The holiday season can be very busy. Everyone running around trying to get just the right present.
All the fun get togethers that we have to prepare for and go to.
Sometimes it’s nice to just sit down with a cup of hot COCOA and enjoy the moment. Sit looking at your tree and the lights, or watch your children as they enjoy the season and soak it all in.
While you sit with your cup of hot COCOA this CHRISTmas season think about this:
C – CHRIST
Matthew 1:18 NKJV
Christ Born of Mary
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
Christ is the reason for the season, we all know that. But, it is so easy to get distracted by all the shopping, planning, and running around. As we try to find just the right present lets also try to focus on God’s word and heart this season.
O – ORNAMENTS
1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV
3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 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.
We spend so much time decorating our house to try to make it look just picture perfect. We also need to try to have His kindness and patience and adorn our heart and spirit with the love and compassion of God. Let’s look for ways to bless others and those in need just as Jesus would have.
C – CHEERFULLY CELEBRATE THE SEASON
Proverbs 15:13 NKJV
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Christmas is meant to be a joyous season, but not everyone is joyful. Some are sad and depressed from different situations in life and this time of year can make those things worse instead of better. Remind yourself each day that you are loved as a child of God. These seasons will come and go but the love and compassion of the Lord is always there no matter what day or time it is.
O – OVERJOYED NOT OVERWHELMED
Matthew 2:10-11 NKJV
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
During these busy times it is so easy to become overwhelmed. When you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the things that still need to be done stop what you are doing and think of how Jesus came to us and is our Savior. Become overjoyed by His love and what Jesus did for us on the cross.
A – ABUNDANCE
John 10:10b NKJV
10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
CHRISTmas is an abundant time for sure. There is an abundance of food, gifts, laughter, smiles, and happiness in general. Although these things are sometimes temporary we can be assured of the abundant life Jesus gave to us. We have Jesus everyday of the year and can celebrate that each and everyday as we have His peace, mercy, and Love.
So, as you sit with your hot cup of COCOA this year think back to these things. Let the warmth of the COCOA fill your mind, body, and spirit with Jesus who is the Reason for the Season. As these things pour into your heart let them flow out to those around you.