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Wonderfully Made is dedicated to encouraging women and their families along their journeys of faith, motherhood, marriage, and special needs. We believe wholeheartedly that you, your precious children, and your own unique journeys are wonderfully made by God and look forward to walking the journey with you. "You formed my inmost being; You knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise You, because I am wonderfully made." {Psalm 139}

Project Advent Tree + Ornaments 4 Orphans

Project Advent Tree + Ornaments 4 Orphans graphic

This October, I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Ornaments 4 Orphans at Allume and, in addition to your beautiful prayers, we felt that these ornaments and the precious children they represent belonged on our Advent Tree this year.

Each ornament is handcrafted by artisans in East Africa and all proceeds benefit their families and orphaned children in their communities.

The ornaments themselves are beautiful, but even more beautiful are the lives they represent. Would you consider praying for these children and their communities this Advent Season?

You can learn more about Ornaments 4 Orphans and/or purchase your own set of ornaments here!

hanging ornaments

And, as always, we want your prayers, friends. We want to pray for you and yours this Advent Season and are blessed by each and every prayer that adorns our tree. To submit a prayer to the Advent Tree, please read the instructions below!

Project Advent Tree 2014

Project Advent Tree: When you’re in a season of suffering

Advent is a time of waiting. For a miracle. For the Miracle. And He calls us to share with Him not only our love for the tiny Savior who was born, but also the miracles we are waiting for in our own hearts, families, and lives. What are you waiting for today, friend? And how can we pray you through it?

I was five years weary when the Lord laid the Advent Tree on my heart. The young girl who had lain on her bed one Christmas Night and called out to the Father to reveal Himself was tired and lost again.

Our family was weighed down heavily by financial strains and exhausted by therapies and our son’s growing needs, while also starting out in a new part of the country where we knew no one.

And as I sat at the kitchen table one night, praying about and wondering how we would make our way, I remembered that Christmas Night fifteen years before.

I thought about how suffering comes in seasons, some much longer than others, and the subsequent relief that comes when those seasons end. And what if we prayed for one another during those seasons of trial?

Advent is a time of waiting. For a miracle. For the Miracle. And He calls us to share with Him not only our love for the tiny Savior who was born, but also the miracles we are waiting for in our own hearts, families, and lives.

What are you waiting for today, friend? And how can we pray you through it?

Advent is a time of waiting. For a miracle. For the Miracle. And He calls us to share with Him not only our love for the tiny Savior who was born, but also the miracles we are waiting for in our own hearts, families, and lives. What are you waiting for today, friend? And how can we pray you through it?

Project Advent Tree 2014

Need prayers? Our family is here to pray for you this Advent Season. Find out more at wonderfully-made.net! #ProjectAdventTree2014

When I was a little girl, Christmas was magical.

I grew up in a big family and each Christmas aunts and uncles, cousins and neighbors would gather in our living room throughout the day to exchange gifts. The spirit of Christmas filled our house and radiated through each person who entered its doors. And, by day’s end, the room that held each guest was filled with paper and bows, carols and Christmas greetings.

One Christmas, though, I laid in bed after a day filled with presents, family, and friends, and felt nothing but empty.

I popped a Christmas CD in my Discman (remember those?), put on my headphones, and listened, hoping the music and carols I had grown up with would make me feel uplifted.

But it didn’t.

So, I opened my Bible and thumbed through the pages, waiting for a verse, a parable, anything to leap off the page and fill me up, but even Scripture felt hollow.

My eyes stung with tears as I turned out the light. I remember feeling alone, like someone I loved had been taken from me.

I had a difficult time falling asleep, and as I tossed and turned I prayed that God would reveal Himself. That He would fill the void that had grown between us. A space I did not realize was running dry until it was empty.

Shortly thereafter I fell asleep.

I don’t know how much time passed, but I remember being woken by a bright light. Startled, I opened my eyes, sat up in bed, and looked for my little sister who I assumed had brought in a flashlight, but woke to see only familiar shadows and the faint glow of moonlight in my bedroom.

As I laid back down, I felt the unmistakable warmth and strength of an embrace.

That was fifteen years ago. And in those fifteen years, I’ve needed to remember the feeling of that embrace, the warmth of that light, the answer to that prayer. Because sometimes, it feels like God is distant. Sometimes, it feels as though He is not listening. Sometimes, it feels like the light at the end of the tunnel is nothing more than a pinprick a million miles away.

But it is in those moments, I’ve found, that I need to break open and let everything spill out because when I open myself to Him, revealing not only my praises but also my doubts, fears, and longings, I find my relationship with Him deepens.

It is easy to love when life is simple, but deep love is forged through challenges. Adoring God means loving Him, yes. But it also means giving Him the pieces of ourselves that are breaking, too. It means letting go of the masks we wear and letting Him in fully so we can face challenges with Him.

So, this Advent Season, I ask you to open your hearts. To offer prayers you may have buried or cast aside as being unanswerable. To give thanks for the good and the bad. And to let Him in.

Let Him hold you through your prayers. And we will pray with you.

Here’s how:

Let us pray for you. Project Advent Tree 2014 at wonderfully-made.net

To read about the history of the Advent Tree, please click here! You can also follow along each week by clicking the Project Advent Tree button on the right sidebar :)

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