Tis the season to be jolly! It’s that time of year again. Christmas time. And chances are, you’re already feeling the pressure mounting.
We’re supposed to get the perfect gifts, make the perfect cookies, have the perfect photo sessions, mail the perfect cards and attend all the perfect holiday gatherings.
That’s an awful lot of hustle and bustle when this holiday is really about one thing.
The gift the Lord gave to us the day He sent His son to save us all.
I know what you’re thinking. “Erin, this is why we go to church.” And yeah, that’s a great thing to do! But there is so much more to this season than just going to that Christmas Eve service. This is the perfect time to really connect with Jesus in a deeper more meaningful way.
So how can we do it? How can we connect more deeply and more intentionally? Especially when we’re so overloaded with things to do for the holiday?
Start a prayer journal.
Friend, I believe in the power of journaling. Psychologically speaking, journaling is so good for you. It helps reduce stress levels, offer greater insight to your emotions and can even help resolve conflicts.
Adding Jesus to the mix can only make it even better. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes and write a letter of sorts to Jesus. A prayer. Focus on quantity over quality. The truth is that Jesus already knows what’s on your heart. He doesn’t care if you’ve scribbled it in your worst chicken scratch or even if the grammar is correct. But by writing these prayers and thoughts down, you’re opening your heart and mind to a deeper connection with the Lord.
Go through an advent devotional.
One thing this time of year doesn’t lack in is devotionals. And friend, there are some amazing holiday and advent devotionals out there! Find a devotional for the holiday and commit to completing it.
Most advent devotionals require 15ish minutes to complete and you walk away with so much. With so much love and energy and revitalization. That’s the Lord at work, my friend. He craves that time with you, even if it’s just 15 minutes of you learning more about His word and His truth.
Listen to worship music.
If you’re anything like me, this is a musical time of year. It feels wrong to not have music playing at Christmas time and I don’t know why. This year, try cutting back on the reindeer games and add a little more worship to your music.
Listening to music is one of those things that improves brain function and again, adding Jesus to the mix makes it even more special. How incredible would it be to have a song praising Jesus stuck in your head as opposed to Frosty the Snowman?
This is one of my favorites. Volunteer where you can, help others that are in need. Jesus once said in the Bible that we are to tend to His lost sheep. I’ve always taken that seriously. So when you can, show those around you the love that He has bestowed upon us.
Bring someone a hot drink when they’re cold. Help unload a neighbor’s groceries. Offer to help with a church service or even the church nursery. Spend some time in a soup kitchen and pray with those that are in need.
And always always give that glory to God. Let people know that God loves them. You’ll be surprised what a hugely life changing feeling that brings on.
Friend, there are so many ways for you to connect with Jesus this holiday season and the truth is there is no right or wrong.
Just connect. Because He is waiting for you, listening and loving you no matter what.
Until next time, have a beautiful day.