Some ideas to get you started

Level 1: Novice

  1. 📺 Commit to not binge-watching! Enjoy just one episode of your favorite show at a time.
  2. 🧶 Take up a slow, time-consuming hobby. Think: knitting, puzzles, writing, etc.!
  3. 🚦 Stop taking shortcuts! Don’t try to find the shortest line at a red light or check-out lane.
  4. 🍳 Ditch fast food, and commit to making your own, slow, meals.

Level 2: Apprentice

  1. 🍽 Practice delayed gratification by fasting one day a week or one meal a day.
  2. 📖 Make a habit of reading the Nativity stories in scripture (Matthew 1-2 & Luke 1-2).
  3. 🙏 Try praying some traditional Advent prayers.
  4. 📱 Schedule time in your day to check social media, and wait until then to open the apps.

Level 3: Master

  1. 🕯 Host friends or family for dinner on the 4 Sundays of Advent, asking the question, “How is Jesus drawing near to you?”
  2. ✍️ Identify something you’re waiting on God for. Make a habit of journaling about this, asking God to show you why it matters to you.
  3. 🤲 Simplify your morning prayer time. Instead of adding more scripture reading or journaling, rest in some breath prayer, or wait on God in silence.
  4. 🤫 Enjoy four hours of silence and solitude with your phone off and no distractions.

Need more inspiration? Here are some of our favorite pieces on waiting.

Stay tuned! Throughout the month we'll be collecting our favorite pieces on waiting here.