Christmas is a wonderful time of year!
But it’s easy to get sidetracked – to get distracted by “all the preparations” like Martha did (Luke 10:38-42). As a result, we miss the most precious part of this holy season…
The gift of Jesus Christ. Love come down, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
To help us keep our hearts centered on Jesus, here are 25 tips to help you have a Mary Christmas – one for each day leading up to the event.
Each tip has a special graphic that will be posted on my social media pages from December 1st to 25th – I’d love to have you share them as well! (See links at bottom of this post to “follow’).
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25 Days to a Mary Christmas
DAY 1 – This Christmas, make your heart a Bethlehem. Ask Jesus to be born afresh in you.
DAY 2 – Prayerfully consider what Christmas should look like – from your budget to which events to attend.
DAY 3 – Remember…birthday parties take a lot of work. This Christmas, do it all as unto Christ.
DAY 4 – As you make room for your Christmas tree, consider…How can you make more room for Christ?
DAY 5 – Do a random act of kindness for someone – along with a whispered prayer.
DAY 6 – When asked to surrender her plans for God’s purposes, Mary said yes. What do you need to surrender today?
Make Jesus the center of your Christmas this year!
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DAY 7 – Include a favorite verse in your Christmas card or email. Share what Jesus means to you.
DAY 8 – During this gift-giving season…What gift/talent could you use to bless others?
DAY 9 – Mary never expected her baby to be born in a stable. Ask God to help you embrace the unexpected as well.
DAY 10 – In the midst of your busyness, don’t forget to breathe. Invite God into your to-do list…He cares for you!
DAY 11 – Write a sincere thank-you note to someone who serves faithfully in the shadows.
DAY 12 – As you admire the beauty of Christmas trees, remember the tree where Jesus died for you and me.
DAY 13 – Christmas is a busy time at church. Call the office and see if there is anything you can do to help.
DAY 14 – The angels sang at Jesus’ birth. Join them by playing Christmas music that exalts Christ.
DAY 15 – Take off your apron, Martha! Spend some time sitting at the feet of Jesus.
DAY 16 – Give in secret…Purchase gifts for a needy family. Buy coffee for the person behind you. Give a gas card to a single mother.
DAY 17 – Have faith that what needs to get done will get done. Leave the rest to God.
DAY 18 – Just as kids make Christmas wish lists, ask Jesus what He would like from you. Do your best to give it to Him.
DAY 19 – When the shepherds saw Jesus, they couldn’t wait to tell the Good News. Ask God to give you an opportunity to do the same.
DAY 20 – Share God’s love in a tangible way. Visit a shut-in. Take blankets to a homeless shelter. Babysit for a busy momma.
DAY 21 – As you light candles and turn on Christmas lights, reflect on this amazing truth…the “Light of the World” has come!
DAY 22 – Determine to choose JOY this Christmas – no matter what comes your way.
DAY 23 – Read the Christmas story in Luke 2:1-40. Consider the different responses. How can you make Jesus more welcome in your life?
DAY 24 – Wise men still seek Him. It’s time to kneel beside the manger. It’s time to bow our hearts in worship.
DAY 25 – Love came down at Christmas… Almighty God wrapped in swaddling clothes. Salvation laying in a manger.
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I’d love to hear from you…Which tip do you need most this Christmas?