Christmas is just around the corner! Even if you have tried your best to slow down this year, it is just not possible and your heart is racing from the time you get out of bed in the morning.
What I am going to show you is how to quiet your heart even if it is only for 15 minutes before your day gets going.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4
As women, we are going to spend time getting ourselves prettied up in the morning. This verse doesn’t say not to do that but warns about being so vain that all our efforts are merely outward.
It is all about the heart and the real ‘you’ hidden inside you. Your heart can be filled with good or bad things. (Jeremiah 17:9)
Chaos and stress can happen when we get our focus off Jesus during the holidays!
There is so much shopping for gift-giving, cookies, and going to Christmas events. The list of To-Do’s are endless.
We can decorate and wrap each gift perfectly and make 1000 cookies to give away, yet lose it the minute one of our kids collides with us!
My Journey to a Quiet Heart at Christmas
I didn’t just miraculously wake up one morning with a quiet heart.
My heart easily goes into overwhelm. FAST.
I get stressed. TENSE because of my cycle or was it my disobedient and rambuncious kiddos?
You understand, right?
I have been scaling back on some of the things that need to be done at Christmas.
There is a momentum that builds at Christmas the farther into December you go. Can some of it be minimized or eliminated?
So, what I have been doing is getting as much done as soon as Thanksgiving is past.
BUT . . .
The biggest part of my journey includes being sure that I spend time with Jesus each day. That is the thing that gets pushed away the easiest. Even when I am faithful, my heart can be racing and it can be difficult to concentrate.
How To Quiet Your Heart at Christmas
The first thing to having a quiet heart is to avoid the time-crunch. Do NOT leave your decorating and gift shopping until the last week before Christmas.
You won’t end up with enough time.
A time crunch will trigger stress which in turn will leave you snipping at those around you. When things don’t work out it leaves you wide open for being impatient.
For the last five years, I have been working on quieting my heart. I have been evaluating what I need to keep and what I can eliminate from our celebrations and still keep it meaningful and focused on Jesus.
Here are some changes that I have been making in order to quiet my heart. These may work for you or they might not.
- Focusing on a verse or short passage instead of a more intense study!
- Spending a little time creatively journaling each day!
- Playing relaxing Christmas music!
- Eliminating traditions or events that are meaningless or that I do not love!
- Not going bankrupt by spending less!
If you don’t spend time in God’s Word with Jesus each day, you will quickly lose focus and the reason for the season.
If you shop-til-you-drop and get all the latest and greatest Christmas presents but broke the bank, you will be quick to lose your focus on Jesus. You will end up tense and stressed!
With a little planning this Christmas, you will be able to quiet your heart in the presence of Jesus. You will be blessed and bless others as you will have a quiet and gentle spirit that is precious to the Lord.
Your spirit will rub off on those you love around and that will give you the most amazing Christmas ever.
Is your heart racing? Did you find this helpful in learning how to quiet your heart this Christas?