Do you do an Advent devotional every year? I absolutely love the Christmas season, but more than anything, I want to have the right focus at Christmas. The best way to keep my heart focused on celebrating Christ’s birth is by spending time in the Word daily.
My husband created an Advent devotional that we did as a family one year. We quickly realized that it simply wasn’t kid-appropriate because it wasn’t hands-on or easy to understand. So this year, he has revamped it a little and we’re doing it together, as a couple. We started early, knowing that we’ll be out of town right before Christmas.
I absolutely love it. There’s nothing better than reading scripture and praying together with your husband every night, especially during the Christmas season. Tonight, I want to do our devotional in the living room, which is freshly cleaned and vacuumed, with the tree up and decorated for Christmas. If you’re interested in participating with us, you can find his devotional here on his blog, To be so Heavenly Minded. Be sure to read the comments too, for other great suggestions on Advent devotionals.
You can also download a new Advent devotional from John Piper, through his free e-book Good News of Great Joy.
I’ve done an Advent devotional of some kind nearly every year since college, and it’s a great way to prepare my heart and focus on Christ during the Christmas season. Even if all you do is simply read parts of the Christmas story every day for a week or two leading up to Christmas, I think you’ll find that you have a much better perspective towards Christmas and all that it holds for us as believers.