As we head full-speed into the holiday season, we tend to load already busy schedules with even more. There is the added pressure to eat more, drink more, socialize more, spend more, even smile more.
If you’re like me, you find yourself wishing for more time or possibly a clone of yourself (a rich one!) to get it all done.
While we cannot squeeze in another minute beyond the 1,440 allotted to each of us—we can become better managers of them.
3 Step Plan
This has become my mantra: Keep the main thing, the main thing.
What is the main thing?
Jesus must come first.
After all, HE is the reason for the season. Without Jesus, there is no Christmas. Without Jesus, there is no true joy.
But if we aren’t purposeful, we allow the busyness of the holidays to rob us of our joy. And true joy comes from spending daily time with the Lord.
I hear people say that they don’t have time for reading and praying. To this I say,
We don’t have time NOT to spend time with the Lord.
The Lord knows we must “make room” for the Savior. Remember, he sent John the Baptist ahead of Jesus proclaiming, “Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming. Clear the road for him.” (Luke 3:4)
I have found if I make room in my daily schedule to spend time with the Lord first, this helps “clear the road.”
Yes, those additional quiet moments with the Father, clear any hardness in my heart and clutter in my brain. I’m not exactly sure how this works, but He manages to transform my mind (Romans 12:2) and multiply my productivity. And who couldn’t use that during the holidays?!
Let me encourage you to set your alarm fifteen minutes earlier to spend time with God, allowing Him to help you clear the road.
Another thing I find helpful is a reading and/or scripture writing plan.
Here is a simple scripture writing plan from my talented friend at Elihuscorner.com to help stay connected to Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas. Check out the download of the plan below when you visit her website.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” It does NOT say we must do it all during the holiday season!
There are some things that are non-negotiable. Others are optional. Decide ahead of time which things are which.
It’s perfectly acceptable to say no.
But be loving and extend grace to those who say no to you, as well.
Disorder causes confusion and conflict. Orderliness brings the peace we long for. We all want peace and joy in our lives, especially during the Christmas season.
God is a God of order.
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” 1 Corinthians 14:40
Once we set our priorities and devise our holiday strategy, it’s time to get organized.
Make a list and check it twice.
Set dates on your calendar and establish lists. I utilize paper and the Notes tool on my phone. Be sure to schedule time to rest!
Soaking in the holiday joy is all about priorities and balance. With a little planning, we are much more likely to lessen the stress which automatically “clears the road” for joy.
I hope these tips are helpful. Please share your own in the comments below.
Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas!
In Christ’s love,
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