Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. — Philippians 4:8
With every leaf that falls, another item is added to the to-do list. The transition from fall festivities to the holiday season comes in much like spring’s lion, but this one is hungry for turkey and Christmas shopping. Being the kind of women that we want to be is not always an easy feat, and the holidays can add pressure to the already mounting standards we’ve set for ourselves. We have parties to plan for, families to feed, and daily lives that have to be lived as if our overflowing plates aren’t being piled even higher. With a vision full of new demands it’s easy to lose sight of what’s real.
During such a beautiful time of year when we gather in thanks and recognize the birth of our Savior, we owe it to our Heavenly Father and ourselves to hold tight to what matters. When the standards we are reaching toward and the demands we are trying to meet begin to wear us down, it’s time decide if the things that are taking so much of our focus are of God and worthy of our time. We must look at every season through a Philippians 4:8 filter. Are our efforts edifying others and glorifying God? Have our priorities shifted away from the ultimate goal of bringing praise to our Father?
If we are working in the name of our Father, fulfillment and joy will follow. When we strive to be our best this holiday, let’s make sure that it is the best He sees in us and not what the world requires.
Lord, prepare us for this season. Keep our eyes and hearts focused on Your direction. Let us think on the things that bring us close to You and find peace and fulfillment in Your work. Amen.
What is your favorite part of the Thanksgiving/Christmas season?
What traditions do you celebrate that help your family focus on Christ?
Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.