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December 17 – Advent Study Day 18

“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting dressed and ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this – internally and externally” (excerpt from Rachel Telander’s “Let Us Keep the Feast”)

Join us as we prepare for Christmas with an Advent Study based on Selah Woody’s “A Traditional Advent Calendar: 28 Days of Devotions and Activities”. Each day of the study, we will post the scripture to focus on, ideas for discussion and activities with your family, and an example SOAP from our team based on the day’s scripture. If you’d like to see the full daily devotion from Selah Woody’s study, you can get the free download through Focus on the Family HERE.

Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Advent Study Day 18

Psalm 37:23-24

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 119:105

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.

Discussion/Activity Ideas

Continuing with the theme of joy and light, make luminaries. Fill small white paper bags with sand, 2-inches deep. Place a small flashlight or tea light candle in the sand in the bag. Talk about Christ as the Light that guides our steps through every season of life. Continue lighting two of the purple candles and the pink candle this week.

SOAP Note

Your Word is My Light | Becky Newman

Scripture

Psalm 37:23-24, 119:105

Observation

If we are truly following You, You will guide us. You have given us tools to use to seek You and follow in each step on the Way to Your throne. You promise that even if we stray off Your Way, You’ll make sure we get righted back on the path to You.

Application

It’s hard to stay on a trail when it’s dark, but You give me a tool to use to light each step of the way. Your Holy Word is my light. And the Word made flesh and dwelling among us is Jesus. My sporadic journal entries indicate this has been a hard month for me to stay in Your Word. When I don’t have Your lamp, I stray. My thoughts and my words particularly in a stressful situation at work are off Your path. Right me, Lord, before I lose all credibility as Your witness.

Prayer

Thank You for Your promise that I will not fall if I delight in You. Give me strength to control my words and thoughts at work. Help me to take captive each word before it is uttered, then each thought before it goes to growing bitter roots, and make each one obedient to You. Light my path with Your Holy Word.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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