Preparing to Prepare Our Hearts

Scientists are saying that putting your Christmas decorations up early can make you feel happier.

The lights and decorations take us back to a simpler time. Even if that time wasn’t so simple, we remember the warmth of a season of celebration rather than the challenges of those times.

In dark days, through lack of sun or dimmed hope, thinking of Christmas lightens our spirits.

The lights encourage us. But God’s Word challenges us to find true light in the darkness.

Jessica Brodie’s Preparing Our Hears: An Advent Devotional to Draw Closer to God at Christmas is a devotional that leads us toward the light of Christ.

A passage for every day encourages us to see God’s touch in our trials as well as our triumphs. Every day begins with scripture and ends with ample space for reader reflection.

Jessica’s anecdotes remind me of my own past Christmas seasons. Her “Have you ever … questions bring to mind common experiences that help us answer spiritual questions designed to help us grow in our faith.

Hope, peace, joy, love, the four weeks of Advent, preparing hearts to let our celebrations move beyond decorations to better understanding of, and better connection to, our sovereign Lord.

“This is the point of Advent; the full message of Christ: God loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to pay our sin debt and help us follow him so we too can live in God’s kingdom for eternity.”

Get ready to get ready. Jessica’s work is a great start.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14, ESV

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14 Replies to “Preparing to Prepare Our Hearts”

  1. We ususally put up decorations in early December. However, this year, we’ve already put up a little tree in the playroom/office. The joy of watching our grandkids decorate the tree will be in our minds forever. Sharing the love of Jesus is wonderful. 🙂 Jessica’s book is amazing. I purchased a copy and have already read the book. It’s great for giving as a gift, too. Have a blessed week! 🙂

  2. Thank you for reminding us to see the true Light of Christ during the holidays, to find joy for our souls. And thank you for highlighting Jessica’s Advent devotional. Such a wonderful resource to point us toward the Light of the world.

  3. Oh, my goodness, Nancy. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am truly honored. I pray my devotional helps someone, somewhere, seek and find the True Light of this season: Jesus Christ.

  4. I always wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving to put up a tree and decorations. The research you mention is definitely interesting. I love the idea of preparing to prepare our hearts-Jessica’s book sounds amazing. I pray to not only prepare my heart, but to walk in the light and point others to the light of Christ. Happy Thanksgiving, Nancy!

  5. Doing most of the decorating, with the wife’s supervision, this year, so they’re going to be sparse. As “empty nesters”, we don’t get too excited, but always try to make it a point to read a chapter in Luke every night. We’ve started decorating early this year too, as we’ve got guests from the Philippines arriving just before middle of the month for a few days.

    1. How exciting! Our decorations are leaner this year so far as well. One of our dogs is a chewer, and I don’t want to have my Nutcracker area rug messed up. Enjoy your visitors. Thanks, JD, and God bless!

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