I have been bombarded with incredible Advent messages this month. It seems like my Facebook friends and those I follow on Twitter and Instagram all have something to say about how to prepare for Christmas. I started out great - reading, listening, trying to incorporate the great ideas in my life...but then life got in the way! I felt a little guilty deleting beautiful Adventy images and stories...all designed to help me NOT do what I WAS doing - being busy, too tired to think without falling asleep with the Scripture on my lap. It occurred to me this morning as I sat with a cup of coffee looking at the fog and snow outside my kitchen. Life is exactly what is important. The Advent message I need to remember is "have I made room in my heart and home for Jesus?" To that I can say yes. With a week or so still ahead of me to prepare I will just think about how I can welcome all who will be around me this Christmas. How can I make my home a place to share my faith through hospitality, kindness and generosity? How can I make room in my heart for the stranger, the lonely, the hungry? It's not just an Advent message, but a life in Christ message. Blessings and happy Advent to you!