Hello, Dearest Mama,
Well, can you believe it’s almost Christmas?! How are you doing, sweet friend? Are you feeling stressed by all the preparations and demands on your
time? Is the thought of traveling or hosting family beginning to cause you anxiety?
Do you feel hopeful this wonderful Christmas season or just plain stressed out?
Why does Christmas, the season where we celebrate the birth of our loving Savior, make us crabby and grouchy? Why do we seem to get annoyed with family members at a time when we should be showing them the most love? Why do we easily engage in conflict over our wants and desires?
Perhaps the answer lies in adjusting our expectations and dreams of how we want our Christmas to look and feel. After all, it is Jesus’ birthday, not ours! When we think of celebrating Christmas in the light of the desires of Jesus’ heart for His children, it changes everything! We begin to shift the focus away from ourselves and onto Christ and surrender our will to His. This one change in our thinking can revolutionize this time of year for our families and deepen our relationships with the Lord and with others.
How would Jesus want us to celebrate His birthday? That is a great question to ask.
This week, take a moment and ask Jesus to show you how He would want you to walk with Him through this Christmas season. Ask Him to help you to see your circumstances and the people in your life from His perspective. Seek His help to love others as He does. He will help you, and, who knows, maybe this will be your best Christmas ever!
Deb Weakly and Help Club for Moms Team
“Loving people is the highest level of spiritual warfare that we could ever do.” Joyce Meyer
I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Deb is married to her soulmate of 28 years, Randy. They have two grown children, Christie and Jack, and one precious, answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex.