It’s the third week of Advent already. How are things going at your home? Are you still frazzled, or have you tried to slow down and take things one at a time?
I’m not frazzled, but a little anxious. My husband has been renovating our guest bathroom. It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done. However, life keeps getting in the way of him working on it. His 99 year old aunt died, which meant a trip to Louisville, KY, to be with family and friends. It was wonderful to see so many of the family. Then he took three days off to go with me to a conference and book signing event in Daytona. It was a fun time of teaching, sharing, and meeting some really great teachers.
Now he has a cold, poor guy. He’s still working on the bathroom, but at a slower pace. He’ll have the door up by the weekend and we will be able to use the toilet and sink. He just has to do the finish things to the walls then he can paint, and add the trim and accessories.
All of the decorations make our homes look pretty, but they really aren’t absolutely necessary to have Christmas. We can just put a few things out to make it festive in the room we are in most of the time. One of my favorite decorations is a figurine of Santa with his cap off bowing down to Jesus in the Manger. That says it all. That is the only thing we have to remember at Christmas, that we are celebrating the birth of Jesus.
If you haven’t baked all of the cookies you usually do, just pick one or two recipes to make. Most of us really don’t need to eat that many sweets anyway.
Depending on what time of day works best for you to have quiet time with God, find a place to be alone with Him. Take that time to praise Him for all that He has blessed you with. Then ask Him how you can best serve those around you. Then listen quietly for an answer, remember you may need to be still longer than you think. He may be waiting for you to really give Him your full attention. Taking this time with God will give you peace and a new focus for the days ahead.
The Psalm for today is:
A Song of Praise to the Lord for His Salvation and Judgment
1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
- He has done many marvelous things!
- Show your children things throughout the day that show the beauty and glory of God.
- Teach them to say a prayer thanking God for all He has done for them.
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
2 The Lord has made known His salvation;
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
- God teaches us that if we listen and follow His directions that we will see the peaceful lives we can live.
- If you children are fighting, settle them down and pray with them. Ask God to help them to think about what their actions will do to the other person.
- If Adam and Eve hadn’t disobeyed there never would be any struggle in our world. Talk with the kids about what it would be like if they never fought or hurt someone’s feelings.
4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
5 Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
6 With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.
7 Let the sea roar, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell in it;
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord,
9 For He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world,
And the peoples with equity.
- Find a time to sing praises to God with your kids. Turn on a Christian radio station while you are driving and sing along.
- Say prayers before meals and bedtime. Make sure they not only ask God to watch over everyone, but to thank Him for keeping them safe and healthy.
- Teach them to pray asking God to guide them. Then tell the kids they have to listen for God to answer them. To listen for words of love and encouragement in their heart.
The Old Testament reading for today is:
The Epistle reading for today is:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, 13-17
The Gospel reading for today is:
1 The Holy Bible: The Contemporary English Version. (1995). (Lk 1:57–68). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.