A few years ago I wrote a family advent devotional for a church I was involved with. The Calvin Insitute graciously funded this resource as a part of a year-long project to help spur faith formation with whole family groups (kids and adults learning together).

I had already written an advent devotional for adults, but this was the first time I had written for adults and children together, so I was a bit nervous.

To add injury to insult, I hurt my neck and ended up on muscle relaxers and Naproxen for a couple weeks. The couple of weeks I had scheduled myself to write this resource.

But, a deadline is a deadline, so I hand wrote this devotional laying flat on my back.

And it turned out great!

I found myself writing poetry for the first time in my life.

My Jesse tree format fell into place and ideas for family activities flooded my head.

When I read the devotional now, I can barely believe the words came from me. Cause they kind of didn’t. I think God used my injured state to work a less of me/more of the Spirit kind of endeavor.

We shared the resource with our church that year and families used it. I always regretted we didn’t get it illustrated.

Then the church start closed and the devotional sat gathering dust in my Dropbox folder.

And then this year I sent my words over to my amazingly talented friend, Jenn Tucker. I asked if she would be willing to grace my words with her illustrations. She agreed.

The result is a family advent devotional that is 100 times better and cuter than the original and maybe the thing I am most proud of sending out into the world.

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And another cool thing?

We decided to make it FREE!

Because we both love Advent and are passionate about helping families celebrate their faith right at home around the kitchen table.

How does one get this ADORABLE, SWEET Devotional you ask?

Easy peasy.

Go to the home page of this website and enter your email in the pop-up for the advent devotional. A PDF will soon arrive in your inbox that you can download and print for your personal use.

And I promise (and Jenn on her site promises) to respect your email and never ever spam you with ridiculous things. Only the best we have to offer in future projects.

So if you have children in your life or know of someone who has children in their life or are a kid at heart, I sincerely hope you will check out this resource.

And that it will be a blessing to you.

December can get a bit crazy sometimes. It helps to have a ritual to ground you and remind you of why this month is a time like no other.

So Advent blessings friends! And happy coloring!

 

 

 

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