How can we stay focused on a heart that gives thanks and glorifies God? How can we cultivate a grateful and giving heart this season?…continue reading
‘Tis the season…
- for busyness and overwhelmed schedules packed with events
- for strained pocketbooks from all the shopping for just the right gifts
- for stressed and frazzled relationships and gatherings with relatives
But is this how Christmas was truly meant to be experienced?
Advent means “the coming”. It’s a time of inward preparation for the commemoration of the coming of Christ. It’s a time to be still and remember the God of our past, present and future. It’s a time to celebrate His presence in the present and prepare for His second coming in the future.
Advent is a time to prepare for Christ’s coming by looking at our lives and seeing if there are habits, attitudes, or behaviors of which we need to repent. —Ann Hibbard
Over sixteen years ago, the Lord really impressed upon me that I needed to take a look at my heart and what I was instilling in my children when it came to Christmas. My husband and I felt we needed to move our family toward a season more focused on celebrating Christ and generosity, rather than “getting gifts”. …continue reading