It’s time to start preparing our hearts for Christmas. Are you ready? If so you’ve come to the right place.
It happened again this year.
The holiday season started to fly by at record speeds.
Before I knew what was happening, Thanksgiving was upon us.
Now it’s December and Christmas is near.
My first Christmas present arrived in the mail yesterday, a devotional book for the new year from the company I work for. Such a poignant reminder that the year is almost over.
I read a quote today by Louie Giglio. He said, “The word Advent means “Expectation.” What Advent can do for us is create a sense of hope.”
To be completely transparent, I’m not feeling that sense of hope. There is no anticipation within me.
Days go by with our normal routine. I may have set out my nativity set and done all the normal Christmas décor and lights, but none of it has hit my heart.
Have you ever been there?
Just checking Christmas off your to-do list?
That’s what it feels like.
Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas
So I decided to be more intentional about leaning into Jesus this holiday season. I wanted to share five way’s I’ll be doing just that this Christmas season.
1.) Reading Christmas Devotional Books
Yes, that’s plural. In the morning, I’m reading Christmas is Coming (by yours truly) and at night, I’m reading I have one The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. Both of these devotional books bring me back to Jesus and the reason for the season. They help me refocus my heart at key points in my day.
2.) Listening to Christ-Centered Christmas Music
I have two playlists on Spotify that I listen to almost every day. But I also have a special playlist that’s filled with Christmas themed praise and worship music. It’s what I listen to every December. It creates a Christ-centered Christmas atmosphere in my home.
3.) Intentional Bible Reading Plan
In addition to reading the two devotional books I already mentioned, I’m also being more intentional about what I’m reading in the Bible.
I know some people read through the book of Luke one chapter each day during the month of December, but I’ve decided to focus more on shorter passages that I can re-read time and again. We will still read the Christmas story in Luke 2 on Christmas morning, but I’m in the book of Isaiah this year. I’m reading Isaiah 9 and 11 today. I might read them again tomorrow, or do a Google search for more Christmas Scriptures.
Last, but not least, I’m spending extra time in prayer. The best thing we can do when it comes to preparing our hearts for Christmas is to take that request to God in prayer. We can pray anytime throughout the day asking God to fill our hearts with hope, joy, and awe. Ask God to fill our hearts with thanksgiving for His Son that came as a baby in a manger to die on the cross for our sins. We can pray to be more mindful of the reason for the season.
Join the Conversation
What are you doing to prepare your heart for Christmas this year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Christmas is Coming
Do you ever feel like the holiday season flies by way to fast? Heather does. For several years Heather woke up on Christmas Eve and didn’t even feel like she was mentally ready for Thanksgiving yet. The holiday season had come and gone, and left her feeling like she was grasping at straws. Well, this Christmas Heather is ready to make a change. Christmas is coming and she wants her heart to be ready. Join her in this devotional as she builds anticipation for the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior and refocus your heart on Jesus this Christmas.