Advent is a time for preparing our hearts and homes for Jesus. I don’t want it to be about hurriedly buying gifts, hastily baking cookies and squeezing events into an already bulging calendar. Instead of purposefully preparing for Jesus, I end up trying to survive with a smile. Not this year.
Coming off a busy fall, I found myself anticipating this slightly slower month more than ever. Writing the Holiday Wellness Plan, helped me to refine and clarify how to choose a different path this season. I want a path of wellness in soul, mind, and body, not just survival.
It’s time to regroup. Time to pick up the things and people missed while trying to juggle all the balls of my life. Time to reassess, be still, enjoy the wonder and find the joy of simply being present. I long to be in and feel not only God’s presence but those of whom I love and dare to reach out to with God’s love.
Not only will I prepare my heart and home for Jesus, but also what my next steps on this journey to follow His footprints might be. I can plan but God directs my path. But lately, it’s been more me than Him at times. I want to quiet myself to hear His whispers in my life. I challenge you to do the same.
Let’s reflect on where God has taken us in 2016 literally and figuratively. Let’s refresh our souls with His Word, our mind with His plans and our body with rest and choosing wisely. Let’s renew our commitment to follow His footprints more than those of this world. Let’s find our joy this Advent and allow it to transport us into 2017.
I’m not leaving. I still have plans for us here each week. But know I’ll be heeding my own Holiday Wellness Plan to ensure this Christmas season leaves me and those around me renewed with His love. Let’s find the joy He came to give us and cherish each moment along the way.
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