Don’t you sometimes feel as though the hurry and scurry of the Christmas season leaves you depleted? Know what? It is not even December and I am already feeling anxiety to get it all done.
It all starts Thanksgiving night. Can we not even have just one day to focus on God’s goodness? No, we are encouraged to quick– wash those dishes, pack up that turkey and get out and get spending! Christmas is upon us!! I think I feel an ulcer.
I want to be a fun mom at Christmas. I want to be a great wife and hostess. I want to send heartfelt cards with handwritten messages. I long to uphold family traditions. But all of these things-good things- must be secondary to a heart seeks God and longs to know Him. When we are dry and empty during the holidays, chances are we have been so busy icing cookies and stringing lights that we have neglected our relationship with the Lord.
If you are dry spiritually, stressed financially, anxious about tomorrow (or December 25th!) might I suggest that you sit with the One who can help you? Grab your Bible, and a mug of tea and feed your soul!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matt. 11:28-30
Meditate. Ponder. Be still and know that you have a God who loves you and cares about the in’s and out’s of your life, but who wants more for you than what is on the surface. He wants you to know Him. And that takes time.
Problem is, we have no time during the Christmas season. So we have to schedule it and guard it, so that it isn’t gobbled up with other things. We need to be Word- filled so that we can properly represent Christ and love others well.
Who cares if your home looks ”Martha Stewart” worthy, if you’re miserable to the people who live there in the process? Know what I am saying? Mkay then!
I like Elizabeth George’s advice for making decisions:
“We must say no not only to things which are wrong and sinful, but to things pleasant, profitable, and good which would hinder and clog our grand duties and chief work.”( A Woman After God’s Own Heart, pg. 32.)
There is nothing wrong with having a holly, jolly Christmas. But let’s not neglect what is most important.
“But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
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