It’s that special time of year, and a thoughtful friend asked me about my plans for Christmas.
My husband is with the Lord and I must confess that I miss him more than words can express. However, I am reminded that a believer can be content in every situation because of the promise given in Hebrews 13:5-6, “I will never leave thee…So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper.” I find myself claiming these verse many times each day.
What are your plans for this Christmas? Are you looking forward to a special holiday that will honor the Lord as you claim Proverbs 3:5-6 and allow Him to direct your paths?
Without realizing it, we can get caught up in the busy Christmas trend of spending money we don’t have, buying things we don’t really need, and giving gifts because we are expected to. Parents, think about this: will Christmas at your house be Christ-centered?
I well remember the Christmas stress in years past. Each year I determined in my heart to make the next year different, but sadly, the next year was the same. So how can I encourage you to make this Christmas a very special one? Is it true that we learn from our mistakes? Yes, we do! So please allow me, at the tender age of seventy-five, to share a few thoughts with you.
Ask the Lord to direct your path this Christmas. Determine in your heart to make this a family Christmas by spending more time together. Cherish these moments, dear parents, and express your love and special care for each other. Listen to your children; you might be surprised at what they have to say. Remember they are growing up in an ungodly, self-centered world. Often, parents are too busy to see the need for quality time with their children. If your children can’t get your attention, whose will they get?
This year, give the best gifts of all – yourself, your love, your understanding. Gifts are soon forgotten, but cherished moments of a godly, Christ-centered home will always linger. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you – I’ll spend Christmas with my children this year. Praise the Lord!
Written by Nan Harris. This article was published in the Winter 2007 edition of The Beautiful Spirit magazine.
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