Seeing Christ During the Advent Season

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Sarah Brown | 0 Comments

Advent. Defined as the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. The time for us, as Christians, to wait expectant for the arrival of the MOST notable person, thing, and event. But, also a time of the year demanding the most of my time, my emotions, and myself.

The Advent season always comes as a challenge to me, kicking off the busiest month of the year by instead choosing to slow down and see the gift before me. To focus on the magnificent story woven throughout Scripture, and seeing the promises fulfilled through Christ’s birth.

This season offers a multitude of great resources to point us to Christ…great books and devotionals, cool calendars, great online communities. But, I love what Erin of Home with Boys said on Twitter yesterday:

So, yes, these resources below are wonderful. But, simple is better. The best thing we can do with the Advent season approaching is to just read the Bible, as we wait with expectation for the arrival of the MOST notable person, the fulfillment of our hopes, and the event proclaimed from the beginning of Scripture.

With reading scripture, if you are also looking for some great Advent resources, it is time to snag them before the season begins. Here are some I have used and recommend:

Devotionals:

• She Reads Truth Advent Study Pack - awesome study pack from a wonderful online community of women
• Naptime Diaries Advent Devotional - beautiful way to walk through Scripture in a devotional format
• The Greatest Gift - used this last year and cannot wait to read it again
• Unwrapping the Greatest Gift - great family devotional with wonderful pictures

      Decorations:

      If you’re looking for some great holiday calendars or decorations that really point towards the meaning of Christmas, I love these ideas:

      • Cradle to Cross Wreath - this sits on our table during the Advent season as we count down the days until Christ’s birth
      •This (pricey!) felt version from the Lullaby Loft is amazing as you move through the Christmas story each day
      • All you crafty types (not me!) might love making this nativity scene from Ginger Snap Crafts
      • These Jesse tree advent ornaments from RedFern Felt are beautiful
      • A simple and elegant wooden nativity set from Charlie’s Woodshop

            As the Advent season approaches, may it turn your heart to the Lord, as you wait expectant for the MOST notable event of the season.

            What Advent resources do you use to focus on Christ during Christmas? Any suggestions?

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