As Christmas approaches I am so in awe of God’s love for us and how he sent his son to us.  “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  I am reminded by his love through mercies I see everyday.

I have been following along with the Naptime Diaries devotional all throughout advent season and I was so struck with pages 17 and 18 about the birth of baby Jesus.


Joseph and Mary did not have a convenient Holiday Inn or Motel to pull into, so they had to go wherever they could find a place to stay.  What I am struck by the most in this scripture is that the inn-keeper told them that there was no room “And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them”.  Luke 2:7 How can we use this example in everyday life?  Do you want to be that inn-keeper that denies them a room?  Or, do you want to be Christ-like and open your heart?  I hope that it is the latter, I know that I need to keep practicing it myself in my daily life and showing kindness to people.

I love how Shanna Noel has shared her approach to advent this year with us on her Periscope channel, and her genius idea of doodling over words in the Naptime Diaries devotional book.  I started out my journal using the same approach. The pages in the Illustrated Faith journals are just thin enough that you can trace over the creative titles in the Naptime Diaries devotional with a pencil, and then fill in the rest using a fine tipped black marker.


I added paint to my pages next, and when they dried I added journaling, stamping, and embellishments.  On my second page I spelled out the title “There was no room for them at the inn” using stickers, and stamped the verse Luke 2:7



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  1. Amy Bruce 6 years ago

    Nice post!

  2. Judy Carney 6 years ago

    Beautiful message, let’s make room in our
    Hearts for HIM, and for caring for other people too.

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