When Your Christmas Holidays Are Less Than Perfect

Feeling overwhelmed by the Christmas holidays? You’re not alone!

Sometimes we mammas can put a lot of pressure on ourselves. In all our planning and preparations, we strive to put on the perfect Christmas experience for our families. Then our stress and struggle shoots through the roof when things just don’t go the way we hoped.

  • We want peace … we get chaos and stress
  • We want joy … we get grumbling and disappointment
  • We want love … we get greed, friction, strife
  • We want meaning … we get blank stares when we talk about what matters
  • We want wonder … we come up short on the Christmas spirit
  • We want heaven on earth for just 24 hours (really, is that so much to ask?) … we get the flu, or conflict, or the bucket list left undone

Take heart, friend. Jesus came to us in circumstances that were very imperfect, too. There was death, loss, and hate in the air. There were no decorations or feasting in that humble stable. And the reception was modest considering this was the King of Kings.

Overwhelmed by the Christmas holidays? Did things not go as you hoped? Here's some Christ-centered encouragement for you and your family!

 If we look at the circumstances of Christ’s birth, it wasn’t much to brag about. But if we focus on the gift itself — on Jesus — we see beautiful simplicity. We see peace, joy, love, meaning, wonder, and heaven on earth! When we look for the details of God’s grace and mercy in the Christmas story, we see the light shining in the darkness. Our hearts rejoice in this imperfect story because in the midst of it is the perfect Savior!

We can do this, too! We can embrace the imperfect this Christmas in our own celebrations. As you bustle about the festivities, remember these things:

  • He is our peace … find your rest and satisfaction in Jesus no matter what your circumstances are or what the day brings.
  • He is our joy … expect the regular disasters of life and instead dwell on the deep abiding joy we have in Christ.
  • He is our love … root yourself in the sacrificial and unchanging love of Jesus, loving others with your words, actions, and attitudes as an outpouring of His love instead of on your own strength.
  • He is our meaning … keep pointing yourself and your family to Christ, planting the seeds and trusting God with the growth.
  • He is our wonder... slow down and look for the details of God’s grace and mercy. Your Christmas holidays will be full of wonder!
  • He is heaven on earth … perfection won’t happen this side of heaven, friends! We look forward to heaven one day and to His second advent. And we remember that God is with us NOW as our strength and help in the messiness of life.

This Christmas, don’t strive for a perfect home, perfect food, perfect events, or perfect relationships. Just keep looking at our perfect Savior. ❤️

A Gift From Me to You for the Christmas Holidays

I have a little gift for you as well this Christmas. 🙂 As a “thank you” for the privilege of serving you here at Proverbial Homemaker, get the Christ and His Work Scripture & theology card printable pack for free using code CHRISTMAS2019 at checkout. (Ends 12/31/19.)

Teach your children about what Christ has done for us! You can use it alone or along with the curriculum Sound Words for Kids: Lessons in Theology.

Merry Christmas!

 

Help with Sharing the Gospel with Your Kids

If you’re looking for some help on how to share the gospel with your kids during the Christmas holidays, this will help! Read this to them or retell it in your own words. Remember… keep planting those seeds and trust God with the growth. This is an adapted excerpt from the Every Good and Perfect Gift Christmas Bible study.

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On Christmas day, Christians all over the world celebrate the account of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. The Bible says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Jesus is the first and most perfect gift that was ever given! In fact, His birth is the culmination of a pretty epic story. It’s a story that continues today, guided by the hand of God.

Here’s how the story goes: God made a perfect world. He created people in His own image, starting with Adam and Eve, and made them to be holy and happy.

But they disobeyed God and introduced sin into the world and into the hearts of all mankind. That sin separates us from our perfect and holy God and there is nothing we can do to make it better!

No matter what we do, we all fall short of God’s glory. And what’s worse, we will never be able to pay for our sins or earn back our good standing with God.

We can’t fix it! We need a Savior!

But there is GOOD NEWS! God, in His compassion and mercy, put in place a rescue plan to redeem us. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to be that Savior for us!

Jesus came to Earth as a baby. But not just any baby — Jesus was a very special baby! He was fully God and fully man. He is Immanuel, which means “God with us.” He lived the perfect, sinless life that we cannot live. And then He voluntarily took upon Himself the punishment and death that our sin deserves.

Jesus died on the cross and then rose again from the grave, conquering sin and death. He did that so whoever repents of their sin, puts their faith in Jesus as their Savior, and confesses with their mouth that He is the Christ will be saved! Their sin will be washed away and they will put on the righteousness of Christ.

That is good news indeed!

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Jesus is THE perfect gift! He was the only One perfect enough to pay the penalty of our sins so that it would be paid IN FULL forevermore. And only because of Jesus can we be made righteous in the eyes of God and once again have a relationship with Him.

That is what Christmas is all about! When we look into that lowly manger, we will see the THE perfect gift, Jesus Christ!

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

To God be all the glory!

 

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