Yesterday was the first day of Advent. As our little family of three gathered around a wreath and lit a candle and talked about hope and prophets and what eternity really means and asked ourselves what we have that will last forever, I couldn’t help but smile. There were words too big for a 4 (and a half!) year old in some of our scripture readings, but there is a joy in defining them and breaking fancy language into simple truths.

If you don’t already have a book or devotional or readings set aside for this season, (and honestly- even if you do!) I can’t highly enough recommend you follow this link to Ann Voskamp’s blog and download the free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional she has so graciously made available.

If you don’t have a desire, or a place, to make a Jesse Tree in your home this season, download the devotional anyway and simply read the devotions each day. This woman has the gift of words and what can it hurt to seek a little more of Jesus as we prepare for Christmas?

With my family having a want and a need to make this Christmas less about stuff and more about Christ, I’m guessing this blog might gather a little dust over the next few weeks. Then again, it seems like the times when I least expect to write are the times when I am overwhelmed with words. So we’ll see what happens.


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