Monday, December 10, 2007

The Christmas Hustle

Are you doing the Christmas Hustle?
You know the steps:
buying and wrapping presents,
baking favorite recipes,
visiting with friends and family,
writing and addressing Christmas cards
and going to festive parties and programs.
Let me assure you, you are not alone.
As moms, we all know the steps to the Christmas hustle quite well.
The question is, are we enjoying the dance or are we simply going through the motions? My friends, there can be joy in the dance! When we turn our eyes toward Christ and step into a relationship with Him, the dance has meaning. We begin to see the activities of Christmas in a new light and recognize a greater purpose…the purpose of celebrating God’s love for us demonstrated through his Son Jesus. Let’s keep our eyes on the bigger picture of the celebration of God’s wonderful redemption for the world. As we allow these thoughts to lead us in the dance of Christmas we experience a great joy and an underlying peace. Perspective is everything, and having an eternal perspective prevents us from stumbling over little frustrations and meaningless endeavors. Join me in devoting each day of this season to Him and asking for His love, joy and peace to fill our hearts. II Peter 1:3 says, “As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a Godly life.” Amen!

Family Fun: Make crowns using poster board. Allow the kids to color and decorate with sequins, stickers and gems. Tell the kids the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of one of the wise men who came to visit Jesus in Luke 2. If you have older kids, allow them to tell the story. Praise God together for being King of King and Lord of Lords.

Family Conversation Starter: What gives you joy or makes you happy at Christmas time? What makes you angry or sad?

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