Tuesday, December 2, 2014

4 Ways to Make Christ the Center of Your Christmas

December is a time for celebrating the birth and life of Jesus Christ. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the end of the year. For some it is a difficult time and leads to feelings of depression, loss, and grief. For those seeking Christ this Christmas, here are a few ideas to make Christ the center of your Christmas worship and celebration. 

1. Read the New Testament
Make it a goal to read the New Testament every day during the month of December. If you need to take it slower, make it a goal to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John so you can indulge yourself in reading about the life of Jesus Christ. Bonus: Read 3rd Nephi Chapters 11-26 and read of His coming to the Americas.

2. Sing a Christmas Hymn Every Day
Take a few minute each day to belt out a Christmas Hymn, one that sings the praises of Jesus Christ. Sing it with your whole heart. It doesn't matter if you are a good singer or not. This is a good time to develop a habit of shower singing. Belt it with feeling! My favorites: Oh Holy Night, Silent Night, Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel

3. Go to the Temple
Up your temple attendance during the month of December. Go once, go once a week, go every day....whatever increases your temple attendance, and yes, becomes a little bit of a sacrifice. Making it hard to accomplish will make it that much more worth it. Can't go to the temple? That's okay. Find a holy place for you and spend time there. 

4. Pray
Take a few minutes each day to say an unselfish prayer to God. Pray for others. Pray for opportunities to share the Spirit of Christ. Pray for the poor and needy. Pray for those both seen and unseen who are struggling. Make your prayers a little more thoughtful. 


How do you make Christ the center of your Christmas?


2 comments:

  1. Hi thank you everyone for sharing your story. This is why I find church so hard.
    I was married we lived for the church 5 years ago my daughter was born she was very sick spent the first three weeks in hospital heart surgery etc when she was 3 months old we got told my husband had stage 4 lung cancer that afternoon we got told my daughter was blind my daughter was very sick had 7 ops and is has medical complex needs aka special needs. On top of all that my husband was dealing with chemo etc. On may 8 2015 my husband died, he could not fight it his cancer spread to the brain and it was very hard. Through the last five years we did what we could in the church but is was very hard. Since my husband died I find it very hard having a child with complex medical needs in church she has feeding tubes and out burst it's so hard it's so lonely I have been a few times but find it so hard and painful. No support with her I live on 4 hrs sleep a night and just find church an add stress. I read the scripture and follow it but no matter how much I pray it just gets harder. So I dont have piece and I have never felt so alone. But I am telling you this story as I know understand why I have to keep going why I fight and why I take my daughter and I would just like to say thank u. Thank u for sharing and knowing that there are people who are finding it hard.

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  2. Hi thank you everyone for sharing your story. This is why I find church so hard.
    I was married we lived for the church 5 years ago my daughter was born she was very sick spent the first three weeks in hospital heart surgery etc when she was 3 months old we got told my husband had stage 4 lung cancer that afternoon we got told my daughter was blind my daughter was very sick had 7 ops and is has medical complex needs aka special needs. On top of all that my husband was dealing with chemo etc. On may 8 2015 my husband died, he could not fight it his cancer spread to the brain and it was very hard. Through the last five years we did what we could in the church but is was very hard. Since my husband died I find it very hard having a child with complex medical needs in church she has feeding tubes and out burst it's so hard it's so lonely I have been a few times but find it so hard and painful. No support with her I live on 4 hrs sleep a night and just find church an add stress. I read the scripture and follow it but no matter how much I pray it just gets harder. So I dont have piece and I have never felt so alone. But I am telling you this story as I know understand why I have to keep going why I fight and why I take my daughter and I would just like to say thank u. Thank u for sharing and knowing that there are people who are finding it hard.

    ReplyDelete