Prepare Your Heart for CHRISTmas

I don’t mean to alarm you, but are you aware that Christmas is in just ­­40 days?  

Though Thanksgiving hasn’t yet arrived, fall decor is on discount, and the store shelves are now full of red and green, toys, and advertisements for lay-away plans.

Where, oh where has the time this year gone???

Personally, I view the celebrations of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Epiphany, and the New Year as one long and wonderful holiday season full of gratitude, love, and giving. So… let’s talk about Christmas!

Focusing on the celebration of Jesus’ birth shouldn’t detract us from exhibiting a spirit of “thanksgiving.”  In fact, in my way of looking at things, early Christmas decor should enhance our attitude of gratitude… especially as we acknowledge all that we are and have in Jesus Christ.

However, as we all well know, within a mere week or two, schedules will become filled and pressure will be felt… which means that NOW is the best time to do some pre-season preparation.  {And I’m not talking about gift-purchasing, though that is a great idea, as well.}

What I’m talking about is the preparing of the heart.

Prepare Your Heart for CHRISTmas - Melanie Redd

The Christmas season gets so full and frantic that, though the season really IS about JESUS, if we aren’t intentional, we’ll leave Him completely out of it all.  (Or He will be an afterthought, at best.)

Isn’t that sadly true?

In this day and time, must make a determined decision to Keep Christmas about Jesus Christ. Click To Tweet

How and what does this look like as we enter into the busiest and most hectic weeks of the year?

The traditions, the shopping, the decorating, the family gatherings, the ministries, the parties, the movies, the music… they are all wonderful and have their rightful places.  But if we don’t prepare our hearts BEFORE we prepare our homes and make our holiday plans, though the calendar may look full, we can find ourselves empty and lonely inside.

It is with humility and hope that I admit that this is a work-in-progress for me.  That’s why I am starting NOW to begin to prepare my heart for CHRISTmas, and I want to encourage you to do the same.

Because we can NEVER out-give God, giving Him the first fruits of our days – that time most precious to us in the morning – is an investment in the day ahead.  God knows the paths on which we will walk.  We don’t.

Time spent at the feet of Jesus is never lost or wasted.  When we begin each of the upcoming busy and hectic days with Jesus, we will navigate this Christmas {which is really tHIS CHRISTmas} season with our eyes and ears tuned into the REASON for the season ~ Jesus Christ.  He will fill us and guide us and spill out of us as we move through this year’s holiday festivities.

As the days get crazier, don't neglect your daily time with Jesus in His Word. Click To Tweet

It is Life and Health to us – and the secret to staying FULL during a season that {if we’re not careful} will leave us drained on all accounts!!

“Dear friend, listen well to my words;

    tune your ears to my voice.

Keep my message in plain view at all times.

    Concentrate! Learn it by heart!

Those who discover these words live, really live;

    body and soul, they’re bursting with health.”
Proverbs 4:20-22 MSG

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

Wouldn’t you love to hit the new year FULL and bursting with emotional health instead of feeling drained, disappointed, or discouraged?

Do you want to spend some time with Jesus, but you’re not sure how to do it or where to start?

An intimate fellowship with The Lord, time in His Word, soaking in what He has to say to you and responding to Him as if you are “best friends” is offered to each one of us. We just have to take the time to invest in our relationship with The Lord.

If you’re wondering where you’ll get any extra minutes in your day, let me ask you this: Do you use your snooze alarm? If so… there’s your answer!

My personal philosophy (though it is sometimes a struggle to abide by it) is that if I have time to snooze in the mornings, I could invest those 10 minutes in Jesus and be more rested than if I had slept a few extra minutes. If you’ll set your alarm back just 10 minutes earlier, and get up when it goes off, you can start your day filled and refreshed – rather than tired and cranky. I promise. We can never out-give God. If we give Him those precious 10 minutes, we will see just what He gives in return: strength, encouragement, hope, a plan for the day, inspiration, peace… to name a few.

{From my own experience, I trust that soon you’ll find that 10 minutes just isn’t enough, and you’ll see such a “return” on your investment, that you’ll be craving more and more time with Him.}

Need a Jump Start? Click Here for a simple, doable plan for 10 Devoted Minutes with the Lord.

No matter how busy the day ahead becomes, or what lies ahead, spending just 10 minutes with the Lord will help start your day with the breath of the Lord God Almighty propelling you forward in His strength, joy, and fellowship!

Will you begin to

prepare your HEART 

for CHRISTmas

by starting your days 

with Jesus?

James 1:5 promises that if we ask for wisdom, God will grant it to us.  So ask Him, my friends.  Ask the Lord how YOU can begin to prepare your heart for tHIS CHRISTmas season.

*Every Friday between now and Christmas, I’ll be posting something on SmellingCoffee.com that can help us stay focused on the REAL meaning of the holiday ~ Jesus Christ.

One more question:

Do you need a fresh approach to Christmas this year?

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Get YOUR copy of the e-book, Keeping Christ AS Christmas (or re-read the one you purchased last year or years ago) and use the simple strategies to prepare your heart, household, and home for PEACE this Christmas Season.

ChristASChristmas.com  $4.99

Prepare Your Heart for CHRISTmas - Melanie Redd
My sweet friends~ This is a promise for each of us as we head into this blessed holiday season:
“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

(Proverbs 16:3, AMP)

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year to each of you!

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Thanks, Jennifer, for sharing such a great message of hope with us today on the blog! We appreciate you and your message. And, we hope many readers will download and enjoy your Christmas book. They will be blessed!

~ You can drop by and visit with Jennifer at her blog. Just link over to her site HERE.

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Jennifer Walker:

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20 thoughts on “Prepare Your Heart for CHRISTmas

  1. What wise advice! Christmas is a pretty low-key affair at our house. Sometimes I do not even put a tree up. I try to keep the focus on Jesus and not all the ancillary things. You are right, however, we must be intentional in our efforts to keep Jesus first. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Hey Leah,

    This is great advice, isn’t it! Jennifer has shared some wonderful ideas here!

    And, kudos to you for a low-key Christmas! Sounds great!

    Thanks for stopping by to leave a good word today.

    Hope you are enjoying a sweet Monday~
    Melanie

  3. I know I’ve read those verses in Proverbs 4 many times, but the MSG’s version of it really struck me profoundly. What incredible encouragement to stay focused on the Word of God. Of course, Jesus should be our biggest motivation, but sometimes, seeing God’s word in a practical light drive that point home further.

    I have recently discovered the First 5 App which has a daily devotion and Bible reading. In the couple of months since the apps launch, I have already read through the Book of John, Genesis and now we are starting Matthew. The devotions are very edifying.

    Thank you for the encouragement I needed to get my heart right with the Lord before the Christmas season gets busy. 🙂

    1. Hey Karen,

      Thanks for stopping by to leave such a thoughtful post today! And, isn’t it amazing how God’s Word can speak to us in so many ways and in such clarity!

      That App sounds interesting. I’ll have to check it out.

      And, I encourage you to just draw up close to Jesus. James 4:8 simply says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”

      Go for it! Press in close to Him!

      Praying you will experience the joy and peace of walking close to Him!
      Melanie

  4. Such a beautiful post. I admit that I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays that I forget what the celebration is really about. Thanks for the reminder. 😉

  5. Wow, I can’t believe how fast the holidays are coming up. I have noticed at the stores, people seem kinder and have slowed down this week. I love the magic that the holidays bring. Thank you for the encouraging words and for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  6. Thank you for these reminders, friend, and thanks for linking up with The Alder Collective! We are going to take a break for Thanksgiving this week, but hope to see you again next week 🙂

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