Are You Ready for Advent? Resources to Help You Prepare

Are You Ready for Advent Resources to Help You Prepare

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.

She Reads Truth app courtneylmoore.comHave 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.

Good News of Great Joy by John Piper courtneylmoore.comThe 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.

Laura's Advent Calendar

You might remember Laura from a post I did last summer.  She is a true artist.  Get those printables here.

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

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2 thoughts on “Are You Ready for Advent? Resources to Help You Prepare

  1. Our family would struggle to a daily activity in the midst of the busy-ness of the season. We do a weekly family devotional my daughters have name “Candlelight Christmas” for the candles we light on our family’s advent wreath. My husband leads the short devotion time but involves each of the girls as their age allows.
    Personally, God has been faithful every year that I have been intentional to seek Him to make an aspect of the true meaning of Christmas “new” to me. He never fails to answer this prayer and always draws me into a closer walk with Him.

    1. Right on, Tara Vinson. Thanks for sharing and for keeping it real. I pray He gives you another blessed season!

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