Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

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If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know I love Advent.  Advent is a time to settle down, calm our hearts, and draw closer to Jesus as we prepare to celebrate His birth.

All you really need is a candle, a Bible, and a simple schedule for daily readings. Come to think of it, you don’t even need to own a Bible – you can find all that you need online – but if you don’t own a Bible, you need one. If you can’t buy one, message me and I’ll mail one to you. God’s Word is life for your soul!

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This year I happen to have Advent candles in the right colors, which is nice, but not necessary. If you don’t have time to hunt them down, you can order an Advent Candle Set on Amazon. You can also grab any candles you have and use them, no matter the color.

We have read many Advent books over the years. This year we are once again reading through Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas, by Ann Voskamp and hanging the corresponding ornaments on our Jesse tree. I’m also ordering Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent to read to the family each night by candlelight. Last year we read Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent, by the same author, and loved it.

[Note that the last two books are recommended for ages eight and up. There is a new title in the series that, based on the synopsis, may be less suspenseful, although I haven’t read it yet. Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent]

[Two other books for young children, recommended by readers: The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions and an ebook, Truth in the Tinsel.]

I got home from Called to Love last night, and now I’m catching up on the many things I set aside while preparing to speak at the retreat.

Next Wednesday is Share Thanksgiving, followed by our own Thanksgiving on Thursday. The coming days are going to be full of shopping and cooking -first for 500 people, then for twenty. Annarose does an amazing job pulling off Share Thanksgiving, and while I feel a bit anxious today, I know it is going to come together beautifully. When the event is over, we will be so thankful that we did it one more time.

Below are some great Advent resources. I own all of them but the Bonhoeffer book, and I’m seriously thinking about ordering it this year:

Take a look at these posts from previous years if you would like to read more about Advent:

Five Tips for a Joyfully Imperfect Advent

Our Imperfect Advent

Preparing for Advent

Have a wonderful Thursday, friends. I hope to be here at One Thankful Mom a lot more in the coming weeks. I miss writing and I miss all of you.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

10 Comments

  1. Jacqueline
    November 19, 2015

    Hi Lisa
    Thanks for your suggestions. I did use the Ann Voskamp book for families successfully last year. I pulled out the Jotham's Journey book and started to read it to my 10 and 7 year old. It seemed tough going for them in the first few pages – Did you find this a hard read for the younger kids in your family as well? Any suggestions?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 19, 2015

      There were some hard parts in the story. I skimmed a tiny bit and we talked through some of the more difficult parts. I'm wondering how the Tabitha book will be.

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      1. Jacqueline
        November 20, 2015

        thanks! I'll be curious to know how the Tabitha book goes as well – update us!

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        1. Lisa Qualls
          November 20, 2015

          I changed my mind at the last minute and ordered the Ishtar book!

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  2. Mandy
    November 19, 2015

    Your links aren't working for me. Maybe it's on my end. Thanks!! 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 19, 2015

      Thank you so much, Mandy! I think I've fixed the links.

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      1. Lisa Qualls
        November 19, 2015

        At least I hope I have.

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  3. Emily Summers
    November 20, 2015

    I read very mixed reviews of Jotham's Journey, most of which revolved around "suspense"(positive reviews) and "violence" (the negative side of the coin). Do you feel your crew handles it okay, or at least if you stay in the 8 and up category?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 20, 2015

      My kids loved it, but I did a little skimming when necessary.

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  4. Kelly
    December 20, 2015

    I just took a photo of our advent wreath and I will title it "imperfect advent.". Our purple and pink candles are burned to the bottom and the only candles we could find were tan. It's not quite as festive but they are still burning and reminding us of Jesus.

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