Last year was the first time in my adult life that I decided to get serious about Advent. It's so easy to get caught up in commercial Christmas mayhem. Far too often we think of Christmas as a time to exchange gifts instead of a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.
There's nothing wrong with gifts. I actually love looking for the perfect gifts for my loved ones. I love the spirit of giving that the season entails, but I don't want to think that's what it's ALL about. I want to get my heart and spirit in the right place. The day Jesus came down from heaven to join us on earth is such a momentous, miraculous, and humbling occasion. In the midst of all the craziness of the Christmas season I want to make room for advent in my life.
Here is the description of the journal and calendar straight from the NTD team: "The Naptime Diaries Make Room for Advent devotional is a beautiful testimony of the body of Christ. Each of the 25 devotionals is written by a different woman, and much of the photography was contributed from women in the NTD community as well. This 8.5x11 softcover devotional is filled with heavy weight matte pages with plenty of room for notes and doodles. It's divided into five sections: retreat, expect, accept, embrace, celebrate, all intended to help us make room for Christ during the Advent season."
I was honored and humbled when one of my pieces was chosen for the devotional. I pray that my words will help others prepare their hearts for Advent and embrace the reason we celebrate Christmas. I can't wait to get my hands on this journal! I am sure it will be a blessing to me and so many others.
Make Room for Advent launches TODAY at NOON. Head over to the NTD Advent page to order yours, and maybe pick one up for a friend while you're at it.