Thursday, November 13, 2014

Illustrated Faith | Journaling the Advent

I had the joy of attending the influence conference this past September and during the conference we received a book with conference info, favorite verses and places to take notes on each of the sessions we went to. I took notes in that journal like a mad woman and then went back to the hotel each night and worked in my journaling bible taking the golden nuggets of inspiring notes from my book to my bible. It didn't stop when I left there, I carried over the next couple of weeks, I kept going back to that journal for more inspiration and it kept giving. A light bulb turned on.......I had another one of these adorable books from naptime diaries in my pocession, Lindsay Letters had so generously given my an advent journal while I was there. Then I thought..

"Wouldn't it be fun to journal daily in my bible through the advent season?!"

I knew I already had the tools I needed and this was exactly what I was looking for to take time during the advent season for what matters. The advent devotional; along with the beautiful art prints that naptime diaries has created leave you inspired and wanting to settle in for a a hot cup of tea (hello, David's Buttered Rum Tea) and a bible sesh!! 

I love that this devotional is practical and relatable. Sometimes the devotionals I read seem a bit dry, where Jessi and her team have written everything on such a personal level. The devotional is also so much more than just the book! On the inside cover you will find information for all the online content that naptime diaries has in store for you including videos, printables and fun advent ideas. In such a busy season it is so important to take time to remember exactly why we are celebrating and taking a couple moments in your crazy day to reflect in this devotional is exactly what I have desired for my Christmas season. 

It is my intention to use the advent devotional along with the calendar daily from December 1st- December 25th leading up to Christmas. Of course it is always more fun with friends!! I have asked Stephanie Ackerman and Heather Greenwood to join me in this journey and we are hoping YOU will join us as well! When I reached out to Jessi to tell her I thought it would be a PERFECT fit for our community she VERY generously offered YOU GUYS a coupon code for 15% off the devotionals + calendars using code ILLUSTRATEDADVENT so head on over to the SHOP  and pick yours up, make sure to order quickly as the last day you will be able to buy these is Friday November 21st. This will allow you to get them in time to start along with us in December. 

I find when dedicating myself to a daily project such as this that I am MUCH more successful if I make myself a little kit of supplies to use specifically for this project so please join me next Thursday as I share the kit I curate from my current supplies.

Heather, Stephanie and I will be sharing our experience each Thursday on our own blogs so please make sure to keep us accountable and check in for ideas or to share your own experience! 

So whatcha say, will you join me in journaling your advent? Use hashtag #illustratedadvent to share your journey and spread the word of the reason for the season.

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