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Fill Your Joy Void! Great Advent Resources!

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Advent season!  There are some wonderful things you can do with your family to prepare and focus your hearts as you celebrate Christ’s birth this Christmas season.  What does all of it really mean?  Why should we be filled with joy?  Talk about it each day leading up to Christmas Day and grow with your family.  John Piper and ThrivingFamily.com have wonderful daily readings to help you!

“Looking for joy in the Christmas trappings and traditions is like opening a beautifully wrapped package with a tag that reads “Joy Inside,” only to find the box empty. That’s because our Christmas traditions don’t so much house joy as much as they point to joy. If we want our joy voids filled, we must look less at Christmas and more through Christmas to where indestructible, unspeakable joy really is. …Christmas is for you to know Christ, to know the love of Christ, and be filled up with the fullness of the joyful God.” -taken from The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper-


I am so thankful John Piper has prepared this.  Make sure you click to download the free PDF.  Fill your joy void now!

Advent:  The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper

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“When we look for joy in our traditions rather than through our traditions, joy short-circuits. Looking for joy in the Christmas trappings and traditions is like opening a beautifully wrapped package with a tag that reads “Joy Inside,” only to find the box empty. That’s because our Christmas traditions don’t so much house joy as much as they point to joy. If we want our joy voids filled, we must look less at Christmas and morethrough Christmas to where indestructible, unspeakable joy really is.

For in “the fullness of time . . . God sent forth his Son” (Galatians 4:4), in whom “the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:19), in order that we who are full of condemning sin might be fully emptied of our sin and “filled up with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18–19) and experience the “fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11John 15:11).

Christmas is for you to know Christ, to know the love of Christ, and be filled up with the fullness of the joyful God.

And to help you look through Christmas in order to be satisfied with true, everlasting joy is why we’ve created a new Advent devotional titled, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. ”


Journey to the Manger 2014 Advent Calendar from Thriving Family.

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This is a great resource for your family!  ThrivingFamily.com has prepared daily readings complete with activity suggestions, puzzles you can print, and even a poster with cut outs your kids can place each day if you want to get really into it!   It’s free too!


They both look so good we can’t choose so we plan on doing the ThrivingFamily.com Advent readings in the morning and using the John Piper readings for Advent for our family worship time in the evening.  It’s a battle every day to “set our minds on things above and not on earthly things.”  In our culture it’s an even bigger battle during the Christmas push to get stuff… and get more stuff!  A daily reading with your family may not seem like much but God is in the business of taking His truths and transforming hearts with them.  He is faithful!  Enjoy this precious time with your family and our great God!


1 Comment

  1. Linda Jordan says:

    Nice post.

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