Hello there, readers! I’m Abby from Just A Girl And Her Blog, where I write about home decor, organization, life, and blogging, and I am so thrilled that Jenny invited me over to chat with you all today! I am a huge fan of Jenny’s decorating style as well as her incredible outlook on life- I feel inspired every time I read her blog!
Like Jenny, I am a planner. I like to have every little detail worked out. The pages of my paper planner and boxes on my Google Calendar (yes, I use both- that’s how much I love planning!) are filled to the brim with reminders, notes, events, and important dates. And at Christmas time, there is even more stuff packed into the spaces and written in the margins- blog deadlines galore, get togethers with friends, family events, concerts and plays, school parties for my two boys- the list sometimes seems never ending! In fact, as my husband Donnie and I were talking the other night he said to me, “Sometimes I wish we could just skip this time of year. There’s just so much extra ‘stuff’ and I’m already sick of being busy.” And I felt his pain.
In the midst of everything that goes into preparing for a day that is supposed to be a celebration of the birth of Christ, we often forget about Christ entirely. He’s not listed on my “to do” list, not something I have to “check off” each day. I didn’t get a physical invitation from him in my mailbox to “save the date” for his celebration, so those crowded pages of my planner? They may not include him at all. How easy it is to completely lose that focus!
So what is the answer? How do we escape that frenzy that seems to creep in during this holiday season and truly take the time to prepare our hearts to welcome the newborn King, the greatest gift we’ve ever been given? Well I think that like many things, sometimes the first step to recovery is admitting we have a problem. 🙂 And I know that in our family, we often have a busy-ness problem!
Once we recognize that, for me, it’s all about getting intentional, taking a step back from the craziness and really making that preparation a priority. If writing it down and blocking off time in my planner to spend time in the Word is what will help me make the time, I’ll do that. If it means saying “no” to a fun event because it will make our schedule too packed, that’s what we need to do. If it means throwing my blogging schedule out the window so that I can spend more intentional time with my boys, helping them understand that Christmas is about more than who gets the most Star Wars Legos 😉 , then that’s absolutely what should happen.
We may be busy, but we also serve a God who was willing to send his only Son to be born in a manger, to dwell among us, and to give His life so that we don’t have to spend eternity separated from Him. And no matter how full our schedules, no matter how many reminders we have written in the margins of our planners, there is nothing more important than taking the time to worship Him, both during the Christmas season and throughout the rest of the year. Have a very Merry Christmas, sweet friends!