Holiday, Refresh the Weary Soul

25 Days to Quiet the Crazy Christmas

 

It’s 75 degrees here in South Carolina and my UGGs are sweating my feet off! It’s hard to think about Christmas. But, I do want to be intentional about not letting the season whirl by without having a heart connection with Jesus. Here’s what I’m going to do in less than 5 minutes a day. I hope that maybe it will help you, too. Let’s mute the crazy Christmas this year.

Getting Ready for Christmas

I have little baby Jesus in swaddling clothes lying in a manger on my coffee table in the living room. I’ve pulled out the Advent devotional plan to finally finish maybe this year. I’ve unzipped the gallon Ziplock bag that collects the cut-out Jesse Tree Ornaments from Ann Voskamp’s awesome book Unwrapping the Greatest Gift. The church’s Singing Christmas Tree performance is on the calendar. And, I still can get teary-eyed thinking of God’s gift to me.

But. Still.

Easy to Go Through the Motions of a Crazy Christmas

I find myself going through the motions. I dress up my actions and forget to wake up my heart. I navigate the days on auto-pilot without ever stopping and gazing at the beauty of what God has done for me.

But. Not. This. Year. I want this year to be different.

I want to quiet my heart and peer out through the busyness to truly see Jesus.

I want to be intentional to daily walk with Jesus right into His birthday.

I want to be refreshed with the magnitude of Jesus coming.

I want to reconnect with the awesomeness of what God gave to me.

I want to experience Jesus like never before.

I want to quiet the crazy of Christmas.

Daily Bible Reading Plan (less than 5 minutes a day)

I plan on reading the book of 1 John for the next 25 days, right into the birthday of Jesus. I’d love for you to join me.  I promise: it’s short, daily readings- like less than 5 minutes.  How about it?

Why 1 John? It’s short. It’s all about God’s love. It’s written by a man who was one of Jesus’ closest friends.

John turns our attention straight into the heart (and love) of God. Look at the famously familiar verse John wrote in John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. NIV

Because He so loved. That’s why Jesus was born on that Christmas day so many years ago.

And my friends, His love is the epicenter to all that we need: focus, refreshment, strength, wisdom, fulfillment, and joy.

We can do this. Let’s quiet the crazy of Christmas by bathing our hearts in the sweet love of God!

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Merry Christmas!

Amy Ruth, Writer, Amy Ruth Petersen