Once Thanksgiving has been celebrated the days just seem to speed up and almost before we can blink, Christmas has come and gone and we have begun a new year. I want to be fully present with the season. I want to experience and appreciate the festive activities, family meals, gifting and decorating and not feel like I’m loosing my mind.
One way we slow down and focus on the season is through family devotions. The past few years we’ve done a Jesse Tree devotion as a family.
Our first Jesse Tree experience was using Truth in the Tinsel. It was good, but the crafts were too involved for this mamma! We like to keep it super simple. The crafts were “simple” in that they were easy for preschoolers to do and only used stuff you would generally already have on hand, but directing a craft for my kids is not my idea of fun!
The past couple of years we have done this Jesse Tree devotion. It is good, the “craft” for each day is super quick and easy, just print and color. (FYI: there are a couple days that are in the wrong order (chronologically), just switch them around.)
But this year I wanted something different. Something with the same idea, but a bit deeper. Something that would lead us not just to Christmas but to the reason Jesus came and into the new year. And something without a craft!
Please join us from December 1 to January 1 for In the Fullness of Time:
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
We will see God’s plan of salvation unfold from the beginning in creation, through the birth of the Messiah, climaxing in His death and resurrection, which blesses us with adoption into God’s family.
Each day will include a scripture reading and a couple of questions for you (and your family) to answer. I’ll include possible answers to the questions at the bottom of the post. They are designed to take about 5 minutes each day…because consistency is more beneficial than perfection.
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May God bless you and your family this holiday season as we see more of His character through what He has done.
Questions? Are you going to join us?