Week 2 of The Advent Adventure Devotional

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Welcome to week 2. I hope that you had fun with the 1st week of the Advent Adventure. If you missed it, it’s not to late to go check it out. I’m excited to begin week two with you!

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Dec. 8 – The Peace candle is the second candle in the Advent wreath. (It is also a purple candle.) This candle reminds us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33

God, you have given us hope that can only be found in you. Forgive us for all the times we have made hurtful choices. In you we can fins true peace and mend the relationships that have been destroyed. Help us to live the peace of your Son in our hearts, in our families and in our world. Thank you for your word which reminds us that you have overcome the troubles that surround us. Amen

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Dec. 9 – A white Dove reminds us of God’s promise to Noah, of Mary and Joseph’s offering upon Jesus’ presentation at the temple,  and of the peace we find through knowing Jesus.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7

To make the dove…

Trace and cut out both hands and one foot onto white cardstock. Fold a little ledge on the palms of the hands. Glue ledge to the cut out foot as wings. Draw eyes on both sides and attach a yellow or orange triangle to the toe side for a beak.

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 Dec 10 – Christmas Greeting Cards are a reminder that we spread God’s peace and love to others. May the Peace of Christ Jesus be with you and your family!

“May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:13

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Make homemade cards to share the good news of the birth of Jesus with others. Stick in the mail box for the mail carrier, surprise friends and family, etc…

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Dec. 11 – Poinsettias are the official flowers of Christmas. This flower gets it’s red color as it begins to die. The redder the color the closer to death. As Jesus surrendered his life on the cross as an atonement for our sins, his blood flowed. His birth that we celebrate at Christmas wouldn’t have any significance without His death and resurrection. (see HomeschoolSurvival.com for craft directions.)

“They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” ~ Revelation 12:11 a

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Dec. 12 – Caroling is a favorite tradition of many. It is a way to share the good news of Jesus with other. Hark, the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King! Visit a nursing home and sing Christmas carols or just spend some family time rejoicing together over Jesus birthday.

“Sing to the Lord a new song, sing to the Lord, all the earth.Sing to the Lord, praise His name, proclaim his salvation day after day.” ~ Psalm 96: 1-2

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Dec. 13 – We all deck our tree out with twinkling Christmas Lights. When you see the lights remember that Jesus is the light of the world, and that we are to reflect that light to those around us.20131206_184409

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way. let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5: 14-16

Original Christmas lights were candles. Decorate a baby food or jelly car to create a Christmas candle holder. Let your light shine!

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Dec. 14 – Let it snow, Let it Snow, Let it snow!  Snowflakes can remind us of God’s purity. He can also cleanse us and make us fresh through his love.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall be like wool.” ~ Isaiah 1:18

Make shimmering snowflakes by gluing four popsicle sticks together in the centers. Then decorate with snowy glitter.

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