Reads Truth girls speak at the Abundance Conference this weekend and cannot wait to begin this journey!

  • I have been really wanting to read more in the bible and I hope this app will help me to do just that. I want to be able to memorize verses and know where different subjects and stories are found. I ready to dig deep into the bible.

  • Ana Guerra

    My husband and I have really been struggling lately and I’m hoping that through the word and prayer we can allow God to work in and on us. I’m hoping that this app will help me in continuing my walk with God.

    • Kim Westgate

      Ana, my Son and daughter in law I have really been struggling for quite a while. Reading your comments just makes my heart ache for you and your husband. And I will be praying for you

  • Imagine- The God who breathed life, who spread out the heavenly stars-He loved us so much, that He became a lowly human. He was born in a little stable. He didn’t just arrive a man, he experienced everything for Himself. He had a mission of salvation, but along the way wanted to fully get to know us better. Empathy for others happens after experiencing something ourselves. He felt it all. The King of Kings-GOD- became a human for us. I’m incredibly taken back by it—my mom is really sick, and I was thinking about the desire to take her place in suffering, if I could. I can’t, but the thought brought me to a place of mental clarity. God looked at me, and all my sin and shame, the imminent death and separation we were supposed to have because of my actions—–and decided He loved me enough to take off His Godly form and be born a person.

    • Dani

      “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

      He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
      ‭‭John‬ ‭1:1-5, 10-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    • Dani

      ““For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
      ‭‭John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬
      http://bible.com/116/jhn.3.16-17.nlt

  • I’m so thankful Jesus died so that I can live. I want to live for Him! God, YOUR will be done! <3

  • Abigail

    SO HAPPY to be part of this study with other women who need to be reminded daily of the hope they have in a savior who came as a baby boy. I love Christmas!

  • Ashley Houston

    I use to think that the lineage in the Bible was so long and boring. Now I understand and I think it is so fascinating. God’s promise to Abraham all those years ago was slowly becoming true throughout the lineage! So awesome!

  • Andi Hull

    Looking forward to experiencing the word with all of you this Christmas season.

  • The Christmas story seems so alive to me this year even though I have heard it all of my life!! My prayer is that Jesus would fall afresh on me and he is doing just that!!

  • I’d be feeling a little distant in my faith lately and from the moment I started reading I could feel the spirit moving, to the point that I started crying without knowing why. so excited to celebrate Jesus’ birth this season and to understand what it means for me and my relationship with him

  • Rachael

    I was amazed at the contrast between Adam and Jesus.

  • Excited to start this study!

  • Vanessa

    I’ve never participated in advent before, but I am thrilled to be joining this study. I’m praying for richness and truth to be a part of this for me and every one of you participating. Much love to you all.

  • Mickayla Brown

    Our salvation lies on that rugged cross!! I truly thank God for all that he does, will do, and has done! God is truly amazing and I am so thankful for him. Amen

  • Mighty God, prince of peace, everlasting counselor. How wonderful to know our God has soooo much to offer us. I would love to channel every bit of him in me.

  • Sara Wells

    Just got this app today. I’m really excited to be part of this study!

  • We were given the greatest gift of all, our Jesus the Christ. A love so dear

  • I absolutely love the Advent season. I get so excited knowing that God loves me so much that he gave me the greatest gift of all….a Savior!

  • Wow, I never really thought about the times when Jesus was homeless. Can’t imagine being out there in the cold! For those that are homeless how encouraging to know our Savior in His glory has been there! Wow!

  • Mary Beth

    I love that His kingdom is an ever-expanding and everlasting Kingdom. Thank you God that You reign Sovereign, and we can trust that You truly are in control. ❤️❤️❤️

  • SHAMEKAMICHELLE

    I love how simple, yet complex Jesus’ love is for me!! I don’t know where I would be without Him. I’m enjoying getting closer to Him day by day. The word tells us “if you draw near to God, God will draw near to you.” – James 4:8 I cannot wait to see what will happen as I draw near to God these four weeks ☺️

  • Hannah Brown

    Just found out about this app today. So excited to join in this study with everyone!

  • Praying we all remember the true meaning of CHRISTmas. Because of our lord and savior birth and death…we are redeemed.

  • This is EXACTLY what I needed this Christmas season ❤️ boom! Jesus rocks!

  • Erica Chadwick

    One way that we make room for the King is by storing His Word in our hearts. ❤️❤️❤️ Yes! I love that

  • Olivia KGH Zdankiewicz

    ‘Am I my brother’s guardian?’ I’m thinking about when do I say this to God in my own life? When I shop? When I buy clothes I know deep down are made my Slaves in other countries. An injustice i feel strongly about but yet when I buy clothes from stores where I don’t know who made them, am I not turning my back on my brothers and sisters? It’s a shocking thing that he said that to God. Do I say that to God, without truly admitting it myself, also? This is what I’m dwelling on today. Sin actively seeks us and we ‘must rule over it’ What sin is ruling over me?

  • How thankful I am to be your child Lord!! May my eyes be focused on you and my heart be open to know you deeper this advent season!

  • Abigail

    We are singing Handel’s “Messiah” this Christmas and it’s so amazing because we are singing these verses verbatim. If you want an easy way to memorize this scripture, I encourage you to start listening to this beautiful work.

  • Felicity

    Beautiful and humbling, Our King sacrificed everything for us!

  • Temme Martin

    Wonderful

  • Morgan I.

    CHRISTmas!

  • Stella Woodley

    Just loaded app. Ready to dig in! Already enjoying this guided reading.

  • Somebody please help me- what is Advent

    • Morgan

      It means “arrival” of a notable person, thing or event. The advent season is the season leading up to Jesus’ arrival on earth.

  • Looking forward to this study and making it the first part of my day! He is the reason for this season!

  • starting late as well……but God’s timing is perfect and this was beautiful and refreshing!!

  • Loni Estudillo

    This app is a blessing! First devotional and I am exited :D

  • Rachelle

    Starting late, too. :-)

  • Starting late, but enjoy this already. Wanting to keep my focus on Jesus this season.
    Blessings Sherry
    Facebook Sherry Leilani Allinger

  • Lauren Richards

    So I excited to start this study!

  • I was involved in the Advent prayer yesterday. I’ve prayed for knowledge and full understanding of this divine experience. Prayers were answered “ask,seek,knock…” I already feel welcomed by the faithful Women here.

  • Love this!!!!! I am so glad my friend shared this on Facebook.

  • Meghan Arnold

    This is my first Advent Bible study as well as my first study with SRT. I saw a friend post about it yesterday and became interested, and then this morning I received the notification on my phone. I knew I just had to participate! So excited to read, learn, and grow this Advent season!

  • sooreed

    Yay! Excited to enter advent each day with intentionality for the season. Too often it comes and passes. The day of Christmas or a couple days before I often find a quiet moment but before I know it advent was passed. How exciting to remember ahead of time and with several women of my Brooklyn community group! Let’s do this girls!

  • It amazed me that Israel couldn’t see the prophesy revealed through Jesus. I’m excited to follow this study!
    Amanda
    http://www.heartjava.com
    http://www.facebook.com/heartjava

  • Courtney

    The OT believers ached for an already coming King. And today we ache for His return.

  • So excited to go through this advent calendar with treats far more sweet than chocolate

  • Tera Fleming

    The fact that this passage was written hundreds of years before Christ was born is a beautiful reminder to me that God has a plan, and it is unfolding according to His timing. We may feel like the world is dark and evil is abounding, but like those Old Testament believers who were waiting for the Messiah, we are waiting for God to “make everything that is sad come untrue.” God can see it all and He will take care of His children. We need His peace tonight.

  • Anna Beth Shelton

    I sat in church yesterday and thought, “I really wish I could find a bible study that would take me through the advent season. Something that is specifically for this time.” And then I got a notification this morning about this study! God does fun little things like that. Excited about this study!

  • Nice to join a little community of worshipers.

  • Kim Pitts

    Lets do this! so excited to be reading with all of you.

  • Rebecca

    Your study is a wonderful way to spend time in the Word this the advent season. Thank you.

  • Rebekah

    I have never done an advent study, or a study with SRT, so this is a first for me! I am so excited to join you all and am looking forward to the changing of my heart and mindset through this busy season.

  • Often homeless so that we can all be saved once and for all. Thank you Jesus.

  • Michelle Endsley

    This would only be the second advent series I have ever done and it brings tears to my eyes to think about how beautiful and loving of a Savior we have!

  • Mellissa

    So excited to read. This will be my second advent study.

  • Colette

    Joy comes to my heart when I think of this time of the year, ready to enjoy this study.

  • Whitney

    This is my first live study and honestly my first real study of the advent. So excited to start this bible study.

    • She Reads Truth

      So excited you’re here, Whitney! Praying for your time in God’s Word!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Hillary

    Really needed this as I come into the Christmas season!

  • My family and I are in desperate need of prayer. Our mother passed away yesterday and she loved the Lord and gave us such a foundation of faith but I as well as my sisters are struggling. Where is the good in so much pain. I know she is with the Father and in no more pain but ours has just begun. I love the Lord, I do, but I feel so let down. Any prayers are appreciated. Thank you so much.

    • Hannah Juma

      ahh Mandy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My mom and I lost my father unexpectedly earlier this year, so it’s our first holiday season without him. Know that God can handle you anger and frustration and when your ready tell him about it. He already knows exactly how you feel, and there is so much healing in speaking it. Praying for you <3

    • Gabrielle

      Praying for you and with you Mandy. I am so sorry.

    • Christina D.

      Praying for you now Mandy. Lord embrace Mandy and her sisters. Give them assurance that even now You are still with them and love them and are grieving with them. Carry them now through today, tomorrow, and this season.

    • Sarah Jenik

      Praying for you Mandy!

    • Rachel Lyn Hart

      Wow, praying for you and your family right now. Lord, bring peace, comfort, and so much love ❤️

    • Bethany

      My mother passed away 6 years ago from breast cancer. I am praying for you and here if you need to talk. Our mothers are with Jesus where they pray for us and lift us up to the Father. Death is not the final word.

    • Kylee

      Praying for you and your family, Mandy ❤️

    • Chanel

      Praying for you.

    • Emily

      Praying!

  • Jessica Cole

    I need my Wonderful Counselor…as my sister, dad, and I enter into our first Christmas season without our beloved Mama and wife. Looking forward to this Advent devotional.

    • Sarah Jenik

      Praying for you Jessica! That comfort and the nearness of God would surround you this holiday season

    • Rachel Lyn Hart

      Praying peace and overwhelming love and comfort for you (and your family) this season girl ❤️

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you, sweet friend. Asking God to hold you especially close this season and make His Truth more illuminated each day.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Margaret

    I am so humbled by God’s love for me that he would send his Son to die for me, my grandchildren and great grandchildren whom I don’t even know. This is overwhelming to me, he loves us so much he was willing to die for those who haven’t been born yet. Thank you, Jesus.

  • Stephanie

    When I am reminded of the expectation that the savior would be a great a powerful government leader, and then Jesus came, who was a strong, but meek and vulnerable leader, I believe even more. Because what human could invent this idea of a humble leader? Only God could.

  • First time joining a live study on this app. Feeling blessed to be a part of it during this season. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and what better way to face it than studying the real reason for the season and getting my heart in the right place each morning with other ladies by my side…

    • She Reads Truth

      So glad you’re joining us, Jodi! Grateful for you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Thank you for this app and the daily devotions. I am returning to what I grew up with and working to let go and surrender to Christ (very difficult for me). I decided to start with devotions, as this is how my grandmother started every day. I look forward to spending advent in this study. I appreciate those who take time to post your thoughts.

    • K Ryan

      @Toni, God Bless you for returning. I appreciate your post. Much love to you on your journey sister.

  • Rebecca

    Often I glaze over verses that feel familiar but reading it out loud this time I was struck by the words “of the increase of His government AND OF PEACE there will be no end.” How beautiful the picture that God’s peace is so abounding that there is no end to it. No end in our lives or in this world.

  • I’m so excited to be joining this study and hiding God’s Word in my heart along with you all this advent season!

  • Happygirlx2

    I’ve been having the hardest time reading my Bible lately. I always seem to find an excuse not to read it or I tell myself that I will read it later. At one point in my life I was very close to God. I felt Him but now I feel so far away. I need Him in my life. So many changes and bad things have happened and I know He’s the only one I should lean on. Thank you She Reads Truth for these wonderful lessons and for putting them in a way that I can understand.

  • Christina Hargrove

    Welcome, Emily! So excited to celebrate our Jesus and memorize Scripture with you all this season.

  • Emily Stewart

    I just got this app and this is my first live study!

  • God must loves us so much and it’s beyond our comprehension.

  • I love looking at God’s promises, and have enjoyed the other studies I have done. See you tomorrow morning.

  • So happy to be joining in this study and looking forward to celebrating Advent in every special way!! Be blessed sisters!

  • Georgina Moeke

    The weary world rejoices. Such truth. Can’t wait to study the word of God this advent.

  • Veronica

    Hi- is anyone else having a hard time with the lock screen? Mine is quite large and doesn’t fit the screen well- it zooms in too much. I’ve even tried using “Instasize” to make it work better but it still is way too zoomed in and I can’t scale it for the lock screen. I have an iPhone 6.

    • Hannah

      Copy it into your notes on your phone, then screenshot and set as your lock screen

  • Destiney

    This sounds like a very good study :)

  • So very excited about this study! Wonderful way to remember the reason for this lovely season.

  • Rebecca Doty

    Thankful for you ladies as we prepare our hearts for an encounter with our King!

  • I am looking forward to my very first study with #shereadstruth. What a better one to start with than the one focusing on the birth of our King!

  • Wow I’m excited! What really stuck out to me was the part about the weary world rejoicing. Looking around..things seem pretty weary. But the people rejoice and as we wait in anticipation! I just discovered this app and I am very grateful!!

  • I am so grateful to find this today. December always seems to get so busy and out of control no matter how much I try to plan and organize myself. I’m praying this devotional helps me slow down and savor this season and give me peace as I’m reminded of what Christmas is truly about.

  • Katherine

    I’m waiting in anticipation for restoration for my weary heart and soul during this advent season. What a great way to end an intensely difficult year. I’m praising God that my anticipation does not come with nerves, for I know the end result–He is coming to forgive, to offer grace, and to restore our hearts to Him. We can celebrate and rejoice, because our worn and tattered hearts are not forgotten by the everlasting Father who so adores us.

  • Christi

    Looking forward to this study, to focus on this wonderful season and be in community with you all!

  • Allison

    Cannot wait to refocus by reading His Truth in this special season.

  • Melissa

    This is the first time to do this study, he is the reason for this coming season . I know this study is going to be fun, my three daughters are doing it with us. Let’s get started!

  • Just downloaded this app! I am looking forward to this study and getting to chat with you ladies!

  • this is my first study and I am starting it along with the Bible in 365 days. as many have already mentioned, I’ve been struggling to trust that His plan and His timing are best. As we begin Advent and I begin this series and commitment to trusting and believing in Him, I look forward with hope at what He will do in the coming season. I feel so lucky to have found this community. Excited to grow closer to Him alongside of y’all!

  • Breanne

    Looking forward to this devotional!

  • Yay this is my first and what a wonderful (and perfectly timed) time to find this app!

  • tara lynn

    long-time lurker, first time commenter – been looking forward to starting this study for a couple weeks. like some of the previous commenters, I’ve been looking for a way to get back into a routine of study after a hectic, hectic fall…what better way than to focus in on the truth of what this upcoming season is all about? :)

  • Kristal

    Wonderful! read today’s with my young family of four and will be memorizing together this verse.

  • I have been wanting a great devotion to prepare my heart and mind this month. Looking forward to this plan!

  • I am looking forward to participating live in my first advent study. I’m looking forward to what I can learn and I’m looking forward to getting my heart centered in the right place before the arrival of Christmas morning.

  • Melissa

    This is my first – can’t wait to get started!

  • I’ve been waiting for weeks for this to start. This is my first live study. I’ve been doing other studies on SRT since the summer. Love this app.

  • Chelsea

    Such a lovely message to start out this season. This is my first time on here and I look forward to growing closer and closer to Him with every passing day. My year has not gone as planned and I’ve been struggling with accepting that everything is right in His time. One major thing has gone right, I’ve been able to spend more time with Him. God Bless you all.

    • Kiley

      Chelsea – I’ve been struggling with the same! I will be praying for you – for peace, for patience and for a renewed sense of trust. One of my favorite verses that I try to meditate on during times of doubt/worry says “And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there.” 1 Corinthians 7:17 – The Message. I hope this brings some encouragement!

      • Chelsea

        Thanks for sharing! I’ve never read that verse before. Definitely writing that down where I can read it daily.

      • Ana Pryor

        This year has had some of the best and worst moments of my life. A bit of an emotional roller coaster. The lows have driven me away from the Lord and the highs are great memories. Now that things have leveled out a bit I find myself slow and heavy – confused on how I am not finding happiness. Thank you so much for posting this verse and thank you for being apart of SRT. I am praying for joy and love where I am in my life as a blessing from God. There is not anything he did not pave the way for – I’m praying I really find belief in that instead of feeling alone.

      • Christina

        Thank you so much for sharing this verse. It spoke right Ito my heart and soul, and made me tear up a bit realizing how honestly wonderful Jesus is. He sent you at the right place and time to say these words of encouragement and I am so grateful to you! God bless you so so so much! God is so good!

    • Chloe

      I’ve had the same – a full on year. But have learnt that God often calls us to lay down what is good in order to have what’s best!!! (Growing in Him and spending time with Him)

  • I love the focus on rejoicing at the arrival of Jesus. Rejoicing that Jesus came to redeem us all.

  • mrscmroberts

    When does this start?

  • I love that in these verses already we see Christ as both God and man-through birth as a child and given over by God to the world. It’s such a sweet hopefulness this first Sunday of Advent as we dig into hope. Hope that endures, a hope affirmed in the already and the expectation of not yet. May this week be filled with that confident expectation that we know as hope, choosing to embrace, to give and to believe in it throughout the days no matter what may come.

  • So thankful for SRT! Can’t wait to dig into this Study!

  • Champane

    Thank you, Sisters in Christ! I am new to She Reads Truth and to daily study of the word. I’m working to fill the voids that I know only He can. I’m moved to tears reading these posts with all their love and support. I am committed to recognizing the blessings I receive daily and see that this is and will continue to be another!! THANK YOU!!❤️

  • Molly J

    Loved last year’s Advent series, so I can’t wait to go through this one!

  • Amber Wills

    My husband is doing the He Reads Truth study, so I planned our family advent study to align with our personal study. If your interested here’s a link to the plan. (Tonight was an incredible start to this sweet season of study for our family.)

    http://www.willscasa.com/2015/11/advent-study-devotional-plan-families/

  • I’m so thrilled to be starting this study! Isaiah 9: 6-7 is one of my favorite verses.

  • Ali Marchetti

    I am new here… Just downloaded the app tonight and joined this study! I am very excited to meet new women who are strong in their faith!

  • Tanya Renee

    Chris Tomlin has a song out called He Shall Reign Forevermore. It has part of our memory verse in it!

  • So excited that this study finally started! It is my first live study!

  • jenapha

    …remembering our need for this true rescue story that brings never-ending peace…

  • Jennifer

    Already hearing and writing from what God said in the first two lines of Isaiah 9:6. So. Good. Such. Truth.

  • This is the first study I’m doing “live” and I have so been looking forward to being able to read comments the day they are made instead of a year or more later . :) I am so grateful to have found the #srt community. I just finished the thankfulness study which was amazing, and this one looks just as good, if not better!

    • Valerie

      Me too, Kelsey! So thankful for this community and excited to share this with everyone here. May God keep us all and bless us to use these words as nourishment to our souls!

      • KC

        I too am doing a study “live” for the first time and am so looking forward to the daily routine of reading scripture, the devotional and interacting with community. My prayer is for a deepened understanding and acceptance of God’s love through Christ in order to be able to better share that love with others

    • SuzyQ

      This is a real-time first for me also!! I was disappointed to not be able to order the paper copy-it’s so beautiful!! But this is awesome to share this study and the…”already” of Jesus birth, and the “not yet” of all it means for eternity” with an amazing community!!

  • KellieE

    To God be all the glory due His name! Thankful!

  • Rochelle

    Chiming in to say that I’m so looking forward to participating in the study with all of you ladies. I am also so grateful for all that you do, SRT, and have been incredibly blessed this year by your devotionals! Anticipating each day of Advent!

  • Haileyblackmer

    My prayer is that we will all feel the love of Christ during this holiday season. We are all loved, even in our struggles, now it’s time to put our love back into him❤️. I am so blessed and excited to begin this SRT study!

  • This is my first SRT Advent study, and I am looking forward to see what we’ll be studying during this season. I got plugged into SRT in January and have loved all the devotions we’ve done this year. Thank you SRT for all the hard work you put into each and every study. I have grown so much in my walk this year and part of that is due to what I have learned through these studies. Thank you for being such an encouraging ministry for women and for always pushing and encouraging us to dig into God’s Word daily.

  • So looking forward to doing this study in such a beautiful community together. What a blessing.

  • Caitlyn

    Thankful to have the opportunity to prepare my heart for Christmas and what Jesus has for me. Praying we can all take time to sit and rest in Him on a daily basis, especially during this season of “busyness.” God bless my sweet sisters in Christ- let me know how I can encourage and pray for you!!

  • Brittany Putman

    So far this year I am seeing Isaiah 9:6-7 everywhere. I’m not sure what God is trying to teach me but I can’t wait to find out. I look forward to following along as you celebrate Advent this month!

  • Scripture speaks truth. Reading each of your responses makes this so meaningful! Looking forward to the truth that is revealed through scripture and the way the Lord speaks to each of us! Praying for this community and the opportunity to find new truths this Christmas season!

  • This is my first time participating in advent and I’m more than excited to be doing this and pray this helps me to feel closer to God, and understand the true meaning of Christmas.

  • Flawed by grace this morning by this simple but world-changing truth: GOD CAME. He entered into our brokenness and mess. He became one of us. He suffered as we suffer. And he took the weight of our sin on Himself. And all this so that those who were His enemies might be forgiven, sealed with a new name and identity, and given a place in God’s Kingdom. He saved us for relationship! Oh let us draw near the One this Christmas who is the only reason why we can draw near! Praise be to the Lord!

  • Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace–I love these names for Jesus–indeed the name above all names.

  • Stephanie

    Love the present-tense “is” in Philippians 2:11. He IS Lord. Living and breathing and sovereign over every single event happening in every single person’s life. He is just as alive today as when He took that first breath of earthly air when He made His way outside of the womb. Born is the King… Alive is the King!

  • sarahmariet

    happy advent everyone! This morning, what the pastor said struck me — “Jesus created and grew the trees from which the cross would be cut. He created the minerals from which the iron nails would be made.” What Love! For this we are celebrating — our Salvation coming to Earth for each of us!

  • Janelle

    I love the advent season and can’t wait to study this with all the Shes here!

  • Sarabeth

    Very excited about this study! I love our memory verses for this month. It is one I seem to return to during the holiday season. Merry Christmas ladies! Big hug to all of you.

  • This is my first time participating in advent and I’m excited. I pray that this helps me refocus my heart on the real meaning of Christmas– that is Christ.

    • Cindy Rust

      This is my first time here as well! I am looking forward to focusing on the true meaning of Christmas while joining this group of women who are chasing hard after God!

  • Crystal

    So thankful for this beautiful devotional. I look forward to sharing it with my four small children❤️

  • Kathleen

    It’s the most wonderful time of year, not because of toys and presents and trees- but because we have been given the gift of peace through Jesus. Looking forward to preparing my heart for this season of celebrating the birth of Jesus amidst the hustle.

  • Looking forward to spending this Advent season with you lovely “she’s”. The past month has thrown a wrench in my daily time and although I’ve been here, I’ve not been fully “here” … sooo, I’m so looking forward to this time and drawing closer to Christ as we move through God’s word this month. ~ B

  • Hillary E.M.

    So encouraging to read what inspiring stories there already are. Like many of you, this is my first SRT study and I’m so looking forward to what is going to unfold!

  • Chelsea

    This is my first She Reads Truth study! Can’t wait to follow it this Christmas. I love you all already!

  • I’ve followed SRT on and off and am glad to be back and share in the Advent with you all. I want so much to have a Christ-focused season.

  • Excited to start this advent study and really celebrate Christmas for its true reason- the birth of Jesus!

  • Stephanie

    I am in a tough season of waiting so I think the focus on anticipation is a healthy shift for my heart and mind.

    • Kiley

      Stephanie – I love this optimistic/positive outlook. As I struggle through a season of waiting myself, this reminds me to be centered on the anticipation and the hope of what is to come! Praying for you!

  • This is my first She Reads Truth reading… I am beyond excited! I am somewhat of a newcomer to the Bible and truly understanding what it holds. I ask for your prayers through this experience, I’ll be praying for all of you too!!

  • Rosena J. Becker-Ross

    Today is the time of year I look forward too as this is the third year for me doing the SRT advent. I love it not only because it gets me in the bible more but it is something I share with my daughter. Every day I thank the Lord for saving me and helping to get me through another day.

  • Hi all, I am not religious by any means, but I am excited to learn. Recently I just suffered a very bad miscarriage, resulting in blood transfusions, etc. Looking to learn and strengthen my connection.

    • Joanna

      Praying for you, AJ. I recently went through a similar ordeal with a miscarriage and it’s so difficult, both physically and emotionally. Praying you feel a closeness to the Lord like never before and can find strength and hope through Him this Advent season, and always! :)

    • Stephanie Lussier

      Welcome AJ! How exciting to have you join us during this special time! The best thing is that we are all getting the chance to learn and grow together as women. Praying you find comfort in who Jesus is and in our community.

    • Chanel

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray for you and your family. That through the help of SRT, you are able to build a relationship with the Lord and are able to find peace and comfort through the readings.

    • Lizzieb85

      I am so glad you are joining us! I am so sorry about your miscarriage. I had one 3.5 years ago, it is so hard to go through. Lord, I lift AJ up to you this Advent season. I pray that in studying your word you will bring healing & peace. I pray that she will come to know you in a new & real way. Give her knowledge of you & connect with her personally through your truth & grace. Amen.

  • A great reminder that Jesus is there for all things. To be our counselor -casting our anxieties in him; to be the Everlasting Father- who will never leave or forsake us; to be the Prince of Peace- rest when we are weary; and the Mighty God who can do everything and anything!

  • Jennifer Wolford

    First time doing the Advent devotion and I’m really looking forward to it! Thank you SRT for all you do and your faithfulness to help us ladies grow in Christ.

  • I’m so thankful for this comment section. Sometimes I read the passages but don’t quite let them sink in fully. The discussions here always remind me to go back and savor each and every beautiful word!

  • So blessed sweet sisters to be going through this advent study with you! I love all the SRT books, this one too is Beautifully done♥️ I gain so much insight from reading all your comments! Thank you!

  • First time joining this Advent study, and I’m very excited!

    • katherine

      Mine as well! This is only my second study with She Reads Truth – I just finished the Psalms of Gratitude and am looking forward to this one!

      • Molly B

        Mine also :) I’m looking forward to taking the time to rest and be still, to be reminded of who He is and what He has done for us!

  • Angela o

    So thrilled to be participating in this study! Thank you, She Reads Truth team!!

  • Amy Coleman

    I’ve never went through an Advent study, this is exciting!

  • This is my first She Reads Truth plan and being a lover of all things Christmas, I decided this would be perfect. Eager for what this study holds and how God can mold my heart during this season :)

  • I’m gonna be honest, ladies. Between my crazy busy workweek and hosting thanksgiving duties and lots of family around, my beautiful Psalms of Gratitude book fell unopened nearly the whole last week of the study. I just “couldn’t find the time”, “didn’t have the energy”, and about 10 other excuses played on repeat in my head as I filled up with other stuff that “felt good” instead of spending time with Him. And I felt awful about it, so awful I didn’t even want to open the app this morning & see where you all are starting today! But I’m so, so glad I did. I’m going to start Advent with everyone here in the mornings, and work at night to finish the journaling exercises in my Psalms study. There is no place i’d rather be! Here I find such a beautiful community and many reminders to just carve out the time for our God, and leave the to-do list because it WILL get done! So thank you, all of you, for inspiring me and encouraging me to dig deep in His word…even when I don’t “feel like it”!! He is all we need. And I’m so thankful for each of you!

    • Tara

      I’m so glad you opened the app this morning! I just journaled about the same struggle of pushing God aside for other things that ‘felt’ good. I’ll be praying for encouragement from God for you!

    • Stephanie

      I hope you can be encouraged in each moment that you spend time with God and not feel guilty for anything you think you should have done. He’s with you every moment.

      • Kylee

        Thank you Stephanie! Yes I’m so thankful for the moments I DO get with Him, and that He doesn’t remember my shortcomings! Love to you ❤️

    • Dianne

      The wonderful thing is that He’s not at all disappointed in you – He loves you immeasurably and extends grace. You can always just pick back up and press on and press into Him. He’s always there with open, loving arms. ❤️

      • Kylee

        YES, Diane, SO TRUE! That was so hard for me to understand at first, since we as humans tend to carry around our grudges and opinions. But not our Good God! He never remembers where we’ve fallen short on the way, only that we’ve come at all. Such grace, such undeserved grace. Thank you for your encouragement!

      • Anna

        Thank you, Dianne, for this beautiful reminder. He IS waiting for me, for ALL of us, with open arms. It has been longer than I care to admit since I’ve picked up my bible, or had the pleasure of partaking in any sort of fellowship. Reading this thread of inspiring and encouraging posts had lifted me up, even if just a little. What a blessing this is– to find an ‘app’, of all things, to provide peace, inspiration, and fellowship…. To bring perfect strangers together as sisters in Christ. God’s blessings to you all this season!

  • Elizabeth

    I am so excited to be taking part in this study! It stood out to me this morning how it said “a son is given to us”- so Jesus is given as a son to all people…I wonder if this is why He calls Himself the “Son of man”??

  • Caryn516

    Love this time of year and having a community to share it with! I will be making the cider recipe later today and thinking about all of you “She’s”! Praying that the Holy Spirit will speak to each of us, right where we are and make this a season to remember…

  • Praying for each one of you, dear sisters. God’s Word has consistently brought me the greatest joy and the truest peace my heart has ever known. Let’s band together, seek His face, drink deeply of His all-powerful word as we sit at His feet this beautiful season. Don’t let anything rob you of this joy. Sending love to all the sisters in Christ.

    • Kylee

      Amen! Praying the same for you, Carla — this is a season that can bring chaos and instead I pray peace for each of our hearts!

      • Carla

        Thanks, Kylee! I’m already so blessed by this community. <3

      • Carla

        Kylee – I will keep you in my prayers. Keep looking forward. “There is no condemnation for those of us in Christ Jesus…” Rom 8:1 We’ve all done the same thing. I’m so thankful for God’s grace and his tender shepherding hand that leads me to greener pastures and quiet waters. He will do this for you. Bless you sweet sister.

      • Kylee

        Thank you, Carla, for your sweet encouragement! Hope your week is off to a beautiful start.

  • Jessica Hotz

    …the weary world rejoices, this is the night of our dear Saviors birth. -Amen

  • Melinda

    Oh, how excited I am for this study! I have heard about advent the last few years at my church in college, and have seen the studies but this year my heart rejoices to see what hearts have longed for for hundreds of years! I am currently living overseas for a year (until June) and it has been hard being away from home. But I have dived into the Word and I am so thankful for this site and ability to study the Word in a unique way.
    Praise the Lord for the gift of His Son that he promised to send, and has sent Him so that we can have HOPE in this world. Christmas is about Him, and sharing the wonderful name of the Lord!

  • Christina D.

    I’m doing the Bible in a year study and decided to start the Advent study on a whim even though I didn’t feel like I have enough time for both. Wow…thank you Lord and thank you ladies for your comments which have bolstered my desire to dig deeper and challenge myself this season. I have a 18 month old daughter and will be packing our home, hosting Christmas for family and friends, then listing our house after the new year and moving about 600 miles north to live with my parents until our house sells and then look for a new home! But guess what…THIS is the only thing that matters. Spending MORE time with God and in His word is more beneficial than making lists or phone calls or filling boxes. Those things will get done. Time spend with my God is too precious to give up for a list of daily tasks. So thank you all for encouraging and inspiring me to stay focused on Christ during this Advent season. Merry Christmas everyone. I’m so thankful for you.

  • “We, the weary world…” As one who is weary, I am so grateful for the good news (best news) of the advent.

  • Katherine

    It’s so beautiful to think that he came in my form- so particular and thoughtful are his ways towards me! He meets me everyday with that same relentless focus. Wow. That I may recognize this more…

  • Julie Anna

    I have been in a desert place and am grateful for this journey of Advent and this community.

  • Deborah

    I am going to make this Christmas about Christ. The times when I am intentional about putting my focus on Christ , especially at Christmas, is when I have had the most meaningful Christmas as well as not being stressed or over committed! I am excited about the challenge of memorizing scripture. It always amazes me of how I had memorized the entire Christmas passage as a child. Thank you Shes for your wonderful Ministry.

    • Kelly Procopio

      Love your thoughts about intentionally focusing on Christ this holiday season. It’s easy to get caught up and distracted by the way this world has transformed Christmas. But if our focus is Christ, every thing else becomes secondary. Thank you!

  • This is indeed a great comfort during this time and all times. I am so grateful that we have God’s Word to read and learn about Him. Thank you, Jesus!

  • Lindsay

    I always look forward to the series during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. This time has been hard for me the past few years, but having these daily devotionals help me to look at our Savior-who fills me with joy and perseverance. So thankful and excited about this advent!

  • Good morning, sisters! I’m coming into Advent in a more reflective way this year and really looking forward to this study with all of you. I’ve always found it to be such a joyous, hopeful time, and we could all use a major dose of that given what’s going on around us. Lord, I ask that you give me the wisdom to share the words and lessons in this upcoming study with the people in my life who need it most.

  • Jessica

    It’s so absolutely amazing that Christ did not choose to use any of his Kingly status for his own advantage. He walked as poor, homeless, despised. What true love He showed for us!

  • The words “Let us, the weary world, rejoice..” really hit me. What a weary world we live in! But we can rejoice regardless. We have a hope that overcomes all of the troubles of the world! Thank you, Jesus.

    • Kylee

      So true Jamie. It’s a weary world but we have this hope that is an anchor for our weary bobbling souls….let’s share that hope this Advent season!

  • Kathy Berry

    Really looking forward to what a God is going to reveal to me through this study.

  • Victoria Bragg

    I love this scripture when it says, “everlasting father”, I need a father who will love me and give me counsel. I know that even if things don’t go well with my earthly father this Christmas, that God has given me His peace in my heart.

  • Jocelyn

    As I meditate on these words that I have heard since I was a very young child, I grasp it differently. Jesus came down to our level to show us His love. With all his power and strength he wanted us to see Him as Human not high and mighty and in doing so he showed us true love!

  • Joy To The World

    All the decorations are up. Many of the gifts are purchased. But my heart longs to focus on the one true gift, our savior!! After years, a lifetime, of struggling with quiet times, I find myself excited and anxious to get up and dive into His truth! Thank you SRT for creating studies that direct me to my precious God each morning.

  • I am so excited for this study. I’m hoping to be able to balance it with another study I’m doing, while studying for finals. If not, I’ll play catch up over break.

    One of the most comforting things to me about Jesus, is that he is one of us. No greater, no less, but he willingly took on the “likeness of men.” It just comforts me that Jesus is on my level.

    I’m also very excited to discover more of God’s word, and to celebrate the coming of Christ this Advent season!

  • Beverly

    I am loving this first day of reading. Looking forward to the blessings that will come out of this during this season and doing it along with others. God is so good and want to let Him be the one who is always exalted at Christmas time before everything else.

  • Excited to share my second advent with all of you, my SRT sisters. I discovered this app last year and it has helped me spend time with God consistently. My gift is not with words,as some of you, but I read every comment, every day and have received so much help and encouragement from them. Blessings on all of you and am looking forward to spending advent with my sisters in Christ!

  • Amen. Oh how my heart needs this. Thank you.

  • “7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
    He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
    establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever. ”

    This is so comforting, when earthly governments have never seemed more hopeless, corrupt, and fallible.

    • Dianne

      Amen! This world is on such a fast-track of evil and whenever it starts to get me down, I have to remember that my hope is in God alone. Not man, not government, not a country, and most of all, not myself. But He is greater and He’s not surprised.

  • Michelle of LA CA

    I’m so excited that we are starting advent !!! I adored the 2 weeks of psalms .
    I don’t want to get overwhelmed this season I really want to do christmas season with Jesus in front of it all ; before shopping , cooking and getting my cards out . I want to spend my christmas with Jesus this year . That’s my goal.

  • I am so glad to have found this advent study, and am new to this site. Can you sign up for email postings, or do you just return to the site every day?

    • Michelle of LA CA

      Welcome Cathy . I SRT about 8 months ago and you will love it . Don’t rush it just be with Him.
      Even if you fall behind just start when you are . Enjoy it . It’s a wonderful website . I work about 70 hours a week so I miss some of the devotions but I read what I can . SRT is a blessing .

    • Sarabeth

      Welcome! You can sign up for the emails on the website, and they have an app as well that can send you reminders as well. God bless you!

    • Ann

      Cathy, if you go under the ‘Navigate’ pull down in the top right of the page there is an option there to subscribe and have it sent to you daily via email. Welcome!

  • I have been waiting for this since I found She Reads Truth. Blessings of the season to you each of you.

  • Kasey Summers

    I am so so very excited about this study! We are starting our advent series for Sunday school today and Isaiah 9:6 is the same key verse. This is my most favorite time of the year because there is so much talk of Christ and so many opportunities to share Christ. Jesus gives me so much joy each and every day. .. which would make sense the CHRISTmas would give me so much joy as well because it is ALL about Jesus!!

  • Bethany

    Ooohhhh, this is going to be good, good stuff!! I’m new to SRT and am LoVING these devotionals!!

    A few notes from my study Bible I just have to share —>

    Wonderful Counselor – He is King who determines and carries out a plan that will cause the world to marvel.

    Mighty God – He is divine in power

    Everlasting Father – He is an enduring, compassionate provider and protector

    Prince of Peace – His rule will bring wholeness and well-being to individuals and to society.

    • PaigeyMac

      Thanks for sharing, Bethany! I like it when others share excerpts from their study Bibles :)

    • Jessica

      Hallelujah!! Wonderful insight.

    • Jamila

      Hi! I just discovered SRT when I started following on Instagram! I found out about the app and now this series! I am so excited! Even having an opportunity to post and read posts is tugging my heart right now. I love how He came for me and how continues to come for me! I am so grateful!

  • Wait – what??!! “Of the INCREASE of His PEACE there shall be no end?”
    Well, THAT’s certainly good news! I hadn’t honed in on that despite years of hearing, reading and singing that.
    I love how each year, God shines His light on something new and fresh for me as I go through Advent.
    I met SheReadsTruth during Advent a few years ago and I am so excited to be studying, contemplating, meditating with you again. I got up early today just so I could begin this study.
    Holy Spirit, please lead all of us into deeper truth, greater joy, wiser understanding as we walk through this season together. Blessings to all!

    • Karen

      Cindy thanks for pointing out the truth of God’s increase. I went back and read the passage with an eye towards that and I was so encouraged. With all the news about ISIS my heart has been heavy and a bit fearful. But God’s word has given me hope. Come Lord Jesus come! We so desperately need your peace and justice!

    • McKay

      Cindy, your joy brings tears to my eyes. It’s been a minute since I’ve studied and spent time with God. Today is my first day back and your words filled with Christ’s love are helping me get excited for Advent.

  • Excited to start this study!! I’m sharing it with a dear friend who is spiritually hungry, and I can’t wait to see her and I grow together this advent. The reading today reminded me of a beautiful piece from Handel’s Messiah, which I go see every Christmas. Having the scripture set to such beautiful music always draws my heart in deep. I am so in awe and ready to find rest in the saviour this holiday season. Thank you, sisters!

    • Sara

      That is so awesome! Praying that your friend’s thirst is quenched by our Savior. I love that you mentioned Handel’s Messiah- I couldn’t help but sing along in my head as I read the verse.

  • God is in the business of real life in the hot choc you give to ur little ones or the kind word smile to your work colleague and may we remember him as we seek to share Jesus and when we sit at his feet X amen X early am walk give me calm in busy lives working in a shop at Christ mas time X

  • My first time reading anything with ‘She Reads Truth’ and I could not be more excited! Already blessed by the love and transparency in the seven comments before me. Can’t wait to learn and grow closer to the Lord!

  • Those two prepositions speak volumes of how true/real God’s Love is:
    For to us a child is born (For you I was born),
    to us a son is given (To you I was given),
    and the government will be on his shoulders (and your yoke will be on my shoulders).

    I Love Him.

    • Bethany

      Thanks for sharing this! I’m writing this in my journal now!

    • Megan

      Thank you, Idah. That is going in my journal too. I need to really hear and remember that in this season.

    • JennyBC

      Beautiful.

    • Betsy E

      Idah, thank you! That’s such a wonderful way to think of this passage.

    • Betsy E

      ‘Wonderful Counselor’ really stood out to me this morning. Jesus so wants us to come to Him!

    • Taylor Sepuha

      Wow! Speechless at how much I’m/we are loved by Him. Thank you for sharing!

    • Kendra

      Thanks, Idah! A love so big it boggles the mind.

    • Kellie

      Thank you Idah, for your simple switch! It always helps me to switch from thinking that God has done this for all of us, to remembering that he chose me… He did this for me, Kellie. And he also did this for you, Idah. What a wonderful reminder! Thank you for your words!

    • Janet

      Thankful for your comment. Good reflection.

    • Kim

      His yoke is easy and His burden light!

    • Trisha

      Thank you for sharing that perspective! I love it!! So much truth in it! Bless you, Idah!

    • Lyndsey

      Great insight!

    • Rhiannon Blair

      That is beautiful Idah.

  • Sarah Lahoda

    So excited to begin this series with all of you! That God would take on human flesh and live among us in order to accomplish our rescue is such a beautiful mystery and sobering truth. I want to behold Him and savor His presence this season. So grateful.

  • Monica Mckinny

    Excited to start this as well ladies! Love being reminded who my Savior is & how He was always in the plans! How we became like man so that He could know the true suffering & temptations we face. He humbled Himself before us so that we would learn to do the same for Him! What an amazing LEADER!

  • “7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end…”
    Yes! Even so come quickly, Jesus!

    • Bethany

      Amen!

    • Kelly Andrews

      Yes!! How his peace is unending and always increasing. How I desire to soak in his goodness and his peace amidst the craziness of life and turmoil.

  • I haven’t been reading my Bible lately (read “for months”) and am trying to make a habit out of it for the first time. I’m so excited to begin this series and join in with all of Creation in waiting, celebrating, and resting in the birth of our Redeemer.

    • Katie

      Leah, me too!!! I’ll be praying that you find a routine and make an opportunity each day to reflect on our redeemer. God bless!

    • Churchmouse

      So glad you are opening the Word alongside those of us who meet here! We’ve saved a comfy chair beside the fireplace just for you. Cocoa and mini marshmallows. Bible opened. Let’s read and talk about our Savior. A safe friendly place here to share your thoughts, questions, experiences. So glad you’re here.

    • Lisa Marie

      I’ll be praying for you, Leah! Pray the same for me! :)

      • Leah

        Thanks so much everyone!! I will keep you all in my prayers as we read together:D

      • Haileyblackmer

        I love The Lord with all my heart, however I often find myself struggling to get into a habit of reading everyday! Any suggestion from anyone?

    • Laura

      Me too!!

  • Julianna Oates

    How loved are we that our Lord would take on the form of his own creation just so he can show us his overwhelming grace, love, and compassion!

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