Hey, friend. Yes, you. Happy Holidays. Seasons Greetings. Merry Christmas. I know you’re here because you came to enter the incredible 6th annual Christmas Blessing $420 PayPal Cash Giveaway; thanks for stopping by.
Rest in the Christmas Rush
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Get ready for some around-the-world, Word-filled adventures here on Word Traveling. I like to say “Jesus is the best adventure.” After all, this is His season.
Encouragement for Rest this Holiday Season
While you’re visiting, I want to take a moment to encourage you this Christmas Season. Always remember why we celebrate in the first place.
I wrote a piece for Dayspring talking about tips for rest in the busy Christmas rush. Here are the highlights:
In Matthew 11:28-30 MSG, it reads “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
With this in mind, let’s try to remember (even during this busy holiday season)to truly embrace and enact what He has perfectly promised us in His Word: rest. Here are a few ideas on how to lean into this beautiful promise and stress less during the holidays:
Tips for Resting in the Christmas Rush
- Celebrate and Reflect Each Day During Advent
- Deliberately Plan No-Go Days
- Create and Unplugged Zone in Your Home
- Visit Grandma’s house
- Celebrate the Light and Peace coming to the World by living lightly and peacefully.
Take a Reset
Here, we are celebrating the sale of Jen’s book, Reset: A Poetic Manifesto for the Digital Age. It’s on sale at Amazon for as low as $3.99 and has been #7 on Amazon’s best-seller list. Yeah, God for the poetic words!
I pray it inspires you to reset this season, in its five minute, fun-to-read format. We all need a reset with the whirlwind of the digital space.
While you are spending dollars, spend ”More face in His book and less ours in Facebook.” Think about taking a seasonal sabbatical. (I share my story of “saved on sabbatical” in the introduction of Reset)
Set aside more time for reflection, rejoicing and fresh air processing. Escape outside with your family. Open your doors, your tables and your hearts to others and to more of His Holy Spirit.
Give your Presence as Presents
Give your presence as presents. Sit with Jesus for your daily coffee and remember He’s your best friend. Consider this as your reminder to put your oxygen mask on first, friend, and that sometimes, the off button is where your life begins. Time for a Reset. (excerpts and quotes from Jen’s new Amazon best-seller, Reset: A Poetic Manifesto for the Digital Age)
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Vaya con Dios~