Do you have any advent reading traditions?
Together, our family has usually done a form of Jesse Tree, using Ann Voskamp's Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, The Advent Jesse Tree devotional, or reading through the Jesus Storybook Bible which works out well as one story a day during advent.
This year, I'm kinda excited because I purchased tree ornaments to go along with our reading (rather than hanging the paper ones we've coloured). I appreciate going through the whole narrative of scripture as it helps us as a family remember our need as fallen creatures to the gifts and promises of God.
During this month I usually find myself re-reading On the Incarnation to reflect on the importance of Jesus' coming to us as a human and I started Gifts of Grace by Jared Wilson for a devotional reading.
What are you reading to orient your heart and mind to Christ this season?
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"So much of Anna’s story amounts to her loss. An empty widow’s home made the temple her abode. Lack of a family led her to practically live in the Lord’s house..but she was not paralyzed or blinded by it."
My family has experienced those unsettled attempts to settle as we returned from overseas. I appreciate the practical tips in this article of planning, presence and provision. As our church anticipates a couple returning next year this will be near to my heart.
"Isaiah could only imagine who this wonder of a Child would be, but we know him more fully. All that Jesus said and did makes him worthy of his name, Wonderful."
"I look at the calendar for December and see the school holiday party, the community group potluck, our various family get-togethers, and Christmas movie nights that *require* a fun dessert. I forget the joys of fellowship and immediately become consumed with the pressure to create, concoct, and cater."
Just in case advent snuck up on you, here's a list to browse with songs, books and a playlist from The Gospel Coalition.
And, because lists are fun and a great way to gather new ideas, here's a few more devotional, book and music ideas this season, put together by my friend Cara!