“We were created, like all of God’s creation to generate and with purpose–but that does not necessarily mean we are meant ‘to do more.’ Instead of doing more, more, more…what if we stepped back…took a deep breath…and decided this Advent instead of doing more–we would just be…more”
–Daily Advent Devotional for Women
This time of year makes my introvert–wanna be recluse, couldn’t craft my way out of a paper bag, spidey-sense goes haywire. There’s so much pressure to be so…I don’t know…Pinterest worthy.
It starts with the Fall mantle and quickly moves onto the Halloween/Saints costumes. Don’t forget the Instagram-worthy pictures! Fall leaves, steaming cups of coffee or hot chocolate, and the annual trip to the pumpkin patch.
In the kitchen, the pressure is suddenly on to create Winter soups, stews, and golden loaves of crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside homemade bread. By the way, you should have started your sourdough starter weeks in advance for these gorgeous foodie pics.
Next up, the Christmas mantle; remember to decorate in groups of three, varying sizes shapes, and textures. Get ready for the family Christmas card photos! Make sure everyone is freshly coiffed, clean, matching, and looking in the right direction!
Aesthetic gift wrapping–preferably in craft paper with bits of nature for the finishing garnish should adorn the space under the Christmas tree. and that tree…is it magazine-worthy?
It all wears me out, causes me to lose my peace, and become one discontent, grumpy holiday mama! And I’m not even talking about the spiritual side of Christmas yet.
I love Pinterest, I really do, but it has added a new layer of perfectionism and comparison that eats away our confidence and steals our joy. That’s not what God intended for the celebration of the birth of His Son.
Have you ever seen a Pinterest board entitled, “50 Ways to Make Your Stable a Great Place to Deliver a Baby and a Cozy Home for Christmas?” Me neither. So, let’s resolve to make this Christmas season different.
Let’s resolve to prepare for Christmas, by preparing for the birth of our baby King.
Do you know where the preparations start? By living in the present moment more this season. That’s where we will find Him. That’s where we will be with Him; you know, the baby-born King…in the present moment.
Let’s be more aware of God’s ever present presence–for that’s the true gift…His presence. Let’s be overwhelmed at the thought of a baby King, coming to bless us with an abundance of His unconditional love to live this earthly life…for the heavenly yet to come.
-Daily Advent Devotional for Women
We do not need more lights, glitter, bows, or garland. We need more Jesus.
We do not need more shopping time. We need more adoration time.
We do not need more presents. We need more time in His presence.
I am so excited to share the Daily Advent Devotional for Women with you. I want to encourage you to remember who you are in Christ–which is a passion of mine–as you prepare for His birth. I pray this devotional will bless you.
I enjoyed writing this Free Daily Advent Devotional a couple of years ago and I very much enjoyed re-visiting it lately as I updated it. A funny story about updating it. One of the daily reflections in the devotional mentions a 4G phone. When my Godson was editing the final copy, he pointed out to me, a 4G phone is pretty standard now and not a sign of affluence.
Not sure how to get this awesome ebook devotional? Subscribe to receive emails from Good Enough Catholic. That’s it! Read the devotional on any device that supports PDF’s (which may be all at this point) or print it and bind it.
This ebook is designed to be printed in “Booklet” format which means four pages per sheet of paper. It ends being 8.5 x 5 . I took mine to the office supply store and had it comb-bound for around $3, coil binding is a bit more and of course, if you have it printed there the price will increase.
I would love to hear your reflections on the devotional. Use the hashtag #dailyadventdevotional.