Every year around this time, I start getting excited. Not so much about the tree, the gifts, or the lights (though I love those!), but about the spiritual aspect.
PLEASE DON’T THINK I’M BEING ALL HOLIER THAN THOU. I could easily list the ways that thou art holier than I. There is simply something unique to me about Christmas. Easter as well, but I think when I am looking at Christmas, I’m looking through Christmas to the cross. Past a baby in a manger to a man who suffered and died for ME.
Last year I was so excited to write an advent devotional, Make Him Room, something I had been dreaming of for years. I was so excited to see it top some of Amazon’s free and paid Christmas lists (which are admittedly smaller pools than the general lists of all books, all genres). I connected with people from all over who found and read my book. I was really proud of how it turned out and the pairing of Old and New Testament verses, connecting all of Scripture and bringing it full circle. The problem? I spent so much time before Christmas preparing it that I didn’t want to read anything after.
This year I did spent some massive time editing, but I don’t feel burnt out. Yay! AND I have a new project that requires far less of me talking. Sunday I’ll begin a new series, Voices in the Desert, which brings 24 different bloggers together to reflect on advent. Each blogger will write on her own blog (yes, her—I could not get any man bloggers!) about a verse of her choice. Different denominations, voices, blogs, writing styles—this should be really unique and different. I can’t wait to read those daily!
So if you’re an advent junkie like me, or wondering what all this is about, here are two great options for you.
1. Snag a copy of my book, Make Him Room.
You can get it free through December 2 (otherwise $2.99) in the Amazon Kindle store. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A KINDLE TO READ. There are free Kindle reader apps for phones, computers, or tablet. OR, snag the new print version!
2. Follow the links I’ll be posting from December 1 to 24th for Voices in the Desert.
I have a static page set up for the project, but I’ll also be posting a little teaser here or on social media. (Now is a great time to follow me on Twitter or Facebook if you don’t already!)
Aside from the spiritual parts, I can’t wait to drive around and see tacky lights, drink cider, open presents, smell a fresh Christmas tree, see Rob wear a Santa hat for a month with every outfit, and watch my kids enjoy Christmas. Oh, and my Special Occasion Cinnamon Rolls, which I will be posting very soon.
What are you looking forward to in the next month?