Is anyone else having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit?
My neighborhood is filled with houses all decked out for the celebration. Ann Voskamp Periscoped about the night before advent. And Facebook is filled with pictures of Christmas trees all pretty and perfect in my friends’ homes.
I’m still recovering from Thanksgiving. And, I confess, I still have a Halloween decoration in my kitchen window–it’s one of my favorites that my mom gave me. I’ve promised myself to put it away tomorrow. But recovering the Christmas decorations from the depths of storage boxes will have to wait a few more days. Maybe a week or two.
Deadlines loom, and life continues a frantic pace. And I find that in the midst of the chaos, I need time in the Word of God even more desperately. Because I don’t want to forget the purpose for my hope–the reason for the season.[tweetability]This year I want to spend more time preparing my heart than my house for Christmas.[/tweetability]
Christmas is a time of joy, hope, and promise for those of us who believe.
Always be prepared . . .
Wouldn’t it be great to have someone ask us why we have such joy and hope in a world falling apart?
It could happen. I’m sure some of you have experienced such a wonderful moment. But for those of us who haven’t, the Bite of Bread Bible reading plan for Hope will help us prepare for the celebration of the birth of Messiah and for that momentous moment when a neighbor or friend asks us why we have hope.
Pour your coffee. Light a candle and grab your journal and Bible. Jot these verses down or take a screen shot and keep the plan on your smart phone or computer screen. Let’s study. Let’s ponder. And let’s ready our hearts for the celebration ahead and the opportunities to share our hope in Jesus.
I’ll be talking about each verse on Periscope each morning around 8:30. You can follow me @wordsbyandylee. I’d love for you to join our conversation. We’ll also have the scripture image of the “bite” for the day on our Fellowship Page. Have a great week, my friends! See you Wednesday.
Jesus loves you,