It happens every year.
It starts at about Daylight Savings, and it builds up as the days of November tumble by.
It’s the Holiday Rush – that hectic, chaotic frenzy that intensifies over the next 8-9 weeks.
It’s that season that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds whirl like crazy, and sometimes causes our heads to hurt!
I think women typically “feel” it more than men because we are having to make sure to cover all of the details of this holiday season:
- Where are we getting a turkey?
- Who is make the dressing/stuffing?
- What are we going to buy everyone for Christmas?
- When will we put up the tree?
- Where did I store those ornaments?
- When are all of the programs and holiday specials?
- When does school let out?
- What am I going to put on my mantle?
- How much do we have to spend?
- Where is everyone going to stay?
- Where is the extra-large bottle of Tylenol?
As we stand of the top of this “Holiday Mountain,” and prepare for the yearly avalanche that is coming, what if we changed our focus this year?
What might happen if we took a fresh approach to the holiday season?
How might our holidays be sweeter if we answered only one MAIN QUESTION this year?
How Can I Make More of JESUS This Year?
To help you to answer that question, I’ve called on the services, wit, wisdom, and help of over 23 of my favorite inspirational blogging friends.
Over the course of the next 9 weeks, they will share their hearts and their stories — all in an effort to answer this question:
How can we Make MUCH of Jesus
this year during the holiday season??
The posts have started, and you can read them here:
(Michelle Streeter) “Making Much of Jesus at Thanksgiving” – LINK HERE.
(Alison Tiermeyer) “8 Ways to Make Christmas About Jesus” – LINK HERE.
(Jennifer Bly) “Making Much of Jesus During the Holidays With Your Homeschoolers” – HERE.
(Kaylene Yoder) “Marks of a Christ-Centered Home” – HERE.
(Jennifer Walker) “Prepare Your Heart for CHRISTmas” – HERE.
(Kim Jones) “Making the Most of Jesus in Your Christmas Decor” – HERE.
(Ruthie Gray) “How to Make a Family Advent Celebration” – HERE.
(Valerie Murray) “How to Decorate Your Heart with Joy During the Holidays” – HERE.
(Ona Carver) “5 Simple Decorating Tips for Making Much of Jesus” – HERE.
(Jennifer Shackelford) “What if This Was Your First Christmas to Enjoy?” – HERE.
(Deb Wolf) “How to Simplify Gift Giving and Enjoy Christmas More” – HERE.
(Abi Craig) “How to Avoid the Spirit of Receiving This Christmas” – HERE.
(Dawn Klinge) “Making Much of Jesus with Teens” – HERE.
(Katie Westenberg) “When Holidays Take on a Life of Their Own” – HERE.
(Ana Safee) “Making Much of Jesus with Your Preschoolers” – HERE.
(Rachelle Pierce) “5 Ways to Make the Holidays Special (From the Book of Luke)” – HERE.
(Betty Asphy) “Making Much of Jesus with Your Life” – HERE.
(Susan B. Mead) “3 Ways to Celebrate Christ at CHRISTmas” – HERE.
(Tayrina Gonzalez) “3 Way We Can Do to Keep Jesus at the Center of the Holidays” – HERE.
(Ginger Harrington) “The Gift of Prayer at Christmas” – HERE.
(Dianne Thornton) “Making Much of Jesus Starts in Your Heart” – HERE.
(Sarah Maddox) “6 Ways to Honor the Lord in Our Christmas Celebrations” – HERE.
(Ifeoma Samuel) “When You Get Weary of Serving” – HERE.
(Ifeoma Samuel) “Making the Grace Table for Christmas” – HERE.
All of these posts are practical, helpful, thought-provoking, and written to assist you during this holiday season.
We will begin on November 9 and run through December 30.
This is an invitation for YOU to join us!
Stop back by and read these wonderful words — written to encourage and inspire you during this holiday season.
Let your friends and family know about this series, and share these articles with them.
And, get ready to be blessed as we Make Much of Jesus this year!
“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
**Would you do me a favor — would you let a friend or family member know about this upcoming series?
We want to encourage as many folks as we can during this holiday season.
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