Busy December brings so much pressure to us moms. Decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, and cleaning can overwhelm, especially when we place so much pressure on ourselves to be everything to everyone, all year long.
You may think, “I can’t carve out time for myself now, much less in December.” But I urge you to try something different this year. Try getting up a half-hour earlier each December morning and spend it reading a Christmas devotional. Your day will be blessed if you begin at the feet of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Looking back, I can see the December mornings I started with a Christmas devotional are far more peaceful than the December mornings when I hit the ground running.
I recommend these three Christmas devotionals for busy moms:
The Greatest Gift, by Ann Voskamp
This lovely book unfolds the meaning of the Jesse Tree. In her signature poetic language, Ann paints quiet, detailed pictures of God’s gift of grace. The Moments of Reflection offer a welcome pause to busy December. I love the cut-paper illustrations. As a bonus you can download these images and print them out for your own Jesse Tree. This is a must-have Christmas devotional for every Christian mom. Bonus: her companion book Unwrapping the Greatest Gift is a richly illustrated family devotional, best for families with older children (longer attention spans).
Devotions for Christmas, published by Zondervan
This book is a delight for the senses and the soul. It’s beautiful—the foil detail on the cover shines against a dark background. Snowflakes decorate the reading pages, and the days are separated by rich, colorful photos. Each day has a theme verse, devotion, and prayer. The daily format is short enough to enjoy in a few minutes, and thought-provoking enough to mull on throughout the day. This book is an ideal resource for families with older children to discuss over mealtimes or for busy moms to read during quiet time.
Christmas Peace for Busy Moms, by Sarah Geringer (me!)
I’ve written a brand-new e-book just for moms. I wrote it because like many of you, I have been stressed out in December, but we still seek peace in the chaos. This year I want to hush my Martha side, the one who rushes to prepare but misses out on peace. I want to open up my Mary side and sit at Jesus’ feet, soaking up scriptures on peace.
In about 15 minutes per day, Christmas Peace for Busy Moms will give you a short devotion and reflection questions to help you find peace in your heart, day, relationships, surroundings, and holiday. Also, I will host an online Bible study for the book Nov. 1 – Dec. 2 here on my blog. I hope you will join in on the fellowship and fun, and I would love to hear your feedback on my very first e-book!
Questions to consider:
How might Christmas devotions make your day more peaceful?
Which Christmas devotional will you choose this busy December?
How will you carve out time for Christmas devotions, either alone or with your family?