Christmas Devotion

When Christmas Gets Overwhelming

It was my first time hosting a holiday.  Scott and I had been married 2 years and I was 5 months pregnant with our first child. It was the time to show my domestic-ness (you know what I mean).  I decided not to ease into hosting, my first mistake.   I went big like Clark from Christmas Vacation and hosted both of our families.  It was going to be great.

I decided to cook the ham in an electric roaster oven while we were at church.  When we got home I opened the door and was hit in the face with smoke.  My ham was now a brickette and I had a moment.

My husband and mom tried to comfort me but I would not have it.  I was a hormonal mess and my first Easter was ruined for sure, there was no protein for my meal.  What would I do?  They dashed off to the only store open on a holiday and found canned ham. I served canned ham on my first holiday.

I got overwhelmed and the burnt ham and forgot what mattered.

When Life Gets Overwhelming

Don’t we all get overwhelmed? Especially at Christmas with the presents, the menu, getting everyone to agree on matching pajamas, find the perfect Christmas outfit and wondering if everyone is going to get along around the dinner table.  If you are overwhelmed, you aren’t alone.  I have too.  So did Martha!  Do you remember Martha from Luke 10:38-42?

Martha got overwhelmed hosting Jesus and had a moment!  She confronted Jesus! Say what?  Now, Jesus in all his wisdom did not fire back a snarky response when she asked if he cared about her.  Instead, He said she was worried and upset over many things but few were needed.  Indeed only one and that Mary (her sister) had chosen what was better.

Jesus wanted Martha to know that although her heart was in the right place and she was doing all these things to serve him that she missed out on being with him.

What Really Matters

The lesson, we can learn from Martha is remember that although the details are good, there is something greater.  All Jesus wants for his big birthday bash is our presence with Him.  When was the last time this season you sat down and talked to Him?  Laid your burdens, woes of family drama and burnt ham at his feet?

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed but Jesus reminded Martha to let your worship inform your work.  Give the gift of your presence to Jesus.

When I ask my dad what he wants for Christmas, he always says the same thing – time with us.  Jesus, our heavenly father, wants the same thing.  Although we can never repay him for his great gift of salvation, all he wants from you this Christmas is the gift of your time. He will give peace to your overwhelmed soul.

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Christmas Encouragement

Here’s some Christmas encouragement.  God’s word says He will refresh your soul, order your day and give you a heavenly perspective that we desperately need when we get lost in the details.  We all get overwhelmed but turn to Jesus and give him your cares and let his peace wash over you.

Watch the Full Message

I shared this message at a recent women’s event.  You can watch it on Simple Purposeful Living’s YouTube channel.  Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss future videos!  Watch here.

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Have You Lost Your Christmas Spirit?

This time of year conjures up all sorts of feelings.  You may be grieving the loss of a loved one, experiencing financial stress, feeling over-tired or over-worked and the list goes on and on.  You may be overwhelmed by the to-do list that’s nearly as long as Santa’s and your little ones aren’t nearly as helpful as his elves.

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Have you lost your spirit?

Whatever the cause, you really just want to know how to go about finding some joy.  Where is that joy hiding?  Is it at the bottom of the 3rd cup of coffee?  It’s not, I already looked there.

To top off the long list of stuff that is added to your plate, you have the stuff that was already on your plate.  You know the feeding, clothing, laundering, shuttling and loving you do all year through.  Most of the work associated with Christmas preparation falls on your shoulders and no one needs to tell you, your shoulders are looking slumped.

They might say: “This season will pass, they are only young once, let the wonder of Christmas in your children fill your heart.” None of that really works.  No amount of close proximity to your children (and there is a lot of that) will rub the Christmas spirit on to you.

So what’s a person to do?

Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

From the lips of Jesus himself.  The very man who came into the world as a tiny infant, the very reason we celebrate Christmas.  He never meant for Christmas to become what it is today.  He didn’t mean it to be about presents, parties, cards, carols, cookies, trees and stockings.

He meant Christmas to be about peace, joy, redemption, restoration and healing.

But he can’t impart any of that on to unless we give him time and our heart.

Go to Him in your weariness, with your sorrow, your to do list, your financial burdens and your calendar.  Seek Him more in the chaos and craziness.  He can and will restore your weary soul.

In Him, we will find the Christmas spirit we are after.  It’s not in the best wrapped presents, Pinterest-worthy Christmas party, most delicious cookies, the joy in others, or a beautifully appointed tree.  Read my story here.  

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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