Grab a notebook or a stack of Post It notes! Oh, and grab a pen too. I want to try something together.
Today is Day 1 of Advent. Advent is the season of four Sunday’s leading up to Jesus’ birth. Advent means “the arrival of a notable person.” In my faith, that notable person is Jesus. Advent is a season can feel like a build up for the senses – lights are twinkling, cider is simmering, cold is settling in, familiar tunes are playing, anxiety rising (?).
There’s anticipation in the air. Do you feel it? Maybe you don’t. Why don’t we work at building up our Faith together this year?
God tells us the best way to build up our Faith is one step at a time.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
It feels like the right pace this time of year while everything else is a tornado of parties, shopping lists and family expectations – one step at a time.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet...” if you think about it, a lamp doesn’t light up a whole path; just your next step. So, one step at a time, one day at a time – that’s where DEVOTIONALS come in. Have you ever tried one?
A devotional usually offers a scripture with a brief explanation, just enough to light your next step. I went through my emails, instagram account, books around the house and put together a list of devotionals we can try. These always start with God’s word and then offer a paragraph or artwork to accompany it.
Compiling the list just proves that God will stop at nothing to get your attention. So, here’s what we do:
- Read the Bible verse from the devotional
- Write the verse on your paper in all caps
- Read the paragraph
- Write down a thought, question, idea that comes from the verse
At the end of this, we’ll have 24 different ways to “hear” God’s voice.
Day 1 comes from the Holy Bible App. Just a verse. Nothing more.
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Day 1: I’m going to write down PREPARE. It’s a good step one. Right?