In the beginning was the word…
Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you’re stopping by this little blog today. I have something dear to my heart that I’ve been working hard on. The Lord has laid it on my heart to share this very simple collection of ideas to celebrate this Advent season. I know there are many options out there, and like anything else so many options can sometimes feel overwhelming. I would never want to add to that, but I feel like the Lord has called me to share. So here I am stepping out in faith and sharing what I have. If you read this post here than you saw the cards I created to be read each Sunday of Advent. I felt led to go a little further and share a scripture verse for each day of Advent, along with simple craft ideas, a time of singing, reflecting and prayer. I hope this brings encouragement to you this Advent season.
Scripture Readings – Each night of the week we will be reading a verse from scripture, starting on Sunday December 1st. Our first scripture verse comes from John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Continue reading one scripture passage each day of this week.
Monday // Isaiah 9:2-7 Tuesday // Isaiah 11:1-10 Wednesday // Jeremiah 33:14-16 Thursday // Luke 1:5-20
Friday // Luke 1:11-17 Saturday // Luke 1:18-25
Reflection and Prayer – Take a moment each night this week to pray together as a family. Reflect on each passage that you read together.
Lord, we are often surrounded by the pressures and conflicts of this world. You came to us, a light in the darkness, the Prince of Peace. Bring us Your peace and help us to shine Your light for the world to see.
Books to Enjoy – My boys love when I read to them. I’ve included a list below so that you can prepare ahead of time. Choose one or two books to read each Sunday night or throughout the week.
Songs to Sing – I do encourage you to set aside all electronics during your nightly Advent time, but if you’d like to sing along with the music you can search these on YouTube ahead of time, download them to your phone or on Spotify if you have that.
Noel by Lauren Daigle. Light of the World by Lauren Daigle O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Week One Craft: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. For this week’s craft we will be hand rolling beeswax candles – an Advent wreath isn’t complete unless it has some candles to light each week. We love rolling our own beeswax candles. Be sure to order your beeswax for this craft ahead of time so you’re able to roll them on the first night of Advent and light your first candle. If you’d rather skip the craft you can certainly buy already made candles. I’ll be including the rest of the supply list for the other crafts below so you’re able to prepare for the coming weeks. beeswax candle rolling kit
Another craft option is to create your own advent wreath using fresh clippings from your yard or from the local greenhouse. Maybe consider adding berries or pinecones to your wreath. You can also have your children make a wreath using their handprints either with paint on paper or cutout construction paper.
You can also print out Advent wreath coloring pages. I found a free printable with a quick search on google.
“the world waits for a miracle, the heart longs for a little bit of hope, o come, o come Emmanuel” – Lauren Daigle
Mouse’s Christmas Gift // An Orange for Frankie // Jotham’s Journey // Tabitha’s Travels // The Story of Holly and Ivy // The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey // Silent Night by Will Moses // Song of the Stars // Christmas in the Manger // The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
Craft Supplies for the coming weeks – beeswax candle kit // oranges for drying // cinnamon + applesauce for ornaments // air dry clay works too! // 18 inch long felt I like this one // ribbon of your choice // needle and thread or a needle and embroidery floss if sewing by hand // favorite cake recipe to bake Jesus a birthday cake in week four
Thank you for stopping by today, I’ll be sharing week two soon, blessings and happy advent, friends!