Getting our hearts prepared for Christmas seems trickier these days than getting all the physical preparations complete. (Even though the physical preparations- decorations, presents, parties, food… can be overwhelming themselves!) We seem to struggle to slow down enough to give our hearts time to pause.
So, in the busiest time of the year, how can we prepare our hearts for the true meaning of the season? Here’s some ideas to help:
- Take time daily with God. His greatest desire is to be with you. Spending time with Him can calm your heart, still your mind, and allow you to draw closer to Him. You can pray, read His Word, or just sit in silence listening for His voice.
- Choose an Advent calendar to help give you a focus for each day. This can be something as simple as one printed from online or as elaborate as giving a gift each day to the ones you love with meaning and purpose. YouVersion has a great free one on their app!
- Worship daily. This means sing songs of praise, be thankful, do your work in a worshipful manner, treat others how Christ would want you to treat them… Just think- how do you like to worship?
- Make a plan for the physical preparations. Decide when you’ll do your shopping and what you’ll get. Or do some online shopping to save time. Decide when and how you’ll decorate. And decide what gatherings will be best for you and your family to attend and which ones you will say no to this year.
Preparing our hearts may be difficult, but it’s not impossible- especially if we ask for help from the Holy Spirit. He’s here to guide us and help us feel the peace and presence of Christ.
I’d love to know! What do you do to prepare your heart to receive Christ on Christmas?