Monday, December 10, 2012

Jesse's Branch...

The scriptures prophesy of the coming Messiah in Isaiah 11,
 saying that He will be a branch springing up from the root of Jesse, the father of King David.
Many people celebrating Advent have a Jesse tree, 
a tree full of symbols telling of the Messiah's coming.
In our house, we reinvented this tradition with a simple branch and twenty five tags, each tag with a different title for the Messiah listed, with the corresponding verse written on the back.
This year, for the first time, my two oldest grandchildren are here for the whole holiday season,
so each day they get to be the ones to add one tag until Christmas day.

Here are the names of Jesus we chose with the scripture where the name is found.

Jesus -Matthew 1:21 
Savior-1 John 4:14 
Son of God- Luke 1:32-35 
Son of Man-Matthew 18:11 
Redeemer-Job 19:25 
King of Kings -1 Timothy 6:14-15 
Lord of Lords-1 Timothy 6:14-15 
Bread of Heaven-John 6:51 
I Am-Exodus 3:14 
Alpha and Omega-Revelation 1:8 
The Word- John 1:1 
The Way, The Truth, The Life- John 14:6 
Lamb of God- John 1:29 
The Door- John 10:7-10 
Good Shepherd-John 10:11 
The Deliverer-Romans 11:26 
Friend-John 15:15 
My Beloved-Song of Solomon 7:10 
Bridegroom-Isaiah 62:5 
Faithful Witness- Revelation 1:5-6 
My Righteousness-1 Corinthians 1:30 
Wisdom of God-1 Corinthians 1:30 
Lion of Judah- Revelation 5:5

I'm so grateful for the chance to share this tradition with my grandchildren!
I’ve taken the Joy Dare.

I’m counting one thousand thanks in one year.

I hunt for thanksgiving using the prompts Ann gives us each month.

If you are interested in joining in, click the link above or at the bottom of this post.

I continue to count my thanks

piling up gratitude day by day

in my little black journal…


3 gifts shining-
-being able to see the moon even though it's mid-morning
-nightlights for the grandkids
-tree decorated by the grands in my home office

a gift circling-
-an early evening run, 2 laps around the neighborhood, all sparkly with Christmas lights 

a gift crowning-
-homemade star atop our tree

a gift crafted-
-grandkids coloring and handcut snowflakes here and there around the house

3 gifts silver-
-silver jingle bells
-jars of change being saved for a someday trip to Disneyland
-old tarnished silver

3 gifts sweet-
-hot chocolate with a peppermint stick
-plump blueberries, picked and frozen last summer, enjoyed in a December morning's muffins
-getting an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen with the grandkids

3 gifts from your Savior-
-His Presence
-His Word
-His good, acceptable, perfect will

a gift hung-
-Christmas stockings for everyone in the family

a gift held-
-a new camera, my early Christmas gift from the Hubs

a gift heard-
-songs of worship

3 gifts ugly-beautiful-
-accidently deleting 6 months of photos, but after lots of frustration and a few tears and some money spent on a recovery app., being able to recover them
-learning new things that don't come easily
-laundry and dishes and cleaning-humble ways to serve my family

Gratefully yours,


  1. What a neat tradition! We've never done a Jesse Tree but I think that is something I'm definitely going to put on the list next year. I think I like that better than the Christmas Tree! Thanks for sharing yours. :)

    Mindy @ New Equus - A New Creation

  2. I have a grouping of 3 small pencil trees and I made 50 little "blackboards" from cardstock and wrote 50 different names and titles of Jesus on them with a white colored pencil, which looks like chalk. I think I will go back and write the scripture reference on the backs of them now. Love your Jesse tree. I think I will make a Jesse Tree next year and use it during Advent to count off the days till Christmas with the grandchildren. Thanks for the inspiration! Your tree is beautiful!

  3. Your homemade star is awesome!!

  4. Love this Elizabeth. What a sweet thing to do for the grandies.
    Hop on over to my blog, won't you? ;o)
    Have a joyful week!

  5. This is a great idea. A wonderful teaching tool as well!
    Mary Alicee

  6. Over here from A Holy Experience. Wonderful idea for the names of Jesus on your Jesse Tree. I think I will incorporate that into ours. Thanks for sharing.

  7. also visiting from holy experience. you've a lovely home.

    i love thinking about the names of Jesus... and what they mean. a beautiful tradition - thank you for sharing.

  8. I love the Jesse Tree idea! Our church is doing a virtual Jesse Tree online with a daily meditative devotion reflecting on the lineage and old testament prophesies leading to Christ's birth. You've inspired me to create a tree for my home to further focus on this emphasis this year!
    Thank you, Elizabeth and many blessings to you this holiday season! :)

  9. Simply beautiful tradition. His names, every one, repeatedly call us to His feet.


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