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A Heart For Home: Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: Reevaluating & Paring Down

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: Reevaluating & Paring Down

Dec. 1 ~ John 8:12
{Part 1 & Part 2}

Happy December 1st!

We hope you are able to rejoice in this day without a feeling of the clock ticking loudly on all of the projects you still need to finish. If not, there is still time!

If you're feeling flustered, frantic or frail, please take a few minutes to reevaluate the items that are calling for your attention right now.

Is there any way you can wittle down your busy schedule to allow the real meaning of the season to take shape and shine through?

Lisa at Simple Mom outlines a wonderful strategy that can help you prioritize and pare down your daunting list. A more peaceful holiday will allow you to focus more on the Prince of Peace and his power in your life.

Our family has used this strategy to again reevaluate our goals for this Christmas season.

I really love to send a new photo of our family to friends and family members at Christmas time. However, we also wanted to begin a new tradition of sending after-Christmas Thank You cards to help foster a heart of gratitude in our children.

Well, when we looked at these goals again we decided that it really is okay to send a photo of our family with our after Christmas thank you cards instead of rushing around to get Christmas cards made, addressed and mailed right now. This choice will also save us half of what we would have spent on postage :)

By combining the best part of both ideas we are now able to spend more time prior to Christmas focusing our hearts and minds on the reason we celebrate in the first place.

By the way, if you haven't begun an Advent activity this year I would highly encourage you to take advantage of the free download of Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree Advent Devotional Book. Don't worry about being a few days behind, just jump on in!

You will be blessed!

What things can you remove from your To-Do list or change to allow your heart to focus more on Christ?

Part 1: God is Good!
Part 2: More Than a Baby & Advent Ideas
Part 3: Reevaluating & Paring Down

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