Jenny Smith, GFC Lutz
It is so easy during the holidays to get caught up in the “busy” … the shopping, the errands, the cooking, the wrapping, the list goes on. This Christmas, I want to get caught up in one thing – Jesus. I want to keep my focus on Him and show His love to those around me.
As a homeschooling mom, I happen to have two little kiddos around me every second of the day. So when I got to thinking about what our days would look like in the month of December, it was a pretty easy decision to decide to do what we are calling “Christmas School”. We are putting our regular curriculum aside and we are doing some very specific things to keep Jesus at the center. We have a simple and beautiful Christmas curriculum that includes lovely books about the true meaning of Christmas, lots of scripture and lots of fun “Christmassy” things. We will have margin in our days so we can do things like linger longer with the neighbor at the mailbox and get together with friends and family and enjoy our time with them making memories.
I am so excited to be able to just enjoy my kids and not have the pressure of a math lesson looming over me. You may not be a homeschooling mama like me, but what do you need to remove this December so you can keep your eyes better focused on Jesus? What do you need to do differently so you can have margin in your schedule to show His love a little more than usual?
We often share high’s and low’s of our day at the dinner table. The other day, my daughter said her favorite part of her day was when I played with her dollhouse with her. I had a hard time holding my tears back, but not for a reason you might expect. I cried because, that day, I was in a hurry to make dinner and I told her I could only play for “one minute”. One minute was all I could give her and one minute was all I actually gave. But, one minute was HUGE to her. We don’t have to plan to do extravagant things this holiday season. Sometimes the simplest things mean the most. Where can you create a little margin so you will have an extra minute, or maybe even two, to give to more people? I’m really looking forward to working on this and hope some of you will also!
“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 TPT
So much wisdom, Jenny! And, as a homeschool mommy, I couldn’t agree more – Christmas school. Priceless. Such a precious opportunity! Looking, praying for more of “those moments,” and eyes fixed on Jesus this holiday season.