I love warmth. Fuzzy blankets on hand at all times, socks and slippers, fleece lined leggings that you can wear under pretty much anything, fingers curled around a mug of hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. In these winter months I will do pretty much anything to stay warm. Somehow my children missed my cold genes because from my 6 year old down to my 10 month old I cannot keep a jacket or blanket on them willingly.

The season of Christmas should be one of warmth; not only outwardly but inwardly as well!

Here are a few ways we can stay warm inwardly this season.

Be Intentional
We tend to get caught up in our own lists and to-do’s that we miss out on what is most important. Take time to slow down and do things on purpose with a purpose! This is a perfect time to teach your children the importance of giving, whether its writing christmas cards, making and delivering baked goods to friends and neighbours, or packing an operation christmas child box! Make this time count!

Look at others through Jesus’ eyes
The Christmas season can be a lonely season for many people. This could be the first christmas without a loved one or just a stressful low time. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see people as he sees them and reach out as you have opportunity!

Choose Joy
Only we can choose how we will respond to situations! So instead of allowing stress to get to  us; step back, take a deep breath, and make the choice to respond with joy!

Speak Truth
One of our greatest weapons against the enemy is Truth! When you are struggling with something or having a hard day, instead of focusing on the bad take time to find the truth in the situation and go with it, repeat it to yourself over and over again.

No matter how cloudy or cold it gets outside let’s make sure we stay warm and cozy on the inside.

Melodie Wiebe

Lighthouse Gospel Church

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