• Karen O'Reilly

Joy: An Advent Devotional With 25 Daily Devotions, Prayer And Gratitude Journal And Daily Planner.

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

The season of Advent is upon us! Do you and your family celebrate Advent?

Advent is the perfect time to prepare your heart for Christ this Christmas. To help you prepare for a Christ-Centred Christmas, I have the perfect devotional solution for you! It has 25 days of daily Christmas devotionals for women. It has a prayer and gratitude journal to encourage you to unpack what God is speaking to you through the various scriptures that have been selected for this devotional book. There is also a daily planner page for you prayerfully plan out your day and hopefully take care of the overwhelm that definitely occurs during this busy season! I have called this Christmas devotional- Joy.

Do you know what Advent is?

Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. The church's new liturgical year begins with the season of Advent. It is a time to help us prepare for remembering Christ in Christmas when we celebrate the fulfillment of our longing for the savior with the birth of Christ Jesus. During this time we observe a season of prayer and reflection, and a time of expectation of Jesus returning in the future for His bride (us!).

The word, 'Advent' means 'coming' in Latin. It is obtained from the Latin word 'adventus' which is translated from the Greek word 'parousia'.

There are three meanings to this word, 'coming' in Advent.

The first one is when we remember that over 2000 years ago Jesus came into the world as a baby (miraculous conception) to live as a man and to die for us.

The second meaning is happening 'now' as Jesus lives in the hearts of us that have surrendered our lives to Him and know Him as our savior.

And the third meaning of this word, 'coming' will happen in the future when Jesus comes back to earth as King at the time of judgment.

A Christ-Centred Christmas:

During the Christmas season, the true meaning of Christmas can get buried with all our preparations with the decorating of our homes, gift buying and hopefully preparing for family gatherings.

At the time of writing this post, we are all in the middle of a pandemic. I haven't seen my extended family for months but we are hopeful for a small window of time to have restrictions lifted and to have a short, quick but meaningful 'face to face' meet up!

So to help take care of the overwhelm of preparing for Christmas, I have created this Christmas devotional with a daily planner that has prompts to help you plan your day, set the top three goals that you would like to achieve that day, a meal planner section and an area to write your 'to-do' list and write notes.

There is also a prayer and gratitude journal for you to write out the scripture and to prayerfully consider what God is saying to you through these verses. Each day try to list three things that you are grateful for. This can change your whole perspective of the day ahead!

There are a few ways of following our Advent scripture plan. I have a list of 25 Bible verses that you can read daily. I have also written 25 daily devotionals that unpack each verse and give you a bit of context surrounding each verse. You will find the first week of daily devotionals with journal pages in the Resource Library. But if you would like the whole set of 25 daily devotionals with prayer and gratitude journal pages and a daily planner- you can purchase the Joy devotional that is in an eBook format HERE. And if you are reading this in December 2020, come join us in the Restoring Beauty For Ashes Facebook group where we will discuss each verse daily. You will find the group HERE.

Here are the 25 Christmas Advent Bible verses:

This Christmas Advent Bible plan contains 25 portions of scriptures for 25 days that will bring you to Christmas Day. This Bible plan weaves its way through the Old Testament and through the New Testament of the Bible. All the Bible verses in the devotional have been taken from the New Living Translation Bible. You can look up these verses in other translations at biblegateway.com.

We will be just like the Wise men that had searched the scriptures and knew about the promised King to be born in Bethlehem. They had watched for these prophecies to unfold and they found Him! They found Jesus!

Now that we have found Him too, we also look forward with hope for His second return in the future.

This combined devotional, prayer and gratitude journal, and daily planner has been created to bring you on a journey through the Old Testament of the Bible as we look at the promises given of a promised Messiah.

Then we move on to the New Testament to learn what the Bible says about Jesus and His miraculous conception and how God used a new census that was called by the emperor, Caesar Augustus, in which everyone must go to their city of origin to be counted and to pay a tax.

Have you ever considered that God used Caesar to take a census at just the right time when Mary was 9 months pregnant to get herself and Joseph to Bethlehem on time for the prophecy to unfold?

There is so much scripture treasure to be discovered throughout all the daily Bible verses that have been selected under four sections for our Advent journey!

The four sections are called, 'The Promise Of The Messiah', 'Christ Is Coming', 'Christ Is Here', and 'Christ Our Redeemer'.

We will be remembering the Old Testament prophesies that pointed to a king that would be born in Bethlehem, seeing them unfold, and finally acknowledging our need for Christ our redeemer that will return again to earth soon for His Bride (us!).

My hope is that over 25 days that through these daily devotionals we will have hearts that have made room for the King of Kings and be ready to celebrate a Christ-Centred Christmas Day!

It only costs 7 dollars so that everyone can afford to buy it if they choose to. I have an iPad and I have downloaded it to the iBooks app which then gives me text boxes to write in them on the journal pages. I love that I can take it with me everywhere I go and read it when I have unexpected windows of time that open up! You can also print the pages that you choose to on your home printer or download the eBook onto a memory stick and bring it to your closest print shop. But try before you buy! Click on the pic. below to get to the Resource Library and you will find the first seven days of this devotional free to download!

Let's talk about how to benefit from this list of scriptures:

I find that writing them out, allows you time to learn them and think about them more deeply. I have some pretty journal stationary with prompts to help you during your devotional time. It should take about 10 minutes to write each verse but spend as much time as you have, sitting in God's presence and listening for His Holy Spirit speaking to your heart, instructing, and guiding you.

Copying scripture and carrying it with us throughout the day, reading it and memorizing it, makes God's word a part of us. It renews your mind and calms your anxious heart. I have also added a page to help you plan and order your day. I'm looking forward to using these pages!

Take Action :

  1. Download the scripture verse list, journal paper HERE.

  2. Find a quiet place with your cup of coffee, Bible, and a favorite pen or journal on your iPad!

  3. Pray as you write your scripture verse for that day.

  4. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and listen for the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

  5. If you feel convicted of something- confess it and ask for forgiveness.

  6. If you feel moved to worship - worship God! Just enjoy His presence.

  7. Most important: make an appointment with yourself, journal, and God every day for your scripture writing time. I find it works best for me to do it in the morning. It helps me to gain ' God's perspective' on my day. But you do it at your own perfect time. The important thing to remember is to do it and if you miss a day - just double up the next one!

We will be using these bible verses in the month of December 2020 as our daily devotionals in our Restoring Beauty For Ashes Facebook Group. Come join us there!

I would love it if you could share with me your thoughts as you work your way through this Scripture plan. You can connect with me via email karen@scripturalgrace.com or on our FACEBOOK page. It's all about His grace xx Karen.

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