The Christmas season is a great time of year, filled with festive events centered around the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. While it’s a great time of year, it can often be a stressful time time of year, as well. Especially as Christmas Day approaches, parents are often racing to finish preparations amidst family activities, church events, shopping, baking, cleaning, traveling, and more. That is when tensions can run understandably high as they juggle all these activities and priorities.
So how can you stay calm under the stress of Christmas with it just right around the corner? Here is some encouragement
For starters, Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:6-7 to not be anxious but give your stress to God. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” As busyness threatens to overwhelm you, continue to surrender your stresses and anxieties to God through prayer.
Secondly, ask Him for strength, wisdom and rest when you need it most. In Philippians 4:13 Paul says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” He knew a thing or two about about needing strength and wisdom. When you need to strength and help, “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). God wants what is best for you and He wants to provide for you during this busy time. Give it over to Him and let Him give you the strength and encouragement.
In addition, keep your own focus on the meaning of Christmas. It’s not about the presents, the music, or anything else other than Jesus, our Savior being born. Keep your focus and heart on the joy of a Savior being born centuries ago. Spend time reading the Christmas story yourself in Luke 1-2 and embrace the joy in Jesus’ birth.
Lastly, while the demands on your time can be overwhelming at times, remember it is so important to be present with your children and family as much as possible this Christmas season. Cherish the simple moments like reading the Christmas story together, baking cookies, making crafts, singing carols, enjoying festive movies and making memories as a family.
The last week before Christmas can be stressful. However, do not let the stress weigh you down. Model the hope and joy Jesus brings to the world for your children and your own heart first. Keep your focus on the birth of our Savior and give away your stress and anxiety over to God.
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