Is it possible that we idolize grand feasts and the families that sit at their tables instead of giving The Ultimate Provider the glory?
Is it possible that we idolize the season of Christmas instead of giving The Ultimate Gift-Giver the adoration He deserves?
I have been pondering, breathing short prayers, searching. How can I carry out this pull toward something different for myself and my family this year? Are there actual past practices I should avoid? Should I just pare down? What do I put in their place?
My attention has been called to three areas...
1... Remember that while I live in this world, I am not of it. Avoid the traps of media and society that lead me to think I should buy more, make more, do more during this season. Instead... be still more, pray more, do less.
2... Be thankful every week, every day, not just on Thanksgiving. I joined the Gratitude Community and have started journaling my list of 1000 things I am thankful for. I will be sharing parts of that list here, extending my thanksgiving over time.
3... Use the Jesse Tree as an Advent devotional for our family (The Glorious Coming by Ann Voskamp). We will be beginning in mid-November to allow for traveling and to ensure we do not have to rush through any of the 26 devotions that will lead us to Christ's coming.
4... Talk to our children and each other about the seasons and where their meanings truly lie and Lift our eyes up to the heavens.
Will you join me in re-focusing this season?Pin It