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A Heart For Home: Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: More Than a Baby & Advent Ideas

Monday, November 29, 2010

Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: More Than a Baby & Advent Ideas

A Star...A Cross...A Gift
(Part 1: God is Good!)

Our main goal for this time leading up to Christmas Day is to look beyond the simple stories of Jesus as a baby in a manger. We desire instead to have a heart that can rejoice in the Cross and Empty Tomb as well. To realize that our Savior is far mightier than the struggles of this world.

Without looking forward to Easter, Christmas doesn't mean very much. A miracle in it's time, but without the crucifixion and resurrection we're really missing the point.

We desire to see the goodness of God in his overwhelming gift of sending his Son to be our example, our Savior and our Way to the Father.

When we remember God's plan from the beginning of the world and we focus on the goodness of his character we can be assured that he is strong enough to deliver us from whatever is pressing on our lives right now and that he will keep his promise to save us.

How are we going to do this?
Each morning with my children I will be going over the differnent names of Jesus as outlined in Sondra Burnett's book Celebrate with Joy (reviewed here). At dinner our family will be going through Ann Voskamp's Free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional.
How do you plan to help your family focus on Christ this Christmas? Is this a yearly tradition or a new practice that you hope may become a tradition?
Part 1: God is Good!
Part 2: More Than a Baby & Advent Ideas
Part 3: Reevaluating & Paring Down

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