Nativity scenes are everywhere. Families all over the world participate in advent activities that point the way to Jesus. Christmas songs fill the air.
Jesus-at least for December-gets the attention he deserves.
Admittedly, there are plenty of things trying to take his place. The busyness of the season, the focus on Santa Clause and reindeer, and the pull of commercialism all seek to take Jesus’ place as the central piece of the holiday.
Nonetheless, Jesus remains. He is the reason we celebrate. I have no problem visiting Santa Clause with my children and singing fun songs about reindeer. I love giving gifts. But none of these things give me cause for celebration.
That role is reserved for Jesus.
Unfortunately, even though Jesus gets so much of our attention in December, many of us take our eyes off Him as soon as Christmas is over.
We allow the busyness of a New Year to shift our focus from the baby in the manger to our to-do lists on the fridge.
Today, I want to share with you one way to keep Jesus central in your home all year long: Start your day with your face on the floor.
I began doing this after being challenged at The Better Together Conference put on by The MOM Initiative.
One of the speakers challenged each of us to literally begin our days by putting our faces on the floor in an act of submission. While there, she asked us to pray, “Father, I give you this day. Fill me with your Spirit.”
It was a simple prayer, but I’ve been doing it for six months now, and it has drastically changed the way I function throughout the day.
Before, when I became frustrated with my children, it was me who came out (and it wasn’t often pretty). Now, it’s often Jesus who spills out of me… Jesus, along with grace, love, and patience.
Before, when I went about my day, I did whatever I thought needed to be done. Now, I try to live my days for what Jesus wants me to do.
I’m far from perfect, but I have noticed a change…and it all began with one simple prayer.
Will you join me in saying this prayer each morning when you wake up? If you’re willing to give it a try, leave a comment on this post.
You’ll also be entered to win a mega-giveaway I’m doing as part of my December blog tour. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on any of my posts this month (including this one).
For a full list of participating blogs (and ways to enter!) visit this post on my blog.
About Lindsey Bell:
Lindsey Bell is the author of Searching for Sanity: 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible. She’s also a stay-at-home mother of two, minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover. You can find Lindsey online at any of the following locations:
Her blog: www.lindsey-bell.com
Her website: www.lindseymbell.com
Have you ever looked at your beloved children and wondered, what in the world am I doing? Why did God trust me—of all people—to raise them?
Motherhood is the most difficult job many of us will ever take. Searching for Sanity offers moms an opportunity to take a breath, dig into the Word, and learn from parents of the past. In short devotions designed for busy moms, this book uses the parents of the Bible—both the good and the bad—to inspire today’s mothers.
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