Can you believe it’s already Christmastime? Even though it’s arrived quickly, I’m so glad it’s here.
I love how Christians celebrate the season all month. Advent is a term derived from the Latin adventus, meaning a coming or arrival. From the fourth Sunday before Christmas until Christmas Eve, Christians look forward to the arrival of God in the flesh: Jesus born as a baby.
We aren’t just excited about the birth itself or even its miraculous inception. We mainly love what Jesus brings: redemption for our tired, sin-wearied souls.
So, to help keep you centered on Him this season, I thought I’d offer you a few resources.
Have you heard of She Reads Truth? They have a website and an app that leads you in reading your Bible everyday. It’s basically an online community of women who follow the bible reading plan they offer and enjoy the fellowship of chatting with other believers. They have an Advent reading plan, that appears to be free on the website and $1.99 on the app. (But the other plans all look free.) I would definitely check them out if you are needing some on-going accountability in staying in the Word, or just want to enjoy this season with them.
The next free resource is a little book with daily readings by John Piper. It’s called Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent. Click here on their site to download for free. Or of course you can go to Amazon to purchase a paperback. I am really excited about this one. I pretty much love anything by Piper and look forward to turning my heart toward Jesus every day through these pages.
There are so many other good resources I could mention…. Louie Gigglio has Waiting Here for You: An Advent Journey of Hope.
Ann Voskamp has several to choose from, for yourself or as a read-along for your family.
There is also The Jesse Tree, which is great for kids. It has daily readings and uses ornaments as symbols to teach children about Jesus’ life. I have friends who love this. The ornaments can be bought anywhere online, but these wooden ones on Etsy look nice. If you’re into DIY, you might like these made of paper. The correlating Scripture is included with both of those sets of ornaments, so you wouldn’t have to buy the readings separately.
Last, but not least, if you want to start your own Advent traditions with your family, but need some cute numbers to count down until Christmas, my friend Laura at LauraParkerArt has created some printables.
I hope this gives you a good start as you seek to prepare Him room in your heart this season!!
What are your favorite family Advent traditions? Do you have a beloved set of Scriptures you read every year? Share in the comments. Someone in this community might want to begin your tradition.
Photo by Susy Morris