Do you have your Advent calendars ready to go? Today is the day to start. I loved reading all the comments about your Advent calendars and traditions. You had some great ideas. I may have to steal some of them.
I decided not to make an Advent calendar this year since Levi is so little, but I am bookmarking lots of ideas for next year. This year Joel and I decided to focus more on preparing our own hearts for Christmas and including Levi in that as much as we can.
When I saw that Nancy Guthrie had a book of Advent readings I had to order it. You have probably figured out by now that she has become one of my favorite authors. Nancy has such a passion for God’s Word and I can’t wait to read this collection she put together.
I have found in my own life that I’ve too often allowed Christmas to “sneak up on me.” I’ve allowed the busyness of purchasing presents and planning travel and participating in Christmas pageants and parties to crowd out a quiet anticipation of the wonder of incarnation. Too many Christmas mornings I’ve realized that while my presents were wrapped, my heart was completely unprepared to truly take in the Gift.
– Nancy Guthrie
I can totally relate to that. Can you? So often December becomes too busy and too stressful and I fail to prepare my heart and truly celebrate Jesus. Christmas comes and goes and I hardly focus on Him at all. Joel and I want this year to be different. So, along with reading this book we decided to hold each other accountable with a little Christmas challenge.
For the next 25 days Joel and I are committing to prepare our hearts for Christmas. For us that means being in the Word every single day…even on days that are crazy and busy because of the holidays. I am really excited about doing this with Joel and now you can keep us accountable too!
If you are needing a Christmas challenge of your own, we would love for you to join us. If you haven’t ever established a regular quiet time with God, what better time than now?
But Mary treasured up all these things,
pondering them in her heart.
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