This week I get nitty gritty into what makes us so stressed out this time of year and what makes Jesus the perfect answer for our messy Christmases. This is based on a message I shared last year at our Advent by Candlelight event that was titled Jesus Makes All Things Bright and Beautiful. If you aren't feeling like there's much brightness in your holiday, this might help a little.
During the episode I share a handful of stories I found online last year about Christmas disasters. I'm sorry to say I didn't mark where I got those stories - they were from all over the place and actually were hard to find. If I come across links I will definitely post them here.
This episode dives deep into John 1:1-14.
Have any ridiculous holiday mishaps you want to share? We'd love to hear them. Any advice on how to keep Christ front and center in your Christmas season? I should really talk more about that next week. We will see if we end up with a recording next week. Christmas is coming!!!
Have a fabulous week.
So much to think about this month. So many expectations and loads of anticipation and plenty of pressure. Especially if you're the household manager.
It's hard to get focused. It's hard to even figure out, some days, what exactly this time of year IS anticipating. Here in the first week of Advent, lets do exactly that. I realized in the midst of my distractions, how perfectly Advent speaks to my issues. (Yes, I have issues. So do you!)
We launch the Advent season at our church with an Advent By Candlelight women's gathering. It's incredible. All these women come together as hostesses, decorators, bakers, performers, singers, guests... creating a sisterhood that most of us relish. This year part of the program was a skit called The Advent Wreath (which can be found here). The skit included the following Scripture:
After the skit I wrapped it up with a short devotion. This podcast episode includes that recording.
Lots of distractions this month and lots of stress and anxiety too. Lots of humanity.
Which is exactly why we need Christ.
A good friend recently said, "I don't really have to worry because Jesus already beat Satan and that's the coolest thing." Jesus' journey on earth to do exactly that starts here in Advent. Let that comfort be one of the things that keeps you grounded this month!