But this year seems different to me. I am not sure why. Maybe after turning 40 and becoming a mother again, my sense of urgency in getting everything perfect for the holidays doesn't really matter. Maybe, I am just thankful that we are all functioning at normal capacity, and if everybody at church doesn't get a Christmas card from me this year, hopefully, they'll be kind enough to understand that I love them just as much. Although all of this hustle and bustle is waiting to knock on my door next week, I am comforted by knowing that none of that matters. What matters most to me this season is that my family knows the true meaning of Christmas and that we can fully appreciate why we celebrate our Savior's birthday. Isaiah 9:6 says, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting, Prince of Peace." Hmmm…Prince of Peace. My prayer this Christmas season is to have this peace and to focus on what is really important.
If you too would like to have this peace then I encourage you to begin praying that your focus this season is on the Messiah and not whether or not those Christmas cards are ready to be dropped off at the Lottie Moon post office. This week I have been compiling a few FREE (except one) resources to help me to keep my focus on the real reason for the season. I have listed them below (in no particular order) with links of where to find them. If you have any others that you would like to add to this list please share them with us in the Comments section below.