It's almost Christmas. Are you ready?
You'll be happy to know that we finally decorated our tree last weekend:
I finally got online and ordered some presents for the kids, but they're not wrapped yet.
Our Christmas letters are not done (I can partly blame a broken printer for that). They'll wait until next week when we get a new printer.
My depression has flared up a bit over the last week or so, but I'm doing what I can to stay on top of it and not let it get worse. Part of the reason I'm feeling down, I think, is that my knees have been bothering me since our hiking trip in the Grand Canyon, so I haven't been exercising very much. It really makes a difference!
As you've probably figured out by now...my Focus Friday posts usually contain things that I'm thinking about or struggling with. I wish I could just write a cheerful entry about the joys of Christmas, but I have to acknowledge that it can be a stressful time of year and many people may struggle with emotional problems around the holidays.
If you are experiencing any of that, try to lower your expectations and focus on the real reason for this season: Jesus Christ.
God came to earth as a tiny baby. It's almost too much for our human brains to comprehend, but if we stop and really think about what that means it can help us get our perspective back.
Jesus lived and died here on earth for us. And it all started in that stable many years ago.
So, I have one more day to get ready for Christmas, but as I wrap presents and bake cookies and write my Christmas letter I'm going to think about that baby and how thankful I am for his birth, his life, and his death. He did all of that for me, and that gives me hope.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
"She [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21 NIV)
Do you get too stressed out around the holidays? How can focusing on God help you to feel more peace and remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas?