The crew challenge this month is preparing our hearts for December. I was giving some thought to that and isn’t that what advent is all about? Preparing our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Now, our Lord has come. This sent me on the search for free advent devotionals.
I got to thinking, so if we believe in him, do we need to prepare our hearts for his coming? After all, it’s like we’re preparing our hearts for something we already possess. Imagine though for a moment: little ones needing to see the wonder of Christmas, the need for a Son of God to be born, for the hope we hold and why we hold it. Can you see the importance to introduce our littles who don’t know? Sometimes though, we as adults need to remember it as well, don’t you find?
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Sharing devotions as a family gives food for children, youth, and parents. Some devotionals give questions to ask, or points to ponder, prayers to read together. They are a great way to introduce children to doing their own devotions. Some you might want to consider this year that are free:
- Jesse Tree devotions.
- a family advent devotional.
- advent wreath.
- simple advent calendar and devotional.
- Reasons for the season.
I shared last week that we’ll be doing the Joy to the World Advent Devotional from DesiringGod.org.
For years I bought the advent calendars from Lego. They gave my lad something to make/do as I read from a devotional. I was looking on Amazon this year and I was SO tempted by some of the new calendars they have. They have a Harry Potter one (which honestly I had a mixed opinion of as I loved most of the Harry Potter novels, but mixing them with an advent devotions doesn’t read right to me). The Thomas and Friends one brought back happy memories of playing trains with my lad. This Hot Wheels one my lad would have adored as a 5-6 year old!
And what sort of devotionals worked?
When he was younger we did a lot of reading bible verses and just talking about them. One of my joys was introducing him to an advent wreath and talking through the candles each week. My mom did this when I was a child. Nothing as fancy as an advent ring, we had candle holders made from potatoes wrapped in foil.
As he grew older he participated in church with the advent readings we did in there, and we followed that up by talking at home.
Occasionally we’d use free devotionals such as these
- kids at Gathering Church.
- Advent devotions for the very young.
- Focus on the family advent devotional.
Adult Advent Devotionals
Perhaps you don’t have children, or you have teenage or adult children living in your house. You might find thesefree devotions suit your household better.
Do you know of any other free advent devotionals for family, children or adults? Let’s share the resources that are out there.