Here at MOPS, we know the joys and stresses of the Christmas season, and the many distractions that keep our families and ourselves from the real joy of the season. So, we’ve collaborated with a new dear author friend, Asheritah Ciuciu, and some of our favorite writers to help us journey through the time-honored tradition of Advent. Whether you’re new to the tradition of Advent or it’s already part of your family tradition, we hope you’ll join us during these four weeks as we anticipate the coming of the Christ child, together.

Every Friday prior to each Sunday of Advent, we’ll post a special family devotion straight from Asheritah’s book, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional, which speaks to the theme for that week. Also, make sure to check The MOPS Blog on an ongoing basis; we’ll be featuring original pieces from our favorite writers, sharing their unique perspectives on each theme.


  • December 3First Sunday of Advent (Hope), December 1 – Hope devo post
  • December 10Second Sunday of Advent (Preparation), December 8 – Preparation devo post
  • December 17Third Sunday of Advent (Joy), December 15 – Joy devo post
  • December 24Fourth Sunday of Advent (Love),  December 22 – Love devo post
  • December 25 Christmas, December 24 – Christmas devo post

To help you get started, we’ve included a free downloadable Advent pdf to make it easy to follow along each week and instructions on how to make an Advent wreath.

Advent 2017 Devotional PDF Screenshot

And, in the spirit of Christmas, we are giving away limited copies of Asheritah’s beautiful book, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional. Make sure to enter below for a chance to win a free copy of your own!

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As we enter into this Christmas season, we look forward to celebrating with you and your family!


Jinny + The MOPS Magazine Team


Asheritah Ciuciu headshotAsheritah Ciuciu is a writer, speaker and founder of One Thing Alone Ministries – an online community of women who find joy in Jesus through creative spiritual disciplines. She’s also the author of several books, including her newest, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional (Moody, October 2017). Asheritah grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and lives with her high school sweetheart and spunky children in northeast Ohio. Her passion is leading busy women deeper with Jesus in the midst of their everyday lives both in her local church and online at