As a Christian, Christmas is a time for me to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Often with the chaos of the holiday, my focus on Christ gets lost in the presents and decorations. I thought this year what better way to help me celebrate my Savior than to create a “12 days of CHRISTmas journal” that I can use to take time out of my day to focus on my Savior.
Each of the 12 days before Christmas I have selected a passage of Scripture or a video applicable to the birth of Christ to help focus on the real reason for this season.
On each of the 12 pages in this Christmas Devotional Journal, there is a spot for journaling and a written prayer all in a cute little keepsake accordion journal.
- 3 pieces of colored 12″ x 12″ cardstock (I used black)
- 2″ hole punch
- 3″ hole punch
- paper cutter with scoring blade
- Aleene’s Tacky Dot Runner
- Come Let us Adore Him printables
- Velcro tab
Make the Christmas Devotional Journal Step By Step
Score 2 of the 12″ sheets of paper at 3″ 6″ and 9″.
Then cut the paper at 6″ (you will have four 6″ pieces total).
Using your Aleene’s Tacky Runner attach the 4 accordion folded cardstock pieces together overlapping the ends.
Next cut a 6″ x 12″ piece of coordinating cardstock out.
Score it at 3″ and 3 1/2″.
Then measure from the 3 1/2″ score and score again at 3″ and 3 1/2″. Then score the last little bit in half.
Here is a picture to illustrate that.
Fold the right side over and glue in place.
Fold the rest of the lines inward.
Next, attach the accordion onto the front flap and middle piece using Aleene’s Tacky Dot Runner.
Then you will be able to fold it all up and the accordion pages will be hidden inside.
Cut out all of the printable pages using the marks on the page as a guide.
Adhere them in place with Aleene’s Tacky Dot Runner.
There will be 12 pages.
Using a 2″ hole punch cut out the “12 days of CHRISTmas” and then cut out 3″ circle out of coordinating red cardstock, glue the smaller circle on of top.
Adhere half the circle onto the front cover so it overlaps the flap.
On the inside of the flap use velcro as a closure.
And there you have your DIY Christmas Devotional Journal to celebrate his wonderful holiday with gratitude, joy and peace!
Thank you to I Love to Create for providing the Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner for this project.
What is a small devotional?
A small devotional is a brief, focused spiritual reflection or meditation designed for personal or group use. It typically includes elements like a short scripture passage, a reflection or commentary, and a prayer. The goal of a small devotional is to inspire a moment of connection with one’s faith, offer guidance, or provide encouragement.
Key characteristics of a small devotional include:
- Brevity: Small devotionals are usually concise, often taking just a few minutes to read or discuss. They aim to convey a meaningful message in a brief period.
- Focus: They have a specific theme or topic, such as gratitude, love, faith, or a particular scripture verse.
- Personal Connection: Small devotionals often include personal reflections, anecdotes, or stories that relate to the chosen theme. This personal touch helps make the devotional relatable and applicable to everyday life.
- Spiritual Elements: Devotionals typically include elements like scripture readings, prayers, and moments of reflection or meditation.
- Applicability: Small devotionals often conclude with a call to action or a prayer that encourages the application of the message in daily life.
- Versatility: They can be used individually for personal reflection, shared within a small group, or incorporated into larger gatherings, such as religious services or community events.
How to do a short devotional?
Creating a short devotional can be a meaningful way to connect with your spirituality or share a moment of reflection with others. Here’s a simple guide to help you structure a short devotional:
1. Select a Theme or Scripture:
- Choose a theme or a specific scripture that resonates with you or the audience.
- The theme could be gratitude, faith, hope, love, or any other spiritual concept.
2. Opening Prayer:
- Begin with a brief prayer to set a sacred and focused tone.
- You can express gratitude, seek guidance, or simply invite a sense of divine presence.
3. Reading or Reflection:
- Read a short passage from a sacred text, inspirational book, or a personal reflection.
- Pause between sentences to allow for reflection on the meaning and application.
4. Personal Application:
- Share a personal story or example related to the theme or scripture.
- Connect the chosen passage to real-life experiences or challenges.
5. Discussion or Meditation:
- Encourage a moment of silence for personal reflection or meditation.
- If you’re in a group setting, invite brief sharing of thoughts or insights.
6. Prayer of Application:
- Lead a prayer that applies the message to daily life.
- Include requests for strength, wisdom, or guidance in living out the principles discussed.
7. Closing Blessing:
- Conclude with a final blessing or benediction.
- Express hope, peace, or any positive sentiment relevant to the theme.
8. Optional: Worship or Song:
- If appropriate, include a short worship song or hymn related to the theme.
9. Time Consideration:
- Keep it concise. A short devotional can range from 5 to 15 minutes.
- Be mindful of the audience and setting.
10. Adapt to Audience:
- If presenting to a diverse group, ensure your message is inclusive and respectful of different beliefs.
11. Regular Practice:
- Consider making short devotionals a regular practice to foster spiritual growth.
How long should a devotional be?
The ideal length for a devotional typically falls within the range of 5 to 15 minutes, depending on various factors. Consider your audience’s attention span, the overall context of the devotional (whether it’s part of a church service, a small group gathering, or an individual practice), and the purpose you aim to achieve.
For brief moments of inspiration or when time is limited, very short devotionals of 5 minutes or less can be effective.
Short devotionals, lasting between 5 to 10 minutes, strike a balance between brevity and depth, suitable for a variety of settings.
If you’re aiming for a more thorough exploration of a theme or scripture, or if your audience prefers a slightly longer engagement, a medium-length devotional of 10 to 15 minutes may be appropriate.
Ultimately, the key is to convey a meaningful message within the chosen time frame, fostering spiritual connection and reflection.