Prepare your heart to welcome Heaven to Earth with HopeCo’s Daily Advent Devotionals, written by men and women from The Hope Collective. New devotionals will be posted each morning of the Advent season. You can also sign up for daily email and text reminders below.
Day Twenty Eight
As a young Christian, I put so much effort into what I was like on the outside. I did not grow up in a house that followed our Lord. Some would define it as “dysfunctional.” The Christians I knew lived very differently, though. When I became a Christian, I thought it was important that “I” change the way I presented myself, controlling my actions, words, and even interests. I was convinced that those changes were the proof of a new life in Jesus. The truth was that I was manufacturing that “change” in my own control, and most times it was inauthentic and hard.
Day Twenty Seven
Peace. The very word can settle my soul immediately. In fact, I have several “Peace” signs around my house in an array of Christmas colors and varieties of glitter. As one who has a very active mind that can often lead to worry or fear, the thought of the word “peace” brings me, well … peace.
Day Twenty Six
We’ve all come across those words when scrolling through a movie or book review. This simple catchphrase warns you to stop reading or else you’ll find out how the movie ends before you even see the first minute of it.
Day Twenty Five
An icy-cold dinner table conversation.
A passive-aggressive text message.
The social media carpet bomb of a Facebook rant.
The subtle art of the workplace snub.
Day Twenty Four
In the final days and hours of my mom’s life, God gave me a sense of peace that was unexplainable in human terms. The gift was not just for me, but for others. At a time when there could have been great sadness, anxiety, or feelings of injustice, there was an overwhelming awareness of Christ’s presence and goodness (Philippians 4:7).
Day Twenty Three
Many Christmas pageants include angelic choruses made up of adorable little children being coaxed to sing. Others present an impressive choir of several hundred voices. These programs are beautiful and moving, but perhaps they have skewed our thinking about this event.