Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It Is Not to Late to Join In ... The Lovely Advent Season

It seems like everyone is writing Advent pieces this year ... which is wonderful news.

I did not celebrate Advent growing up, but we celebrated the birth of Jesus. When my girls were little, my friend Kae, introduced me to the season before Christmas day ... the beautiful season of Advent. A season of preparing and waiting for Christmas and Jesus birth.


Advent devotional reading became a big part of the Childers family tradition and I want to share with you the book we used and loved.

Family Celebrations: Meeting Christ in Your Holidays and Special Occasions  We loved this so much.

     *It came with simple patterns for a tree and
      25 ornaments to make out of felt.

     *It was simple. Each night we lite two candles. (I   
              am a practical mom ... two daughters ... two candles ... no fighting.)

        *Each night we opened the book and read a short
       devotional and Bible reading, song and a 
       prayer. (perfect for this momma ... no preparation)


My friend, Rachael Poppino, made this construction paper version last year. It was their first time to celebrate Advent with their young kids.

Seriously ... this is so sweet and so easy. 

But, Advent is not just for kids and families. It is for all of us. Here is what I am doing this year ... for me.

1. The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp, is what I am using with my morning devotion. I have done two days so far, and have been touched by God's words to me through Ann. (Yes, I am already 2 days behind ... but that is okay.) 

And periodically, I have been checking in on a few other cool ones.
 
2. Diana Trautwein's An Advent Journey is a voice I love. She has that pastoral heart that is always a comfort to me.

3. New to me this year is Biola University's The Advent Project. Each day includes some beautiful art, Scripture, thoughts and a prayers from different Biola professors. (my alma mater) 

4. And my husband, Dave, is reading Walk Through the Bibles, 31 days with Jesus.

I would love to hear what you are reading. Please share the links in the comments.

PS. A little fun bit ... when Jenny and Daniel were dating, they discovered that the Stalker family used the same Advent devotional as the Childers family. 
  

13 comments:

  1. Rod and I are reading this book together.
    http://www.amazon.com/God-Rest-Merry-Foundation-Everything-ebook/dp/B00A93T7ZM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386187918&sr=8-1&keywords=god+rest+ye+wilson

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  2. I am reading God is in the Manger by Bonhoeffer and also enjoying Spurgeon (although that one is not an Advent). Thanks for sharing these.

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  3. Glenda, you did it again. This is a wonderful post and I already went to Amazon and order the Greatest Gift book for myself and a friend. Then I went to Amazon UK and ordered it for my daughter. You're getting me in trouble - of the best kind :)

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  4. Hi Glenda: I am reading The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs. It was recommended by Dana Huffman, blogger. She is leading an online discussion as well. I am really being blessed by her insights and it is enriching my Christmas Advent. Fondly, Rita

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  5. I've been looking for a good Advent devotional...I love Anne so I'll have to get a copy!
    Thanks

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  6. Well hello Glenda! It's been a while. Hope you are doing well. I'm reading Anne's book too and just love!! I'm also following Christie Purifoy of There is a River (http://www.christiepurifoy.com/) as she writes through Advent and love what she is sharing. It's nice to stop by and see you today. Many blessings to you.

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  7. I want to buy Anne's book that you are using now, I like her 1,000 Gifts book and her blog. Advent is a season of hope and expectation and I am using a booklet from our church.

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  8. I still need to get 1000 Gifts as I have nothing but good things about it. I also want to find an app or something on line as I find I can fit that into my morning schedule. I love how Daniel's family used the same devotional as your family ~ it's like it was fate for them to meet and fall in love.

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  9. We're reading The Bright Star of Bethlehem, a devotional sent to us by our church office.

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  10. Ah, Glenda! Thank you so very much.

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  11. I didn't grow up 'practicing' Advent, either, but I've come to enjoy the anticipation and the adoration through the season. I'm using Ann Voskamp's 'The Greatest Gift' this year, too. I'm behind because my dear, little mother had a fall and has been in the hospital. I will catch up but I am so blessed as I read each word. I love the way God's story unfolds in Scripture!
    ~Adrienne~

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  12. Thank you lieve ( dear/sweet) Glenda for all the links. My youngest son is ill and now I have all the time th follow the links. Thank you so much!

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