Monday, December 10, 2007

Does Christmas Reflect Christ?



On Saturday, I went with 8 other ladies from our church to St. John's Town Center to do some Christmas shopping. We left at 7 a.m. and I arrived home at 10 p.m. It was a full day. We had such a good time. The fellowship, alone, was worth the trip. I finished my shopping. It was easy this year since we decided to cut back. We are trying to follow Dave Ramsey's advice and get some bills paid down. We only bought for our kids this year. We stuck to the same rule as the O'Donnell family. Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. I think this really helped.


Christmas is a time to reflect on Christ coming into the world to redeem mankind and I want that to be our focus. It's so easy to get caught up in the gift giving and receiving and I am no different. I have gone overboard for so many years, especially with my children. I think of the verse from Luke 11:13 that says, "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" God has a gift He wants to give us, but we miss it, most times. The most precious gift came in the form of a baby. How awesome! I want Jesus to be our focus this Christmas. I know this requires a choice, on my part, to shut out what the world says this time of year is about. Without Jesus, there would be no Christmas......think about it.....

4 comments:

CroppinRobin said...

glad you had a 'day off'. sounds like you had a fun and very productive day.

CroppinRobin said...

please go to J for the alphabet...i can't stand to look at the insect on michael's face!

Melissa said...

okay, I forget that is there.

Mariel said...

I absolutely agree with you! We so easily get entangled with this world at christmas and forget it's purpose is to remember our savior becoming God with Us! In an effort to correctly prepare my heart (and my sons' hearts) I have been studying Christmas from the prospective of those at the first Christmas. I am posting what the Lord teaches me on my blog (growingingodliness.blogspot.com). It has been eye-opening to see these people as REAL people and real struggles! It's often easy to forget! thank you for you reminder...I also like the idea of giving the kids a need, a want, clothes and a read! Thanks, Mariel