Holidays mean our schedules get fuller. We have Christmas concerts, parties, we have to decorate, shop, cook, and bake. And at the same time, it's Advent, which is suppose to be a time of pondering, prayer, and preparing our hearts to celebrate our Savior's birth. How can we spend our time "choosing the better part?" How can we keep from being busy bodies and anxious worriers?
It's all about balance and mindfulness. Yes, we do have work that we need to do--even more than our usual load, but we can approach it intentionally. We can do our work while at the feet of Jesus. We can find Jesus while wrapping presents, while decorating cookies, and while enjoying our children's chorale concerts.
I have found, though, that when life gets busy or crazy, the only way to keep this mindfulness about Christ's presence and to "choose the better part" is to have many moments of quiet and prayer. It seems counter-intuitive that when our schedules get the fullest, it's then that we need to find more time for prayer. But sisters, this is the way it is.
Trust this message of Jesus for you. There may be dishes to do, but choose the better part.
It's in this spirit and my own need for reminders to trust Jesus with my time, that I am offering some very practical advice and reminders by way of some picture messages. I hope to share one daily on Facebook and Instagram. Please share these around. If anything, it's just a reminder to look at where you are, or rather, look where Jesus is right now in this moment in your day.
If you've given up social media for Advent--then good for you. You won't be needing these reminders as much as the rest of us!
Here are some examples. Look for these over the next week. If you think of any other ideas or suggestions for me to add to a picture, please add it in the comments or on the Facebook page.
What simple steps can you take to be more like Mary this Advent?