More Jesus, More Joy.

When my kids were tiny, I coined the term “two-minute shower” because I learned to literally soap up and rinse off in two minutes flat most mornings. Why? Because that’s as far as I could get before my toddler popped her head in to ask a question or my baby boy started crying.

As women, we learn to do things as quickly and efficiently as possible, usually putting the needs of others before my own. Most of us eat last, drink last, sit last, and go to bed last. Our breakfasts remain untouched on the counter; our hot drinks sit in the microwave, reheated five times but never finished. Our to-do lists never end.

Somehow we learn to absorb everyone else’s needs, schedules, and activities—always scooching over to make room for one more thing. We make sacrifices. We make it work. We make do.

Making Do Never Works

But unfortunately, that often spills into our spiritual lives. We learn to make do with less and less of Jesus. Somehow, our most important, most life-giving relationship gets pushed aside. We get tricked into thinking it’s something we can do without. And before long, our joy meter starts running low.

Less of Jesus equals less joy. And at Christmas, the season that’s supposed to be all about Jesus—and all about joy and peace—we often spend even less time with Jesus and more time feeling rushed and frazzled.

But what if Christmas was different this year? What if our time with Jesus was the centerpiece of each day? What if we moved our personal devotions to the top of our to-do lists?

Open the Door of Your Heart

In Revelation 3:20, Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Jesus is waiting to be asked in; all we have to do is open the door. When we do—when we open up our hearts and our schedules to Jesus—He promises to come in and dine with us!

The picture of having dinner with Jesus sounds amazing, doesn’t it? I want to eat and drink deeply of all He has for me. I want a feast for the soul. I don’t want a quick bite; I want the full-course meal. And I know you do, too.

This December, make a plan to feast with Jesus every day.

Fill Your Cup

The best way you can fill your cup is by making a daily date with Jesus. Here are a few practical tips and ideas for you to make it special and make it a priority:

  • Pick a time and a cozy corner where you can meet with Him. Set a reminder if needed!
  • Set out your Bible, a notebook and pen, and a warm blanket beforehand.
  • Pick out a candle or switch on the Christmas lights.
  • Make a cup of something warm to sip.
  • Open your Bible, bow your head, and open the doors of your heart by starting with prayer.
  • Invite Jesus in and ask Him to revive your heart and restore your soul.

Let’s make snuggling up with Jesus into a really big deal this Christmas. And let’s get filled up until we’re brimming over with JOY.

If you’re looking for a devotional book to try this season, please visit my online gift shop! I have devotional books based on Jane Austen’s prayers, Anne of Green Gables, and Little Women. Each devotional book makes a lovely gift for a friend or loved one, too.

Wishing you Joy this season!

Grace and peace,

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  1. YES!!! I have been trying to do this the past couple of years and teach this to my boys. We try to have all the shopping done AND the presents wrapped by the end of November so that all of December is just time to focus on Christ. I’ve found fun devotionals to do with my guys and have carved out a space for me to get quiet time this season, too. I even bought a Kcup advent calendar for myself to enjoy each morning as I sit and study. In the hustle and bustle of this season, I love that I’m not the only one carving out time with The King. God bless you and have an amazing holiday season. Oh, I’m still hoping someone gets me the Little Women Devo for Christmas. If not, it will be my new years gift to myself. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. This is so encouraging to my heart! I wish you a very wonderful Advent season and Christmas with your sweet family!

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