All of creation celebrates the birth of Jesus and our homes fill with joy along with our hearts.
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Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours
This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best 2023 Holiday Home Tours.
Thanks so much to my friend Kelly of The Tattered Pew for organizing this beautiful gathering.
Thirty talented and creative women have opened their homes up for you to tour all week long.
You can visit each home tour by clicking the links at the bottom of my post.
If you are coming over from my friend Jen’s blog at Midwest Life and Style, I love how she creates her cozy holiday home.
I’ve always been so inspired by Jen and it’s no surprise that she was just featured in the holiday edition of American Farmhouse Style magazine!
Welcome to Camp Paradise
Our cabin home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is a beautiful backdrop for Christmas.
Everywhere we look we are reminded of the beautiful ways God shows his love for us in nature.
The snow, the forest, the sunrises, the sunsets, watching the lake in our backyard freeze over…
Heaven and Nature Sing
Heaven and nature sing is what our surroundings are proclaiming.
It’s a beautiful inspiration point for the season both as we prepare our hearts in joyful anticipation and as we prepare our homes with decor that reminds us in beauty and hospitality.
Joy to the World
Isaac Watts, the author of the beloved Christmas carol, “Joy to the Word” actually wrote it as a poem along with other writings he put into a book inspired by Psalm 98.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let Earth receive her King
Our family’s nativity scene is very special.
It was a beautiful wedding present from dear friends.
I choose to set it out on our entry table so it is the first thing we notice when taking in the beauty of all the festive decor.
It’s a reminder that the King has come.
“Joy to the World” has been a favorite song for many since the 1700s. Christmas staple.
Sharing that joy during the season starts with preparing my mind and heart for Advent.
I take time to not rush into the decorating, but to have a window of time to turn music on and enjoy the process with whichever kids are around and want to help.
My mindset matters.
I want to feel peace and joy, not rushing.
And Wonders of His Love
Listening to Christmas music really gets me in the spirit!
In the car, in the kitchen, at work, I love singing along to favorites that keep me in awe of the wonders of His love.
Favorite Recordings of Joy to the World
My absolute two favorite takes on Joy to the World are:
- “Joy to the World” by Whitney Houston from The Preacher’s Wife (my favorite Christmas movie)
- “Joy to the World/Joy of the Lord” (featuring Naomi Raine, Todd Galverth & May City Gospel Choir)
And I also love:
- Joy to the World by Bing Crosby
- Joy to the World by Hillsong Worship
- Joy to the World (Joyful, Joyful) by Phil Wickham
I look so forward to my Advent reading each year.
It is an amazing way to learn more from a story I have heard over and over again.
Reminders of what the true meaning of the holiday are can be found all around.
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
I choose joy this season and keeping things in perspective.
He rules the world with truth and grace
I am in awe of God’s grace for me.
The mistakes I make, he always forgives.
I’m working daily at giving myself grace for too.
When I bring items into my home that say believe, it’s not about Santa, it’s about the truth of God sending His son to earth to live among us.
What I’m praying we continually believe in are the promises He has given us.
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room
So as we head into the Christmas season I’m making room in my heart and my home for Him.
How do we do that in the busyness of to do lists, concerts, programs, gatherings, all that goes on during the holidays while still doing every day life?
- Quiet time and reflection kept daily as a priority.
- An Advent devotional book to get deeper meaning in the season.
- Christmas worship music playing.
- Nativity as the focal decoration.
- Advent devotions on display.
- Movies like The Nativity Story.
Here are some to read this holiday in THIS POST.
Next up you are headed over to White Lilac Farmhouse and her beautiful ideas for transforming a home for the holidays and winter decor.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I enjoy your virtual visits and sweet messages.
The connecting beyond the post is what I treasure.
May your Holiday season be full of blessings as we wait to celebrate the coming of Christ all those years ago.
I’m so thankful, He is alive still today in my heart and in my home.
Bloggers’ Best Holiday Home Tours