I just love Christmas. I love everything about it.
The wrapping of gifts.
The excitement of Christmas morning.
The mess after the gifts have been opened.
I just love it all!
It’s easy to get all caught up in the fun of Christmas and forget about the Reason for the season.
I want to change that this year. I want to focus on Jesus more. And not just Baby Jesus in the manger, but God the Son. I want to do more than just say that. I want to do that.
I’m lacking wisdom in this area.
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously…but let him ask in faith without doubting.” James 1:5-6
First, I’m ask for wisdom to do this. How does God want me to focus more on Him?
I have a sin that I really struggle with. You could call it my “thorn in my flesh.” To help me stay focused on Jesus, I have to die to these sin every single day. I have to depend on Him to not lead me into the temptation to even go there, and deliver me from the evil (desire). You may say you don’t have one of these. I say you should ask God if there is anything in your life He is not pleased with and wants you to repent from.
I am learning to praise God for everything. And I mean every little thing, every big thing and every in between thing as well. You could call it a carry over from Thanksgiving.
I want to listen to music that brings Him praise. There are so many beautiful Christmas carols that focus solely on Him. I want to just read the lyrics and let them soak into my heart.
I want to reread the Christmas story in the Bible and ask for a fresh and new lesson from it. I may even try reading it in different translations.
I am asking God to show me how I can help someone else this Christmas. And not just this Christmas, but beyond if needed.
If I had small children, I would do the Wandering Wisemen. Same concept as Elf on the Shelf, but with a biblical theme. A friend of mine is doing this and each day the wisemen find a new name for Jesus. Then, they look at the scripture that goes with the name. You know what? I just may do this when the boys come home. You’re never to old for a little fun.
I want to do a random act of kindness each day. Smile at someone, say hello to someone, open the door for someone, maybe even pay for someone’s meal. We here in the south are known for waving to people while we are driving. People we don’t even know we wave to. Give it a try. It isn’t a full hand wave. Just a lift of a finger or two off the steering wheel. It may blow their mind, but they will talk about it later. It will even make them smile.
Of course, we will read the Christmas story before we open presents Christmas morning. That’s tradition at our house. I’m already in prayer that this will become even more meaningful for everyone this year.
So, that’s my list. Got anything you want to add to it? I’d love for everyone to share.
Here’s a smile for you!
Merry Christmas! Jayne