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Advent Devotionals: A [shorter] Jesse Tree

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Very, very rare (like, in this house, it’s maybe happened ONCE) is the year when the holidays roll around and everything falls neatly in to place:

  • Christmas decorations put up right after Thanksgiving (and all the boxes they spend the other 11 months of the year in are packed quickly and neatly out of sight until they’re needed to return everything to in the days after Christmas) so that we can maximize our enjoyment of them.
  • Christmas shopping completed early and gifts actually wrapped in advance of Christmas Eve and placed under the tree (with coordinating and thoughtful wrapping) so that we can enjoy the look of them.
  • Just the right amount of Christmas events . . . not so many that we feel stressed out, but enough that we feel we’ve spent quality time with family and friends and soaked in the Joy of the holidays together.


Instead, what’s more likely (in this house, at least) is a frantic rush to put the Christmas decorations up, usually much later than we intended. The boxes for said decorations stay in the Living Room for days (or weeks) until I’m at my breaking point and I find somewhere to shove them. Christmas shopping is frantic and stressful (and I spend December being thankful for Amazon Prime). Gifts get wrapped Christmas Eve . . . if I’m lucky. And, we run madly from one December event to another – school parties, play practices and performances, recitals, etc., etc., all while trying to fit in some opportunities to see lights, visit living Nativity events, bake Christmas treats, do a Christmas craft or two, and so on and so forth.

Sigh . . .

I really WANT this time of year to be slower and more peaceful. Usually, I do better than I’ve done this year. It’s been a rough year all the way around. Lot’s of different reasons – business craziness, school craziness, and just lots and lots of general craziness.

I’ve spent the last two weeks working H.A.R.D. at wrapping some things up so I can move them off of my plate. I’d like to focus on doing a few things well instead of desperately trying to keep a million different balls in the air. I’ve still got a ways to go, but I’m working on it.

iTunes-Cover-ArtAs a result of all the craziness, this is the latest in December we’ve EVER started going through our Jesse Tree devotional series. We just started today. We decided to keep it simple. We just pulled out our Bibles and pulled up the first two podcasts the kiddos recorded last year (when they were 7 and 5). And we followed along. And I’m SO glad we did. It was just what I needed this morning. Easy. And a great reminder of what I REALLY want to be focused on at the moment . . . and it’s NOT the boxes of Christmas decorations sitting in my Living Room that still need to be unpacked or the Christmas gifts I still need to buy and wrap.

And I thought it might you might be like me, and be ready to change your focus for the season, too.

If you are, and you don’t have time to make it through the full Jesse Tree devotional series, I thought I’d make it easy for you, and give you a shortened version. One a day for the ten days left before Christmas. Each one is around 5 minutes long. You can print off the guide and the ornament, if you like, or you can just listen in. Either way, I hope it’s just exactly what some of you have needed, too.IMG_2019

  1. December 15: Creation Blog post with podcast
  2. December 16: Fall Blog post with podcast
  3. December 17: Faithfulness Blog post with podcast
  4. December 18: Timing Blog post with podcast
  5. December 19: Rules Blog post with podcast
  6. December 20: Care Blog post with podcast
  7. December 21: Shepherd Blog post with podcast
  8. December 22: Humble Blog post with podcast
  9. December 23: Righteous Blog post with podcast
  10. December 24: Here Blog post with podcast

And, in case you don’t know WHY it’s called a “Jesse Tree” devotional series . . . here’s the Podcast about that:

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Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 23

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Welcome to Day 23 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series! Our LAST in the Jesse Tree series. We hope that you have enjoyed them as much as we have enjoyed doing them!

The podcast will be up on this post later today, but I wanted to go ahead and get the devotional guide and ornament out there for anyone that wanted it. I’m sure the next 24+ hours will be very busy for everyone!

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 23 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-22-Here.pdf (398 downloads) )

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 23 Podcast:

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 22

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Welcome to Day 22 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Children's Bible StudyWe seem to have hit the perfect storm of craziness around here over the last day or two. Sunday was our church Christmas program, in which (somehow) our entire family had a role to play (or two). As we were leaving for the program Sunday afternoon, we discovered that one of our computers (the one we use to edit the Jesse Tree podcasts) wouldn’t come up. It was hand delivered on Monday morning to the IT guy, who will hopefully be able to work his magic with it, but it wasn’t a quick fix. Shortly after my husband left to drop off the computer, our internet went down and stayed down for most of the day. A service tech had to come out and it took him over two hours (and two new modems) to get it back up and running again. And of course, there’s actual business-related work and the normal pre-holiday cleaning, shopping, baking, etc. to be done! Whew!

Please forgive us for being tardy in posting our Jesse Tree updates! If you’ve been joining us, we’re so glad you have! This devotional series has been a blessing to my children and we hope it’s been a blessing to you and yours, as well!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 22 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-22-Righteous.pdf (344 downloads) )

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 22 Podcast:

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 21

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Welcome to Day 21 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 21 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-21-Humble.pdf (338 downloads) )

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 21 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 20

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Welcome to Day 20 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 20 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-20-Imminent.pdf (363 downloads) )

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 20 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 19

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Welcome to Day 19 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

Today is our last day in the Old Testament and we’re reading from the book of Habakkuk. Well . . . reading and and little bit of singing. My daughter thought the verses that she was reading sounded more like a song, and when she got to the end of the chapter she discovered that Habakkuk actually added a note that seems to indicate it was indeed a song! So . . . you’ll get a little free form singing if you listen to this podcast! Of course, you’re welcome to just read (and sing) it for yourself!

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 19 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-19-Watching.pdf (332 downloads) )

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 19 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 18

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Welcome to Day 18 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 18 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-18-Opportunity.pdf (318 downloads) )
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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 18 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 17

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Welcome to Day 17 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 17 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-17-Rescue.pdf (375 downloads) )

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 17 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 16

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Welcome to Day 16 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 16 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-16-Praise.pdf (383 downloads) )

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 16 Podcast:

 

Crazy Kids Bible Devotional: Jesse Tree Day 15

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Welcome to Day 15 of the Crazy Kids Bible Devotional Jesse Tree series!

Today’s podcast is available at the bottom of this post and on iTunes. If you’d like access to all the podcasts, devotional guides, and ornaments from the beginning, you can click on the “Podcasts” heading up on the menu. That’s also where you’ll find the link to subscribe directly to the podcast via iTunes, if you’d like to do that.

You can download the devotional guide and printable ornament for Day 15 by clicking the image below (or here: Day-15-Shepherd.pdf (359 downloads) ).

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Today’s Kids’ Daily Devotional Jesse Tree, Day 15 Podcast:

 

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