Christmastime is here, and I’m so excited! As I kick off the countdown to Christmas Day, my family is busy decorating our home, attending holiday parties, and selecting the perfect gifts for loved ones.
Amidst all the fun and clatter of the holidays, the wise woman knows that she has a wonderful opportunity to savor the true meaningfulness of Christmas with her family during the month of December.
In our family, celebrating Advent is one of the best ways to celebrate Jesus at Christmas. Usually, during the first week of the month, we put out our small wreath with purple, pink, and white candles in it. The candles symbolize hope, peace, joy, love, and Christ. We light a candle each week, so that
by Christmas, all five candles are burning.
Hope is our focus this first week of Advent! And like the candle, our hearts burn bright with a hope for Jesus to come back and take away all the hurt, sickness, and sadness of this world. Our hope is magnified when we fix our eyes on heaven and the perfect life we will live with Him someday. Our hearts are encouraged because we’re meditating on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus.
My children love Advent, and it’s easy to do! Simply buy the five candles and a wreath or some garland at Hobby Lobby. Next, look online for a kid-friendly, nightly Scripture reading. Every evening in December, you and your family can make unforgettable, meaningful Christmas memories together.
From my family to yours, a very Merry Christmas!
Kristi Valentine with the Help Club for Moms Team
“…and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
~ Romans 5:5 (NASB)
I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Randy and I have been married for 28 years and we have two grown children, Christie, and Jack, and one answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex. And now I get to be a Gigi to my sweet little grandbaby, Aspen! Yay!