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A couple thousand years ago, God chose two young teens to parent the divine child—the promised Messiah, the Son of God. Along with that holy calling came all kinds of difficult circumstances. Joseph and Mary experienced shame and disgrace, an unmarried pregnancy, questions, doubts, fears, poverty, and childbirth during travel. They also fled as fugitives and lived as refugees in Egypt to protect Israel’s Most Wanted—the holy child, Jesus.


Chosen: A 31-Day Christmas Devotional will help you embrace the messy parts of life as part of God’s calling for you. Just because God chooses you, doesn’t mean things will be easy.


This Advent daily devotional goes beyond the serene beauty of the nativity to remind you of the purpose of adversity: God puts you in challenges that allow him to work through you in amazing ways. Let him meet the challenges of life through you because his burden is light.


May these December devotional readings give you hope and courage to face the challenges God has placed in your life. Have a wonderful Christmas!



December 1:     Angel Greets Mary, Luke 1:26-38
December 2:    God Chose You, Ephesians 1:4
December 3:    Joseph’s Dilemma, Matthew 1:18-19
December 4:    Wisdom, James 1:5
December 5:    Mary Leaves Town, Luke 1:39-45
December 6:    Chosen to Overcome Shame, Hebrews 12:1-3
December 7:    Mary’s Song of Praise, Luke 1:46-56
December 8:    Chosen to Share, Psalm 66:2, 16
December 9:    Joseph’s Dream of the Angel, Matthew 1:20-25
December 10:    Chosen for Relationship, Isaiah 7:14
December 11:    Untimely Travel, Luke 2:1-5
December 12:    No One Said It Would Be Easy, 2 Corinthians 11:24-27
December 13:    Humble, Messy Birth, Luke 2:6-7
December 14:    Christ Humbled Himself, Philippians 2:3-8
December 15:    Angels Appear to Shepherds, Luke 2:8-20
December 16:    God Chose the Foolish, 1 Corinthians 1:27-28
December 17:    Poverty, Luke 2:21-24
December 18:    He Became Poor, 2 Corinthians 8:9, James 2:5
December 19:    Simeon’s Divine Encounter, Luke 2:25-35
December 20:    This Is the Way, Isaiah 30:21
December 21:    Anna’s Surprise, Luke 2:36-38
December 22:    My Life Is Worth Nothing Unless, Acts 20:24
December 23:    Herod Meets with Religious Scholars, Matthew 2:1-6
December 24:    Seeking Jesus, Acts 17:27
December 25:    Wise Men Give Gifts, Matthew 2:7-12
December 26:    Worship Christ, 1 Peter 3:15 (Psalm 95:6, 100:2)
December 27:    Israel’s Most Wanted Fugitive Child, Matthew 2:13-18
December 28:    Weighed Down with Troubles, 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
December 29:    Refugees Return from Egypt, Matthew 2:19-23
December 30:    God Speaks in Dreams, Job 33:15
December 31:    He Will Come Again, Hebrews 9:28

Chosen: A 31-Day Christmas Devotional