[NOTE: if you’re here for the Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Ornaments, Welcome! I hope your family enjoys a Christmas centered on Jesus and his awesome story of love and redemption for all. Scroll on down to find the ornaments.]
Welcome to my new blog home! I hope you’ll take a minute to ‘follow’ me here and get regular updates about what’s happening in Swaziland.
Actually, I’m writing this post from my parent’s house in Iowa. So happy to be with family for the holidays! (We’ll head back to Swaziland in time for Ellie to start third grade mid-January.)
Before I jump into Advent…a little (late) shout out to Thanksgiving:
I am THANKFUL for THANKFULNESS.
It’s an under-utilized incredibly powerful tool God has given us to break free from the fears and funks we so often find ourselves mulling around in. Thankfulness brings peace as it gets our focus off of us and onto God’s love and faithfulness. ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6-7) What a GREAT promise.
(I’m also thankful for Cool-Whip. Nothing says ‘home for the holidays’ like a big blob of oils and chemicals whipped into a creamy frenzy topping off my piece of pumpkin pie or jello ‘salad’ (?!) I hate it and LOVE it all at the same time! Probably a good thing it’s not available in Africa.
NOW ON TO ADVENT: I love this time of year!! Last year I posted some printable color-in ornaments to go along with readings from the Jesus Storybook Bible that Ellie and I have used to celebrate Advent the last few years. I’ve had quite a few requests for it this year, so here it is again. You can print out these pages on card-stock and have your children color the corresponding ornament for each day’s story, listed in the reading plan on the last page. You could punch holes in the top and hang them on your tree, or cut a tree out of paper/wrapping paper and glue the ornaments on as you go. EASY EASY EASY.
Here’s a picture of ours from last year:
If you don’t have your own copy of the Jesus Storybook Bible you can get it here. It’s GREAT.
Just click on the pictures below and print. Let me know if you have problems and I’ll email you the PDF directly.
[NOTE: I am a support raised missionary, so while you are stopping by, feel free to also go here and make a donation towards our financial support. Sorry for the shameless support raising plea!].
Praying your holiday season is off to a Christ-centered start!