I don’t know about you, but when I think of the holiday season, the words “rest’ and “relax’ do not usually come to mind. My Christmas is spent back home in Ohio where my husband and I bounce back and fourth between my family and his family for the few days we are in town. Christmas itself is far from relaxing because we are up early and traveling for up to three different Christmas celebrations (that’s THREE Christmas dinners!)
Can anyone else relate, holidays are Far from relaxing!
So how do we find rest in the midst of Christmas Chaos?
Be Still and Know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
This isn’t necessarily about being still in body, but being still in mind. With the hustle and bustle we experience during the Christmas season, it is important for us to maintain our rock, our refuge and our strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
In order to survive the chaos of Christmas and the season, we must continue to build our strong foundation by keeping our focus on God.
I don’t know about you, but if I miss a day or a few days of my special quiet time with God, my whole day is different.
I’m short my husband, unmotivated and focused on myself and my needs instead of the needs of others. None of these things is particularly helpful when you are staying with your in-laws and surrounded by family who do not get to see you that often.
We want to show our best self to our family and friends, perhaps because we yearn to make our quick visit more enjoyable, but in order to be our “best self” we need to deny “our self”.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24
The secret to putting your best foot forward during the Christmas season is to maintain your quiet time with the Lord.
We make time for the things that matter and our time with God needs to be high priority this season (and every season for that matter)
Can I ask you a question? What is the first thing you do with your hands in the morning?
……check your smartphone
……turn off your alarm
While all these are all important things to do in the morning, they aren’t the most important thing to do.
The first thing we should do with our hands upon waking is fold them.
Let’s make folding our hands in prayer the first thing we do before we even think about it. Research shows that once you are in a particular posture physically, the rest of your body responds. (i.e it is difficult to maintain an attitude of pride when you are on your knees in prayer)
We need God to make it through this season. We need God to make it through everyday. Why not fold your hands first thing upon waking in the morning, with the proper posture the proper prayer will follow.
Run to your refuge, sit in the stillness of God, experience the constant in the midst of Christmas chaos.
I challenge you, sweet sisters to make it a goal to fold your hands first thing in the morning (even before you are fully awake) as the mere posture of your body will signal your brain to pray. I would love to hear how it goes, comment below with your responses!