Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of year. This year, however, it has been a time I've dreaded. Last year on Christmas morning my grandfather left this world for his heavenly home. The grieving has been difficult all year long, but as we near the one year mark, it is especially difficult. Dealing with the grief and now battling the dreaded coronavirus, I am not in the Christmas spirit, to say the least.

So how can we find our Christmas spirit when we life has been so hard?

Focus on the reason. Christmas isn't about me and it isn't about you. It isn't about lights, cookies, or gifts. It is all about Jesus. The more we put our focus on Him -the reason He came to this earth and what He did just for us- the more joy we will find.

Stay in the Word. During busy seasons and difficult seasons, we find ourselves skipping our time in the Bible. Whether we are just "too busy" or too hurt, we don't open the Word. This is when we need it the most! No matter how busy, lonely, or hurt you are, get into the Word. Linger there. Soak it in.

Think of the good. When we think back over 2020, we see so much pain and hardship. Instead, look back and find the good. 2020 was a hard year. But when I look back and really think, I can find bits of joy sprinkled throughout.

Keep the stress at bay. The holidays can be stressful any year, add a pandemic and everything else and the stress just piles on! Keep the stress down. If Christmas cards are too much for you this year, don't do them! If Christmas parties make you anxious, don't go. If planning a big dinner brings your blood pressure up, keep it simple.

If the holidays are hard for you, oh friend, I am right there with you. But we can still enjoy the season. Focus on the true reason, stay in the Word, find the good, and keep the stress at bay. This Christmas will be wonderful.

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