The Restored Orchard

A Promise Fulfilled – Advent Week 4

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NKJV As a toddler, my oldest son loved to play on the telephone. Watching him one day made me remember that old game calledContinue reading “A Promise Fulfilled – Advent Week 4”

Weekly Meditation – Advent Week 4 – “A Promise Fulfilled”

Today marks the fourth and final week of the Advent season. Advent means “coming” or “the arrival”. As we transition into the Christmas season, we take time to reflect on the first arrival of Jesus Christ and wait in expectation of his second coming. Over the last three weeks, we explored the preparation for Jesus’Continue reading “Weekly Meditation – Advent Week 4 – “A Promise Fulfilled””

Make Room – Advent Week 3

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him tightly in cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:6-7 CSB There are times that I wish that I could add one moreContinue reading “Make Room – Advent Week 3”

On a Personal Note – Strange Encounters…

Each week, I’ll share personal reflections from my own time with God, our Heavenly Father. On a Personal Note is where I’ll highlight takeaways and implications for walking with the Lord. I think most parents have told their children, “Don’t talk to strangers.” I know mine did and I took it to heart. Just imagineContinue reading “On a Personal Note – Strange Encounters…”

On a Personal Note – Get Lost… & Found

Each week, I’ll share personal reflections from my own time with God, our Heavenly Father. On a Personal Note is where I’ll highlight takeaways and implications for walking with the Lord. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10 How many people get in their car and setContinue reading “On a Personal Note – Get Lost… & Found”

Prepare the Way – Advent Week 1

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness,‘Prepare the way for the Lord,    make straight paths for him. Matthew 3:1-3 NIV There is no greaterContinue reading “Prepare the Way – Advent Week 1”

Remembering Rest

There’s an old saying, “Find time to rest or your body will make you.” Over and over again, I’ve found this to be true. The world never sleeps and most nights, neither did I. I vividly recall seasons of overwhelm, anxiety, and exhaustion. Pushing myself to the edge of collapse chasing after worldly goals ofContinue reading “Remembering Rest”