Christmas Hush by Stephanie Nickel

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Christmas Hush by Stephanie Nickel

I have a new favourite Christmas song. You can check it out on YouTube:

Now, that’s what Christmas is all about!

I often write about how to stay active, but I think it’s appropriate in this season of running here, there, and everywhere, to encourage us all to take a deep breath and slow down.

Christmas rush? Instead, let’s take time for a Christmas hush.

Just how can you do that?

Listen to songs that remind you of the birth of the Saviour – even while you’re working. It’s like a hug from God.

Reign in your thoughts. Focus on the task at hand – rather than the three dozen others on your To Do list.

And if you don’t have a list per se . . . I urge you to make one. Creating an Action Plan is a great way to rest assured that we won’t forget to do what needs to be done – as long as we write everything on the same list and remember to look at it regularly.

Talk to the Lord throughout the day. Commit each task to Him. (This is a great way to focus on the task at hand.)

How can you incorporate prayer in your holiday prep? Pray for those who will eat the meals and goodies you are preparing. Pray for the individuals for whom you are shopping.

Give thanks for His countless blessings as you decorate your home: warmth, protection from the elements, eyes to see, strength to work and play, etc.

Take the time to slowly and thoughtfully read the Christmas Story from God’s Word. It doesn’t matter how many times we do so, it really is the Living Word. Read it on your own but also with your family.

Set aside quiet time. Read. Pray. Journal. Meditate on what He is teaching you.

If you’ve followed my posts, you may remember that I shared my 30 Day Fitness Challenge. Here is my 20 Day Christmas Hush Challenge. Anyone want to join me?

For the next 20 days, I plan to . . .

1. Commit each day to the Lord when I first wake up

2. Record the truths I learn about Jesus from the book of John (hopefully before I get into the busyness of the day)

3. Prayer journal five days per week

4. Pray over the Christmas cards I write

5. Pray over the gifts I wrap.

6. Choose to give thanks throughout each day – especially when I’m feeling stressed. (Note to self: Snapping at those around me will not make their holiday season more joyous.)

Take time today for some Christmas hush!

 

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Steph Beth Nickel is an author, a freelance editor and writer, a labour doula, and a former personal trainer. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter, on her website or blog.

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