It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Parties for hosting; marshmallows for toasting; and all that. You know. In a time of year when our focus should all the more be on joy and family and heavenly things, pondering the great mysteries and treasuring up things in our hearts, we are often distracted and harried and hurried. So, this month our goals are less about outward preparedness and more about inward preparedness. Meaning, preparing our hearts for His coming.
O come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee O Israel.
(O Come Emmanuel, Christmas Hymn)
1. We will continue doubling 2 meals a week to keep our freezers stocked.
2. Observe Advent with our families. Observing Advent as a family is such a beautiful and meaningful way to prepare our hearts for Christmas. It needn’t be stressful nor elaborate. If you have an Advent devotion book, great! If not, simply sitting together with your family, lighting the candles, reading some of the prophecies of Jesus’ coming, singing carols and saying bedtime prayers, becomes all the more real and alive this time of year. We’ll be blogging our Advent journey each week for you, with video peaks inside our homes. Feel free to use our Advent devotions with your family.
If this is new to you, here’s your theme cheat sheet:
The First Week (purple candle, called Prophecy) is HOPE.
The Second Week (purple candle called Bethlehem) is LOVE.
The Third Week (pink candle called Shepherds) is JOY.
The Fourth Week (purple candle called Angels) is PEACE.
3. Evening Rituals. What are your evenings typically like? Is it a race to get the kids bathed and dishes done? And then you crash in front of the TV with ice cream and Jay Leno? Or maybe you’re on Facebook or texting until you’re exhausted? Do you work right up until bedtime? We all know better, don’t we? And yet, the last thing on our minds before our heads hit the pillows is often bills or to-do lists or shopping lists or some sort of real life drama. We are completely guilty of this ourselves. In December this changes. And we’ll blog our progress as we establish beautiful evening rituals for our families.
Will you join us in making this season lovely and memorable? Our goal is to reach Christmas and then New Year’s with hearts full of joy and contentment.