Sunday was the first day of Advent. Christmas is almost here. It’s time to prepare and decorate our homes for company, address Christmas cards, wrap presents and dig out those treasured recipes.
Advent means the coming of or arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the greatest gift we have ever received.
Sunday evening as I lit that first candle in expectancy of this beautiful time of the year, my thoughts went to how I want a slower, less hurried, stress-free, more worshipful, more holy Christmas. You ask how do we do that. For me it’s been a whole change of attitude. It’s a change as I go to town to buy gifts or groceries, and not get upset by lines and crowds, and rude people in the aisles. It’s a less hurried, worshipful attitude as I bring down decorations and reflect Him in each ornament or piece of tinsel I handle.
As I prepare my home this year, as always I begin to prepare my heart, turning it inward, I want more this year. I want more of Him, less of me. I want His illuminating light to fill my heart and my families hearts and my home. I want this year to be one we remember like never before. One that will be savored long after I am gone. I want my life to create an atmosphere of joy and serenity. I want those who enter my home or I come in contact with not only this season but every single day to feel special.
Hope is God doing what He says He will do. Hope is believing He will do what He says He will do, and believing His promises. He is the reason we have hope. He is the reason for this Christmas season. He is the reason I want to get out of bed each day. He IS!
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