Tuesday, 14 October 2014


Today sees the first of three posts introducing Pause, Ponder & Prepare - an Advent Study and Advent Calendar combined.

Welcome to everyone who has signed up to follow the blog and joined the Facebook group.  It's great to see you all.

During the next few weeks we are going to investigate the real meaning of Christmas through an Advent Study and in parallel make an Advent Calendar that tells the Christmas Story.  You can make both or choose one or the other.

How will it work?
There will be two more introductory blog posts next week and then daily posts from November 1st for 25 days.  And a final concluding post on Saturday 29th November.  We have made it 25 days so you can reuse it any year from 1st to 25th December.

There is no such thing as 'being behind'!
The study will be posted over 25 days.  Not everyone will have the time to study and respond within that timeframe.  Don't be concerned.  The blog will remain active and you can work at your own pace.  After all Jesus is for life not just for Christmas!

Christmas Story Bible Verses
The main passages referred to will be on the blog post with links to Biblegateway so you can access your preferred version.

Journaling Prompts or Ponder Points
On each blog post there will be questions to consider relating to the study.  It is up to you how you use these.  You will also be able to download the study and prompts in a PDF. You can write in your journal, blog about it, art journal or respond in any other creative way

There will be a video each day which we hope will add inspiration to our study together.  Please be aware that we have no control over the adverts that sometimes precede the videos.

Facebook group
There is a private Facebook group.  Please click on the link and ask to join.  It is a safe place where we can discuss the prompts, ask questions, and share our thoughts and our artwork from our Advent study.

If you decide to make an art journal or the Advent Calendar I suggest you use the inks, sprays, paints, stamps and papers you already own to make the journal truly yours.  When you look at Bernice's blog NewlyCreative or Diane's blog at Adore Him Creations they are there solely for inspiration, not for you to copy.   Use what you have.  Some of the techniques may not work in the same way with different products but it doesn't matter. It means your journal will be unique to you.

Creative Techniques
There are so many art techniques and media available to us.  You choose the creative response.  If you're stuck then look through our blogs or go on to YouTube where there are thousands of helpful videos on creative techniques.

To ensure that you don't miss a blog post you can follow by email by filling in the form at the bottom of the blog.

Blog Comments
Comments will be moderated for this study so please don't be concerned if your comment doesn't show up immediately.

At the end of each post there will be an opportunity to link your day's page to the blog to share with other readers.  This can be a link to your blog, or if you haven't got a blog please use the Flickr group.

We have set up the Flickr group and if you already have a Flickr account please ask to join.  If you don't have a Flickr account it is easy to join and it is free.

The group has been set up for the photos to be public but any discussions to be for members only.

You can find out about our preparations at Adore Him Creations and Newly Creative.

We look forward to spending the next few weeks with you.
Diane & Bernice

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