Before Addilyn was born I started looking into children's advent calendars and I found a few that were nice. Most of them focused only on the story of Jesus birth. What I was wanting was something more all encompassing. The term advent means "coming" and I wanted to focus on how the whole bible is about the two periods of waiting for Christ to come: 1) The long-awaited birth of the Messiah and
2) How we are currently waiting for His return to earth.
The closest thing I found was the Jesse Tree advent study. Although this was good, I really wanted something with shorter lessons and more scripture. I also wanted each lesson to point out how we can see Jesus in that particular bible story. On top of all that, I wanted something that we could communicate clearly to our toddlers but use the same study for years to come and adapt how we teach it. Pretty lofty expectations, hun? Yeah, we looked and looked and could not find exactly what we wanted so...my husband and I decided to put together our own advent study. Three years later we have finally finished compiling it and this season we were able to begin our annual tradition. Hurray! Here are a few highlights.
We bound our reading materials into a book. Each day we have scripture passages that have been already typed out and made to flow like a story, an ornament that matches the story, and a prayer that helps us to understand how the passage we read reveals Jesus. All in all, these lessons are meant to remind us that Jesus came to redeem us.
Here are our different hand painted ornaments (please don't judge, I'm not an artist) and how we connect each story back to Jesus.
Day 3- Fall of Man (heel crushing the snake)
Day 5- God's Promise (stars)
God always keeps his promises! He fulfilled his covenant to Abraham by establishing the nation of Israel through whom Jesus is a descendant and the promised king.
Joseph, like Jesus, was betrayed by those closest to him for money, but we can have hope because we can see in these stories how God works in tragedies and his plan is the only one that has the perfect outcome!
Jesus was the only one who could keep the law, everyone else falls short which shows us our need for Him!
God's plan for redemption doesn't look like what we would would have planned for ourselves. God sent Jesus through the line of Ruth and Boaz demonstrating he uses people we sometimes would not expect.